Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Firefox won't load home page on startup when it's GMail

03 Feb 2015   #1
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 
Firefox won't load home page on startup when it's GMail

For the last few years, I've had GMail set as my home page in Firefox, and Firefox is set to show the home page when it starts (unless I choose to save the open tabs before closing the browser). But for about a week now, when I start Firefox for the first time after starting up my PC, it tries to connect for about a second before opening the new tab page instead of GMail. Strangely, if I close the browser without loading any pages then open it again, GMail loads.

I tried restoring the home page to the default start page, and the default page loaded every time on startup. This morning, I set my homepage to Google before switching off my PC and heading out for a few hours. I just got back and started everything up, and Google loaded right away.

Thanks in advance for any support you can provide.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
06 Feb 2015   #2
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I use Firefox (FF) and have the same home page as you (gmail), and I've noticed that behaviour shortly after the stories came out about the POODLE attacks, and I updated to FFv34, 34 is the version where FF disabled SSLv3 by default.

I looked at the SSL settings in about:config and there's too many to try and re-figure their settings for now so I went to TLS and bumped up both my security.tls.version.fallback-limit and security.tls.version.min from 1 to 2 and left the security.tls.version.max at 3. The reason I increased the first two is; As POODLE grew the talk around TLS was that TLS1 was close to being cracked.

I'm going to let the settings run for awhile and see if it helps and I'll post back after a few days or so. In the meantime what I do if gmail doesn't open and I get a blank tab is, go up to the home button on my bookmark bar, click once and gmail opens up.

Related Links:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/982368

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/688207

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1043677
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
That is interesting I never thought to add gmail as a homepage :/
I've always just kept it as a favorites bar listing and If I want to stay logged in I simply check the box to remember me and make sure I don't delete the cookie
Never failed with or without ssl-3 disabled
Mind you this is with ie10 not Firefox
Cheers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

07 Feb 2015   #4
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Thanks for the info, Anak. Here's hoping it works for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2015   #5
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

TZ,

I've always had my browsers set up to go to my email when opening that's what I like to check first thing, my email. It's just a matter of personal interests and preferences. I know of some users that are in the financial market so they have theirs open to their favorite trading house to get the latest on the stock markets. I believe having a personalized start tab is a lot better than a plain Jane IE or FF start tab.

I like many others in the related links I provided have no problems with IE10 or any other browser, and I along with others didn't have problems with FF until mozilla started locking down SSL in v34 of FF, and some users are having problems with various HTTPS sites not just gmail.


TIM (ThisIsMadness91),

You're welcome, so far it has although its only been a handful of times, It could be that https gmail won't send the proper authorization when TLS is lower than 2, usage and time will tell.
Some of the users in the related links are having success clearing their cache and cookies at every shutdown but that to me seems a bit drastic.
Mozilla tells you to re-enable SSL for those sites by going to Tools, Options, Advanced, Encryption, and then disable when off the site. that post was in 2010 and I'm not sure when that tab/setting disappeared but its long gone, anyways that's a bit drastic also, and as you have found, a restart of FF will fix it.

I still don't like all the true/false settings for FF's SSL settings in about:config, but I haven't found a reference to cross-check them to see if I want/need to change them, I know I'll get in touch with Callender he might know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2015   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
TLS settings in firefox

Would you try downloading these two add ons? You can remove them when they're no longer needed.

The two add ons in this post #7:

Untrusted connection paypal

Then choose the options in Post #9 in the same thread. Would you list the cipher suites as shown in these two images:

http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...paypal-rc4.jpg

http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...al-non-rc4.jpg

Other than that you can try a fresh install after backing up your profile. Details here:

Backup Firefox current profile:

Untrusted connection paypal

Remove Firefox:

Untrusted connection paypal

Reboot and reinstall Firefox. Run MozBackup to restore only your bookmarks and extensions.

Reason: Constantly updating Firefox can screw it up eventually.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2015   #7
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Thanks Callender, I just stopped by to check my emails, will try to have answers by tomorrow.

BTW; gmail opened okay again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2015   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

An alternative to gmail home page?

Check out this software. It works okay:

Gmail Notifier Pro - Professional Gmail notifier for Windows
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #9
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I have Gmail Notifier Pro installed and it will load a blank new tab page often.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Gmail Home Page Firefox

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
I have Gmail Notifier Pro installed and it will load a blank new tab page often.
Is it possible to confirm the following?

SSL version and cipher suite used when connecting to Gmail via your browser:

Firefox won't load home page on startup when it's GMail-gmail-ssl.jpg

Firefox won't load home page on startup when it's GMail-gmail-ssl-2.jpg

Also any "New Tab" settings. Mine are like this:

Firefox won't load home page on startup when it's GMail-options.jpg

Gmail Notifier Pro opens mail fine in my browser although I prefer to set it to read mail from within the application rather than launching a browser.

Edit:

So far it's opened gmail in my browser every time without problems.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Firefox won't load home page on startup when it's GMail




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Firefox doesn't load any page?
Hi everyone, I'm new here and I'm not sure if this is the right section; english is not my native language, so I'm sorry if I do some mistakes. I have a desktop pc with windows 7 and from a few days firefox doesn't load any page, but the internet icon says that internet is connected. I have a...
Network & Sharing
BSOD @ every Startup, just before login page would load
Right, Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I thought it was the most relevant area to post in for my problem. Basically father in law has an MSI Netbook which he had forgotten the password to, so after a look around and a couple of attempts to get a password recovery tool to boot from a...
BSOD Help and Support
FireFox home page
Hi,This may a strange question. My son phoned me today and asked if it was okay to have the FF home page open on screen all the time,Not to close it with the red X top right.What he was thinking of just closing it down to the task bar for quick access.:( I didn't know what to say to that...
Browsers & Mail
Reduction in web page load times in IE and Firefox; can't work out why
Hi. I'm not tech-minded so please bear with me. Over the past few weeks I've noticed that web pages take several seconds longer to load than they did previously, both in Firefox and IE. Although no problems showed up when I scanned with McAfee (BT NetProtect Plus), Spybot, SUPERAntiSpyware and...
Performance & Maintenance
Firefox 4.0.1 new tab/ home page
When I open a new tab it comes up blank. Windows 7 64. A search on the net shows people recommending plugins etc to 'fix' this issue. Why? Firefox recently updated itself to 4.0.1...prior to that I opened up new tabs that opened up as my home page. So anyone know what's up with it now?
Browsers & Mail
[Firefox] First Page [Google] doesn't load!
Since... some Days yet, I have the Problem of my Firefox not loading the Start Page sometimes. So, I start Firefox, get a blank Page instead of Google , and in the lower left Corner it says 'finished'! It did do this just on Start of Firefox - when clicking on my Start Page Button,...
Browsers & Mail


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:37.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App