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Windows 7: Firefox 8 To Stop Unauthorized Add-ons In Their Tracks

12 Aug 2011   #11
JorgeU27

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
For those not afraid to try alpha (no problems with it here so far) software and haven't seen it, you can try 8 now,

Firefox Nightly Builds

Available in both 32 bit and 64 bit.
Awesomeee, thanks.


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12 Aug 2011   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I hope that firefox can get a sync system going that tracks bookmarks, history and the like as well as what Google is doing with Chrome. I moved to Chrome about 2 months ago and I have been very happy with it.
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13 Aug 2011   #13
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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13 Aug 2011   #14
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Turn off Auto-Updates

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyhawk551 View Post
Yeah same here, Add-ons everytime there's an update. very frustrating
You have to go through the browser every-time there's an update and remove
all that stuff.
You can turn off the update function.

See this post for details:
Firefox 5.0 released
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13 Aug 2011   #15
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
Firefox 8 to tell aggressive add-ons to back off

Quote:
Mozilla is taking steps to protect users from programs that install add-ons in Firefox without user permission, citing numerous reasons including security concerns and the desire to make sure that the person using Firefox has ultimate control of the add-ons installed.

Two new features will be making their debut in Firefox 8, currently on the Firefox nightly channel but planned to move to the Aurora developer's build early next week. The first feature automatically disables add-ons added to Firefox by other programs. When you start Firefox after the add-on has been installed, a notification window prompts users to either activate the add-on or ignore it.

The second feature kicks in the first time Firefox runs after upgrading to version 8. It goes through your add-ons and sorts them into two categories: ones you've installed, and add-ons from third-party programs. All active add-ons that you have installed will be kept active, while all third-party add-ons will be de-activated unless you choose to re-activate them. As an additional level of protection against unwanted de-activation, the feature will offer a confirmation list of the add-ons you want killed.
Source

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14 Aug 2011   #16
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

So when is Firefox 6 and 7 going to be released?

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14 Aug 2011   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Nemix,

Firefox 6.0 WHQL is suppose to be released this Tuesday sometime.
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15 Aug 2011   #18
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
For those not afraid to try alpha (no problems with it here so far) software and haven't seen it, you can try 8 now,

Firefox Nightly Builds

Available in both 32 bit and 64 bit.
Can you run 64 bit along side the 32bit already installed like IE does?
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16 Aug 2011   #19
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
You should be able to

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
For those not afraid to try alpha (no problems with it here so far) software and haven't seen it, you can try 8 now,

Firefox Nightly Builds

Available in both 32 bit and 64 bit.
Can you run 64 bit along side the 32bit already installed like IE does?
It should be possible.
You'll probably have to do some tinkering.
I have run different versions of FF simultaneously (FF3.5 & FF4, FF5 & FF8a).

Backup profiles.ini
C:\Users\<Your User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\profiles.ini


Backup your profile(s)!

C:\Users\<Your User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile Name>

If you think that the following procedure looks tricky, you might want to image your HDD first!

Procedure:

1 - Make a copy of your profile (e.g. "default") and then change the name (e.g. "default8"). Repeat for as many profiles as you like.
2 - Make sure that you install the FF versions to separate directories/folders (e.g. FF5 and FF8).

Whichever version you install last will become the "default" Firefox install (i.e. if you type "Firefox" in the "Run" box, it will start the last version installed).
This will also happen if a program tries to run an online help manual (or get an update that requires you to download an installer).

Don't run either version FF as soon as you have installed them.

If you have a previously installed version, don't run the new install yet.

3 - Open the "Run" box and type "Firefox -P" (without the quotes; remember the space). The FF Profile Manager will open.
4 - Choose "Create Profile".
Firefox 8 To Stop Unauthorized Add-ons In Their Tracks-ff-create-new-user-01.png
5 - Click "Next".
Firefox 8 To Stop Unauthorized Add-ons In Their Tracks-ff-create-new-user-02.png
6 - Enter the name of the copied profile that you edited.
7 - Click on "Choose Folder".
Firefox 8 To Stop Unauthorized Add-ons In Their Tracks-ff-create-new-user-03.png
8 - Navigate to the copied profile folder that you made and click "OK". Your new profile should appear in the list.
Firefox 8 To Stop Unauthorized Add-ons In Their Tracks-ff-create-new-user-04.png
Remember to deselect, "Don't ask at startup".

The next time you start FF, the Profile Manager should open and you can select the desired profile from the list.
To avoid add-on glitches, make sure that you open your profiles with the appropriate FF version.


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16 Aug 2011   #20
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
For those not afraid to try alpha (no problems with it here so far) software and haven't seen it, you can try 8 now,

Firefox Nightly Builds

Available in both 32 bit and 64 bit.
Can you run 64 bit along side the 32bit already installed like IE does?
It should be possible.
You'll probably have to do some tinkering.
I have run different versions of FF simultaneously (FF3.5 & FF4, FF5 & FF8a).

Backup profiles.ini
C:\Users\<Your User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\profiles.ini


Backup your profile(s)!

C:\Users\<Your User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile Name>

If you think that the following procedure looks tricky, you might want to image your HDD first!

Procedure:

1 - Make a copy of your profile (e.g. "default") and then change the name (e.g. "default8"). Repeat for as many profiles as you like.
2 - Make sure that you install the FF versions to separate directories/folders (e.g. FF5 and FF8).

Whichever version you install last will become the "default" Firefox install (i.e. if you type "Firefox" in the "Run" box, it will start the last version installed).
This will also happen if a program tries to run an online help manual (or get an update that requires you to download an installer).

Don't run either version FF as soon as you have installed them.

If you have a previously installed version, don't run the new install yet.

3 - Open the "Run" box and type "Firefox -P" (without the quotes; remember the space). The FF Profile Manager will open.
4 - Choose "Create Profile".
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5 - Click "Next".
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6 - Enter the name of the copied profile that you edited.
7 - Click on "Choose Folder".
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8 - Navigate to the copied profile folder that you made and click "OK". Your new profile should appear in the list.
Attachment 170511
Remember to deselect, "Don't ask at startup".

The next time you start FF, the Profile Manager should open and you can select the desired profile from the list.
To avoid add-on glitches, make sure that you open your profiles with the appropriate FF version.

Cool Thanks a lot. I did this once, but I didn't remember all the details. So far it runs super fast in comparison. What's the hold up I wonder with Firefox not yet releasing a final version?
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