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Windows 7: Firefox 14 Brings HTTPS Search, Click-to-Play Plugins


18 Jul 2012   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Firefox 14 Brings HTTPS Search, Click-to-Play Plugins

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Mozilla has once again done what it has been doing every six weeks for over a year now. Confused? Well, we’re talking about the highly controversial tri-fortnightly practice of bundling up a handful of new Firefox features, tweaks and bug fixes, and pretending that the ensuing software package is significant enough to be rolled out as a major version update. In other words, Mozilla has once again updated its flagship browser.

According to Mozilla, Firefox 14 offers a much more secure browsing experience than before. This is not only due to its various bug fixes, though. The latest stable build of Firefox includes HTTPS support for Google searches and an improved site identity manager.
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18 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

There's no mention of integration of Adobe Acrobat Reader into FF 14.0.1. Every time I run the latest FF, a directory is created in the temp folder for the pdf reader. Given Adobe's history with its security-flawed plugins, who is now responsible and accountable?
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19 Jul 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gigagiggles View Post
There's no mention of integration of Adobe Acrobat Reader into FF 14.0.1. Every time I run the latest FF, a directory is created in the temp folder for the pdf reader. Given Adobe's history with its security-flawed plugins, who is now responsible and accountable?
I don't use Adobe Reader mainly because of the security issues you already know about.
I use Foxit Reader, and the Foxit Reader plugin is working for me with FF 14.
You may want to consider an alternate PDF reader such as Foxit.
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19 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I don't use any pdf reader online. I download and save the pdf file and use coolpdf to read offline. That's why I brought up the integration(?). If it is integrated, is there an opt-out? Or an about:config tweak to disable?

The issue may be moot. I switched to PaleMoon as a primary browser some months ago, and its path to the future seems more to my liking. In light of the recent Firefox changes, Firefox may become an afterthought.
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19 Jul 2012   #5

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Ah, OK

Where exactly is the temp file you you see?
I'll look on my PC and see if it's there.

As it's just a temp file, i don't pay much attention and expect Ccleaner to delete it...
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19 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

With my appdata\local\temp folder empty and PaleMoon running, I run Firefox 14.0.1. The temp folder is instantly filled with an empty folder acro_rd_dir. The homepage is yahoo.com with no pdf offered. (The 15 beta 1 did the same thing.)

I expect programs I use to utilize the temp folder and create directories as necessary. If acro_rd_dir is indeed Adobe Acrobat Reader, an unnecessary 3rd party utility, then I would seek a way to disable it.
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19 Jul 2012   #7

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I also have this folder.
Everything i found says Flash uses it for temp cache.
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20 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My Yahoo search resulted in a majority linking videocacheviewer.

It would be a strange programming quirk by Adobe.

I installed both 32bit and 64bit versions of the non-IE Adobe Flash plugins for my PaleMoonx64, Waterfox(x64), Firefox(x32) and its betae.

The empty folder, acro_rd_dir, only instantly appears in the appdata\local\temp folder when I run the 32-bit gecko-based browsers. When I run the 64-bit gecko-based browsers to an empty temp folder, opening to the same homepage throughout the experiment, the temp folder stays empty.

Either Adobe Flash creates and uses a temporary cache folder, or it doesn't. Why not the 64bit version if it does?
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