Firefox

Temporary fix for the Firefox “addon disabled” debacle

As you may be aware, there’s an issue with the Firefox addon verification process which disables your addons. The bug is currently being worked on but if you are like me and don’t want to wait around you can fix it manually. I found the fix here:

https://www.ghacks.net/2019/05/04/your-firefox-extensions-are-all-disabled-thats-a-bug/

But for those of you who need a bit more info, here’s a step-by-step how to for Mac.

Step 1. Close Firefox

Step 2. Click anywhere on the Desktop so you get the Finder top menu bar. Your Library is not displayed by default so hold down “alt” and then go to:

Go > Library

Step 3. Inside the Library folder go to:

Application Support > Firefox

Step 4. Scroll down to “extensions.json”, right click and choose “Open with TextEdit”.

Step 5. Using the “Find and Replace” option in the Edit menu, replace all instances of

“appDisabled”:true

with

“appDisabled”:false

Step 6. Using the “Find and Replace” option in the Edit menu, replace all instances of

“signedState”:-1

with

“signedState”:2

Step 7. Save and close “extensions.json”.

Step 8. Start Firefox, and go to your Add-ons (in the Tools menu). You need to disable and then enable them again to get them working. I would then restart Firefox again (just for good measure).

UPDATE… You can now go to this LINK to find the correct extension to sort out your add-ons. Hooray!! 

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How to Stop Downloaded Files Opening Automatically

So I thought I’d write a quick post about this as it was a problem when I installed Firefox on my new system.  Basically what it boils down to is this:

Safari = Evil

Seriously.  Don’t ever use a browser that does things like this by default.  But I digress.

So, I had my Macbook Pro back all fixed and such and I installed Firefox and everything was working fine.  And then I downloaded a couple of pdfs using Firefox and they opened themselves automatically.  And it kept happening.  Whenever I downloaded a file, regardless of type – pdf, mp4, png or whatever, it would open automatically. 

Now, I do NOT like my computer to open things without me asking it to.  EVER. 

I assumed the issue was with the browser I was using, so, naturally, I was looking for a solution in the Firefox preferences.  I should have remembered that this had never ever happened before in all the ten years I have been using Firefox. But thinking logically, if you were having problems with files automatically opening after being downloaded using a browser, you’d think the problem would be with the browser, right?

WRONG!! 

The problem is NOT with Firefox!!  It is with Safari!!!  Stupid stupid Safari.  If you have Safari installed it is causing this problem!!!

But yes, rant over here’s the fix.  Continue reading

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Having a few problems after a Firefox upgrade…

Just wanted to dash out a quick post about problems I had with a recent Firefox upgrade.  I would like to add that I am a loyal Mozilla Firefox user and although I do have Safari (it came with my Macbook Pro) I never use it except when needs must.

Foxkeh – the official Japanese mascot of Firefox

Anyway I upgraded to Firefox 14.0.1 after being prompted by the usual message about security and stability and so on.  And after restarting and all that jazz, I found that half the sites I usually use (e.g. youtube.com) at wouldn’t load and the rest (e.g. Google) were so slow that you could go away and make a cup of tea between each new page.

So clearly something was amiss.  I have actually never had this sort of problem with Firefox, even back on old Windoze.  At first I thought it might be my network running slowly or the website servers being down, but when fired up Safari everything worked fine.  So clearly it was a Firefox problem.

After reading various posts (which didn’t really help) I decided to just try a few things and see if I could fix it myself.  I tried deleting all my cookies and history, rebooting the system etc but nothing changed.  So I decided to uninstall and reinstall a previous version.  For the record I installed Firefox 13.0.1 and it is working like a charm (so far anyway).

For those who want to install a previous version of Firefox you can find one here.  A few words about installing a previous version of Firefox:

1.)  Mozilla will try to dissuade you from installing a previous version as it is not as secure as the most recent version.  However, I have not had any problems.

2.)  “b” means beta, these are often unstable so it’s best to go with the most recent of the previous stable versions e.g. in my case I downgraded to 13.0.1.

3.)  Make sure you uninstall your current Firefox before installing an older version.  If you are using a Mac just drag the Firefox icon from the Applications folder to the Trash.  You’ll probably have to authenticate this unless you’re Admin.

4.)  It’s best to back up your bookmarks just in case of accidents.  I didn’t have any problems but it’s not rocket science to create a backup just in case.  Just go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks

Then from the Star button you can either Backup or Export Bookmarks to HTML.  I usually do both just in case.

 Although this may all seem obvious, I’ll just run through the uninstall/install process quickly.

1.)  To uninstall Firefox (in OS X) simply open your Applications folder and drag Firefox to the Trash.  You should empty your Trash before installing a previous version to avoid potential problems.

2.)  Download the version you wish to install from this page.

3.)  Open the .dmg and drag Firefox into your Applications folder.  You will need to authenticate this if you are not Admin.

A Quick Note:

I have turned off my Firefox updates to stop it returning to the problem version.  It will do this if you leave your Firefox updates to default.  To stop this automatic update happening go to Firefox > Preferences and then from the menu choose Advanced > Update.  Then you have two options, either:

  • Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them (which can be a pain in the neck as it helpfully checks for you at least once every time you use Firefox)

or,

  • Never check for updates (this is fine as long as you check manually once in a while)

To update Firefox manually simply go to Firefox > About Firefox > Check for Updates.

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