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Getting REAL tired of all the Firefox crap!!!

By macx
Jun 7, 2007
  1. Lately, FF seems to have been adding layer after layer after layer
    of extra crap that wants to open whenever I hook to the net.
    Takes forever, and it's stuff I don't want and don't use but that
    FF seems intent on cramming down my throat.

    Case in point, foxforecast. EVERY time I open FF it throws a window
    at me wanting to be setup with a code. No matter how many times
    I go thru the BS about setting the code, that same window opens and
    I either have to close it or try to set it.

    Went thru a search and deleted it, NOW FF won't even open on
    that computer!!

    Ever since I let FF download it's "latest and greatest" I've been
    having nothing but problems like this, more and more BS to
    deal with. I don't want 20 windows to open requiring me to do
    something every freakin time I want to hook to the net!

    Is there a way to get rid of this new version and reload the old
    version without losing things I had before and that I DO want?

    Fed Up with Firefox!
     
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Use Opera instead. It's a better browser
     
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    I'm ready for a change, that's for sure!

    Trouble is, now how do I retrieve all my literally hundreds
    of bookmarks out of FF?

    When I open FF, it never stops trying to open my home page.
    When I try to open bookmarks, there's nothing in there.
    I CAN open "Organize Bookmarks" and everything is there,
    but how do I copy/move whatever them out of FF so I can
    later import them to Opera or whatever? It won't perform
    any of the commands I usually would use to do that.

    To reiterate, all I did was to delete that foxforecast thing.
    I don't even know where that came from, it just started
    popping up every time I opened FF.

    I now also have to restart FF most of the time just to be
    able to open up a 2nd item.

    Thanks for helping me retrieve my bookmarks, then I for
    sure will look into Opera!
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I`ve been using Firefox for a long time and never experienced the problems you seem to be having.

    Just on the off chance your system is infected with malware, go and read this thread HERE and post a HJT log as an attachment.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Pretty sure it will automatically import your bookmarks. At least mine did. Or I did something to make it import them one!
     
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Never had any issues whatsoever with FF. Do you have malware? Uninstall extensions you don't want. Run your anti-virus and anti-trojan programs. If you find you have issues, submit it in the security forum.
     
  7. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    I'm always the lucky one, have come to just assume I'll be the one with
    some kind of problem :-/

    Just FYI I spent an entire weekend recently downloading and scanning
    with all the stuff in the security advisory that I didn't already have, and
    scanned with everything, all came clean, so didn't post a HJT log as I
    wasn't having any problems. All this stuff with FF has come about just
    recently - no problems elsewhere.

    My bookmarks finally came back just now after about the 5th time I
    restarted FF and several times had to restart the computer to even
    get FF to open, so it could be I picked up something recently.

    Just FYI I am using AVG security suite, ad-aware SE, Sunbelt/Kerio PSF,
    AVG root-kit, Spyware Guard & Spyware Blaster, Spybot S&D, vundofix, vx2cleaner, look2medestroyer, cwshredder & combofix, doing the manual scans where required on a regular basis. Pretty soon won't have room on
    the computer for anything but security stuff & time to do anything but
    scan! :)

    So here's the HJT log -
    appreciate your help as always!

    Oops! Now it won't do anything when I click on "manage attachments"
    to attempt to attach the log. What next!? And - what to do now?
    I've allowed or temp allowed everything that comes up in NoScript for
    this site.
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Since you`re having problems attaching your HJT log, copy and paste it, I`ll delete it once I`ve finished with it.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    Well, at least THAT worked!

    I had to restart the whole computer, FF wouldn't restart by itself, and when
    I opened the thread, the little wheel or circle keeps spinning and the green bar indicating downloading info never goes away.

    Thanks again!

    OH - btw - lately FF has been suddenly stopping in the middle of wherever I'm at and says it encountered some kind of problem, then I have to restart it and it gives me a choice to either restore the session or start a new one.

    None of the apps that show were anything added recently,
    all were on before the problems started.

    FYI I just read the note about Yahoo Messenger needing an
    emergency patch, but I haven't used YIM for several
    months.
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your HJT log is clean. The only thing I can see out of place, is the fact you`re running two firewalls. AVG and Kerio, this isn`t recommended and can cause serious conflicts. I suggest you uninstall the Kerio firewall.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    sounds like you need to Uninstall/reinstall; I too have never see such behavior
    on FF and I've been using in long before v1.5*

    your bookmarks are located in
    Code:
    C:\Documents and Settings\[COLOR="Blue"]Jeff[/COLOR]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[COLOR="Blue"]tcudh830.default[/COLOR]
    the names in blue are dependent upon your system and login
     
  12. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    THANK you!

    Never thought about the dual firewalls, that may be some or even a big
    part of my problems with FF suddenly stopping, and having to exit Kerio
    sometimes to allow some things to open.

    I have recently done some reading on security and firewall reviews, and
    a number of them didn't have much good to say about the AVG firewall
    SO will try to uninstall that first.
     
  13. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Well, you could use the free AVG antivirus programme, which doesn`t have a firewall and Kerio, that`d be fine. Obviously, you`d need to uninstall your current AVG antivirus programme.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Well, I'm a happy Opera user as well. And while I don't like the idea of telling you to switch because you are having a problem (as opposed to fixing the problem) I think it might be worth trying Opera in this case.

    I know a few people in this thread are saying they've never seen behavior from FF like that, but out of all the people that hang out in our IRC room I'm the only one that seems to continually have problems with FF everytime I've tried it. And not just on 1 system, I've had problems on 2 OSX boxes, and 3 different windows boxes under 4 different Windows OSes. I don't think any of the problems I had were ever expierenced by anyone else in the channel.

    I just can't recommend firefox to anyone, I'd almost rather see them using IE 7 than firefox.

    Opera should have no problems importing those firefox bookmarks without you doing anything manually on the firefox end.
     
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    good comment, in that it highlights that not all products work in all environments
    ie: that of a specific user.

    I too have multiple platforms, OS X 10.3.9, XP/Pro, and two variations of Fedora,
    all of which run FF just fine.

    I might also add, I destain all add-ons that customize the look-n-feel of any browser,
    as I found they lead to all kinds of instability with them. I will add the
    web-necessary, flash, acrobat, quicktime stuff as they are so prolific today.
     
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Guess I'll add that in my limited usage of Suse and Ubuntu FF has worked well for me.
     
  17. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    Yes, well I tried to separate out the AVG firewall of course to no avail.

    So I uninstalled Kerio but kept it as of course that was a paid subscription too.

    After reading a number of reviews from different sources, I think when my
    AVG Security runs out I'm going to try F-Secure, if it's still at/near the top
    of the heap as it seems to be right now judging by the multiple reviews I read.
    That, too, comes with all the anti-malware separately without the firewall
    and parental blocks etc etc, so then could reinstall my Kerio - then will have
    to spend some time figuring out how to set it up (found a "how to" on it)
    as I sure wasn't having much luck before, course that might have been somewhat due to the double firewall deal, too.

    FIRST, I think I'll try the simple uninstall-reinstall on FF being I've learned
    how to run that (at least things were going very well till these problems popped up recently) then go from there. Found out I can't go back to my previous version as it's not going to be supported for very much longer.

    (Ironically, these posts have mostly been made, and the responses read,
    on my wife's Mac G5 - never problem one (like I all to often have with my
    PC) with our Mac's over a period of 8+ years. Food for thought. That Mac commercial with the bloated PC really hits dead nuts between the eyes!)

    Thanks much for everyone's help & input!!
    I'll keep struggling along with this PC quagmire for awhile.
     
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