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« Reply #375 on: October 17, 2009, 10:46:46 PM »

The weird thing is in FF beta it doesn't even show in the AddOns list.  Creepy.

That IS creepy. Must have slipped through the cracks as 3.5.3 popped up a dialog and did a "we're going to disable this and you don't have a choice" thing.
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« Reply #376 on: October 18, 2009, 04:58:45 AM »

In Firefox 3.5.3 yesterday I got the automatic disabling MS .Net Framework Assistant yesterday and it is listed in my Add-on as "Disabled for your protection" and there is a link to an explanation.

Ironically clicking the link brought a bad certificate error and I had to add a security exception in Firefox before I was allowed to view the page. The page lists all add-ons that will be forcibly killed of in Firefox without user intervention and links to an explanation page.

The two pages are:

https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/blocklist/

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https://bugzilla.mozilla....rg/show_bug.cgi?id=522777

The other thing that was disabled was "Windows Presentation Foundation" but I can't see any reference to that now in my Add-ons list.

Was this a plugin to the MS .NET framework assistant or a visible plugin to Firefox? The last link seems to suggest it was a plugin for the ,Net assistant ???

Out of curiosity what happens now if you visit websites that depend on .Net and what happens when MS issue a fix for the possible remote control exploit Mozilla are trying to remove?

Does anyone find ironic that having systematically screwed up Internet Explorer security for years, opening up computers to massive numbers of exploits, MS are now installing add-ons into 3rd party applications unbidden and introducing the same security issues in other people's software. Call me a conspiracy theorist but does this sound a little planned to make sure any security issues in IE also affect Firefox so that MS isn't disadvantaged in the browser wars!
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« Reply #377 on: October 18, 2009, 12:20:30 PM »

Ironically clicking the link brought a bad certificate error and I had to add a security exception in Firefox before I was allowed to view the page.

I don't know what the significance is, but when I clicked that link yesterday I did not receive a bad certificate error. Everything loaded up normally. :: shrug ::

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Call me a conspiracy theorist but does this sound a little planned to make sure any security issues in IE also affect Firefox so that MS isn't disadvantaged in the browser wars!

I honestly don't know what they were/are trying to accomplish with that extension. Comparing my browser experience before the extension was installed, after it was installed, and after it was removed I noticed no discernible difference at all in where I surfed or what actions I performed in my browser.

It could have been an extension that had the one and only function of waiting for the name Bill Gates to appear on web pages and change the text to Bill "Who's Yo' Daddy?" Gates and it would have exhibited more change in my browsing behavior than what it really was there for. The description in the extensions list mentioned something about providing "Click Once" functionality...whatever that is.
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« Reply #378 on: October 18, 2009, 04:30:39 PM »

To me the main inconvenience was getting a notice to restart.  At least googling brought up information to fix it right away. At first I thought it was because I updated to Firefox 3.6 Beta 1, but I still had a Minefield 3.6Pre installed and got the same issue.  Otherwise I probably would have run around removing the 3.6 betas for nothing.

The other thing disquieting is because of PatchGuard things like Sandboxie won't work.  They say 64 bit is already protected so you don't need Sandboxie.  But it's funny how Registry hacks seem to get through easily enough.  I had one earlier something about ShellNoChange or something where I couldn't delete files even with one of those unlocker delete on next reboot utilities.  And now this one puts those CLSIDs in the registry without notice.  Doesn't seem all that secure to me.  Don't recall getting those registry hacks when browsing sandboxed.

Lately I've been making image backups closer together.  About the only thing to do at this point.

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« Reply #379 on: October 18, 2009, 05:43:29 PM »

They say 64 bit is already protected so you don't need Sandboxie.
64bit itself doesn't offer much in regards to protection unless you're running UAC (or, in case of XP, a limited user account) - PatchGuard is a decent thing, but it's a damn shame MS aren't offering legitimate hook points for it.
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« Reply #380 on: October 18, 2009, 06:15:16 PM »

Here's my experience:
In my copy of Firefox, I have:
* 54 .xpi files (Add-ons) of which 7 are disabled;
* 1 theme (Chromifox Basic);
* 21 plugins, of which 10 are disabled: including QuickTime; RealPlayer; all the M/soft ones - DRM-related, Media Player-related, DivX-related.

Using MrTech, I override some of the add-ons that Firefox says are "not suited to this version of Firefox". On a couple of occasions, that has caused Firefox to not start/load without instantly crashing, so I sort that out by deleting the offending add-on .xpi files causing the crash. (All my add-ons are backed up by the FEBE add-on, so I could always recover the old disabled add-on if I ever needed to)

I installed the M/soft update (I had to search for it to find it) that was supposed to make a "Disable" button on the Windows Presentation Foundation plugin, but it did not make the button, so I searched and removed all traces of WPF using a combination of RevoUninstaller, CCleaner and RegCleaner.

When Mozilla unilaterally blocked/removed the .NET plugins, I had no issue with that as I had already disabled them.

On another post in this foum ("Re: Windows Security Essentials" at:
http://www.donationcoder....20122.msg181376#msg181376

- I referred to MSE (M/soft's virus checker program) as removing "potentially harmful or unwanted programs". To my mind, "unwanted" could include Adware, M/soft Windows Genuine Advantage and all those annoying and unnecessary plugins (e.g., DRM and Windows Media Player plugins) that M/soft has been quietly forcing into Firefox without telling you, every time you run Windows Update. One of those plugins Mozilla now blocks as it introduces a security risk and destabilises Firefox performance.

I mentioned in that post that:
* I generally mistrust M/soft as they are a perfect example of a corporate psychopath (per the film "The Corporation") and I therefore use their software with well-advised caution. I try to control that software by, for example, stopping it from "phoning home" in ZoneAlarm.

* When you see how M/soft have forced those Firefox plugins on you, it speaks volumes about their motivation and shows their deliberate intention to put their needs/desires first and their often crass disregard for the needs of the customer/victim.
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« Reply #381 on: October 19, 2009, 01:34:19 AM »

Here's how to uninstall net framework assistant...

https://windowssecrets.co...e-put-out-200-newsletters
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« Reply #382 on: October 19, 2009, 02:36:02 AM »

- my NET.fw assistant was disabled by Firefox 3.0 itself only a couple of days ago, for my protection.
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« Reply #383 on: October 23, 2009, 12:18:44 AM »

I used topic search and didn't find this AddOn so sorry if it's been mentioned.  I just found a bookmark checker that seems to work.  It's called CheckPlaces

Seems it's been around for a bit but I never noticed it.  Anyway, if that's old news at least I can verify it works with Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 if you have FF set to ignore version checking.  The AddOn popup window says it's not compatible and the Option Button is grayed out, but the Check Button is put in the status bar and it works.  I had recently done a lot of bookmark cleaning but still it went through about 218 bookmarks in 10 or 15 seconds, then waits for the ones that aren't responsive(I suggest using the time-out setting of a minute or so.)  It found 3 that were dead.

Supposedly it has enough intelligence not to accept a 404 substitute page as a valid page.  Maybe if anyone is using it or tries it they can report how effective it was for them.
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« Reply #384 on: October 28, 2009, 06:57:08 AM »

I am impressed with the new video feature in Firefox 3.5, demonstrated via http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/3.5.4/whatsnew/ especially since it does not take any extensions to perform (so why am I posting it here?)!
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« Reply #385 on: October 28, 2009, 07:06:57 AM »

(so why am I posting it here?)!

lol,
Curt, I couldnt find anything about the new feature at that link (or under the more details link there)
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« Reply #386 on: October 28, 2009, 08:11:29 AM »

hmm... maybe all language page versions are not similar to the Danish one - I merely removed "dk".
The video-link may be http://proxy-45.dailymoti...dfca7923097f95a638600ae2c
or you could try http://openvideo.dailymot...-souris-remi-gaillard_fun , but it is nowhere as convincing.

Edited:
I think it is because I updated my Firefox today, so the page I was given is not the same you would be re-directed to. "Congratulations, you do now have the latest & safest Firefox" or so.



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« Reply #387 on: January 18, 2010, 08:11:28 PM »

2 I find very useful

http://www.ghacks.net/201...ab-management-in-firefox/

https://addons.mozilla.or...en-US/firefox/addon/59961

I like tab utilities very much, and this next one is very handy for reading web pages.

http://www.standards-schm...dards.com/projects/fangs/

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/402

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« Reply #388 on: January 19, 2010, 07:53:33 PM »

btw if you like to try betas or have several versions of FF using the same profile, I found out how to get rid of that "thank you for trying" page on first start after switching versions.  After awhile it can get pretty annoying.

This info should be enough to get you there:
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To get rid of the "Welcome" in FF 3.x in the address bar type
about:config

in the search type StartUp

you will see settings with the words Welcome and First Run
and some stuff about Override URL. Double click them.
A dialog pops up. Substitute either about:blank or your home page URL for what is in the dialog. Close Firefox.
==================================================

Note that I use settings "start with home page" and I use about:blank for my home page.  If you put in the actual url for your home page and change the setting then you'd have to change it each time to match it up. It's probably better just to have it at about:blank as a blank page is less annoying IMHO than that thank you page.

Right now I'm using FF 3.6 RC2 and I got rid of 3.7Pre as the snappier page load is only a fraction of a second and what it lacks are features I use.  But one good side-effect is if I do try another version or beta because I already have those settings in my profile I don't get the Thank You page or Welcome on first run(doesn't change the size of my browser window for one thing.)

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« Reply #389 on: February 15, 2010, 06:42:17 AM »

Tab Utilities is updated, but it will not update the normal way.
I think it's because it's experimental, although I thought I had updates to those as well, through the normal update method.

Anyway here's the updated add on, some better features and operation.

https://addons.mozilla.or...en-US/firefox/addon/59961
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« Reply #390 on: July 01, 2010, 03:57:24 PM »


CoLT :: Add-ons for Firefox



Quote from: Description from the page "CoLT :: Add-ons for Firefox"
CoLT makes it easy to copy either a hyperlink's text or both the link and the link's text (in a format you specify). Two handy context-menu items make this possible, and don't add clutter; the items are only visible when right-clicking a link!

You can add your own customizable copying of link text from it as seen in the screenshot from the options dialog above. I think it is useful for posting to forums and other sites.

For copy page title and location right click anywhere on the page that is not a link then go down to the sub menu for CoLT and you can select how you want the page link formatted you are currently viewing.
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« Reply #391 on: July 01, 2010, 04:08:54 PM »

nice find ham, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #392 on: July 04, 2010, 10:34:54 PM »

a real nifty plugin for firefox (and maybe other browsers) is clippable for when you find information on a web page and you want to print it without all the ads and other garbage on the page clippable sits in the browser bar. 1 clip and only the main part of the page is there ready to print. Just Google it. Loverly
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« Reply #393 on: July 05, 2010, 02:11:59 AM »

Can't find 'Clippable'?
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« Reply #394 on: July 05, 2010, 02:14:21 AM »

Found it using Google!  Thmbsup
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« Reply #395 on: July 05, 2010, 03:23:30 AM »

 undecided


http://brettterpstra.com/share/readability2.html

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“Clippable” Bookmarklet Formerly known as "Readability 2,"
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« Reply #396 on: July 05, 2010, 04:58:57 AM »


Thanks Ham: been looking for something like this for some time...  Thmbsup
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« Reply #397 on: April 21, 2011, 11:57:40 AM »

FavLoc 1.2.1 for Firefox 4, hard to find and not yet available at Mozilla:


* favloc-1.2.1.xpi.zip (47.57 KB - downloaded 77 times.)

The author is Addon Manager at Mozilla's.
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« Reply #398 on: April 26, 2011, 10:13:42 AM »

FavLoc 1.2.1 for Firefox 4, hard to find and not yet available at Mozilla:

 (see attachment in previous post)
The author is Addon Manager at Mozilla's.

I was a user of FavLoc up until I made the move to Firefox 4. I wasn't aware that there was a (semi-hidden) compatible version of FavLoc, which made me look for an alternative add-on that worked with Firefox 4. Luckily I found Save file To, which I now like even more than FavLoc.
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« Reply #399 on: April 27, 2011, 11:06:25 AM »

https://addons.mozilla.or...fox/addon/mclickfocustab/

A new favourite of mine: MClickFocusTab. No more "right-click > Open in background tab", just middle-click the link, and it will open in background tab/window.
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