Annoying Firefox plugin check

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raybro

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My Dell Inspiron 1501 running XP Home recently started opening a second tab listing my plugin update status in addition to the home page every time I launch it. I've pretty much exhausted what I've been able to find on the web, which included modifying the about:config list a couple of different ways. I can get it to go away with one of the modifications, but then I get notice a plugin is missing (Flash Player) and videos will not play. Firefox is v14.0.1

Anyone know how to get rid of this pain in the behind :mad:
 
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So this second tab that is displaying along with the homepage, is it the plugin update status of one specific plugin or all of them? I have never experienced getting an update status of all plugins, but I have experienced something like this with certain plugins. If so, what specific plugin is it.
 

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<ctrl><shift>A brings it up.
Have you got it set as a start page?
Also you might like to turn off "remember my settings". Restart FF a couple of times before turning it back on.
 

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Two screenshots attached. One of FF browser as it opens. Second of FF Options/General tab showing home page set to Google.

Dave.. Where is "Remember my settings" located.

Thanks for responding... :)
 

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I had thought there was just one place, but there are several spread throughout the options dialogues.
 

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Also, maybe try this thread.
http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/938821
Seems they have solved the problem.
Not the most desirable solution, but it works.

First effort... Toggled the about:config entries plugin.scan.4xPluginFolder and plugin.scan.plid.all[/B. This stopped the scan. However, when the browser is opened, a warning about missing Flash Player and some media will not play. Sure enough, YouTube videos will not play. Not acceptable... (n)

Second effort... I toggled the about"config entry extensions.blocklist.enabled. This also stopped the scan web page from opening. However, this also disables the Firefox ability to block use of Java, Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader and Flash Player until you give it permission. The programs have known vulnerabilities and have automatically been blocked by FF. Guess one cannot have it both ways. :(

So I've unchecked "Enable Java content in the browser" Java in the Java properties/Security tab. This removes the plugins from the FF Add-ons list. If I need Java for something, I can always reverse the process. The other option appears to be to live with the plugin scan.

I'll mark this thread "Solved"
 
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Hopefully, you tried reinstalling Firefox. I think when you uninstall, though, a file is still left behind that saves some of the settings, which you wouldn't want, and I know there is a way to delete them. Personally, I don't even have Java installed. Nothing I have needs it and it is so vulnerable, that it's not worth having. I have gotten so many viruses, because of Java, it's not even funny. Even when it is fully updated, and set to check updates everyday, still get viruses from it. Very bad.
 

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Nope, didn't try the reinstall. I may give it a try later this week. If I do, I'll use Revo Uninstaller and it will get everything. The only thing I want to save are my Bookmarks and I can do that easily by exporting them in an html file.

I do use Jave on a couple of sites, but not enough to have it on all the time. I can live with the current configuration.
 
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Never heard of it, but I looked it up. $30 just to do the job of add and remove programs a little better?
 
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Ah. I thought the 30 day trial was for the "free" version, but I guess it's for the pro. I'll have to try it sometime.
 
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You get a file that is made when you get add-on update called ".autoreg" in the profile folder.
This gets deleted after Firefox restarts and ot gets deleted. This is a older Firefox version 2

"addons.sqlite-journal" is what is used on the newer Firefox version 18.
Also seen "extensions.sqlite-journal" made after installing and restarting FF but then after closing again "extensions.sqlite-journal" was deleted.

Then a long time I had something I forget just what it was but was getting a error and it was some file that I deleted from the FF profile.

Look at the dates of the files.
Have backups and then see what ones you may not be needed by deleting because many get rebuild.

See the screen shots.
Note they are not the same but each are from FF 18.x
"FF-Plugin" is with FF open. Note the date and time. 8:22 to 8:23 are the ones made after I did the other installing of add-ons etc for the above post so should show what you see when you start FF and FF is open.
Then after you close FF "FF-Plugin-2" shows less files.

Note you got that "pluginreg.dat" file there.
"sessionstore" on FF 2.x get delete after closing FF but it does not in FF 18.x but it may be buggy and has pass session data in it.

So backup files and play around.

Also you may want to go over to Pale Moon.
http://www.palemoon.org/
They have up to version 15.4 bit you can get the install or the Pale Moon Portable version.

Then you can see what looks the same in the profile folder and see what added files are made when open and what gets deleted when FF and Pale Moon gets closed.

You can also have FF and Pale Moon both running at the same time.
 

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