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  1. cactusgal

    cactusgal Thread Starter

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    Firefox just updated and wants me to install the latest Adobe Flash Player, which I did a few days ago. This one gives instructions about different screens asking to allow some add-ons. I have no idea what they are. Do I need them or can I just keep using the updated Firefox like I've been doing?

    I've read that add-ons can cause problems but don't have a clue about them. Thanks for your help.
     
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    Add-Ons are little app's that run within Firefox. Click Tools \ Add-Ons and select the Add-one tab at the top to see just a few of them, and click Browse all Add-Ons to go to the web site to see them all.
     
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    Firefox isn't my default browser (Opera is), so I don't use FF very much, but I think the NoScript addon is a very useful addition to online security and I use the IETab addon to collect Windows Updates via Firefox. The only 'problem' with addons that I am aware of is that they can stop working when FF itself is upgraded. That hasn't happened to me, so far!
     
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    Sorry to be so dense - but let me see if I've got this straight. Firefox needs add-ons for some sites and you get the add-ons via Adobe Flash Player. Is that right?
     
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    I think I'm right in saying:-
    Adobe comes as an add on; you don't need Adobe to get other add ons though. You can pick & choose other add ons as you want.
    Some sites/graphics need Adobe Flash to display correctly.
     
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    Lance - that was helpful. I only have five things in there that I don't need or want.
     
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    To everybody who replied - thanks. I'm guessing I can safely install Adobe Flash Player (as I did) without the add-ons.
     
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    You're welcome!
     
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