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    Cool FF! I fixed it!

    I fixed it!
    My Firefox was really screwed up, beyond all repair. AdBlock+ was not working, and other things were giving me fits too.
    So I did what I've done before, I used Revo Uninstaller and Totally Uninstalled it,,,,, TOTALLY!

    Then I did a clean install and now everything is all back to normal. AdBlock+ is once again working like it should and I don't have to put up with those dang blue, underlined words in the middle of my posts. Dang, I hate that!!!

    Cheers Mates!
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    Default Re: FF! I fixed it!

    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I fixed it!
    My Firefox was really screwed up, beyond all repair. AdBlock+ was not working, and other things were giving me fits too.
    So I did what I've done before, I used Revo Uninstaller and Totally Uninstalled it,,,,, TOTALLY!

    Then I did a clean install and now everything is all back to normal. AdBlock+ is once again working like it should and I don't have to put up with those dang blue, underlined words in the middle of my posts. Dang, I hate that!!!

    Cheers Mates!
    TechnoMage
    Which OS are you running it with when you had that problem?


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    Default Re: FF! I fixed it!


    Well, XP-Pro-SP3, of course!
    It's what I run every day.

    But bad things can happen under ANY OS.

    TM
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    Default Re: FF! I fixed it!

    Quote Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
    I agree, don't think that XP SP3 had anything to do with it, not with your security practices.

    This isn't OS related, as I also have 2 installs of XP Pro SP3 & one XP Pro x64 SP2 (no SP3 is available for XP Pro 64 bit). All are good, solid installs.

    Cat
    I agree that this is not OS related. The problem is that, although these 3rd party apps are designed to be compatible with previous OS versions, they are optimized for the latest ones (Win 7 & 8). So don't be surpised if you get more issues sooner or later as most of the plug-ins are developed for newer OS versions and may make a mess on older OS like XP. And that is my reason for asking what OS TM is running. I know he is an XP power user.

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    Default Re: FF! I fixed it!

    Power user? OK, I'll take that as a complement.

    I don't think the problem was actually with FF breaking, as much as something attacking it and leaving it crippled.
    Like a person being attacked by a grizzly bear.

    Sitting here this morning, I'm trying to remember all the things FF was doing, like an injured animal.
    It would not open any links, just flash the screen. It would not remember any passwords, just force me to log in to all my forums. AdBlock+ didn't seem to be able to block the blue words with double underlines, that show up within most posts, even mine. If you use Good Ad Blocking, you don't even know what I'm talking about. Eh?

    All in all, FF was broken, so my only recourse was to totally UN-Install it with Revo Uninstaller, to get even the registry entries, and then Re-Install FF from scratch. That worked!

    But it's not my first Rodeo, so to speak, as I've had to do the same thing on a computer that was horribly infected with every kind of Malware imaginable. Once I got rid of all the Malware, I re-installed Firefox and everything was OK.

    BHO's? Do you have any? Do you know what they are, or where they come from? Do you even give a shit?
    Well you should. In one PC I had to work on a while back, there were over a screen full of BHO's.
    A BHO is a "Browser Helper Object". "Helper" sounds good or at least benign, but some are NOT!
    Spyware, trojans and even viruses can reside inside BHO's.

    The only program I have that not only shows all the BHO's in my PC, but also allows me to delete any that I don't want, is "Spybot Search & Destroy", set up according to my Custom Setup Instructions. That program is loaded with additional functions that are invisible to most users, that don't know that they have to put the program into "Advanced Mode". Oh well, that's a whole topic by itself.

    Cheers Mates!
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    Cool Re: FF! I fixed it!

    Ok, all that said, have you ever tried to delete the Temp files, cookies, etc., saved by Firefox?

    It's NOT a fixed location for all installs. For every install of FF, the default folder for saving the Temporary Internet Files, for instance, is different. When I removed FF to get rid of several problems, and then re-installed it, I got a new named folder for my cookies, etc.

    So, I had to go into my cleanup batch file, that runs every time I boot up my PC, and change the path statement to those temp files. That line now reads:

    deltree /y "C:\Documents and Settings\%Username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\J8SMF6Q7.default\Cache\*.*"

    The part I've outlined in RED, is the part that changes for every install of Firefox.
    Sorry, if you don't understand the "deltree" command. That's an old favorite of mine from the DOS days, that was left out of XP, but still works in XP, if it's imported from ME (for instance).
    It WILL NOT run in any OS from Vista on. In those later OS's, you must use the Delete command, that was enhanced several years ago, to do more than it did back in the old DOS days.
    This command structure using "Delete" replaces "Deltree /y".

    del /F /S /Q

    But, if you're not into writing your own cleanup batch files, this is all redundant (unnecessary, unimportant and immaterial). Sorry about that.

    * This is just for the 1% of readers who really care about keeping their HD clean of garbage files. A clean PC is a happy PC!

    TM
    Last edited by TechnoMage; 11-06-2013 at 07:27 AM.
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