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Firefox Has Seriously Annoyed ME!!!!!!

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#1 JJ2K


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:02 PM


Basically I have auto-update so it installed a new version yesterday...

Then when it re-loaded on the homepage it basically suggested that I should update my flash player so I clicked that button.

1. Now I can't totally remember but everything seemed automatic from that point and I just continued browsing. Now I have found out that it has installed Mcaffe Security Scan Plus, I only found out because it plonked an icon on my desktop! Some people are saying that there is a checkbox but I seriously can't remember any screen...

Would a simple uninstall of this mcafee from add/remove suffice?

2. Problem 2, what is this plugin_container.exe. A second process for Firefox is seriously annoying and now whenever I load a site with flash (most sites) this new process hogs my RAM and I have to close the site or proceed with slow browsing..

Why has Firefox seemingly gone backwards, I like to keep my process list clean and on top of this everything was working fine before? I had to move from IE to FF because they started taking the **** now is it time to move from FF to something else?

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#2 jgweed


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Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:16 PM

1. Yes, there is a checkbox--- you must opt-out to prevent the McAfee gunk.
2. The new plug-in was designed to allow some plugins to load separately from Ff, so if any of them crash, Ff will not be effected. A suggested fix for the problem you mention can be found here that disables Crash Protection (and the container.exe.)

" * In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
* The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear.
* Click I'll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page.
* Type dom.ipc.plugins into the Filter textbox.
* Double click or right click and choose Toggle on all true/false options (other than dom.ipc.plugins.timeoutSecs) so that they are set to false.
* You might need to restart for changes to take effect. "

plugin-container.exe shouldn't be used anymore with this change.

This user suggestion may or may not solve the problem; please read the Mozilla forum discussion before you make any changes.

Edited by jgweed, 26 June 2010 - 05:17 PM.

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#3 Taomech


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Posted 27 June 2010 - 02:29 AM

This is not actually FF's problem, as the Mcafee software was installed by Adobe and not FF. There is a checkbox on the Get Flash Player page. This goes to show that you should always check what you are getting.
I actually find the plugin-container useful, as Flash is known to be notoriously unstable, this provides a way to kill it without closing FF. It is also used for other plugins.


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Posted 29 June 2010 - 04:38 PM

Thanks jgweed and Taomech for the help...

I just removed the Mcafee software from Add/Remove thanks. I usually always check out for these dodgy checkboxes but I guess my attention was somewhere else. Then again I usually expect the option to be on a Windows dialog window rather than the page itself!...

As for the second problem, well FF has now gone up to 3.6.6 and from the link provided it seems they have increased the timeout time or something but i'm still having high CPU on sites with lots of flash...I think I will have to disable it using the method provided?

Personally i've never had a plugin crash, if the user is installing every and any plugin they should expect crashes - I think it's a bad move to seperate it like this as I prefer just one process..Simplicity is KEYYYYYYYYYY

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