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#1 rms4evr

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 04:47 PM

Hey, all. Friday evening, I went online, and during my travels, my firefox settings got screwed up. My preferences are no longer saved. I had it set so that I wouldn't see the bookmark toolbar, and I had the icons (back, forward, refresh, etc.) set to small. Now, the preferences reset to their defaults whenever I go online, and even when a new window opens!!!! It is really irritating!!!

I don't think it was a virus or the like, as my scans (AVG, Spybot, Adaware) all turned up negative. And no other programs seem to be affected. And I have also tried a clean install of Firefox, but to no avail. Any thoughts?

BTW, I'm on Windows XP Service Pack 2, Firefox 1.5.0.3.

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 05:08 PM

Your preferences are saved in your Profile, which is not effected by any action you take to Ff itself. By chance, did you do something to either create a new profile (sometimes when you launch Ff you get a strange message that can cause you to do this), or delete the original one that had your preferences saved?
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Posted 21 May 2006 - 05:47 PM

Hay there rms4evr
Have you tried a making a new profile ?
type (no quotes) into start>Run "firefox.exe -profilemanager"
make a new profile and see what happens , if you have alot
of extentions ,don't load them at first untill everything looks
normal, then one at a time to see if one of them is corrupted
if it works you can kill the old profile and keep the new
or at least thats how it works on win98

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 12:32 AM

Thank you both so very much! I didn't even know about "profiles."

I created a new profile, reconfigured the defaults, and transfered my bookmarks; it worked! I then nuked the old one. I still have no clue what went wrong; I don't remember any weird messages, although on Friday I browsed a lot of Geocites and Tripod sites...those always used to screw up IE for me...maybe Firefox is vulnerable, too :thumbsup: . I'll just have to be more careful in the future. :flowers:

BTW, I have no extensions; I've heard horror stories about people who had some, went to update, and the extensions screwed up Firefox. I'm afraid. :trumpet:

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 02:31 AM

Hello,

I don't know this for sure, but a friend of mine had installed FF and used it for several hours, then he left to run an errand, and when he returned his system had froze. When he restarted, some of the settings he had made were intact and some were not. Now I know this is a pretty basic story, but in my own personal experience, even if FF is active during a freeze, my settings have always stayed intact. Weird!!

Concerning extensions, there are some do's and do not's just as with everything. If you install only the higher ranked extensions, more than likely these will be compatible with the latest version of FF. Also, read the user reviews, and be objective. If you read a review similar to yours that had trouble, pass on that extension.

I currently have 58 extensions installed and activated. I test quite a few so that number fluctuates, but I keep tabs on the ones that I use no less than every other day. Several of them enhance features of other extensions.

The nice thing, is that even though I have alot of ext., my toolbar is still only an inch or so tall, as a big toolbar annoys me. I guess results vary PC to PC, but in the time I have been using FF ext., I have only had to reinstall FF once, and thanks to a couple of extensions that I use, reclaiming my settings, bookmarks, extensions, themes, chrome, about:config settings, and all the other info I like, was painless.

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 11:09 AM

Hay there rms4evr
glad it worked out , as for extensions , I use two only and consider
one a must have, NoScript, remembers the sites I want to allow
Javascript and blocks all the rest . plus it can block flash as well.
the other is User agent switcher, you can hide your browser header
or change it to another one.

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