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OK, this is *crazy*. Firefox has taken over Chrome!

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#1 RyderS


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 12:17 PM

Today, I boot from sleep mode...


And I kid you not... when I launch Firefox... Chrome loads... it *looks* like chrome... but the browser belives it is FIREFOX.  And not only does it believe it... the menus are repopulated with Firefox controls. 


It is as if Firefox changed it's browser to look exactly like Chrome...


Next.. when I try to launch Chrome, it literally will not launch.  At all.  Nothing is reported.  No process is started.


So now I have no genuine Chrome, I have a browser that looks precisely like chrome, but is in fact firefox, and launches from the firefox executable.




History: When I put the PC in sleep mode, I am sure I had both Firefox and Chrome browsers running.  When I restarted from sleep mode... neigther browser was running, and this current situation happened when attempting to restart them both.


I have not attempted to reboot.  That's next.


How is this even remotely possible?  DID Firefox change their browser to look identical to chrome?


Thanks for any of your kind insights,



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#2 saw101


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 12:51 PM

As regards the new Firefox: http://lifehacker.com/firefox-gets-a-brand-new-even-more-customizable-design-1569221733


Like many other users, I dislike the changes. They threw the baby out with the bathwater on this one.


So, to get back to the style of Firefox I prefer I installed this nice little plugin: http://www.howtogeek.com/188190/return-firefox-to-its-pre-australis-ui-look-with-the-classic-theme-restorer-extension/

and from the Developers page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/classicthemerestorer/


As to Chrome not launching,  I would do a fresh re-install.

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

#3 FlannelBack


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 02:48 PM

How is this even remotely possible?  DID Firefox change their browser to look identical to chrome?

This is pretty much what Firefox Australis(29.xx) looks like out of the box:


If you want a browser that lets you do things your way, try Pale Moon: http://www.palemoon.org/.
There is a migration tool to help transfer the Firefox profile to Pale Moon: http://www.palemoon.org/migrationtool.shtml.
Some Pale Moon screen shots: http://www.palemoon.org/screenshots.shtml.

This is how I have Pale Moon configured:

Since I don't use Chrome or sleep mode I can't offer any recommendations other than what saw101 has already suggested.  Might want to share the OS and version you are using so others can offer other suggestions based on your operating system.

#4 RyderS

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:22 PM

Thanks all for the responses.  I think it was a convergence of planets a lotto win and a full moon happening at the same moment...


I guess FF did an automatic update on me, and just *happened* to be at the same time that a sleep mode anomaly decided to kill Chrome... making it look like some bizarre event occurred... 


I think I will just get rid of Chrome.  I've become very dissatisfied with it's runaway use of system resources... brings my system to it's knees if browsers are left open for long.


Thanks for the pointer to pale moon... I will absolutely check it out.


BTW, after reboot, chrome came back... and the visual differences between the two are only slight, but noticeable.


Thanks again, all

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