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Offline caroline.kenyon

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I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« on: December 23, 2015, 07:28:03 PM »
Hello, I updated Firefox today with Avast, and my addons were missing from the toolbar and I had to reinstall all of them. This has actually been happening for a while this year and I'd like to know what's causing this. Please can anyone help me?

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 07:58:44 PM »

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2015, 08:50:09 PM »
Thank you, but how can I verify the add-ons and make them stay installed by default?

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 08:53:25 PM »
You can't unless you are the developer of a add-on.

Only thing you can try/do :
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=180835.msg1279276#msg1279276

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2015, 10:49:38 AM »
Thank you. I already set xpinstall.signatures.required to false and that doesn't seem to have helped. I can still install the add-ons, but they don't stay installed by default sometimes and the pages where I install them from all come up with the message "Another program on your computer would like to modify Firefox with the following for each of my add-ons". Can I solve this by installing an ESR version of Firefox, and, if I can do that, then how can I transfer my old data and settings over?
« Last Edit: December 30, 2015, 10:58:21 AM by caroline.kenyon »

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2015, 01:14:38 PM »
If it is asking "Another program on your computer would like to modify Firefox with the following for each of my add-ons" or not depend on your settings.

For transferring "data" this seems to me a good option for you > about:preferences?entrypoint=uitour#sync

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2015, 01:39:22 PM »
My advice would be to use a more simple solution: do not update Firefox using AVAST.

Do it manually when prompted by Mozilla or check weekly for FF updates using the Help tab >  About Firefox option.  Typically the download/install of a new version takes less than 60 secs and a restart of FF.  Simple version updates are far quicker.

With xpinstall.signatures.required set to false there should be no issues as regards unsigned Addons. I would guess Firefox doesn't like the AVAST updater tool so just don't use it.  It is unnecessary if you're diligent with your PC maintenance and check regularly for updates.     

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2015, 01:45:07 PM »
Well, this has been happening a lot every time I restart Firefox. The add-ons used to stay installed by default and open up the tab I was on before I closed Firefox, but now I have to keep re-installing them and this may have no connection to Avast. How can I fix this? By the way, thanks for telling me how I can not update Firefox using Avast.  Also, that Firefox ESR version is for organizations and I'm not a member of an organization.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2015, 02:05:46 PM by caroline.kenyon »

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2015, 03:10:10 PM »
All I can tell you is that I'm not having this problem with FF and it is up to date.

As indicated I am using the: xpinstall.signatures.required set to false FF about:config setting and the only Addon which I have reported as being unsigned is, ironically, "avast Online Security" ie. the older version with WebRep as I do not like the more recent signed but intrusive AVAST browser protection.

But if there was a general problem with FF Addons requiring reactivation on reboot, whether caused by AVAST/AVAST's updater or not, I would have thought more people would have been reporting it.       

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2015, 03:54:37 PM »
Okay. I'll post a screencap of the problem if it happens again, and, if anyone knows how to fix it, maybe they can post a solution.

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2015, 07:31:23 PM »
Hi Caroline,

Apparently the author of the CTR (Custom Theme Restorer) extension has noted the following...

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AVAST AV software,"Browser Cleanup" and disappearing Firefox add-ons.
If Avasts "Browser Cleanup" still accidentally removes Firefox add-ons consider removing or disabling "Browser Cleanup" feature.

You can do this via, Control Panel > Programs & Features > Avast > Change.
Remove the "offending" feature.

If you need any extra assistance, go to forums.mozillazine.org.
Seems to be a bit of a problem, lately.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2015, 07:39:00 PM by Mike23 »
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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2016, 11:52:33 PM »
Hello, I just updated Firefox (without using Avast) and got the problem again. A screencap of the problem is attached to the post. If anyone knows a solution to the problem, please can they notify me of it? Anyway, thanks for the link to the mozillazine forums. I could post my screencap there too and see if anyone there can help me solve the problem too.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2016, 11:57:27 PM by caroline.kenyon »

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2016, 12:28:42 AM »
That is not a problem at all.
It is just a question.
FireFox detects that avast want to install that plug-in and is asking you if it is ok to do so or not.

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2016, 08:54:15 AM »
Well, what's happening in that screencap is that I have to install all my add-ons all over again when I update Firefox, and they won't stay installed. I'd like to know how to fix this. By the way, I removed Browser CleanUp from Avast and the problem is still persisting.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2016, 08:59:45 AM by caroline.kenyon »

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Re: I have to reinstall addons when I update Firefox with Avast
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2016, 01:03:21 PM »
Already removed FireFox completely and installed it fresh again ?

On a note:
Removing through control panel does not remove everything.
You will need to remove leftovers manually.