Archive for April, 2010

Uninstalling JAVA Console Add-on

Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 3.6, Tips & Tweaks

JAVA seems to be a popular topic lately on this here blog. So here is another Firefox and JAVA related post for your reading pleasure.

Yesterday I was helping a family member at their home with an odd issue with their Firefox 3.6 install on Windows 7. It seems they had several versions of the JAVA Console add-on installed and they could not uninstall them (‘uninstall’ button was greyed out). I am not even really sure what this extension is suppose to since I did not have this add-on installed. From what I have read it is suppose to open the JAVA Console from within Firefox. Yet, on their machine however, it did nothing. (more…)

Locate Your Profile Folder Easily in Firefox 3.6

Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.6, Tips & Tweaks

Locating your Firefox profile folder can be a bit of challenge. While assisting a family member (more on this later) the other day we discovered that with Firefox 3.6, it s very easy to get to your profile folder.

  1. From the Firefox Help Menu, select Troubleshooting Information… or in a new tab type about:support and press enter.
  2. In the new tab that opens there is a section Application Basics, click the Open Containing Folder button
Troubleshooting Information

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Firefox Release Recap: April 2010 Week 4

Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Mozilla News

Just Released

Schedule this Coming Week

  • None

Future Release

  • Firefox 3.5.10 – May 4, 2010
  • Firefox 3.6.4 – May 4, 2010
  • Firefox 3.7a5 – TBD

Below is part of an article Gareon had posted on Go Firefox!

Although I live in Windows, I avoid Internet Explorer – its the Defensive Computing thing to do. My approach is the same as Steve Gibson’s, we run IE once a month to install Microsoft patches, then ignore it until next month.

Not too long ago, on his Security Now! podcast, Gibson suggested further protection from IE by setting both the Internet and Intranet zones to “High” security levels. What the heck, I figured, an extra bit of safety can’t hurt. But it did hurt, and thus, this blog posting.

The advice isn’t new, of course, but I implemented it sometime early this year.
Unfortunately, I also upgraded my main XP machine to service pack 3 around the same time. Thus, when Firefox acted up, I first suspected the service pack. False lead.

The problem was that Firefox couldn’t download files. Rather than spend time researching it, I just ran Chrome the few times I needed to download a file from a website. Since the solution was so simple, the problem didn’t rate much time or effort. My email program, Thunderbird, had no problem saving attached files, so I made due.

The Problem:

Windows XP users (this problem does not occur with Windows Vista and 7) who have made changes to the default security Zone settings in IE (7 or 8), may find themselves unable to download .EXE files with Firefox. Changing the security settings from Medium-High to High for the Internet Zone within IE will cause Firefox not to download .EXE files. Which version of Firefox you are using determines what your options are for getting around this issue:

  • Firefox 3.5 – create a new about:config entry for browser.download.manager.skipWinSecurityPolicyChecks

    1. In a new tab type about:config and press enter
    2. If you get a warning about voiding the warranty, click I’ll Be Careful, I Promise
    3. In the list right-click anywhere and select New
    4. Select Boolean
    5. A dialog box will pop-up asking for preference name, type browser.download.manager.skipWinSecurityPolicyChecks
    6. In the next dialog box, select TRUE
    7. Close the tab and the changes will take effect immediately
  • Firefox 3.6 – currently the only options for Firefox 3.6 users are to either drop the security level in IE for the Internet Zone back down to Medium-High or to use another browser such as Chrome for downloading .EXE file
  • Firefox 3.7 – create a new about:config entry for browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone

    1. In a new tab type about:config and press enter
    2. If you get a warning about voiding the warranty, click I’ll Be Careful, I Promise
    3. In the list right-click anywhere and select New
    4. Select Boolean
    5. A dialog box will pop-up asking for preference name, type browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone
    6. In the next dialog box, select FALSE
    7. Close the tab and the changes will take effect immediately


Source: Computerworld Blogs

Firefox 3.6.4 (Lorentz) BETA Available

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 3.6, Mozilla News, Releases

Mozilla has a released for download and testing purposes a Beta version of the upcoming Firefox 3.6.4 (Lorentz). Included in this release is the new Out Of Process Plugins (OOPP) which allows Plugins (currently Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime and Microsoft Silverlight) to run in a separate process from the main Firefox process. With OOPP, if a plugin should malfunction and crash, only the tab(s) containing the plugin will crash instead of taking the whole browser down. Google Chrome is a browser which uses a type of OOPP technology.


The public release for Firefox 3.6.4 is currently scheduled for May 4th, 2010.

Source:: Mozilla Developers News

Access Blocked Stuff on The Web

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 by gareon in Add-ons, Browsers, Tips & Tweaks

“The web is a generally free place, but some sites and services want to
make it annoying to navigate and enjoy. Stream any video you’d like,
see the sites you need, and get at services you thought were down with
these tips.”
10. Skip Past Annoying User/Pass Requests
9. Read Articles That Rupert Murdoch Wants You Paying For
8. Change User Agents to Get Around Browser Blocks
7. Get to Gmail When It’s Down
6. Get Actually Usable BitTorrent Speeds
5. Get To Sites Taken Down by Traffic
4. Control Computers At Home
3. Download YouTube and Other Flash Videos
2. Access Country-Blocked Streaming TV
1. Roll Your Own Proxy to Access Blocked Sites

Source:  Lifehacker

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Important JAVA Update

Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 by El Guru in Other, Windows, Windows 7, Yahoo

Oracle has pushed out JAVA Version 6 Update 20 to address a sever security exploit. While I am usually pretty good about keeping my plugins such as JAVA updated I did notice I currently had Update 16 installed :(

This update is for Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems including Windows XP, Vista, 7 as well as Server 2003 & 2008. Note: This exploit currently affects users running 32-Bit browsers. To install the update simply go to java.com and click the big red Free Java Download button. The site will auto-detect your operating system and present you with the correct download.

Important Tips:

  • Be sure to pay attention to the install prompts. The installer by default is going to install the Yahoo! Toolbar. Be sure to uncheck the box next to Install the Yahoo! Toolbar.
  • You will need to close Firefox (and any other browsers) in order to complete the install.
  • The installer should remove the older version of JAVA, but some user may need to remove multiple old installs manually. For Windows users this can be done through the (Add/Remove) Programs interface in the control panel.
  • The version is suppose to have an-updater as well, I would strongly suggest leaving this enabled as JAVA is one of those plugins that many people don’t think about updating.

For more info see eSecuirty Planet