Posts Tagged ‘firefox preferences’

Firefox Preferences Monitor

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Here’s a handy add-on for Firefox; man, do I hate it when software tries to change my preferences!

Have you ever had a software modify your Firefox settings? It is for instance relatively common that software installations try to modify the homepage and search provider in the web browser. A core issue here from a security point of view is that Firefox – and other browsers as well – do not offer mechanisms to prevent the changes from being made. While you could say that users need to pay attention to installation dialogs, it can also happen that malware makes those modifications.

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Display All Modified Firefox Preferences

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Here’s a handy trick for listing all of the modifications that you’ve made to Firefox (sometimes, it’s easy to forget what we’ve already changed.)

If you are using Firefox as a web browser you have probably made some modifications to it. This can be something simple like a different home page or more sophisticated customizations like about:config under the hood changes.

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Delete Old Extension Preferences in Firefox

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I’d tend to stick with the official Firefox Preference Cleaner myself, but regardless, this still looks like a handy trick to help streamline Firefox a bit.

I’m not really sure why extension preferences that are generated during installation are not deleted when the extensions are uninstalled. That’s in my opinion a serious flaw in the browser. Why would someone want to delete those old extension preferences? First to keep the preference file clean and tiny, second to limit privacy implications and third for better manageability.

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Firefox Preferences Cleaner – Remove Add-On Preferences on Uninstallation

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

If you’re in the habit of constantly installing and removing Firefox add-ons, then here’s a Firefox extension that you might appreciate …

One of the biggest issues that I personally have with Firefox, and that for a very long time, is the fact that add-on preferences are not deleted when the add-on that has written them to the config is uninstalled in the browser. This means that the config file grows over time. Up until now I have deleted obsolete entries in the Firefox preferences manually, but an automated, or even semi-automated, solution would be more than welcome, considering that I install and uninstall many add-ons every month.

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