What happened to Mozilla Firefox

Firefox update: questions and answers about the Mozilla browser

Mozilla is steaming up, relies on a high update rate. It used to be months and years before a new browser version was released, now it's only a few weeks. While there are good arguments for the so-called rapid release process ("quick release cycle") from the developers' point of view, many users are unsettled by almost weekly updates. So questions keep coming up: How can I update Mozilla Firefox? What version of Firefox do I have? How can I turn off Firefox updates? The question of what the current Firefox update really brings or what innovations are planned also moves many Firefox users. We bring light into the dark and answer the most important questions about the Mozilla browser below. Follow the links to the individual questions and jump straight to the points that interest you most.

What is Mozilla Firefox?

Firefox is a web browser made by Mozilla. The main task of a web browser is to display and operate websites. Thanks to modern technologies such as HTML5, websites nowadays do a lot more than just keep text and images ready. For example, Firefox displays PDF documents, plays audio and video content, is one of the most popular gaming platforms, conducts video chat conferences or replaces classic Word, Excel & Co. on the web. Due to the huge range of functions, today's web browsers can hardly be distinguished from classic operating systems and are therefore now standard on almost every technical device.

Which browser do I have on my PC?

You can quickly find out which web browser is running on your computer. The developers equip their applications with eye-catching icons (logos). The operating system used also provides an initial indication of the browser at hand. On Windows computers, Microsoft Edge is usually the standard browser (in earlier versions of Internet Explorer). Apple's Safari is usually installed on a Mac. The logos of the most popular browsers look like this:
  • Apple Safari: The logo shows a blue compass with a white and red needle.
  • Microsoft Edge: The icon indicates a wave and has a color gradient from green to blue. With a little imagination, the letter "e" can be recognized.
  • Mozilla Firefox: A red fox wraps around a blue globe on the logo.
  • Google Chrome: A blue circle surrounded by a ring in yellow, green and red - the typical Google colors.
  • Opera: Plain and simple, a red "O" adorns the Opera logo on a white background.
  • Vivaldi: You can recognize the Vivaldi browser by the red frame surrounding a red "V".

How do I install Firefox?

Use a web browser to surf the Internet, check social networks or watch videos on YouTube. Your operating system usually comes with a pre-installed browser. With Windows, Microsoft Edge is included (with older Windows versions it is still Internet Explorer). You decide which browser you use. If it is Mozilla Firefox, install it with just a few clicks:
  1. Use one of the download links in the section Download the latest version of Firefox - where?
  2. After the download, open the download folder on your PC. To do this, for example, use the download menu in the browser (in Edge the three dots at the bottom next to the file name, in Safari the arrow symbol at the top right) and click on the symbol next to the previously loaded file or right-click Show in folder (on the Mac Show in Finder).
  3. Start the installation by double-clicking on this installation file.

What version of Firefox do I have installed?

Firefox reveals in various places which version of the browser is installed.

To check which version of Firefox is installed, go to the page in the address bar about: support on. There you will find the current version number of your Firefox behind the entry "Version". If you prefer to click instead of typing, click on the menu symbol in the top right corner of the browser and then select Help and Via Firefox out. The version number and the information whether you still have the 32-bit or the 64-bit version of Firefox installed will appear in the following window.

Is Firefox only for Windows?

Which Firefox version is current?

Currently (as of May 20, 2021) Mozilla distributes Firefox 88 as the standard version of its browser. The current Firefox update focuses on various bug fixes, improved security and more privacy. The next major update is expected to take place on June 1, 2021, with Firefox 89. The developers are still working on the details, but Firefox users can look forward to improved stability and new functions of their favorite browser.

How to install Firefox updates?

Firefox installs the latest updates automatically by default. Do you want to check whether that worked? To do this, click on the Firefox menu with the three lines in the upper right corner of the browser, Settings andLooking for updates in the Firefox Updates section.

How often do Firefox updates appear?

For most Firefox users, Mozilla distributes a new major version of the browser every six to eight weeks. In 2020, the manufacturer increased the update frequency and is now bringing Firefox updates every four weeks. But that's not all: mini-updates keep appearing between the main versions that fix errors ("bug fixes") and eliminate acute security problems. In addition, Mozilla has various pre-release versions of the browser on offer with the beta, developer and nightly versions. There are much more frequent updates here. In the case of the beta version at least two hours a week, with Nightly even every twelve hours. The versions are aimed at technically savvy users who want to test the latest functions well before the release, and are not made for everyday use. Update grouches, on the other hand, use the ESR version of Firefox, for which a major update is only released every twelve months.

Firefox update: which channel is the right one?

The final Firefox version corresponds to the standard version of the browser and is aimed at the majority of Firefox users; Mozilla distributes it to several million users worldwide via the so-called release channel. So that all new functions behave as expected and do not cause problems, each browser version goes through a six-week beta test by voluntary users before it is finalized. The preliminary draft usually contains all the features planned for the final version and is stable because a quality assurance team from Mozilla has checked it beforehand. However, it often has minor errors and is therefore aimed at early adopters who have no problem with it. With weekly updates remove the quirks that the beta testers notice.

What is Firefox ESR?

Firefox ESR is a special version of the browser that is primarily intended for PCs in large companies or organizations. Instead of "Rapid Release" there is "Extended Support Release", or ESR for short. In other words: In practice everything takes place much more slowly here in order to reduce the support effort. Mozilla only publishes new versions for Firefox ESR every year. In the meantime, maintenance updates every twelve weeks ensure that errors are eliminated and security gaps closed.

How do I change the Firefox update channel?

In order to take a look into the future of the Mozilla browser and to test previously unpublished functions, you have to switch to a pre-release version ("Beta" or "Nightly") instead of the standard version ("Release"). The easiest way to do this is to download the desired version from the manufacturer and install it on your PC. There are also numerous instructions on how to use the update channel using the extended functions under about: config or by changing the system file "channel-prefs.js". This no longer works in the current versions!

How do I update Firefox for Android?

Activate the option “Autom. Update on ”, the Firefox app updates itself on Android.

By default, Android automatically downloads the app updates from the Google Play Store. If you have deactivated the automatic updates, you will have to manually update Firefox for Android. To do this, open the Play Store, tap on the three bars and in the top left My apps and games. Choose from the following app list Mozilla Firefox browser and tap To update to load the update.

Undo Firefox update - is that possible?

The browser does not offer the option to revert to an older Firefox version (downgrade). In principle, switching to an older browser version is also not recommended, as security gaps and errors in the code can only be fixed by updates for new versions. If you still need an old Firefox version for special reasons, proceed as follows: First uninstall the current version. Then download the Firefox version with the desired version number from the Firefox archive and install the. Attention: The auto-update function is activated by default in the Firefox settings. To prevent Firefox from directly updating itself again, change the update settings accordingly. To ensure that Firefox does not load the latest update while you are still changing the update options, simply disconnect the PC from the Internet for a short time.

Can I turn off Firefox updates?

Firefox updates can be deactivated with one click in the settings. Because of the threat of insufficient security updates, you should only use them in exceptional cases and only for a short period of time.

Yes, Firefox offers the option to disable browser updates in the settings. To change the update settings, click on the three bars at the top right Settings, scroll down to the "Firefox Updates" section and click Check for updates but ask before installing. Finished. Mozilla removed the "Don't check for updates" option in Firefox 63 for good reasons. Although there is a detour to retrieve the removed option, this is not recommended. Because in principle it is forbidden to forego browser updates solely for reasons of security. Firefox does not update itself with the currently available option, but you will at least receive a message about the outdated version. Otherwise, there is too great a risk that users will briefly deactivate the updates, for example for test purposes, but later forget to reactivate the updates.

Firefox as the default browser in Windows 10?

Firefox as the default browser in Windows 10? To do this, you simply have to select the Mozilla browser as the "standard app" in the Windows settings.

To surf with Firefox instead of Edge by default under Windows 10, open the Windows settings with the keyboard shortcut, for example WindowsButton and I., click there Apps, left on Standard apps, Microsoft Edge and under "Select app" Firefox. That was it.

Is Firefox Free?

Yes, Firefox is available as a free download on the Internet and Mozilla does not charge any money to use it. Instead, the non-profit Mozilla Foundation behind the browser is financed through donations and collaborations with companies such as Google. Because the Internet giant is costing a few hundred million to make the Google search in Firefox the default search engine. It is unclear whether it will stay that way.

Surfing anonymously with Firefox - is that possible?

That's fine. In order to move around the net undetected with Firefox, for example to bypass geoblocking (Internet blocks for IP addresses from certain countries), you need a VPN extension for Firefox. COMPUTER BILD explains in a separate guide how this works, what advantages a VPN actually brings in Firefox and which Firefox VPN add-ons are recommended:
Firefox VPN: The best free add-ons for anonymous surfing

Firefox extensions: which ones to install?

Mozilla Firefox is already equipped with innumerable functions, but thanks to various add-ons there is a lot more. With the right Firefox add-ons, you can adapt the browser to your personal surfing needs. The following overview shows which add-ons are most popular with Firefox users. The most frequently installed additional programs include download managers, weather radar, FTP server access, translators, website testers - there is something for every taste and every problem. Have fun browsing!

The most popular Firefox add-ons

How long has Mozilla Firefox been around?

On November 9, 2004, Firefox 1.0 was the first final version of the Mozilla browser. But the history of the surfing program goes back further: In 1998 Microsoft dominated the browser market with Internet Explorer. The Netscape Communicator, the only serious competition, follows far behind in second place. At Microsoft, there is no sense of danger and the development of new browser technologies has virtually stopped, and there is a standstill. At that point, a team of freelance programmers set to work to break the dominance of Internet Explorer and develop an open source solution. As part of the "Mozilla Project", the developers are initially working on the Mozilla Suite, a software package consisting of a browser, mail program and other applications, but with moderate success. Much of the code comes from Netscape Communicator, it is slow and cumbersome. The team hands over the suite, which results in the independent SeaMokey project. It is decided to concentrate on the browser. In September 2002 the time had come: "Phoenix 0.1" was the first executable version of a browser from the Mozilla forge. The Mozilla Foundation is founded in 2003, the money comes from the sale of the Netscape brand to AOL. The aim of the non-profit foundation was and is a free browser for free access to the Internet. A year later, the release of Firefox 1.0 took a big step closer to that goal. It will then take a good two years for Firefox 2.0 to see the light of day. In 2008 the goal will be achieved: Firefox is the darling of Internet users and breaks all records. With over 500 million downloads within 24 hours, Firefox 3.0 even lands in the Guinness Book of Records. In the same year, Google also entered the market with the Chrome browser, which from 2012 developed into the new Internet Explorer with absolute market dominance.

What have been the most important Firefox updates so far?

In 2014, Firefox's new Australis design caused heated discussions.

In the more than 15-year history of the Mozilla browser, numerous Firefox updates have already appeared. But in view of the high development speed and the short update intervals, the changes between the individual versions are no longer so serious and mostly only recognizable for enthusiasts. But that doesn't apply to all browser updates. With the Australis design of Firefox 29 and the technically even more important Quantum update in Firefox 57, Mozilla has reinvented its browser twice over the past few years and turned it upside down.

How can I completely uninstall Firefox?

Like any other Windows program, the easiest way to uninstall Firefox is through Windows Settings. But that's not enough to remove all traces of the Mozilla browser. The user profiles with your personal surfing data such as bookmarks, passwords or cookies remain unaffected by the deinstallation. Background: Reinstall Firefox and, thanks to the old profile, simply continue surfing where you left off. To delete your Firefox profile, press WindowsButton and R., tap % AppData% \ Mozilla \ Firefox \ Profiles and click on OK. All profiles saved on the PC now appear in the following Explorer window. Delete all the folders to get rid of any memories of your Firefox browser.

How can I reset Firefox?

If you have problems with Firefox, the option "Clean Firefox" will help.

To reset the browser, tap about: support in the address line and press Enter-Button. On the following page, click Clean up Firefox and follow the further instructions to reset the browser to the default settings. But be careful, the process will delete all user settings and installed Firefox add-ons. However, personal surfing data such as bookmarks, history & Co. are retained.

Mozilla Firefox: the best browser for surfing?

You decide which browser best suits your surfing habits. In the meantime, thanks to generally binding standards, Chrome, Firefox, Edge & Co. only differ in nuances in everyday use. Accordingly, it is more a matter of habit which browser someone surfs with. With Mozilla Firefox you are definitely choosing one of the best browsers on the market.Since the Firefox Quantum update, the Mozilla browser also has a modern substructure, the rendering engine ensures a quick drive and numerous additional services and add-ons offer a lot of flexibility to meet individual requirements. Regular updates keep the browser up to date and always provide new functions.

Is Firefox an operating system?

No, Firefox is "just" a modern web browser that runs on an operating system such as Windows or Android. With Firefox OS, Mozilla tried to establish its own operating system for the mobile market, but without success. In 2016, the manufacturer stopped developing Firefox OS as a smartphone operating system.

Disable notifications in Firefox?

Constantly annoying references to new content from various websites in Firefox? No problem: To curb the flood of so-called push notifications, proceed as follows: Click on the menu icon with the three bars at the top right of the browser, Settings, in the left column privacy and there under "Permissions" Settings. Below is a list of all the sites that will send you notifications. Here you can delete all websites from which you do not want to receive notifications about new articles etc. in the future.

Bookmarks disappeared in Firefox - what to do?

If your bookmarks disappeared after a Firefox update, you can restore them with a simple trick. If you have not already done so, open the Firefox browser and press the at the same time Ctrl-, Shift- and B.Button to open bookmark management. Once there, you can continue with clicks on Import and backup, Restore as well as the desired bookmark backup in the following drop-down menu. Finally confirm by clicking on OK loading the backup file.

What is "Private Mode" in Firefox?

In private mode, Firefox does not save any browsing information such as history or cookies and does not leave any traces when you end the session. New Firefox versions also offer improved protection against activity tracking, which prevents third parties from logging your surfing behavior across multiple websites. To start a private session, click on the menu symbol (the three bars at the top right) and select New private window.

How can I use Firefox on my PC and mobile phone?

If you use Firefox on different devices, activate “Firefox Sync” for more comfort when surfing.

With "Firefox Sync", the Mozilla browser has built in a useful function that brings your bookmarks, open tabs, history & Co. to all devices. In order for the Mozilla synchronization service to synchronize your surfing data between different Firefox instances, you first need a free Firefox account. If you don't already have one, set one up. Then log into your Firefox browser with the account. On the PC, click on the Firefox account icon in the top right corner of the browser, Sign in to Firefox and follow the instructions. Once you have logged in, the browser loads all of your data onto the Mozilla server. To adjust the selection of the browser data to be synchronized, call up the sync settings, for example by clicking on the Firefox account icon or by clicking about: preferences # sync call. To activate Firefox Sync in the Firefox Android app on the mobile phone, tap on the three dots in the upper right corner, Settings, Log In and log in to the sync service with your access data.

StartPage as the default search engine

Firefox uses Google as the search engine by default. Alternatives such as DuckDuckGo, Ecosia or Bing can also be set up as a standard search via the settings. However, the discrete search engine Startpage cannot be found among the services set at the factory. You can add StartPage to Firefox in no time with an add-on. visit https://www.startpage.com, click the button Add to Firefox and on the new page on the button + Add to Firefox, on Add and up OK. Alternatively, use the download from COMPUTER BILD.
To download: Download StartPage for Firefox

Import Firefox credentials

Import saved access data from another browser or a CSV file - no problem for Firefox.

Firefox allows you to import saved usernames and passwords from other browsers or files. You can find the corresponding function by clicking on the three-bar menu at the top right as well Access data and passwords. Firefox opens the page about: logins. There click on the three dots in the upper right corner and select the desired option. Note: If you see the entry Import access data from file ... you have to activate the function first. Open the page about: config, look there for signon.management.page.fileImport.enabled and set the value by clicking on the button with the two arrows true and close the page.

Firefox Dark Mode

If you don't like the preset design, just change it.

A dark design is a trend in many programs, operating systems and apps. Firefox also has a dark theme on board. It can be switched on with just a few clicks. Click on the menu with the three bars in the upper right corner, Add-ons, Themes and click at Dark (deactivated) on the button Activate.

Firefox: Turn off JavaScript

Since the major version 88, JavaScript is automatically activated in PDFs in Firefox. This may be useful for selected use cases, but it is also a security risk. If you want to minimize this, you'd better disable JavaScript in PDF files. The corresponding option can be found in the advanced settings. How to do it:
  1. You type about: config in the address line and press Enter.
  2. Confirm by clicking on Accept risk and continue.
  3. Tap in the search box above pdfjs.enableScripting a.
  4. Switch the corresponding option to "false" by clicking on the arrow button at the end of the line.
Firefox now ignores JavaScript code embedded in PDF files. If you need the function at a later point in time, simply switch it on again by setting the above option back to "true".

What is Site Isolation?

Site isolation is a new security feature. Mozilla is currently testing it (as of May 20, 2021) in the nightly and beta version of Firefox. The newly designed security architecture provides that Firefox treats each website in a separate process. This is to prevent attackers from stealing information that you enter on other sites. So far, Site Isolation is only available to a small number of users; Mozilla plans to distribute the function to more users in the course of 2021. If you want to try the feature, turn it on as follows:
  1. Call about: preferences # experimental on.
  2. Activate the checkbox Fission (Site Isolation).
  3. Restart Firefox.
  1. Call about: config on.
  2. Confirm by clicking on Accept risk and continue.
  3. Set the option fission.autostart to "true".
  4. Restart Firefox.

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