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  • Did Firefox suddenly forget all of your passwords? Blame Avast. Again

    Posted on June 14th, 2019 at 19:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If Firefox suddenly forgot all of your passwords in the past day or so, blame Avast.

    It looks like Avast Antivirus and AVG Antivirus are both blocking the file that Firefox uses to store passwords. Your passwords are still there. You just need a new version of Avast or AVG.

    Martin Brinkmann has the details on ghacks:

    Firefox, just like any other modern browser, supports the saving of authentication information to improve the sign-in process on websites. Instead of having to enter the passwords manually each time they are requested, Firefox would provide the password when needed.

    Firefox saves the data in the file logins.json in the Firefox profile folder.

    Reports suggest that Avast and AVG security applications cause the issue for Firefox users. It appears that the software programs somehow corrupt the login.json file so that Firefox cannot read it anymore.

    Lawrence Abrams on BleepingComputer has the inside story:

    In a Mozilla bug post about this issue, Lukáš Rypáček, an engineering director at Avast, explained that the AVG Password Protection program will block a process’ access to saved logins unless the process is signed by a known and valid Firefox certificate. As Mozilla had issued a new certificate on 5/31/2019 and signed Firefox 67.0.2 with it, but AVG had not included it in the AVG Password Protection program, the Firefox processes were being blocked.

    Apparently Avast has released updates to fix the problem.

  • Woody’s Windows Watch: Dispatches from the browser-war’s front lines

    Posted on February 18th, 2019 at 05:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Internet Explorer isn’t a web browser. According to Microsoft, it’s been demoted to a “compatibility solution.”

    Edge has some big fans, very few users — and it’s about to get a heart transplant.

    Chrome’s the crowd pleaser, but one hare-brained idea (recently rescinded) has to give you pause.

    Firefox keeps on foxing, but in terms of usage numbers, it can’t get a break.

    What should you do?

    Out this morning in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.6.0. Now available – yes, for free — on AskWoody.

  • Mozilla stops rollout of its latest version of Firefox, version 65

    Posted on February 2nd, 2019 at 18:22 admin Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lawrence Abrams on BleepingComputer says

    Mozilla has halted the automatic updates to Firefox 65 as users are unable to browse web sites due to certificate errors. These errors are being caused by conflicts between various antivirus program’s HTTPS scanning and Firefox 65.

    Here in the browsers forum we have confirmation from Charlie and others.

    Abrams goes on to say:

    If you have upgraded to Firefox 65 and are seeing errors when browsing the web that state the “Connection is not secure”, then you are most likely affected by this bug and seeing a conflict between the browser and your antivirus software.

    And offers two workarounds. Various antivirus manufacturers are also distributing a bypass.

  • Keizer: IE and Firefox catch a break last month

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 at 08:18 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer has his usual excellent analysis of the monthly browser statistics:

    For the first time since June, Microsoft’s two browsers managed to hold onto their share of the browser market; the same could not be said of Firefox.

    Edge usage share was flat last month, but IE bumped up a little bit. Astounding.

    It’s a dog-eat-dog world. Surprisingly, Firefox is doing very well financially. But Chrome continues to swallow the earth.

  • Edge is in much worse shape than originally thought

    Posted on December 12th, 2017 at 08:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Great analysis from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld:

    Analytics firm Net Applications revised its methodology to cull bots from its browser share numbers and found that as much as half of the traffic to Edge on Windows 10 was artificially inflated.

    For those running Windows 10, Edge accounts for 10 to 11% of all browser usage, and IE hovers below 10%.

    With Firefox’s new-found moxie, we have a real horse race going here. May the best browser win.

    Until the next one comes along.

  • Recently updated topics you may have missed

    Posted on October 19th, 2017 at 02:09 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s possible you may have missed recent security updates that have been made to Chrome, Firefox, Thunderbird, Java and Flash Player. The following topics have now been updated with the US-Cert alerts, with links:

    Chrome Security Update: US-CERT (Browser)

    Mozilla Security Update: US-CERT (Firefox)

    Mozilla Security Update: US-CERT (Thunderbird)

    Oracle Security Update: US-CERT (Java etc)

    1000002: Links to Flash update resources

    Subscribers to those topics should have received emails with details of the new posts. However, we have had some reports that some people are currently not receiving those emails. If your subscription emails aren’t working, please let us know.

    Also updated recently is AKB3000005: On the subject of Botnets, which was posted last month, but promptly disappeared in a backup-reset of the site.

  • Beware fake “patches” for Firefox

    Posted on October 2nd, 2017 at 10:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got an email from Q, warning that he saw this fake update notice in the wild:

    From the Firefox site:

    To our knowledge those notices are a form of “malvertising“: those fake notices get triggered by code contained in ads that are displayed on otherwise legitimate websites you are visiting and get spread through advertisement networks… they are hosted on randomly generated and quickly changing domains

  • Is Firefox going into a tailspin?

    Posted on August 30th, 2017 at 05:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got this note from @jnperlm

    While this was covered back in June: Mozilla execs clash over whether Firefox has a future, I think you might want to reframe it for your followers as it didn’t seem to garner much attention at the time.

    First, Firefox is going to start collecting more data.

    Second, come some time in November 2017, most of Firefox’s extensions will no longer be supported by Firefox. In fact, I’ve lost some already.

    A way of extending availability of extensions is to convert, even now (I have), to Firefox ESR (I got the extensions I “lost” back), but that too will lose extensions some time in 2018.

    I think many of your readers should take another, or a closer, look at this topic.

    It seems to me that will be the go-to web site to see how this unfolds and which alternatives to Firefox seem to be most effective. By going ESR now, one is stable after November 2017, and can monitor how things shake-down with the alternatives before one has to pull the trigger, when ESR is upgraded to the point where the majority of Firefox’s extensions will no longer function.