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    Firefox 43 now deactivates unsigned add-ons

    Found this after upgrading to version 43 today.

    I knew it was coming, and Eric Lawrence with Telerik told me Mozilla would not extend the deadline for Fiddler.

    Disabled Unsigned Add-on.jpg

    On the plus side, the 64-bit version of Firefox is now available.

    https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

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    Firefox 43 ships with an override to install unsigned add-ons in the browser.

    Load about:config in the browser's address bar.
    Confirm you will be careful if the prompt appears.
    Search for xpinstall.signatures.required.
    Double-click the preference to set it to false.

    Mozilla plans to remove the preference in Firefox 44.
    http://www.ghacks.net/2015/12/15/fir...t-what-is-new/

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    Sadly, that seems to mean the end for my Google Toolbar for Firefox, kept going since it was discontinued by Google by some judicious file editing...
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    Does anyone know what is to happen with the Adobe Acrobat extension, which allowed the creation of PDFs of webpages? Do we depend on Mozilla to sign this? And will they, given Adobe's move to DC versions of all their programs, which leaves my Acrobat v 11.0.13 as the last local install version issued by Adobe? In case it's not obvious, I'm not a fan of DC.

    Oh, and in case any WS Loungers are thus tempted, let's just take it as given that about half of WSLs don't like Adobe at all, and give freely of their opinion to this effect.

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    I wonder how Adblock Plus will do. I consider it the most important add-on I have installed.

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    It's a signed add-on, so it should continue to work.

    I personally was not happy with Adblock Plus' "acceptable ads" policy, and its perfomance issues.

    I switched to uBlock Origin a few months ago and have never looked back.

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    I just did that, and it works like a charm. Be sure to only install trusted add-ons, though, which is now up to you to confirm, so I wouldn't do it if you are not careful about your add-ons...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnFleming View Post
    Does anyone know what is to happen with the Adobe Acrobat extension, which allowed the creation of PDFs of webpages? Do we depend on Mozilla to sign this? And will they, given Adobe's move to DC versions of all their programs, which leaves my Acrobat v 11.0.13 as the last local install version issued by Adobe? In case it's not obvious, I'm not a fan of DC.

    Oh, and in case any WS Loungers are thus tempted, let's just take it as given that about half of WSLs don't like Adobe at all, and give freely of their opinion to this effect.
    I have 11.0.8.4, which works fine with FF43.

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    Early in 2015 Firefox announced that it would be requiring add-ons to be signed. It seems like a reasonable thing to do. Since I don't develop add-on software, I have no idea if there is a charge for this or if you have to buy something. If so then that might be a detriment since most add-ons are freeware or donationware.

    Any add-ons available at addons.mozilla.org are approved and signed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    It's a signed add-on, so it should continue to work. I personally was not happy with Adblock Plus' "acceptable ads" policy, and its perfomance issues. I switched to uBlock Origin a few months ago and have never looked back.
    Addblock Plus has worked well for me and yes, it does occasionally let an ad or two through. If any of the ads are that annoying to me, Adblock lets me manually block them out myself. I do it once and it's gone for good. Yes this does take some time so if uBlock doesn't require that then it's better for those with no time to spare.

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    I've been using
    the "FF-compatible"
    Pale Moon browser
    for the last few years.

    Light, fast and runs all my FF addons
    without any problems.
    I love it and it's excellent!

    Try it with all _your FF addons_
    ...if you don't like it,
    you can always UNinstall it.
    (i just use FF as a secondary browser nowadays...).

    Pale Moon home page & D/L link here:
    http://www.palemoon.org/

    Hope this helps...

    SF99
    - Pale Moon 25.8.1 and FF 43
    - Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (32-bit)
    - Samsung Tablet Galaxy Tab3 / Android 4.2.2
    Last edited by SF99; 2015-12-17 at 13:55. Reason: new info

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    FWIW...

    Like many others, I use but frequently hate Facebook. To help control some of it's excesses, I have been using a plugin called FB Purity. It isn't signed and according to the author it would take a massive rewrite to conform to all the rules Firefox sets out to be approved and signed.

    It is his suggestion to change to the Extended Support Release (ESR) version of Firefox. Apparently this version will not be changing the rules on signed plug-ins. I leave it to you whether this is a good idea or not.

    https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo...nizations/all/
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    +1 for Pale Moon the 32 bit one is reportedly more stable
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    Quote Originally Posted by wavy View Post
    +1 for Pale Moon the 32 bit one is reportedly more stable
    Reported by whom?

    I've been a user and beta tester for some years now, my preference is for the x64 version and I have had almost zero stability issues with any Pale Moon Release version. The only issues I recall experiencing have been from checking reports from others of badly written websites which would affect both versions.

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    The reason I switched to PM was its 64bit version. Worked well for me as well.

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