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    Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    Do any of you experienced FF folks have a suggestion about how to come up with a list of sites that might be allowed (in the Options screen) to install software? Or maybe one or more of you have a list that might be pertinent for others (like me) as a starter. In its native condition, the window has a couple of Mozilla sites and one I've never heard of. What I'm thinking, for example, what if my Trend Micro AV updates were to get disallowed from installing a tweak or update to the scan engine and I wouldn't even be aware that this were happening. The only thing I have learned is that if you disallow, you can't even install Themes and that's an example of what I mean by not being aware - you click on a theme install link and nothing happens, no warning message or whatever.

    Now, if there are many of you who believe that one should disallow, how does one go about installing a new or updated theme, i.e. which file inside the .JAR file is the "executable" to run?

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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    There seems to be an absence of documentation on exactly what that setting/dialog does. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> However, I believe it is very limited in its scope, referring to changes and extensions to Firefox itself, rather than any other type of software installation. For example, it would not block you from downloading and saving an EXE or ZIP file. I do recall that if you don't allow at least the main mozilla sites, then Firefox's built-in "self-update" stops working.

    Now, what unrecognizable sites do you have listed?? Here's a relatively clean list.
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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    The "Allow web sites to install software" setting is a bit misleading and applies to extensions and add-ons for Firefox. Other executables need to be saved to disk. Firefox should not interfere in any way with updates to Trend Micro AV.

    My list of allowed sites is empty but this is due to the way I work. I have 3 versions of Firefox and multiple profiles, so for me it is easier to copy the extension or theme installation files to disk and install from there rather than the web site. The whole process is made easier thanks to the MR Tech's Local Install extension

    If you install from web sites then one of the safest options is to only install extensions and themes from Mozilla Update. This does save you from having lots of "Allowed sites"

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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    Thanks to you and Tony for the comments. Here's the way mine looks and I didn't put these in there. I don't know why that third one is there, for it seems to be a private webmail site of some kind. Anyone heard of it.

    Anyhoo, thanks for the wisdom about the FF uniqueness of this. I think I'll add the ones you have in yours and delete that last one and see what happens from there.
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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    After taking a look at your Mr Tech Local Install link, I thought I'd explain what initially led me to ask the question. That looks pretty heavy and I've gotta go back and read some more to figure out if it's something I should do.

    When I first installed FF, I decided to install a few themes just to see if I could change the plain vanilla folders on the personal toolbar. I went to the themes page and clicked "install" on a few and they were immediately installed on-line for me. In later times, I was tweaking my settings and noticed that setting for allowing web sites to install software. Since I, like most of you, hardly EVER do that, I almost always DOWNLOAD software simply to keep it in my archives for possible future use, I turned OFF the "allow" setting. OK, no big deal, right?

    Then this morning I wanted to add a few more themes, clicked on the install button and nothing happened! So, I right-clicked to download and save the .JAR files except once I did that I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to install them (.JAR is not an "installable" file suffix, at least not on my machine). So I went back to my options screen, re-ticked the allow button and successfully installed the themes I wanted. That's my story and I know I'm a really newbie yokel at this open source stuff.

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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    You can remove texturizer.net from the list. It used to be a repository for Firefox extensions but has ceased operation.

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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    Done.

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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    You can drag and drop the .jar file into the theme manager or use File>Open to install the theme. You can do the same with the .xpi extension files.

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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    Done also! Thank you, I didn't know that would work but I just tried it on a theme and it works like a charm.

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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    Roxio.com should be added, or the software patches on their site won't install. Unfortunately, Roxio won't let you just download and install yourself; you're forced into a Web install to get patches, updates, etc., and if Roxio.com isn't in that list, the install fails.

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    Re: Firefox Allowed Software Install (FF 1.0.7)

    What you're saying about Roxio makes sense in an ActiveX world like IE, but I'm surprised that they would do a similar sort of thing for Mozilla/Firefox.

    Anyway, I only have the basic version of Roxio that came with my computer and I get the updates from Dell, if I remember to check. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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