Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Oregon, USA
    Posts
    81
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    Wondering if anyone can tell me how to UNinstall Firefox if it's not on the Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel? (XP Home) I wanted to install FF 2.0 but the main reason it's acting weird --- starting up all by itself and/or spawning new tabs ad infinitum. Rather than trying to figure that part out, I thought I'd just uninstall it. Why on earth is it not on the list? Any suggestions? Can I just delete the FF folder? I'd like it to keep my preferences etc if possible. thanks for the help. Callie
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    ---- Arthur C. Clarke

  2. #2
    Gold Lounger Rebel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    3,024
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    Are you sure it's not listed as MOZILLA Firefox in the add/remove programs list?
    John
    A Child's Mind, Once Stretched by Imagination...
    Never Regains Its Original Dimensions

  3. #3
    Platinum Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    A Magic Forest in Deepest, Darkest Kent
    Posts
    5,681
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    Callie

    Look in Add or Remove Programs
    Jerry

  4. #4
    Super Moderator jscher2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Silicon Valley, USA
    Posts
    23,112
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 93 Times in 89 Posts

    Re: FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    Spawning new tabs could be the result of a page that tries to spawn new windows if you have ticked the box to direct new windows to tabs instead. The script might "try again" if it doesn't find the window. If you post the URL of the page that does this, we can sniff around and see what's going on. If it happens regardless of the site, perhaps one of your extensions is the problem?

  5. #5
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Oregon, USA
    Posts
    81
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    Thanks for all the suggestions. No, it's not listed anywhere in Add/Remove Programs, and it doesn't have its own Uninstall that I can find. The new tabs happen on different pages with no warnings AND FF even starts up by itself so it doesn't seem like extensions. It's only on my laptop. I thought about spyware etc but it's been scanned by several different programs and comes up clean. I'm hoping that if I can get it off and then install 2.0....
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    ---- Arthur C. Clarke

  6. #6
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    Posts
    602
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    Sounds quite strange. If you haven't already, it may be worth installing and running CCleaner (see <post:=616,137>post 616,137</post:> for the latest release). This has an additional add/remove programs utility built into it which might help; it can also scan for missing program files and and try to correct the problem.

    Another possibility (slightly convoluted) is to download the FF1.5* installation file and run it again. It should have an option to repair your current installation. If that runs successfully, you should then have the option to remove it in "Add/Remove programs".
    Waggers
    If at first you do succeed, you&#39;ve probably missed something.

  7. #7
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Blackpool, Lancashire, England
    Posts
    53
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    You should be able to locate the uninstall utility in Firefox Folder { ...Program FilesMozilla Firefoxuninstalluninstall.exe }
    or equivalent.
    Windows XP SP3

  8. #8
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Oregon, USA
    Posts
    81
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    Yup, silly me. I finally thought to look in the Mozilla folder. Not only was there an Uninstall.exe, it left all my preferences/settings so when I installed 2.0 everything was there. I haven't had time to see if that cured the spawning problem though. If not, I'll get some more investigatory power involved.... Thanks, Callie
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    ---- Arthur C. Clarke

  9. #9
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Oregon, USA
    Posts
    81
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: FF uninstall (FF 1.5 ish)

    Darn, FF 2.0 is still doing it. I have an RSS feed and I wondered if that might be what's triggering it --- would explain why it happens no matter what page I'm on. And Yes, that's an extension, which was already mentioned, thanks, as a possible cause of the trouble. Just have to get back and disable that to see..... Thanks for all the help. Callie
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    ---- Arthur C. Clarke

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •