[Ask dotTechies] Have you been able to successfully update to Firefox 8?November 12, 2011 45 Email article | Print article
I love Firefox. I first tasted Firefox via Firefox 2 and have been a loyalist since then, even with many of my friends and family defecting to the competition such as Chrome. However, Firefox is really starting to piss me off. Whereas Firefox used to be the standard in Internet browser excellence, it has now become a bloated, poorly coded piece of crap. I hate to say this but I find Firefox crashing on me as much, if not more, than Internet Explorer; not to mention how it bleeds memory like RAM grows on trees. My most recent run-in with Firefox failure is updating to Firefox 8, the latest version of Firefox.
Earlier today I updated to Firefox 8 from Firefox 7.0.1 after being prompted by the auto-update feature. Initially all went well. I was able to update just fine and all addons worked (I did have to update a couple). Then a few hours of bliss the crashing started. Out of the blue Firefox 8 just crashed every damn time I opened it. I was baffled as to why this is happening seeing as I had not changed anything (no settings modified nor new addons added). I tried everything to get it to work: Restarting my computer, using a new profile, uninstalling/reinstalling, etc. The bloody thing just wouldn’t stop crashing. Eventually, after using Internet Explorer 9 for a bit (which was painful but at least it worked), I ended up down grading to Firefox 7.0.1, which works just fine (except when I try to clear browsing history — then it crashes, ugh).
I am not sure what is going on but I sent Mozilla bug reports so hopefully they can fix the issue. Whatever the case may be, I have almost had it with Firefox. Mozilla is lucky KeyScrambler Free is only available on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Flock otherwise I would have jumped ship to another browser a long time ago. Has anyone been able to successfully update to Firefox 8? Cast your vote in the poll below.