Help. How can I re-install Firefox and get rid of Nightly?


(Meditek2) #1

Recovering from a battle with Bitdefender which deleted Firefox, I am now trying to download and re-install FF but I keep getting Nightly pushed at me which I find a PITA for various reasons. I feel it is being imposed on me. I have been happy with FF for years.

My question is how do I find and install good old plain-Jane FF and get rid of Nightly?

Thanks


(Michal Stanke) #2

You can download the Firefox release version from https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/new/?scene=2#download-fx or https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/, if the first link does not work for you.

Please note that downgrading Firefox to older version may break your profile (where Firefox stores your data). Do not forget to make a backup before you start the new installation of Firefox. If you run into issues, refreshing Firefox is a good way to start with.


(Meditek2) #3

These links simply take me the installer that caused the Nightmare in the first place v56.0.1(64 bit). However, I have managed to get rid of the opening Nightscape pic and got it to remember my options once I had remembered a long lost password and discovered refresh or something so I now seem to have recovered the FF I remember.
I would dearly like to know why Nightly was pushed in my face in the first place when I never asked for it?


(Graham Perrin) #4

Whilst I have encountered many peculiarities over the years, I have never encountered that situation.

I wonder whether some recent excitement about the future led you to install it without realising exactly what you were installing.

Pages such as this are reasonably carefully worded:

It’s likely that in some other areas, bloggers are describing Firefox Quantum (just one of the names by which 57 is known) with less care. Causing people to install 57 either:

  1. prematurely, before 57 is release quality; or
  2. without realising the implications of (or overlooking) the yellow alerts in Firefox 56

– no such alerts with extended support release (ESR) 52, I guess. Keyword – and I wonder whether the UPPERCASE SHOUTING BY DESIGN causes some people to naturally IGNORE, WALK AWAY FROM WHAT IS SHOUTED:

  • LEGACY

@meditek2 please: if you can check your browser history, maybe easily identify and recall a web page that misled you, I’ll be very interested. Thanks.


I do not intend to police the blogosphere ;-) but we do need to understand and somehow minimise the negative impacts of situations such as this.


(Graham Perrin) #5

Given the occasional Firefox start page prominence to check out the new, fast, most stable Firefox: it’s very likely that some users with (naturally) no understanding of the word beta will try a pre-release:

2017-10-29 07:04:41 start page, check out Quantum

2017-10-29 07:07:33 try

2017-10-29 07:08:58 most stable

With the same route to Nightly – scroll down a little, to https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/channel/desktop/#desktop-nightly-download – there’s less likelihood of any user gaining a sense of push. The wording is clear enough – with added emphasis:

Enjoy at your own risk. …

– but still, with so many colours and buttons and so on, I do empathise with any casual user who installs a beta, or Nightly, without foreknowledge of possible consequences. And I’m not familiar with other routes/promotions.

Vaguely related

https://mozilla.logbot.info/firefox/20170819#c440016

… great blue-green-violent icon … orange icon with face of real fox …

… blue/green/violet icon is coming back eventually.
they’ve just been messing around and switching icons for the past week or so just for fun. …

https://mozilla.logbot.info/firefox/20171018#c13716946

update to ff 57

– it’s easy for well-meaning advice such as that to be misinterpreted.