Tech question

Anyone out there using Firefox and NoScript?

I installed it earlier this week, then got really tired of having to pick and choose what sites I would let show scripts, so I uninstalled it. Now it doesn’t show the proper display for Hot Air, and only Hot Air. The javascript wrapper is completely gone; only the raw (and ugly) html is displayed.

For the hell of it, I tried reinstalling and uninstalling it. No dice.

Anyone? I’m pretty sure there’s something resident in Firefox from the NoScript installation, but I don’t know where to begin to look. I’m using the latest release,

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8 Responses to Tech question

  1. A Steve says:

    I haven’t used NoScript (just AdBlock for me), but I have tried to clean out extension crud before. Just go to about:config and type in NoScript. That should pull up a lot of the things NoScript mucked with. You can reset them to default and see if that helps.

  2. Steven says:

    Hi Meryl,

    All I can suggest is opening up a new Firefox Profile… and for the future there is a plugin called “QuickJava” which will allow you to enable/disable Javascript at the click of a button.

    If you would like me to create a ready made profile for you, send a comment my way at – with a list of all the extensions you currently use if possible.


  3. A new profile? Which means I have to change all my bookmarks, etc.? I only have a couple of extensions. AdBlockPlus is about the only one I can think of off hand. The video downloader doesn’t work anymore. But losing all my bookmarks and things?

    Not acceptable.

    There were three NoScripts. I set them all to default and they disappeared. But still no dice.

    Damn it. There’s a wrapper that’s not being activated. This is pissing me off no end.

  4. Weird problems in Firefox are ALWAYS due to a corrupted profile. I agree with Steven — the quickest and easiest way to fix it is to make a new one. No need to lose your bookmarks, though.

    Before you do anything else, back them up in a safe place. Use Windows Explorer and look under C:\Documents and Settings\[your name]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[a few random letters].default for a file named “bookmarks.html” and another named “bookmarks.bak”. Those are your bookmarks and bookmark backup file. Copy both to a safe place.

    Once you have done that, delete the entire contents of the Profiles folder. (Really!)

    Now, run the Firefox installer. Install it right over the existing installation, and it will create a new profile, including new “bookmarks.html” and “bookmarks.bak” files.

    Close Firefox. Use Windows Explorer to copy your old bookmarks files over the new ones (overwrite them), and you’re done. Open Firefox, and all your bookmarks will be back just the way you left them.

    Now, you need to install whichever extensions you want. AdblockPlus is excellent. I also recommend FlashBlock.

    I’d also recommend Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer, which backs your bookmarks up to a server. You can use it to share bookmarks between 2 or more computers very easily, or just to back up your bookmarks securely.

    You can also back up your entire profile using a neat extension called FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension), and restore from that backup in the future if you should run into similar problems.

    If you like, you can also make a list of all your installed extensions, themes, and plug-ins using either InfoLister or Extension List Dumper.

  5. Steven says:

    Don’t worry, you won’t lose your bookmarks. :)

    Morton is right, but there is another (perhaps easier) way to do this.

    I will email you with the details.

  6. Steven says:

    @Meryl: Did you get the emails?

  7. I’ve been busy, Steve. Haven’t had a chance to glance at anything but work email this morning.

  8. A Steve says:

    You can also try using MozBackup and just not backing up the extensions. Wouldn’t that work?


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