I have been resisting using any of the Firefox 3.0 beta’s because of my reliance on Firefox extensions not yet ready for 3.0 but it seems like my Firefox 2.0 keeps bogging down (Perhaps due to my inability to close old tabs). With all the hype about the speed of Firefox 3.0 I decided to start using the release candidate.
However my dependency on extensions was to much to bear so I decided to look for some way to defeat Firefox’s extension checking.
- In the URL bar type about:config which will result in the following warning box:
- Click, “I’ll be careful, I promise!
- Next you see a list of parameters, right-click on the screen and select New>Boolean from the menu dialogue.
- Name the configuration extensions.checkCompatibility then click the false value.
- Right-click again and create a new boolean pair called extensions.checkUpdateSecurity and set the value to false again.
- Restart Firefox
Now the reason there are checks is so that you don’t have a fatal error which is exactly what I got after doing this hack. Some extensions are innocuous and others aren’t I guess my favorites fall into the aren’t category. Luckily you can restart Firefox in safe mode. You’ll get the following dialogue:
Check the Disable All Add-ons box and then click Continue in Safe Mode. Type extensions.check in the filter box which should give you the two keys you set in the earlier procedure. Reset the values to defaults. Then restart Firefox. When you restart you should have all the “safe” extensions activated.
You could then uninstall extensions one-by-one, then repeat the procedure to find the ones that were causing the problems depending on your need for certain add-ons. Oh well, let’s hope there are updates for my favorite extensions soon after next week’s release.