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How to downgrade Firefox – technipages

As I mentioned last week in my article How to downgrade Google Chrome, there are times when it is necessary. Yes, the creators will tell you to never downgrade your browser. This can pose a security risk since each new iteration of a browser has improved security fixes. However, what else should you do if the latest version, which the browser updates automatically, simply doesn’t work for you?

As long as you have good security software on your computer, you will be fine if you downgrade your browser from one version to the latest stable version.

Just a few years ago, Firefox was the most popular browser. It is always a great choice, safe and fast. I firmly believe that Chrome has taken the lead thanks to seamless integration with Gmail, Docs, etc. This makes sense to most people. But if, like me, you still love Firefox, you probably have it installed on your machines too.

Firefox is updated quite frequently without you knowing it. Each version will feature minor, or sometimes major, bug fixes and security improvements. If you do not want Firefox to update, you will need to change your update settings. Click it “Menu” button (three lines in the top right corner of the screen) then choose «Options». The first tab that will open is «General panel». Scroll halfway up «Firefox updates». At this moment you will see that «Install updates automatically» is selected. Instead, click the circle next to “Check for updates, but lets you choose when to install them.” Also uncheck the box next to “Use a background service to install updates.” Firefox will no longer update automatically. However, keep in mind that you should remember to check for available updates and install them if necessary.

How to downgrade Firefox

If you’re not happy with the current version of Firefox, it’s easy to roll back to the previous stable version, or any other one. First of all, you need to know which exact version you are using. To find out, click on these three lines again and this time choose “Help” near the bottom. From there, click “About Firefox.” A box will appear telling you which iteration you are currently using. In my case, I have version 68.0.1 installed at the moment.

Once you have this information, you will need to go to the Mozilla support page for release builds. The most recent version will appear before yours. Click the one you want to use and a box will open asking you to save the executable file. Click on the downloaded file to start the installation process. Click on “Next,” and choose “Standard installation.” The progress box will let you know where all the files will be saved. Click on the “Continue” and the installation will be completed quickly.

That’s all about it! What other Mozilla or Firefox questions do you need help answering? Leave me a comment or send me an email and I’ll be happy to try to help you by researching and writing an article whenever possible.

Good surfing!

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