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Forum Thread: Firefox 3.5 not running OSI

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abanerji Firefox 3.5 not running OSI
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I have a Compaq laptop. Key software components are:-

XP pro SP2 (fully patched) with IE 6 (patched)
Firefox (just upgraded from 3.0.17 to 3.5.7)
AVG free (also just upgraded from 8.5 to 9.0.725, virus DB 270.14.133/2612)
ZA basic firewall free 7.0.483

Two months ago, I did a secunia online scan through firefox 3.0 and it went smooth. Now, when I try the same through firefox 3.5, the scan cannot be started. I give permission to secunia's java applet, but the web page doesn't load fully.

I try the same scan through IE, and the process goes smooth.

I have another assembled PC, with similar software components as my laptop mentioned above. However, in this PC, firefox is still 3.0.17, and AVG 8.5 (updated). When I try the secunia scan through firefox 3.0 there, it runs smooth.

Any clues as to what is happening please? Thanks,


Anthony Wells RE: Firefox 3.5 not running OSI
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Last edited on 11th Jan, 2010 22:16
@abanerji ,

I have just run an OSI with Ff version 3.5.7. correctly .

Have you checked that Java and Javascript are enabled in Firefox ))use the Firefox "Tools" tab (top left of Ff) select "options" in dropdown menu , select "content" tab (( ??

Is your Java up to date ??

Which of your browsers is selected by default ??

Have you thought of downloading and using Secunia's PSI ??

Why not upgrade to XP SP3 and IE 7 , both are free and offer security enhancements over SP2 and IE 6 . IE8 may or may not suite your system (it does not suite mine).

Anthony

PS: Zone Alarm's Free Firewall is now at version 9.1.007 .

Here is a link to Ian "Gizmo" Richards website and a review of the latest free firewalls :-

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-firewall...

This is an excellent source of unbiased info on loads of freeware .

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abanerji RE: Firefox 3.5 not running OSI
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Thank you, especially for the firewall comparison link. However, happy to report that my problem is since solved. Here's the detail, sharing for benefit of others ( http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=37&t... ). My final post in the firefox forum:-

"[i]Well, firefox was not at fault :D

Had posted in AVG forum too, and was suggested to temporarily disable AVG components ... had read elsewhere about their link scanner technology creating conflicts. Disabled link scanner, and all back to normal. Secunia ran merrily in firefox!

Lessons for me (sharing with others) :-

a) AVG 8.5 in my laptop had link scanner enabled ... no issue ever. But, link scanner in AVG 9 created problems.

b) Even firefox 3.5 was acting very slow, and was needing continuous refreshes ... no issue once link scanner shut down.

c) I generally don't make major simultaneous changes, e.g., both AV and browser upgrade one after another. I make one change ... try the new program a few days, then when all appears fine, upgrade the other app. This time, I was in a hurry and upgraded both firefox and AVG on same day ... in the process, have had to spend more time troubleshooting, posting in forums, etc. Moral of the story is obvious!

I have been using firefox since 2005 or 2006, and been very happy ... good to learn that 3.5 is perfect. Thanks to all ... keep up the good work[i]"

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Anthony Wells RE: Firefox 3.5 not running OSI
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You remind me that I used to have AVG Free AntiSpyware , which was a great trojan killer (based on ewido) , and Link Scanner when it was independent .

Adding these two to their A/V scanner produced a programme which had major clashes with my security suite . Their Ff plug-ins gave me a lot of difficulty wit version 3.0.x , so I abandonned the lot .

Using Gizmo's site , he recommended LinkExtend , not quite the same as LinkScanner , but uses 7 site adviors and has a superb search facilty with it's own engine :-

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/107...

The website has some extra info .

You can close the toolbar to save space and the site advisor rates your search items , you need the toolbar visible to check a particular site you may reach .

Having read your linked forum , if you want to switch from AVG , ten Gizmo's site has an up to date review of A/V and A/S FREE software .

IN the left side panel of the home page is a security wizard which helps refine your needs and wants .

Glad you resolved the problem
Take care
Anthony

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abanerji RE: Firefox 3.5 not running OSI
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Thank you for the Gizmo's link. I have often come across such good links from forums.

I am bookmarking Gizmo's website, and will go through at a later time.

Regards,
abanerji

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