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How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« on: February 14, 2020, 12:40:30 PM »
I installed FireFox 52.9 on an old (14 years) XP machine I have and while it worked OK, I went looking to put on AdBlockPlus on it AFTERWARDS. 

From what I can view, AdBlockPlus is version 3.7 and while it blocks ads, it has really slowed down FireFox 52.9 considerably and in some cases have made some sites now NOT viewable at all.   As an example, I can view Yahoo MAIL but when I sign out and the news articles come into play, if I click on any, majority wont load and I get Firefox (not Responding), a big white box overlay over everything and only recourse is to X out of Firefox session killing everything so yahoo must sense Adblock and kill access to everything it seems.
 
I do know Yahoo has a LOT of ads but it worked prior to the install of AdBlockPlus
 with FF 52.9

I ran a check for virus and also Malwarebytes and everything came back clean.

I would like to REMOVE AdBlockPlus altogether but I dont see it as a program in Control Panel Add or Remove Programs. 

I know it downloaded to somewhere but I dont know Where it is to be able to remove it.

Is there a secret place to look to get it off FireFox completely?

Thanks in Advance.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 12:50:48 PM »
AdBlock Plus is an add-on and can be disabled or removed from Tools > Add-ons > Extensions.  (My personal favorite ad-blocker is uBlock Origin.)


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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 05:54:21 PM »
uBlockOrigin is much better than AdBlockPlus. I've replaced ABP with uBO several years ago.

I don't think you can get legacy addons but I have them archived somewhere. I'll have to look around and see what USB stick I have it on. (I have 8 USB cases and each case holds 6 USB sticks so it sometimes takes me awhile to find what I need.)

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 06:06:11 PM »
It was easier to find than I expected.
I have a folder with 2 xpi files (the old extensions for FF). One is an updater that needs to be installed otherwise uBO will never update and the other is an old version of uBO.

To manually install it drag the files onto an open Firefox window. The will then appear in the addons/extension window.

If you think you want to try it, post in this thread. I'll then upload the folder to my gdrive and sent you the download link in a personal message.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2020, 01:15:02 AM »
I did the Tools> Add-ons> Extensions and I get a box that says
I dont have any add-ons of this type installed. 
(I see no where to select any sort of type).
Yet the ABP stopsign is in the upper right hand corner.
I did add Yahoo to the whitelist of addresses (if that is the best I can do for now).

I guess I would like to try UBlock Origin but I would like to figure out how to
get rid of AdBlockPlus first. 
I would imagine it would not be good to run 2 in parallel.

If I were to UNinstall FF 52.9 and RE-install it, do you think that would rid me of AdBlockPlus.  If an uninstall, would trying mozilla-firefox-45-0-1 that I got from OldVersion.com be maybe a better fit instead of 52.9 ?

I recall having AdBlockPlus on a different XP machine in the past (XP#5) and dont
recall having any issues.  I was probably running FF 43 at that time (as that is the last one I had saved prior to downloading 52.9 (and now 45.0 from Oldversion).

When I say a different machine, this one IS XP# FOUR
and the 20 year old one from work (in the prior thread) was XP# One.  (2 and 3
and 5 are dead gone ~ Hard Drive fried). 

What can I say, I like XP because it works so well with my old equipment
and software I bought to record my LP records to CD discs in Wav and MP3. 
I buy these machines used with XP if I can acquire any local and inexpensive enough.

So Hold off on UBO upload until I can see if I can rid myself of AdBlock Plus first,
but thanks for the offer.


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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2020, 01:04:38 PM »
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If I were to UNinstall FF 52.9 and RE-install it, do you think that would rid me of AdBlockPlus.
I don't know. It seems to me that if the extension is not installed (doesn't show in your addons) then the stop sign should not be on the toolbar.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2020, 01:44:38 PM »


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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 11:58:11 PM »
Well I looked at the remove extensions manually page instructions and when I followed the directions to see, it did not look anything like on the directions and looked a bit complicated to deal with as I am not that technical on this stuff.  It took me a little bit to even figure out how to show a pic here.

I took screen prints to show the stop sign shown yet there are no extensions so ???

Again, do you think if I uninstall FF 52 and re-install it or the version 45 would work.
That I think I can do.
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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2020, 12:56:48 AM »
What happens when you RIGHT-click on the ABP Stop-sign button in the upper-right of the toolbar?  --- You should see a drop-down menu, which includes choices to Manage Extension, REMOVE Extension, and Remove from Toolbar.

If you see this, I would first try REMOVE Extension.  And if that doesn't work, try Remove from Toolbar.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2020, 06:52:29 PM »
Did not see a REMOVE Extension but did see Remove from Toolbar option.

Did Remove from toolbar and the ABP stop sign is now gone from view....
HOWEVER, some sites still say AdBlock is still detected so now I cant see it and if I wanted to
whitelist it, I now cant even do that. 
I guess Remove from toolbar just makes it not viewable (but not delete it?.)

This whole thing is just weird.  Still thinking of uninstalling Firefox 52 and put FF 45 maybe back on
if ya think that would work.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2020, 07:04:10 PM »
Actually I RE-booted the system and the AdBlock stop sign has RE-appeared so it must be removed only for the session.   Its BACK now.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2020, 09:18:23 PM »
This may work for stubborn uninstalls ...

Click on the “Firefox” button, then “Help”, then click “Restart with Add-Ons Disabled” and see if you can delete it.

if no joy, close the browser and then relaunch it while holding down the Shift button on your keyboard. Once the browser has relaunched, go to the Add-Ons Manager and remove AdBlock.
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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2020, 01:05:36 PM »
Well, as you say, No Joy on both choices.

Basically both of your suggestions get me into safe mode and the AdBlock stop sign is NOT present under both of your choices and says All Add-ons have been disabled in Safe Mode.

(But there really are none to delete and nothing ever showed up in the first place.)

Now it seems that when I sign in here, I get a message that this page is NOT SECURE on the initial sign in screen that I have a favorite of (no https) but once I sign in, https is present.
That had not happened previously. 
I think I will just UN-install Firefox and put a different version on to see it that fixes it.
While I liked Firefox in the past, it has become more of a liability to me on my 2 (old) machines lately.   I will do that later tonight and report back on results.
Thanks all for the input.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2020, 02:43:04 PM »

Basically both of your suggestions get me into safe mode and the AdBlock stop sign is NOT present under both of your choices and says All Add-ons have been disabled in Safe Mode.


Are you saying that in the safe mode options after you clicked on the jigsaw puzzle piece icon (Manage your add-ons) that under Extensions you didn't see AdBlock Plus listed?  The ABP icon wouldn't have appeared on the toolbar since everything was disabled on start, but that wouldn't have had an impact on what you saw in the extension manager ... the extensions would show under a "Disabled" heading.
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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2020, 12:17:47 AM »
I never saw ANY extensions when I clicked on the Jigsaw Puzzle piece, (SAFE MODE or NOT).

Oh and I fixed the not secure by updating my bookmark here to have it do a https.  I must have had more than one old bookmark in different folders that did not have the https.

I UN-installed FF 52 and Installed FF 45.

It tossed me up a screen that said AdBlockPlus is available and would I like to add it.
Hell NO... I declined.  Screen print attached.

So appears that it is available somewhere but not installed now and not showing,
and this thread can be officially closed as solved (I guess) but it sure was buried in
deeper than an Alabama tick in a hound dog.

Thanks ALL for the help.