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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2020, 11:56:05 AM »
Interesting because it says another program  on your computer...
The address bar also shows about:newaddon

Let me see if I can find out what the mystery program is and where about:newaddon hides.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2020, 12:29:46 PM »
I can search XP from within my Win 7 computer and I did that to get the following.

Can you go to C:\Documents and Settings\Garry\Application Data\Mozilla\
at this point I have 3 subfolders: extensions, Firefox and SeaMonkey

Extensions is empty on mine.
Firefox has Crash Reports and Profiles.
In the only profile, I have an adblockplus folder and down further adblockplus-rules.json
I don't know why it is present unless another extension uses the same info.

I also have an extension folder under the profile and when I open that, I see 8 items. Most of the extensions are simply a set of alphanumeric strings. These are the xpi files. I had to figure out what each string represented.
AdBlockPlus starts with {08..
I don't have it installed because I've identified the strings.

Now I'm off to see about that newaddon id?={d10d...} to see what is trying to force ABP on you.

{d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d} is AdblockPlus.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2020, 12:36:20 PM »
I'm not sure why my notes say ABP starts with o8 because when I searched for {d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d} it is AdBlockPlus.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2020, 09:12:30 PM »
I did the search and it tossed up 880 system files.

Got a warning that I should not mess with system files
and I dont know a whole bunch about this stuff and a bit
apprehensive just deleting things willy-nilly.

I really dont know what all this stuff is and all the cryptic numbers associated with it.
Again, I am not that technical on this PC stuff

I did not find anything in the Extensions folder at top of page (1st screen print) but rolling down, I found browser extension data (on 1/19/2020) which I estimate the time I installed FF 52 and AdBlock just afterwards.
This matches the d10 string you mentioned in 2nd screen print attached below.

I did not find (in the 880 files) any string that started with 08...

AdBlock is not coming up on my version 45 of FF now when I boot up so do we really want to mess with it anymore?  Right now FF 45 is working great.

I forgot to ask you about the other UBlock thing you and Corrine suggested, if
that is a better choice and easy to install (or uninstall).

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2020, 12:49:40 PM »
As long as v 45 is working, I agree don't mess with 880 files from who knows what.

uBlockOrigin is easy to install.
I went here https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock-for-firefox-legacy/releases
downloaded the xpi file for version 1.16.4.18
I thought I'd have to do something but I got a popup window about installing and it installed.
 As far as removing, any addon that I want to remove, I click a remove button or a trashcan. (I don't remember what FF v 45 looks like.
If you click Tools then addons, you will see 3 chocies to the right of each addon: options, disable and remove. (If it is the same as the Palemoon I use).

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2020, 11:08:20 PM »
Thanks for the link for UBlock.  Will give it a whirl.
I did learn a few things like where to get old versions of stuff I would use so
thanks again for everyone who tried to help me out.
 
Regarding the 880 System files, I have had this machine for 14 years (bought
new) and it came Pre-loaded with all sorts of stuff since it was advertised as XP
Professional
.  Be it over the 14 years or initially, I have no idea what all this stuff
is. It had WORD but that was only a 30 day trial and they STILL try to sell it to me
if I open up a word doc and dont go thru Open Office to do it.  Many years ago, I
loaded Open Office and I use that. 

Only thing I use that is not Open Office is Notepad and WordPad.

This machine said it had a 80 gig hard drive but ACER steals half of that for some
sort of backup and so as far as I am concerned, it was only a 40 gig usable drive
to me.  And even then it is not a full 40 gig split so where the rest of it is, I dont
know.  I try not to load any special tool bars or features or extensions and use this machine to
play games (mostly offline) but some online and I also use it to copy and make
Music CD's from my LP records before I sell the albums.  I go online to research stuff and started with Mozilla when IE 8 stopped support on it and many sites would not work with IE.

A totally different subject question though.

Not that I need it yet, but I only have 19 percent free space left and I know that
once I get under 15 percent I wont be able to do a Defrag. 
I would like an opinion if I can get rid of some of the stuff I NEVER used and
would not know how to use it even if I wanted to. 

This is to free up some space on the (usable) disc drive C (if and when I need it).

Attached are screen prints of my programs but the ones I would maybe like to get
rid of (or would I be asking for trouble if I do), are circled in red on the third screen print (to get some extra disc space once I go below 15 pct left). 

They are Microsoft.NET Framework,
Microsoft SQL Server and
Microsoft Visual C++ items.


I have no idea what this stuff does or is and I think it maybe has something to do
with the XP Professional stuff on this Machine???
I would use the Control Panel Add or Remove Programs function to delete.

Any ballpark consensus if this would mess something up if I deleted this stuff?  I am not technical enough to put in a bigger or additional drive.

And again, thanks for all the help.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2020, 12:10:58 PM »
Don't remove any of the Visual C++ items. Yes it will mess up the computer.
I don't know about the SQL Server. I'll have to look into that.

Above the red box I see some MS Office items. If you don't use Office 2003 and 2007, why are those items on the computer?

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2020, 01:31:38 PM »
I thought maybe MS office items Web components had something to do with getting online (as in Internet Explorer).  I dont know this stuff, maybe has something to do with Notepad and WordPad (Which I do use still).

But the big one is the .NET framework.  Lots of space to be had there.
.Net is NOT on my XP1 (20 year old) machine but then again it is not a Professional load.

Will leave the Visual C++ items alone then.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2020, 01:35:38 PM »
My XP computer has Office 2007 so I can't check that because I'll see MS Office items.
My Windows 7 computer has LibreOffice. I also use Notepad and Wordpad and I do not have anything pertaining to MS Office so I think it is safe to remove them. (I'd make a restore point first).

According to my notes XP did not ship with .NET but my husband's offline XP has .NET 1.1. It probably came through with a Windows update when XP was still receiving updates. My occasionally online XP has .NET 1, 1.1 and 2.1.

I'm finishing up getting a computer ready for someone so I haven't had time to do any searching on the SQL issue. I'll get to it, I'm just not sure when.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2020, 02:29:18 PM »
The .NET Framework is required to run many Windows applications.  Uninstalling it may cause some applications to cease to function.  It is 'safe' to uninstall with that caveat (you can always reinstall).

There are three ways .NET Framework typically gets installed on a computer ... by default with Windows installation, an application that required it installed it automatically, or an application directed to a separate download site to install a particular version.

To remove all existing versions of .NET Framework from Windows XP, use 'Add or Remove Programs' in the Control Panel. Be sure to remove the latest version first. In your case, your computer has .NET versions 2.0 and 1.1 installed, so first remove 2.0 and then 1.1.

Note: Keep track of which versions of .NET were removed in case you need to download and reinstall these same versions from Microsoft.


BEFORE you do that, I trust you have already run the Microsoft Windows Disk Cleanup Utility, and deleted temporary files and no longer wanted video files.
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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2020, 10:39:05 PM »
Thanks for your opinions on my latest question.
Like I mentioned, I am at 19 pct and wont attempt to do any of this till I get below 15 percent.  And yes, I am familiar with Windows Disk Cleanup Utility, and I delete temporary files always before I do a shutdown.  Also keep track of Restore Points and Reg entry backups (every little bit counts). 
I may also grab up a few of those USB stick drives for my photos I keep (and scanned) and also double back them up on a CD as a belt and suspenders thing and delete off pics and vids afterwards.  There is software for making DVD's on this machine but I have never used it... Just CD's.   
I usually do the backups and transfer them over to a duplicate machine I have but both are old and can fail at any moment.  At one time, I had 3 XP machines but now I am down to TWO.
I was just looking for some quick room to get rid of stuff I didnt think I used.  I sorta remember the .NET stuff being on this machine from day one so I thought it came Pre-loaded from Acer.
Some of my games I loaded I can also get rid of in a pinch as those take up room as a last resort.  Again, thanks.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2020, 11:04:39 PM »
I found this for SQL Server 2005
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/909967/how-to-manually-uninstall-an-instance-of-sql-server-2005

I guess you can try to remove it through remove programs. Create a restore point in case something goes wrong.

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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2020, 12:04:45 PM »
Thanks Plodr,

Ya know, after thinking about Winchesters answer about disc cleanup, I went in and cleaned up restore points again and while I have used the system restore button cleanup More times than I can remember, I have NEVER used the Windows Components or Installed Programs option for fear of getting rid of something I would still use. 
Does anybody know if these give you a list of what it will remove first (to select or UN-select)  or do they just work like the system restore points and just do stuff.

Would this be a safer way to remove stuff I dont use or need?
Use one at a time or both together???
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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2020, 12:38:31 PM »
The Disk Cleanup tool is part of Windows ... it will perform a search on the hard disk for files that can be deleted from your computer without affecting/damaging its functionality or your personal files.



The dialog box will show you assorted items for you to check or un-check.  Clicking on an item will open up a description at the bottom of the window, so you can read up on that item if you like. There’s nothing in the Disk Cleanup tab to be concerned about, it doesn’t present you with options that would damage your computer or its performance.  Downloaded Program Files and Temporary Internet Files are a good place to start.

The More Options tab is a little trickier, I'd ignore the Windows Components section for now ... hopefully you'll free up enough space with the Disk Cleanup tab.
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Re: How do I remove AdBlockPlus from FireFox 52.9
« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2020, 11:26:37 PM »
Perhaps you misread or I was not entirely clear.  I have used the Disc Cleanup (along with the System Restore Point cleanup) many times but was asking if Windows Components and Installed Programs cleanup buttons give me a list of choices before doing so (and if this would be a better way to free up more space).

I will take your suggestion about maybe NOT using the Windows Components but what about Installed programs?  Has anybody tried this?  Would it work better than UN-install programs?

(and of course, I would take a Restore Point before doing so).