My only addons are an appearance one named Space, NoScript, and AddblockPlus, which have no reason to touch my history. Searching "clean" only turns up a utility called Disk Cleanup. I tried the whole procedure again, without doing any bookmark restoration. The same thing happened again. When I first opened Firefox immediately after copying places. But when I closed Firefox using the upper right hand X and then immediately opened it again, my history was all erased again.
Should I try again, and copy also the "journaling files" from the old profile folder? Both the ones you named are in that copy. I don't think you need to copy the journaling files but I've never tested whether that makes any difference. If there is a setting causing this, it should not be a factor in a new profile, so you could try testing that. This will create a new semi-randomly-named folder also under.
Click the Create a New Profile button, then click Next.
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Assign a name like TEST, ignore the option to relocate the profile folder, and click the Finish button. There are some other buttons, but please ignore them. Firefox should exit and then start up using the new profile, which will just look brand new. If Firefox asks about allowing extensions, skip over those for now. You can restore your bookmark backup to this profile, but it's a little harder because they won't be listed by date on the Restore menu, you'll need to use Choose File and navigate Firefox to your regular profile, into the bookmarkbackups folder or copy a backup from there to a convenient location such as Desktop or Documents.
Oh no Now it's more broken than ever before! It automatically updated to Firefox 57 which ruins all my extensions and addons. I can't use 57 at all it ruins and breaks everything! It's incompatible with all adblockers and every other addon and with all my settings. I can only use 56, but the new profile automatically updates without permission and I can't stop it!
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It appeared to restore the history urls but they look different: I didn't get a chance to test if any of them worked. I tried to follow this: By default, Firefox is set for automatic updates. To prevent Firefox from automatically updating itself after you install an older version, you'll need to change your Firefox update settings: Click the menu button Fx57Menu and choose Options. In the General panel, go to the Firefox Updates section. Also that website says ESR is more secure than 56 but that switching to it will probably delete all my browsing history and cause things to break.
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Modified December 3, at Hi Ellen, I use the setting to ask me about updating. I have been snoozing Firefox 57 for a while. People report a mixture of experiences with other settings. I have not paid close attention to those threads. I have been testing Firefox 59 on this computer and Firefox 57 on other computers so I can reply to questions.
My expectation with ESR is that it will read my current places. One time I accidentally downloaded the update in a test profile. Before restarting Firefox, I deleted an update folder which was somewhere under here:. OK, so I tried to restore FF56 and it says it is now But, I could not get it to open directly into the Profiles page. I think I didn't correctly memorize the instructions for doing that. To get the profiles page opened correctly, Do I need to create a new test profile, or reinstall 56, or what?
If you mean the method using Run or the Start menu search box, all existing Firefox windows need to be closed. If you mean the about: Also I just realized that I installed 56 while still connected to the internet.
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Will that have messed anything up? So far it has stayed on the no updates setting. If not, should I proceed to close everything, run firefox. It sounds stable. However, before testing your new profile that will auto-update, you would need to disconnect. From your instructions and other instructions online I was able to disable automatic updates so far staying that way So I am on the new Profile. It still shows the history from past months, although still without the image-icons, so it's very difficult to read. I will now continue with the instructions you gave and then edit this post.
NORMAL profile which has all my settings, addons, extensions, and bookmarks, but no history and always deletes the history despite the settings saying not to delete it. TEST profile which appears to keep the history and bookmarks, but has none of my settings, addons, or extensions. Is there a way to copy over the Normal settings and extensions and addons into the Test profile, or the places.
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And is there a way to restore the history to the way it used to look, with the website-specific icons next to the urls so it's more readable? The icons associated with sites might be stored in the cache, so that may be very difficult to bring over. If you have more than one profile, the current one is indicated by "This is the profile in use and it cannot be deleted.
If it doesn't work that way Sorry, about: Modified September 19, at 4: FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions, history, passwords, and more. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your saved files individually into installable.
It will also make backups of files that you choose.
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