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How to disable firefox updates

If you are annoyed with the frequent prompts for installing Firefox updates then you can disable this feature by doing the following in Firefox browser.

  • In Firefox window click on Tools button in the menu bar.
  • Select Options from the menu. (Firefox options can also be opened from Run window by executing the command Firefox  -preferences )
  • Click on Advanced tab in the top.
  • Now select on update tab



  • Now disable the button under ‘Automatically check for updates to’
  • Disable the buttons based on your requirement. You can disable all the buttons if you are not interested in frequent updates to your Firefox browser or Add ons.

How to disable firefox updates through registry key?

Firefox does not store settings in Windows registry. It stores all the user preferences in a a text file which can be found in user profile. For example my firefox settings are stored in the folder C:Documents and SettingstechbloggerApplication DataMozillaFirefoxProfilesgzxqidmrprefs.js file. The name in yellow part would be unique for each user.

What is the simple way to disable firefox updates for all user of a computer?

It is simple to do if you have just installed firefox on the PC and no user has not run firefox yet. You just need to add the following line to the file stored at C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxgreprefsall.js.

pref("app.update.enabled", false);

If you do this, whenever a user runs firefox, his inital settings will be taken from this file. If the per user settingsare already setup then you need to edit each user preferences file and add the below line.

user_pref("app.update.enabled", false);

How to create a group policy to disable firefox updates for all users in a domain? 

I am not sure if this can be done through a group policy since the settings are not stored in registry keys. You can create a login script to add the above lines to the preferences file for each user account.

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