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Bernard Stay Calculating status...
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Jul 18, 2012 2:59 AM

On my G4 under OS 10.5.8 recently on opening a page in Firefox 3.6 28 almost immediately the whole page can often just disappear and can't be got back without navigating to it all over again when if I'm lucky it stays put. Any ideas?

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:06 AM (in response to Bernard Stay)

    Please post a link to the page.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 18, 2012 8:35 AM (in response to Bernard Stay)

    It works OK for me with both Safari and Firefox on my G4 with Leopard.

     

    What DNS server a do you use? - System Preferences/Network

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 19, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to Bernard Stay)

    These are probably OK but try typing 8.8.8.8 in the box and then click Apply.

     

    This should give you a faster service and may cure your problem.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 23, 2012 4:21 AM (in response to Bernard Stay)

    A DNS server translates a domain name such as meon.zero.eu.org to an IP address such as 195.137.116.79

     

    This is equivalent to translating: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London to SW7 5BD

    or

    National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland to 20892

     

    Unfortunately some people have preferences with DNS servers which invoke advertisements. These could be caused by a virus or by somebody supplying modem/routers with them. Several web pages claim that one of the UK's largest ISPs did this.

     

    The simple fix is to use the DNS server I gave you.

     

    Many modem/routers are located at 192.168.1.1

    All addresses starting 192.168 are on your private LAN.

     

    You could access your router and change its DNS server address which it passes on as the default to computers connected to it.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jul 23, 2012 4:40 AM (in response to Bernard Stay)

    Firefox 3.6.28 is long outdated and no longer secure. You can not run the new versin of Firefox on your Mac. Your best option is to get TenFourFox, which will continue the security patches needed, but allow you to run it on your machine. Plugins like Java and Flash are disabled by default because they are not secure. You can renable the Flash plug-in -- but be careful to use it selectively only; it is very outdated. Get the FlashBlock add-on, which won't load until you click a placeholder.

     

    http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

     

     

    To reenable plug-ins (but DO NOT reenable Java -- big security risk.)

     

    http://tenfourfox.blogspot.com/2011/07/60b1-available.html

     

    FlashBlock

     

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

     

     

    I doubt this is a DNS problem, but I would recommend DNS from OpenDNS. Those servers are patched against DNS poisoning.

     

    You don't need to go to the OpenDNS site to use OpenDNS. Simply open Network>Advanced>DNS in Sys Prefs and enter the following numbers for the interface you use, e.g. Airport or Ethernet,

     

    208.67.222.222

     

    208.67.220.220

     

    Hit OK and then Apply. Make sure those numbers are entered above any others you may have there.

     

    To check to see if it's working

     

    http://www.opendns.com/welcom

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jul 25, 2012 7:31 AM (in response to Bernard Stay)

    You really have nothing to lose -- well, actually a lot to lose if you don't stop using the unsafe 3.6.28 -- and everything to gain by switching to TenFourFox. Safari for Leopard is not secure; it's no longer being updated by Apple. Likewise, your old version of Firefox is no longer being supported by Mozilla and is unsafe.

     

    It's not really a "new" browser. It's really a modification of Firefox. You just get the Application and it will use the old Firefox Profile. You can continue to use Firefox Add-ons and everything else Firefox.

     

    I don't know what iMac you have, but if it's not an Intel iMac, you're still stuck in the same situation there.

     

    If you want to continue to be safe, you really have no choice.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jul 25, 2012 8:10 AM (in response to Bernard Stay)

    My iMac is the 21.5" Intel 500GB model running Snow Leopard (so that I can Rosetta AW).

    There, you can easily update to the latest Firefox 14.01. Or the 10.05 (or 6?) ESR

     

    http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/

     

    Disregard what they say about it not being meant for individuals. You can use it. It will include the most important security patches. But you'll be fine with the 14.01.

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