Firefox Introduces New Option Of ‘Refresh’ To Its Uninstaller For Easier And Quicker Fixing Of Corrupt Profiles

Mozilla Firefox has an interesting new option for users of the popular web browser. The Firefox Uninstaller now has a ‘Refresh’ option which essentially restores factory settings and deletes corrupt profiles, without needing to uninstall and reinstall the web browser in the event of profile or data corruption.

The majority of Mozilla Firefox web browser users never intend to completely uninstall the web browser. In other words, the primary purpose of using the Firefox Uninstaller is to remove the web browser and reinstall the same quickly. Understanding the Firefox users’ need, Mozilla has added a new option to the Firefox Uninstaller.

Firefox Uninstaller Gets And Suggests ‘Refresh’ Option:

The Firefox uninstaller now asks to try the ‘Refresh’ feature instead. Mozilla has included the Refresh button in the Firefox Uninstall wizard because it wants to fix corrupt profiles without the needing to uninstall the browser completely.

The Firefox About:Support Page has the new option of ‘Refresh’ under the ‘Give Firefox a Tune-up’ heading. Mozilla claims most of the Firefox issues can be fixed using the Refresh button.

A fresh install of Firefox, just like the installation of Windows OS, appears to make the platform work fast. In other words, users claim a fresh install makes Firefox feel fast and more responsive. However, over time, users install several extensions, themes, and many add-ons that can potentially bring down the performance. This causes Firefox to behave in a sluggish manner. There are several instances of malicious add-ons bringing down performance or corrupting Firefox Profile.

Under such circumstances, users opt for a complete uninstall and subsequent fresh install of Firefox to restore performance. Now users have another option of ‘Refresh’. Here’s how to use the same:

1. Open Firefox, click on menu > Settings > Help > Troubleshooting information

2. Click “Refresh Firefox” and click the Refresh button again

Firefox will remove the installed extensions, themes, and customizations, and restore the browser to its default or factory settings. Before the Refresh option, many users simply abandoned the Firefox Profile and created a new one. This method worked but it involved some difficult steps. The Refresh option condenses the entire process in a few simple clicks.

Interestingly, in addition to the Refresh Option being included in the Troubleshooting Window, Mozilla has also included the same within the Uninstall program. When users visit  Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features, select Firefox and click Uninstall, they will be greeted by the Firefox uninstall wizard. The wizard shows “Refresh Firefox Instead?” with the following message:

“If you’re having problems with Firefox, a refresh can help. This will restore the default settings and remove add-ons. Start fresh for optimal performance.”

Users have a choice of either using the Refresh option or clicking Next and using the Uninstall option. Incidentally, the option is being rolled out from Firefox v78. Hence, not many users will get the same.


Alap Naik Desai

A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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