How to set up a Firefox Sync Account

You create an account online, but here’s how to set up your Firefox Sync account in your Firefox browser. Also if you already have an account but lost the  key, here’s how you can get a new one if you lost the Firefox Sync key.

Firefox Easy Navigation to Options

Click on the orange Firefox menu button. Click on Tools. Click Options.

Firefox Tools Menu and click Options

OR... if you hit the Alt keyboard key, or if you have the menu in Firefox that looks like this. Click Tools and then click Options.

Options screen click Sync and Setup Firefox Sync

In the options screen click on Sync and then click Setup Firefox Sync. Follow the instructions they give you after that.

How to remove ICQ default search in FireFox

I installed ICQ 7 the other (ICQ 7.2) and it took over my PC a little. It installed a toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer and also set itself as the default search engine. To remove it I went into my control panel, clicked on Programs and Features, removed the ICQ Toolbar. But ICQ was still the default search when I typed something in the address bar (instead of the search bar). So I searched and searched and found the solution in the ICQ forums (Too bad, as of April 3rd 2011, ICQ blogs, groups fight and forums are no longer
supported at ICQ.com)

To remove ICQ toolbar from FireFox

  1. Go to Tools->Addons and find the ICQ Toolbar and uninstall it.

To change the FireFox search back to normal:

  1. Open a new tab in FireFox
  2. Type about:config in the address bar
  3. Type keyword.URL to find the entry
  4. Right click on it and choose reset or click modify change that entry to http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q= to return to the normal Google search. (keyword.URL should currently show http://search.icq.com/search/afe_results.php?ch_id=afex&tb_ver=2.0.0.4&q=)
keyword url function in firefox

keyword.url function in firefox

You can change the default search URL to anything you want instead of Google. Here’s more info about the FireFox keyword.URL

Fix Firefox freezing every 5-15 minutes

I have Firefox 7 and it hangs or freezes about every 10 minutes with all addons disabled. It was driving me nuts! I finally found a solution reading this blog entry and I downloaded the add-on Places Maintenance. I launched the add-on and chose Expire and Execute and after a minute or so my Firefox has been free from this hanging issue (for 2 days now!). It’s an excellent solution but it might not work for everybody.

How to fix the Firefox Sync Unkown Error in 3 Steps

Recently I’ve been getting an annoying error from Firefox 5.0 at the bottom of the browser saying: Sync encountered an error while syncing: Unknown error. Sync will automatically retry this action.

Solution to Firefox Sync Error Unknown

Don’t delete anything yet! Many people say you need to delete your FireFox Sync account and even reinstall the browser. But here’s the easier the solution that worked for me without the need for any re-installation and it’s all done online. Login, Clear your Sync data, Sync! You don’t even have to close your browser.

The “Before you do anything” solution:

Login to your Sync account online. After the log in, restart your Firefox browser. See if that did the trick. If that doesn’t work. Continue to this next part…

Solution #1 (in case that didn’t work – THIS solution worked for me)

  1. Login to your online Firefox sync account here https://account.services.mozilla.com/
  2. Click Clear your Sync data and then click the button. Once you’ve done this you’ll get the confirmation message “Your data has been successfully removed from your sync cluster”.
  3. Now click the Sync button if the error bar is still showing in Firefox. If not, click on the orange Firefox drop-down and click Sync Now. If you’re using the Menu Bar, you can click on Tools then click Sync Now. (Don’t  know what I’m talking about? Click here to see the image if you’re new to FireFox.)

If that didn’t work, here are some more solutions you can try.

Solution #2 (in case that didn’t work)

For for this solution I’m using the regular menu, not the orange menu button. If you only see the orange button you can hit the “Alt” button on your keyboard and the old style menu will appear. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see a screenshot here.

  1. Backup your bookmarks to prevent any possible loss. Go the Firefox menu and click Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > then click Import and Backup > Backup.
  2. Go to the sync tab in your firefox preferences. In the menu click Tools > Options > Sync. Uncheck everything except passwords and close.
  3. Now sync your data. Click Tools > Sync Now.
  4. Go back to the sync tab in your preferences and enable each box one by one (for whatever you want to sync) and do a sync in between.
  5. Restart your browser, see if that solves the problem!

Solution #3 (in case that didn’t work)

Contact Firefox support. You can do a live chat with them here. They might send you to this page “Firefox Sync is not working” but it didn’t solve my problem. Good luck!

Click this if you forgot your Firefox Sync key and want to know how to regenerate one. Click this to learn how to setup a new Firefox Sync account.