Firefox will not start?

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All of a sudden I can't get firefox to start on my laptop. I click on it and it comes up in the processes but just never starts. I ran avg virus, malwarebytes, and spyware ...show more
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  • ? answered 4 years ago
The easiest way to see what the problems is with Firefox (and a lot of programs, actually) is to try starting them from a command prompt or console. Open a command prompt and start it by just typing "firefox" at the prompt and see what happens. You should see some console messages in the console window that will give you a clue to the problem.

One other issues that's common with Firefox is that there's a broken lock file left behind in your profile. This can happen when the browser or system is not shut down properly. FF is supposed to detect this and help you fix it, but sometimes it might not. Look in your Firefox user profile for a file called something like "!lock" (that's what it looks like in Linux. If the browser isn't running, try deleting this file and restarting.

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Thanks Joe, just deleting the lock didn't do it but you pointed me in the right direction. I had to delete the entire profile and start from scratch.
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  • ? answered 4 years ago
    Update it the simplest thing to do
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