Windows 10: Firefox now occasionally causes 1703 to lock computer, must re-boot

Discus and support Firefox now occasionally causes 1703 to lock computer, must re-boot in Browsers and Email to solve the problem; This has happened only recently with both the 86-bit Firefox, now uninstalled, and with the 64-bit Firefox replacing it (have 64-bit system). Problem... Discussion in 'Browsers and Email' started by Airider, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. Airider Win User

    Firefox now occasionally causes 1703 to lock computer, must re-boot


    This has happened only recently with both the 86-bit Firefox, now uninstalled, and with the 64-bit Firefox replacing it (have 64-bit system). Problem first appeared when I recently tried to repair non-functioning Spotlight, in some cases messing with the registry, etc.. Spotlight now works useably as it is now coming in via Dynamic Theme. Kaspersky updated as is all Windows Update/Security fine (periodic scanning) and apps so far as i know. Now downloaded SUPER Antispyware which found 43 tracking adware cookies which it has removed.

    Older 86-bit Firefox (now uninstalled) would occasionally crash before, give crash report and restart itself WITHOUT locking up the computer (HP 840 G2).

    After these recent computer lockups which I assume are caused by Firefox (seems to only happen when I try to interact with opened, running Firefox in top bar, as in typing in top address bar, etc.), when I hold down computer's physical on/off switch to turn off the computer, after clean stop and then use on/off switch to re-start .... everything works fine

    :)
     
    Airider, Jul 26, 2017
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    Sometimes this is caused by a different time setting on the Homegroup computers. All must be synchronized to the same hour and minute. Occasionally, a re-install of Windows results in a time disparity among the computer receiving the reinstallation.

    Don't ask me why the autofixes can't rectify this.
     
    EricMillerTallahassee, Jul 26, 2017
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  3. BobUlius Win User
    Bug found in Windows 10 1703 rollup

    Read all through please as it started with multiple issues and unknown causes and then I learned more:

    Hi folks,

    This just started where several issues occur.

    First, Windows 10. Edge, Internet Explorer and Waterfox have no problems. But 3 versions of Firefox all have the same issues. Both 32 and 64 bit, installed and portable.

    1. Cannot open my.msn.com for example, which is my home page. In general says This Page is Not available right now.

    2. MANY pages like Amazon and Twitter should just text in left aligned columns, no html. Linked In as well. Very few pages open normally.

    3. Some pages show Secure Connection Fail. Sec_error_bad_signature.

    I have rebooted. Restarted FF in Safe Mode. Turned off my AntiVirus. No changes at all. I rolled back the latest Win 10 rollup (1703) and no changes. Cleared recent history. Flushed DNS.

    My windows 7 computer with same FF installs on same network has no issues at all. On Win 10 I would say half the pages I visit work. No rhyme or reason.

    I reinstalled all Firefoxes with my saved personal profiles and all worked again.

    Next, reinstalled the Win 10 1703 rollup Update and now "some" versions of FF failing. Not all this time. Just the portable versions. So must be related to that 1703 update! Something breaking Firefox 32 and 64 bit portable versions.

    Last update:

    Saved the profile from the Firefox Portables.

    Deleted both portables.

    Reinstalled both portables.

    Started both portables. Closed them.

    Copied the old profile to both portables.

    Both now work. So the Win 10 1703 is not damaging the Profile in Firefox as I suspected, but its damaging the install of the portable FF apps. Requiring a re-installation of the program

    If any fixes, please advise! I truly hope a future update does not cause this issue again.

    Thanks.

    ~Bob

    [Moved From: Windows / Windows 10 / Windows update, recovery, & backup / PC ]
     
    BobUlius, Jul 26, 2017
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  4. Firefox now occasionally causes 1703 to lock computer, must re-boot

    Hi Airider

    To help isolate software issues you can use the clean boot procedure. From your description "Problem first appeared when I recently tried to repair non-functioning Spotlight, in some cases messing with the registry, etc.." I don't think this is a Firefox issue.

    Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts

    Another item that you can try is the in place repair / upgrade to repair your installation. I use the word repair very loosely.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

    While this process should not impact data I always recommend having your data backed up. I also recommend creating an Image with a tool like Macrium reflect. Better safe than sorry.


    Ken
     
    Caledon Ken, Jul 26, 2017
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  5. Airider Win User
    Now it got locked up when I tried to start Skype (computer had been running very well for hours). So: mechanical stop (on/off switch) then start again with switch, running nicely again, also Skype.

    However, as has happened a half-dozen or more times ONLY since updating to 1703 a few months ago, at first re-start (from off) the sound was off at start (all else working, auto-diagnostic found nothing). Another "shut-down" but with click on "shut down", switch re-start and then all fine (so far). THAT's been going on since 1703 was installed

    My guess now is 1703 bugs
     
    Airider, Jul 26, 2017
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  6. What is reliability history reporting?

    Is there additional info in the event viewer under the System heading?


    Ken
     
    Caledon Ken, Jul 26, 2017
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  7. Airider Win User
    note improper shut down was me doing the only possible thing I could > manual shut down with on/off switch

    also the last crash was when I tried to launch Skype

    and during that re-boot the sound was off, as has happened before; no crash but could use Windows "shut down" interface in start menu, after re-boot all fine (till the next time)
     
    Airider, Jul 26, 2017
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  8. Firefox now occasionally causes 1703 to lock computer, must re-boot

    Could you please view your windows update history. Is it clean or are updates failing?

    Next I would sfc /scannow just to see.

    One thing I would consider is a in place repair / upgrade. I say this but as you have registry mods I'm a little concern it might wipe them out

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

    Have your data backed up and I would recommend a tool like Macrium Reflect to create an Image. Always want a plan "B".

    Let's see what SFC sees.

    You could also rule out disk errors with a chkdsk c:, from command prompt, no switches (options) just to see what it reports and I would consider running a tool like memtest86. Tutorial in our library. No harm in checking.


    Ken
     
    Caledon Ken, Jul 27, 2017
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  9. Airider Win User
    I used the troubleshooter in Security and it indicated incompatibility with Firefox 64-bit, so I uninstalled and put back 32-bit, then also incompatible, this time clicked the correct choice, indicated fixed. Uninstalled 32-bit and installed 64-bit, ran Security troubleshooter, incompatible, clicked correctly again, and indicated fixed. Also checked Skype, no prob
    .
    NO failed updates. I use stand alone downloads and manually update Defender from within Settings (Periodic Scanning, trust Kaspersky, though it obviously missed 43 ad-tracking cookies, now removed)
    Now ran scannow, no integrety violations.

    All good so far, but I just remembered, during the time of the "troubles" but not WHILE happening, WinX was beeping the descending pretty 3-note "I'm working" tones a lot more than ever before, now back to normal, only rarely (could be Red Herring?)
     
    Airider, Apr 5, 2018
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