I have been a loyal Firefox user for years. Hugely so.
Well, we reap what we so(w). Hugely. Actually, harvests are always more huge than what we sow, but that’s another (hugely important) subject.
About 23 hours ago I tried something new in my Firefox browser: creating an additional profile in a custom location. (That’s actually two new things.) Then I deleted the profile, having done absolutely nothing with it.
My payback from the world’s best browser? 🙄
Firefox deleted hundreds of non-Firefox files in the custom location, including tax and banking records. And the action can’t be undone.
I. Was. Just. Sick.
Two questions for Firefox:
- Why does your Profile Manager do such a stupid thing?
- Why doesn’t the dialog box tell us that’s what you’re going to do?
Just to be “fair,” I’ll acknowledge that if I had done even a little research online, I would have learned that Firefox does such a stupid thing.
Deleting a Firefox Thunderbird or SeaMonkey 2 profile
Warning: The folder for the profile you are planning to delete may contain non-Mozilla files, if you created the profile in a custom location see above. If you use the “Delete Files” option to delete that profile, the entire folder and all of the contents will be deleted, including any non-Mozilla files it may contain. This cannot be undone! For this reason, you should choose the “Don’t Delete Files” option when deleting a profile. If you want to delete the profile folder, you can do that manually.
(Emphasis not mine.)
But why should I assume I need to research such a thing when the dialog box doesn’t warn of it? (Emphasis all mine.)
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I. Feel. Betrayed. By. My. Trusted. Browser. 😳
Will I now switch to Google Chrome? 🙄
Well, how do I know it won’t pull something just as dastardly?
Besides, it’s Google. 😯
OK. That’s enough moaning for now. I need to see how much I can restore from back-up. And then see how much of that backed up data needs updating.
PS: No, I didn’t have time to put this together. But this is my way of giving back to the Firefox community. Or something. 🙂