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Firefox 3.6.6 with Crash Protection Now Available

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 comments

A more stable Firefox. Always a good thing.

If you noticed that your Firefox asked if it could update your browser to 3.6.4, it has good reason to – it's for crash protection.

UPDATE: The version jumped to 3.6.6 over the weekend. The main new feature is still crash protection, but going from 3.6.4 to 3.6.6 resulted in a single extra bug fix (increase hang detector timeout). If you're really curious to see what makes 3.6.6 the new hotness over 3.6.4, check out the change log here.

This latest build of Firefox isolates third party plug-ins in a separate process, so when they crash, they won't bring the entire browser down with it. This is something that's already done by other browsers, like Chrome. (Isn't competition of free products great?)

Mozilla wrote in its blog post:

Results from our beta testing show Firefox 3.6.4 will significantly reduce the number of Firefox crashes experienced by users who are watching online videos or playing games. When a plugin crashes or freezes while using Firefox, users can enjoy uninterrupted browsing by simply refreshing the page.

The new build and feature is available now for Windows and Linux.

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    sheytan , June 28, 2010 8:06 AM
    Well I guess this is old news since version 3.6.6 is out now...
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    xxyyzz , June 28, 2010 8:34 AM
    I'm just glad Adobe don't makes browsers..
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    apache_lives , June 28, 2010 8:05 AM
    adobe pdf plugin always crashed for me, this will definitely help
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  • 21 Hide
    sheytan , June 28, 2010 8:06 AM
    Well I guess this is old news since version 3.6.6 is out now...
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    zybch , June 28, 2010 8:12 AM
    apache_livesadobe pdf plugin always crashed for me, this will definitely help

    You are actually using adobe's craptactular PDF reader? What the hell is wrong with you. Go get Foxit or one of the mayh other readers that DON'T chew up 200+Mb, install unwanted crap (photoshop album, adobe downloader, etc) and slow your computer and browser to a crawl.
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    Pyroflea , June 28, 2010 8:13 AM
    sheytanWell I guess this is old news since version 3.6.6 is out now...


    I didn't even notice 3.6.4 was out yet, lmao. Time to update.
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    xxyyzz , June 28, 2010 8:34 AM
    I'm just glad Adobe don't makes browsers..
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    Tamz_msc , June 28, 2010 8:52 AM
    What is this?You guys are really late calling this news.Just upgraded to 3.6.6 from 3.6.4 which was released on Friday!
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    toxxel , June 28, 2010 11:29 AM
    I must have a rare system, but Firefox never crashes on my main system. I've heard about it's frequent crashing but never really ever experienced it. But did on an old system made back in 2002 running windows xp, I did have a select few crashes the few weeks I used it while my main system was down due to an RMA.
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    randomizer , June 28, 2010 11:46 AM
    sheytanWell I guess this is old news since version 3.6.6 is out now...

    3.6.6 is only a minor update I think.
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    jacobdrj , June 28, 2010 11:47 AM
    Firefox has been unstable with just about every plugin from 3.5.x to about 3.6.4... The instability and sluggishness has caused me to migrate to Chrome. However having gone back to FF with 3.6.4, it has regained some of the stability pre-FF3.5 so I am not totally avoiding FF anymore. But in general FF has lost me. Too unstable for too long coupled with Chrome being faster and having almost as many of the same extensions...
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    elel , June 28, 2010 12:50 PM
    lol love the plugin they chose for the screenshot - maybe it was the easiest one to crash!
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    kikireeki , June 28, 2010 1:11 PM
    jacobdrjFirefox has been unstable with just about every plugin from 3.5.x to about 3.6.4... The instability and sluggishness has caused me to migrate to Chrome. However having gone back to FF with 3.6.4, it has regained some of the stability pre-FF3.5 so I am not totally avoiding FF anymore. But in general FF has lost me. Too unstable for too long coupled with Chrome being faster and having almost as many of the same extensions...

    Chrome still has a long way to match FF in add-ons and customization.
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    vikasnagpal_v2 , June 28, 2010 1:25 PM
    upgrading my Firefox3.6.4 to 3.6.6 :?
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    vikasnagpal_v2 , June 28, 2010 1:27 PM
    i am upgrading my firefox3.6.4 .to 3.6.6...........
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    Camikazi , June 28, 2010 1:34 PM
    I don't even remember the last time FF crashed on me, has been a long time and I use a good amount of plugins, and tend to switch them out and try new ones all the time.
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    Regulas , June 28, 2010 1:40 PM
    sheytanWell I guess this is old news since version 3.6.6 is out now...

    That was what I was going to say and I run FF on my Mac.
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    thejerk , June 28, 2010 1:47 PM
    seriously, marcus... how could you publish this without realizing 3.6.6 was released??
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    Regulas , June 28, 2010 1:52 PM
    I love it, all I needed to say was I use a Mac and the haters start giving thumbs down. Mac Mac Mac, you MS trolls.
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    fausto , June 28, 2010 2:22 PM
    what i want to know is how do all these free products make money?
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    annymmo , June 28, 2010 2:35 PM
    They are ngo's.
    Now the right question is: how do ngo's make money?
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