Firefox Web Browser & Plug-Ins Notice

March 3, 2017

Firefox web browser’s new version (52) will be released today, March 7. This may not be an issue for many of you working on University computers, but you might be affected due to security changes that will no longer load certain plug-ins, like Java. It all depends.

Depends on what? 

University Windows computers use a different version of Firefox (ESR), so they shouldn’t be affected. On the other hand, Mac computers that don’t use the Safari OS may be impacted.

Either way, if you discover that plug-ins via Firefox are not working on your University Windows or Mac computer, you can:

  • Follow the instructions in this FAQ to download Firefox's ESR version to your machine. That should eliminate any plug-in issues. OR
  • Use the IE browser for Windows computers or Safari for Macs.

For those of you who use personal computers to connect to University systems and services, you might have a problem depending on what you are trying to do.

More details, please?

In Firefox version 52, support for NPAPI plugins in Firefox has ended, except for Adobe Flash.

Other plugins that will no longer load include Java, Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Acrobat. For more details, see this article by Mozilla Support. FYI - for those of you who use Banner and have struggled with Java issues, the module upgrades to Banner 9 should make this less of an issue. Banner 9 is browser “agnostic” which means it works with any type of browser.

Questions? Contact our IT Service Desk at x. 7-5500 or visit the Walk-Up Service Desk on Atkins Library's main floor.