How to Check for Outdated Plugins in Firefox

Mozilla started the plugin check program to help users keep their plugins up to date on Firefox. Outdated plugins are a major source of security and stability risk for web users.

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Firefox 3.6.6 fixes crash protection issue

Firefox 3.6.6 has been released to fix the issues that most people were experiencing with the plugin-container or crash protection feature introduced in the 3.6.4 release recently as mentioned here. This latest release modifies the crash protection feature to increase the amount of time that plugins are allowed to be non-responsive before being terminated (Bug 574905).

What is plugin-container

In Firefox 3.6.4 and above, some plugins are loaded separately from Firefox in `plugin-container.exe`, allowing the main Firefox process (firefox.exe) to stay open even if a plugin crashes.

Which plugins are supported by plugin-container.exe?

For more information about plugins, see Using plugins with Firefox.

Update: A new version has been released which fixes several critical bugs that were present in version 3.6.6. All users are advised to update their browser to the latest version. Click here to read more about the update

Firefox 3.6.4 now comes with out-of-process plugins

Firefox 3.6.4 has finally arrived and is expected to bring some added stability over previous versions. This is done by making Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime and Microsoft Silverlight plug-ins run on separate process. So if a plugin crashes or freezes, it doesn’t bring the whole browser down with it. You will be able to reload the page to restart the plugin and try again.

This feature is currently available only on
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