Sorry if I did not explain clearly.
My main comp is a DELL desk top running Vista, FF, AVG, and I thought Vista was running SP3.
My old lap top is XP AVG and Opera. They both use the same modem.
Both are running AVG free, not a trial.
Regarding SP3 when I check it reads:
Security Update for Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3 (KB3115194)
I was only wondering if it is a faulty installation!
Thank you for the mozilla firefox support link.
All this talk about Firefox releases made me consider updating my version.
I use the ESR (extended support release) versions which don't necessarily include the latest "new and improved" (and perhaps unneeded) features but do include security fixes.
I update manually "periodically", although the security fixes come out with the regular release versions, so I'm always behind in updates.
Anyway, I had the same issue, I requested the latest 45.2esr (corresponding to 47.0rel) but was only offered 38.5.1esr (43.0.1rel). Your support link explained what was happening. Their direct download link (for advanced users) is one I have used many times in the past, and I downloaded and installed the 45.2esr (47.0rel) without any problems.
My previous version was 38.2esr (40.0rel).
What exactly was the internet connection error? Some type of error screen from Firefox?
Release 43 was their first implementation of changes for SHA-256 certificates where they would not accept new SHA-1 certs, but a few weeks later they had to backtrack somewhat because in some cases users could not access https (secure) connections! [just a small problem!]
I doubt very much if you have a faulty installation.
As mentioned previously, if you need an alternative (either as primary or fallback) browser, Palemoon is the one.
Caution: Malware Alert
This is definitely NOT the way to update Firefox to the latest version:
If your Firefox window is redirected to a strange non-Mozilla URL such as the one at upper left, and you are offered a download with a name like "firefox-patch.exe," DO NOT DOWNLOAD! Real Firefox updates come only from Mozilla, are not .exe files, and are not announced by redirecting your browser. (Advanced users could download the file for analysis, but obviously do not run it.)
Please don't anyone offer me any advice here! I can take care of myself, this is mich's support thread, and it's already bloated with somewhat off-topic chatter. This is just an announcement for my fellow Firefox users running Vista.
P.S. Mich: Has your Firefox been updated to version 47.0.1 yet? Maybe you need to solve your internet trouble first.
I only get this problem (connection) with Vodafone when on my desktop, all other CC payments are OK but that does not explain why FF is not updating.
I could do a full DELL restore which puts computer back to factory condition and then do a FF install but that is a last resort as it takes a couple of days to get all the updates installed, I do have an external back up of files etc.
If it is a modem connection problem I am at a loss to know what it could be.
Regarding FF not updating:
Either FF cannot, or does not, check your system to be sure that the SHA-256 certs can be handled, so for XP and Vista users, the highest offered version is 43.
Even though the support page said you should be able to perform an update once you're on 43, that doesn't seem to be the case for you. Every FF support page about this topic says something like "if the update doesn't work...", acknowledging that possibility.
I think you need to just move on and update manually.
Regarding the connection reset screen:
I too have gotten that screen on occasion, both in FF and Palemoon.
There are probably a number of situations that cause it.
For example, it could be a problem with a rapid-fire double redirect by the web site:
the redirect happens too fast, such that the header isn't completely sent before it redirects again, which breaks the existing connection for the initial redirect, causing the "connection reset" error (this possible explanation comes from a Palemoon forum topic).
Whenever I've received this screen, the connection worked when I tried again.
Another pop up as I was checking my email saying FF cannot tell if an update is required etc so I followed instructions but the new window (below) never showed update as loading even after 30 min it just sat there staring at me.
Regarding manual updating if you mean from FF to (?) then (about FF) yes I have done that time after time with no results.
No, this is not what I mean, we know it doesn't work.Regarding manual updating if you mean from FF to (?) then (about FF) yes I have done that time after time with no results.
I'm referring to the Mozilla support page listed in post #10.
Did you go to that page?
In the shaded window labeled "For Advanced Users", use one of the provided links to follow the directory paths and directly download the installer file for any release you want.
I used the first link, which is what I always do anyway to upgrade; that is, I don't use the FF dialog box from the help popup.