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Firefox: Install and Configure

A. Download and Install Firefox

  1. Download the correct/latest version of Firefox for your operating system http://www.mozilla.com
  2. Save the file to your Desktop and once the download and extraction process is complete, double click the installer icon to run the program (accompanying screen shots refer to a Windows XP installation).

B. After the installer file has been uncompressed, select Next from the Firefox Setupdialog box.

  1. Accept the license agreement and select Next
  2. At the Setup Type dialogue box, accept the Standard setup, which is the default installation type, and click Next
  3. Accept the default Location, and click Next to complete the installation

C. When installation is completed,

  1. Uncheck, Use Firefox Start as my Home Page (if upgrading, current homepage will be imported)
  2. Leave checked, Launch Mozilla Firefox..
  3. Select Finish from the Install Complete dialogue box. Firefox will now start for the first time and allow you choose it as your default web browser (you can check to ask each time or not).

D. Next Firefox Import Wizardwill detect your system’s browsers. To import the settings and data,select the radio button. For a new installation do not import anything, for an upgrade choose previous version if listed.

  1. Click Next

You will be prompted when the import process has been completed.
Click Finish

E. Extension and Themes:

  1. Firefox 3.6.x includes addons to personalize your browser in look and function.
  2. Personas wrap the frame of the browser window in a color or background.
  3. Themes can be chosen for how to display the toolbar or dashboard in pattern, order, and by categories (sports, scifi, etc.).

F. Installing Bates College Certificate Authority

  1. Open Firefox and go to:
  2. http://abacus.bates.edu/ils/offices/web/crypto
  3. Under the Certificates heading: Click Bates College Certificate Authority (CA)
  4. On the Downloading Certificatedialog, click to check each of the boxes:
    • Trust this CA to identify web sites
    • Trust this CA to identify email users
    • Trust this CA to identify software developers
  5. Click OK to finish downloading.

You are now ready to use Firefox.


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