How To Get Stylus And Greasemonkey Working On Firefox 58

This is something different, but very helpful… especially if you like using Firefox.

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One of my biggest gripes is that it’s sometimes hard to get things working after some of your computer programs make updates. I’ve had lots of issues with Windows 10 updates over the past calendar year, and luckily I’ve been able to fix some of them. The latest problem I had concerns Firefox, which is my preferred browser (I don’t trust Chrome because I don’t totally trust Google).

With the Firefox update to 57, suddenly most of my add-on’s stopped working. I didn’t mind a few of them, but a couple I really counted on, as they were the main reason I use Firefox. In their quest for more speed and security, they decided to only allow extensions built using the WebExtension API, which meant absolutely nothing to me. However, this meant that unsupported legacy extensions no longer worked.

My two favorite extensions were Stylish and Greasemonkey. Stylish allowed me to change how some of the websites I visit often looked, while Greasemonkey added scripts I could use so that I can be me and be sneaky… that’s all I’m sayin’. 🙂 Suddenly neither would work with the new version, and I was irked as all get out!

Mozilla, the folks who put out Firefox, stated that it was best that those of us using Firefox should switch from Stylish to Stylus, which I guess is a Chrome standard. I did that, but even that wouldn’t work on my browser; I felt like I was being punked.

I knew there had to be a fix somewhere; there’s always a fix somewhere. Before the fix, I was able to find the previous version, 56.0.3, but it meant that every time I shut down Firefox, before I opened it again I had to reload the older version. That’s because with the update to 57, every time you shut down the browser it automatically updated to 57; there was nothing I could do to get around it (same with Win 10).

I did that for about 3 1/2 weeks until Firefox updated 57 to 58 for security reasons. At that point it didn’t feel safe anymore, so I worked harder to find a solution.

I finally found it… and I’d link to it and give the person who brought it up some credit if I remembered where I went. It was a fluke that I found it because I went through at least 30 pages, and the solution was on a forum page that wasn’t listed based on how I was trying to find it.

No matter; I’m going to solve your problem, and it’s a fairly simple fix… if you’re not scared to go into the inner depths of File Explorer. I don’t know if Apple computers have the same type of file structure to find this but all Windows computers will have it.

Here’s what you do, step by step:

1. Open File Explore. Go to the C: drive and scroll down to Users.

2. Click on the plus sign to open Users. Then look for… well… hopefully it’ll show your name; if not, it should be the folder under DefaultAppPool. My folder is called Mitch; of course it is. 🙂

3. Click on the plus sign there, and scroll down to AppData.

4. Click on the plus sign there, then click on the plus sign at Local.

5. Scroll down to Mozilla; click on the plus sign. Next, click on the plus sign at Firefox. Then click on the plus sign at Profiles.

6. Hopefully you’ll only have one profile in there; it’ll have a strange looking and very long file name. Click on the plus sign next to that, and scroll down to storage.

7. Click on the plus sign at storage, then click on the file that says default.

8. In there you’ll see a lot of files that look like web addresses. Delete every single one of those.

That’s it. Close File Explorer, close Firefox (if you hadn’t already done that), then open it back up. If you had previous files uploaded to Greasemonkey, they’ll be working. If you already had Stylus and Stylish initially running at the same time, you’ll see those sites also working. If not, then what you can do is go to userstyles.org to find what you had previously, and now you’ll see an option that will allow up to upload files to Stylus.

That’s all there is to it. If you’re technologically savvy, it’ll take less than a couple of minutes to do it. If not, it shouldn’t take you longer than 5 minutes, unless you have to hunt and peck to find the folder that might not be where I say it should be and it doesn’t have your name on it.

I can be helpful sometimes. Let’s see if the Evil Empire will find this and rank it so others can be helped with this issue.
 

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2 comments on “How To Get Stylus And Greasemonkey Working On Firefox 58

  • Oh yes, I’ve been annoyed with the new update as well. In particular, my follow/nofollow extension doesn’t work. I use that sometimes when I’m trying to evaluate potential places to guest blog and also when I’m doing some directory updates for clients. I also seem to get a lot of blank pages at times.

    Thanks for the work around. Maybe it will help me solve my current issue or maybe I should just google it. maybe someone has figured this out by now.
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    • I’ve never heard of that extension on Mozilla. I just tried looking it up and it’s not coming up. That almost sounds like a WordPress extension. In any case, at least I found a fix for my issue. 🙂

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