I first noticed, and started to document this, on my Laptop on 27 April 2012.
However, I think I have seen this on other Windows PCs before this.
I think the cause is due to changes in the "-no-remote" start up switch.
Picture #01 t=8626, about:addons showing, apparently, two versions of NoScript.
In this screen shot I appear to have two versions of NoScript! (2.9.3rc3 and 2.9.3rc4)
Notice, in passing, these are the Add-ons that I use and recommend.
Just MHO, not a plug or an endorsement.
The "Add-on Bar" (was Status Bar in 3.6.xx) has L-R, NoScript, RequestPolicy, then on the Right, RefControl and JSView.
I like to see the Menu, and it is easier to describe (on the phone or in posts)
the steps one would take to accomplish a task. In this case (to see this screen on your Firefox): Menu, Tools, Add-ons.
Or you could type "about:addons" in the Address Bar.
Then hover over the NoScript Icon to see the NoScript Version.
This very useful change, to see the NoScript Version, was introduced in NoScript 2.1.2rc4 (06 July 2011 19:50)
I have a very old (2007) Laptop with 1GB RAM.
OS is Windows Vista and I try and do as much as possible without logging in to Windows with an account with
Until 20 April 2012 I was using Fx 3.6.xx, I then moved all my Fx Profiles to Fx 11. Now on Fx 12.
Since September 2011 I have also been using Aurora.
I have many Firefox Profiles.
In my Admin account: 2 Fx Profiles and 1 Aurora Profile.
In my NON-Admin account: I mainly use 4 Fx Profiles and 1 Aurora Profile.
I also have a PortableApps 3.6.28 on my Hard Disk (and on a USB Flash RAM stick) - separate Profiles for these as well.
Nearly all the time I launch Fx (or Aurora) using specific shortcuts that use the "-no-remote" switch.
For example, the 'shortcut Target: field' could be:
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"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -profile
Where the Windows User is "UserNOAdmin", meaning 'A User who does NOT have Administrator' rights e.g. "John".
The Profile, in the Firefox Profile Manager, would be "20-TestNR".
I'll describe this in another post (below) when I show how to reproduce this issue.
Using the separate instances of Fx, with their separate Profiles, I can have two versions of Fx running at once: very useful.
I have been doing this for a couple of years: long before I started to use Fx AND Aurora.
As I have so many Profiles to maintain I frequently use the feed (as a Bookmarked URL).
Recent all builds from noscript.net
I run the dev (RC) versions of NoScript in nearly all my Profiles.
At this point you might be thinking:
* is this Profile corruption?
* is this Add-ons conflicting?
* has he done Standard Diagnostics? http://kb.mozillazine.org/Standard_diagnostic_-_Firefox#Extension_issues
* are there any other threads on this in the http://forums.informaction.com?
* what does an internet search with https://startpage.com/ or google or bing find?
More on running multiple instances of Firefox
Firefox links: help yourself See the links in Firefox - Profile management
Running multiple versions of Fx simultaneously
More on recent changes to the internal (to Firefox) meaning of "-no-remote"
and how this is breaking the 'previous behaviour when starting Fx with the "-no-remote" switch'.
Firefox stopped accepting remote commands
In Akkana's blog post there links to some recent bugzilla bugs e.g. 716110.
Summary: split -new-instance flag out of existing -no-remote flag
However, I can't find much.
Next, I show you what happens when I create a new Profile and
try and reproduce this issue.
Edited, 05-May-2012, to add Picture Caption.