If it’s the first time you’ve heard about the Mozilla Maintenance Service and are about to start googling frantically for it, hold your horses.
You’re going to learn everything you need to know about the service is question from our article.
If you use Firefox to browse the internet, and check your list of installed programs, you’ll no doubt come across Mozilla Maintenance Service, the mysterious tool our today’s article is concerned with. Worry not: the service in question is not a virus or some spyware you need to get rid of immediately.
On the contrary, it’s quite a handy program that enables your browser to locate and install updates without prompting you to confirm the installation every time a new update arrives. With this service, your app updates to occur in the background. It allows “silent” Firefox and Thunderbird updates, which won’t get updated until you restart them.
At the same time, Maintenance Service isn’t intrusive. It will remain stopped until you choose to run it. Should you need to install a new update, don’t hesitate to run the service. After it does its job, it will stop operating and consuming your computer’s resources.
Why Use Mozilla Maintenance Service?
We guess we’ve managed to answer this question, at least partially, where we briefly outlined the main functions of the Mozilla Maintenance Service. Silent update has a number of considerable advantages over the manual update. You won’t need to search for updates and tinker with installing them every now and then – the service will do the entire job for you.
So, when can you start using this handy function? If you still haven’t installed Firefox, get the Mozilla Firefox free download for Windows 10 (or for whichever OS you use). Then launch your browser and enable the Automatic Updates. To do this, go to the “Options” section in your menu and select “General.” Locate the “Firefox Updates” section and tweak the settings so that you allow Firefox to “Automatically install updates”. After that, make sure that the Mozilla Maintenance Service box is checked. Doing so will secure that your future updates occur in the background without disturbing you.
As a result, you’ll start enjoying a multitude of benefits, including:
- Automatic check for available updates to Firefox.
- Ability to download a new update in the background.
- Installing updates without UAC (User Account Control) prompts.
- Keeping track of all updates installed.
How to Disable or Uninstall Mozilla Maintenance Service
It’s recommended to you leave the Mozilla Maintenance Service enabled to allow your browser install important updates at its discretion. It’s how Firefox is designed to operate and provides maximum protection against all sorts of online threats and privacy violation. However, if you’ve resolved to locate and apply updates at will and don’t mind clicking “Yes” in the UAC windows to authorise updates prior to installing them, you may choose to disable the service. It’s quite simple and won’t take much of your time.
Here’s how to do it:
- Head to the Firefox menu and click “Options” in it.
- Navigate to the “Firefox Updates” section.
- Locate the “Use a background service to install updates” option and uncheck the box next to it.
That’s all. From now on your Mozilla Maintenance Service will stop installing browser updates silent.
Should you want to completely uninstall the service on your computer, you can do it from Programs and Features. Go the Windows menu and click “Control Panel.” Then navigate to your “Programs and Features” section. Locate the Mozilla Maintenance Service there and right-click on it. Select the “Uninstall” option to remove the service from your PC completely.