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Cookies Problem with Firefox

I am using Firefox and have had no problems with it up until recently.  Of wait its stopped remembering cookies for most of the websites I visit.  Particularly my favourite ones I have bookmarked.  Its reall quite annoying since I used to be able to just click on them and I wouldn't have to log in everytime.

It never used to do this so how can I rectify the situation?  Thanks

I'v also updated my version of Firefox but that hasn't helped either
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Marc ZCommented:
Have you checked out Tools->Options->Privacy and confirmed remember Cookies is set?

Did you also make sure to Not clear cookies on exit under the Private Data section right under the Cookies section? You have the option to clear Private Data on exit of Firefox, but you should hit the Settings button to make sure cookies is not selected.
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Marc ZCommented:
It is also possible one of your Extensions (add-ons) could be interfering. Please list any add-ons you might have installed.

It is also possible when you updated, that you started out with a New Profile.  Are your bookmarks intact? Sounds like they are, so I would assume you didn't get a new profile unless you reimported your bookmarks.  Let me know if there was any new profiles involved. I might be able to point you in the right direction to find your old cookies.txt file.
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dabrakesAuthor Commented:
The cookies remembered button is on and the Private Data section is all in order as well.

The problem occurred before I updated to to a newer version of Firefox.

It also does things like when I log on to hotmail, where it usually remembers my email address it will only remeber part of it.  For example, if my email address was johnsmith@hotmail.com everytime i log on to hotmail's sign in page it would say something different like: johnsmith@hot     or johnsmit  

My add-ons that i have are: British, Canadian, English (Australian) and US Dictionary, Google Toolbar for Firefox, and Video Downloader.  None of which I have recently installed for it to be the cause of the problem.
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Marc ZCommented:
"It also does things like when I log on to hotmail, where it usually remembers my email address it will only remeber part of it.  For example, if my email address was johnsmith@hotmail.com everytime i log on to hotmail's sign in page it would say something different like: johnsmith@hot     or johnsmit"

For a temporary fix on that, let's try deleting your saved form information.
 To delete individual entries:
   1. Click on the text field on the logon page.
   2. Press the down arrow key to activate autocomplete
   3. Highlight the entry you want deleted by using the arrow keys or hovering over it with your mouse
   4. Delete (In Firefox 1.5, Shift + Delete).

You can delete your entire autocomplete lists by using Tools -> Clear Private Data.

        * Checking "Saved Form and Search History" will clear web pages' autocomplete and the Search Bar's autocomplete

Of course, doing this means you will have to enter the information the first time you log back in, but if things aren't remembered, some webpages actually don't want you to cache that information. Although I do not believe hotmail is one of those pages, but I don't regularly sign in.
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Marc ZCommented:
Of course if hotmail is your main issue, keep in mind that if you are clearing Authenticated Sessions in the "Clear Private Data on exit of Firefox" section, that will delete your logins and cookies because hotmail uses SSL for sign in.
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Marc ZCommented:
By the way, what do you have for the Keep Until setting for Cookies?
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dabrakesAuthor Commented:
Hotmail isn't my main issue its all the other sites that I visit and have to keep logging on each time.

I'm not clearing private data on exit in firefox and my cookies are being kept until they expire.
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Marc ZCommented:
Doh,

Do you have any other security programs installed, like Spysweeper, or Zone Alarm Pro or greater, or CCleaner, or Spyware Blaster?
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Marc ZCommented:
If Google Desktop installed, remove the Firefox Profile Folder from it's Index.

Also in the Firefox Profile Folder, are there multiple cookies.txt files or just one? should only be one.

As a test, Close Fierfox, then Open your Profile Folder, (usually, in XP, at the path C:\Documents and Settings\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ . The Application Data folder is a hidden folder; to show hidden folders, open Windows Explorer and choose "Tools ’ Folder Options ’ View (tab) ’ Show hidden files and folders".)
let's Move any cookies.txt files (cookies1.txt, cookies2.txt...) AND the hostperm.1 file to a different location, like you desktop. Restart Firefox and test.
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dabrakesAuthor Commented:
I have Spy Sweeper and AVG installed
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Marc ZCommented:
spysweeper has a cookie setting, perhaps it's clearing or preventing them from staying.  Check the settings, turn off cookie control or set accordingly and test it.
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dabrakesAuthor Commented:
I've done all that but its still made no difference!
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Marc ZCommented:
1. Exactly what webpage is not allowing you to be remembered?

2. When you looked in your Profile Folder, were there multiple cookies.txt files or not?

3.  Have you tried creating a new Firefox Profile as a test? http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/profile#new
As long as you don't Delete the old profile, we can move bookmarks and other settings later.  We'll try this as a test to determine if you have some other form of corruption.
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