Running Firefox web browser version 3.6.4? Ever noticed the plugin-container.exe process? Wondering whether or not it is a safe program? Read on to know more. Firefox 3.6.4 provides uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users even when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins. The crash protection in Firefox is provided by loading some plugins separately in a new process called plugin-container. So, that’s your plugin-container.exe.
How Firefox crash protection can help you? With crash protection on, if a plugin crashes or freezes, the main browser process (firefox.exe) will stay running but the portion of the web page controlled by that particular plugin will be disabled. It means, a plugin crash will not affect the rest of Firefox and you will enjoy uninterrupted browsing. Later, you can restart the plugin content simply by refreshing the web page.
So, plugin-container.exe is definitely not a malware. It has been added to Firefox web browser to make your browsing pleasant. You can safely let it run on your computer. Right now plugin-container.exe supports the following plugins: Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime and Microsoft Silverlight.