Skip to comments.Aaaaaaaack! Firefox is beginning to drive me up the wall!
Posted on 01/07/2010 2:00:33 PM PST by DGHoodini
Is anyone else been having problems with Firefox freezing up on them? not shutting down? not responding?
I remember when I first started using Firefox, it ran rock solid. I happilynupdated to newer versions when they became availiable. But over the last handful of versions, i've found that it has been freezing up and not reponding, with an increasing frequency. And with each new vwersion, it's mostly bug and security fixes.. but I just loaded up thne newest version today, and in less than a hour, I found myself, one again, having to use the task manager to shut the non responding Firefox prg down.
Is anyone else expiriencing this?
I had firefox for years & it worked great until a few months ago.
I loaded google chrome.....works great
Mine is perfectly stable under Win XP.
I cannot speak to Vista.
Not sure you would have better luck with IE8.
I tried it for a couple of days and decided it to was pretty slow.
It has been terrible the past couple of months. I a bunch of freeze ups. They are fixing to lose me.
It’s not just you. I have an iMac now, but used to run Firefox on my old laptop. I was having the very same problems that you’re experiencing.
Something to consider...
P.S. I like your tagline.
Mine’s stable, but slower than molasses. I tried the new Opera and it was much faster. But I had issues with fonts and tabs. I finally removed it.
Uninstall FireFox, then download and re-install it.
For technical reasons, I use several browsers on several OSes.
Firefox tends to be the most stable, especially with lots of tabs open. (IE8 is a slug, by the way.)
Extensions and add-ons are another matter. I’d suggest you disable those and see if the situation improves. If not, uninstall/reboot/reinstall the whole thing, as it may have become corrupted in some way.
There could be other stuff going on in your system too, unrelated to Firefox.
Yes, my Firefox runs poorly under XP.
Opening tabs uses lots of memory - I only have 256 mgs - then it bogs down. I have to reboot often.
I had a problem with system shut downs and Firefox when I had one version of AVG anti-virus.
I changed to avast! and the problem went away.
I am running Firefox 3.5.4.
My laptop is in dire need of a complete reinstall, but yes I’ve had problems with Firefox (or add-ins?) I went back to an older version (3.0.15), but it is still eating memory. Pause, wheeze, crash, whatever.
I clicked on your link and my other 4 firefox windows went ‘POOF’ so yes, it is driving me crazy....
My only problem is every time I start Firefox my bookmark toolbar is shrunk down to the little expander arrow. If I bring up the toolbar customize dialog it fixes itself, don’t have to change anything just have to open the dialog and close it. It’s getting boring doing those mouse clicks every time I open FF though.
Started having problems about a month ago
In fact, just had it crash 10 minutes ago (AS IT DOES ABOUT 10 TIMES A DAY) and fortunately, it allows to restore previous session, but is a pain in the a*s!
THE BIGGER PROBLEM is a "redirecting virus/trojan" which when trying to access a site (after having searched and clicking site) I get an "Address Not Found" or redirected to newserversearch.com/, which I've learned is just about IMPOSSIBLE to remove.
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!!
You probably have plugin problems.
No difficulties with 3.5.6 here (Linux and XP; some older machines).
Having the same problems that you mentioned. Very frustrating.
Yeah mine has been freezing on startup lately. Having to wait a minute before I can actually drop down the address bar. I still like it better than IE. And FireFTP is a nice little plugin.
Most recent upgrade is killing me....
Firefox has always been a memory/resource HOG, even back with version 0.7.
I made a comment about it on their forum and the response was that it ‘must be some add-on/extension.’
Excessive memory use has been a problem for years with Firefox and every version I’ve used. The ver 3 series don’t seem quite as bad, but they still consume memory.
I have had it gobble up 400+ Mb, with no tabs open. The problem is that it consumes, but won’t release memory when tabs are closed.
Yes, it seems to crash about every other hour. Only started happening in the last month.
AVG and Viper I have been told have a background process where they pre-load and run to see what is hidden within. If bad it will spit it out.
This comes from my Computer wonk bud who has had clients systems get hosed before these software packages were upgraded to stop some very nasty new threats that have surfaced within the last month or two.
Yes, adaware can do that, as can any of them actually. Turn off the real time protection and you can tell.
Nope! running just fine.
Must be some OS memory management factors at play there, or add-on problems.
I have an old Compaq laptop running Linux with 192 MB total RAM, often with ~125 MB FREE with Firefox running! (antiX Linux 8.2)
try Apple’s Safari for Windows...
Disable your add-ons completely then reenable them one by one to test performance against a ‘clean’ baseline.
In addition uninstalling Flash player and reinstalling it with the latest version is always advisable.
Just downloaded it and started scan
Will let you know if it works!
Do you have any Firefox add-ons? If so, you may have some that have not been updated and are not very friendly with the later versions of Firefox.
That being said - yes, I too have had an increasing number of issues - across platforms - with Firefox. I have returned to primarily using Safari for the time being.
And as far as the suggestion by recommendation of Google Chrome... Umm. The biggest piece of spyware ever created. As if Google didn’t already keep your searches and other data warehoused - now folks are voluntarily turning their whole computer over to them... real smart.
2 x XP and one Vista.
Firefox will no longer let me log onto myspace without telling me to “upgrade my browser.” After upgrading I received the same message.
Never thought I’d go back to IE, but I have to.
I had the same problem, then I loaded FasterFox, an add-on that you can get from Mozilla site.
Give it aa try before you dump Firefox, it made an incredible difference for me!
I am running Firefox 3.5.7 on XP - no problems.
I downgraded to 3.0. Much better.
My dad was complaining with same issue - slow surfing...
I saw he was running just 256 of ram. I put another 512mb stick in his machine - viola!
He’s happy with it now.
(get more ram - its cheap!)
Nope. No problems here, but then I’m running it on Linux. Can’t speak to your winders install.
I haven’t downloaded GoogleChrome because I hate the way the google toolbar shows up in my browser even though I say no, no, 1000 times no!
Silly reason, I know. So it does work great?
Yup you’re right..but this old pc...like McCain is at end of life.
I find that 3G’s is not enough! LOL
I have XP pro, Firefox 184.108.40.20693, McAfee security center 9.15, virus scan 13.15, personal firewall 10.15, backup and restore 3.15, and parental control 11.15 (disabled.) Firefox crashed so many time that I removed it about a month after I installed it this summer. It hated tabs. It would lock up for about a minute, then shut down. This happened daily.
Had the same maddening problem to the point of insanity over the past week. Received an "important update" this morning from Firefox. BIG improvement.
Might try upgrading.
Would be interesting.