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Aaaaaaaack! Firefox is beginning to drive me up the wall!
Me | Thurs, January 7, 2010 | DGHoodini

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?


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1 posted on 01/07/2010 2:00:35 PM PST by DGHoodini
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To: DGHoodini

I had firefox for years & it worked great until a few months ago.

I loaded google chrome.....works great


2 posted on 01/07/2010 2:02:12 PM PST by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: DGHoodini

Mine is perfectly stable under Win XP.
I cannot speak to Vista.


3 posted on 01/07/2010 2:02:45 PM PST by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: DGHoodini

Not sure you would have better luck with IE8.

I tried it for a couple of days and decided it to was pretty slow.


4 posted on 01/07/2010 2:03:13 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: DGHoodini

It has been terrible the past couple of months. I a bunch of freeze ups. They are fixing to lose me.


5 posted on 01/07/2010 2:03:22 PM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: DGHoodini

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.


6 posted on 01/07/2010 2:05:30 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (To understan' the livin' you got to commune wit' da dead.)
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To: DwFry

Something to consider...

P.S. I like your tagline.


7 posted on 01/07/2010 2:05:30 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: DGHoodini

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.


8 posted on 01/07/2010 2:05:48 PM PST by bcsco (Hey, GOP: The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration...)
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To: truthandlife

Uninstall FireFox, then download and re-install it.


9 posted on 01/07/2010 2:06:30 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: DGHoodini

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.


10 posted on 01/07/2010 2:07:06 PM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast (Obama: running for re-election in '12 or running for Mahdi now? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi])
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To: DGHoodini

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.

Java sucks.


11 posted on 01/07/2010 2:07:12 PM PST by y6162 (uish..)
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To: DGHoodini

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.


12 posted on 01/07/2010 2:07:29 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: DGHoodini

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.


13 posted on 01/07/2010 2:08:46 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: DGHoodini

I clicked on your link and my other 4 firefox windows went ‘POOF’ so yes, it is driving me crazy....


14 posted on 01/07/2010 2:09:55 PM PST by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: DGHoodini

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.


15 posted on 01/07/2010 2:11:08 PM PST by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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To: DGHoodini
YES and it's also driving me up the wall.

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!!

16 posted on 01/07/2010 2:12:06 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: DGHoodini

You probably have plugin problems.

No difficulties with 3.5.6 here (Linux and XP; some older machines).


17 posted on 01/07/2010 2:13:00 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: y6162
Java sucks.
If you don't already have it, I would highly recommend the Firefox add-on "NoScript"
18 posted on 01/07/2010 2:13:11 PM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: DGHoodini

Having the same problems that you mentioned. Very frustrating.


19 posted on 01/07/2010 2:13:44 PM PST by cblue55
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To: DGHoodini

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.


20 posted on 01/07/2010 2:15:09 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: DGHoodini

Most recent upgrade is killing me....


21 posted on 01/07/2010 2:15:16 PM PST by the long march
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To: USMCPOP

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.’

BS

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.


22 posted on 01/07/2010 2:15:52 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
Type ESET in the search box and download the eset online scanner. Run it and do as instucted.
23 posted on 01/07/2010 2:16:51 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: DGHoodini

Yes, it seems to crash about every other hour. Only started happening in the last month.


24 posted on 01/07/2010 2:19:09 PM PST by muggs (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a stupid question)
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To: DGHoodini; All
It may bot be firefox but our anti-whatever software.

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.

25 posted on 01/07/2010 2:19:33 PM PST by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: taildragger

Yes, adaware can do that, as can any of them actually. Turn off the real time protection and you can tell.


26 posted on 01/07/2010 2:22:10 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: DGHoodini

Nope! running just fine.


27 posted on 01/07/2010 2:22:25 PM PST by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: TomGuy
I have had it gobble up 400+ Mb, with no tabs open.

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)

28 posted on 01/07/2010 2:25:49 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: DGHoodini

try Apple’s Safari for Windows...


29 posted on 01/07/2010 2:25:54 PM PST by wannabegeek
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To: DGHoodini

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.


30 posted on 01/07/2010 2:26:38 PM PST by relictele
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To: DGHoodini
Firefox is toast right now. Their vulnerability issues seem to be stacking up and their fixes are no help. Safari has been slipping too. I just got Opera and liking it. IE8 is a slug but it's much more secure than other versions and other browsers.

I'd stay away from any bank\paypal\account sites with Firefox for a while.



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31 posted on 01/07/2010 2:26:47 PM PST by Gun142 (Where Will You Be When You Get Where You're Going? -- Jerry Clower)
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To: Cold Heat
Type ESET in the search box and download the eset online scanner. Run it and do as instucted.

Thanks mucho

Just downloaded it and started scan

Will let you know if it works!

32 posted on 01/07/2010 2:30:09 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: DGHoodini

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.


33 posted on 01/07/2010 2:31:56 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: DGHoodini
It runs flawlessly on 3 different machines for me.

2 x XP and one Vista.

34 posted on 01/07/2010 2:33:43 PM PST by Mariner
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To: DGHoodini

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.


35 posted on 01/07/2010 2:33:51 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: DGHoodini

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!

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9148


36 posted on 01/07/2010 2:34:26 PM PST by Big Otto
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To: TomGuy

I am running Firefox 3.5.7 on XP - no problems.


37 posted on 01/07/2010 2:37:26 PM PST by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: DGHoodini

I downgraded to 3.0. Much better.


38 posted on 01/07/2010 2:38:25 PM PST by mvonfr
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To: y6162

“256 mgs”

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!)


39 posted on 01/07/2010 2:40:50 PM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: DGHoodini

Nope. No problems here, but then I’m running it on Linux. Can’t speak to your winders install.


40 posted on 01/07/2010 2:42:42 PM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: DwFry

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?


41 posted on 01/07/2010 2:43:40 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: jonno

Yup you’re right..but this old pc...like McCain is at end of life.


42 posted on 01/07/2010 2:45:12 PM PST by y6162 (uish..)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
It cleaned mine up, after much hair tearing out over Trojan and fake redirectors.
43 posted on 01/07/2010 2:45:18 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
I eliminated google on all my boxes more than two years ago. They often try to get themselves reloaded but I watch for them and bust em.....
44 posted on 01/07/2010 2:47:07 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: DGHoodini

Likely javascript problems....that stuff even mucks up a quad...try the Noscript addon...might help.


45 posted on 01/07/2010 2:48:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: y6162
Good grief!

I find that 3G’s is not enough! LOL

46 posted on 01/07/2010 2:48:59 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: DGHoodini

I have XP pro, Firefox 1.9.1.3593, 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.


47 posted on 01/07/2010 2:49:31 PM PST by sig226 (Bring back Jimmy Carter!)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
I get an "Address Not Found"

Had the same maddening problem to the point of insanity over the past week. Received an "important update" this morning from Firefox. BIG improvement.

48 posted on 01/07/2010 2:50:20 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: sig226
Firefox 1.9....Geez...it's up to 3.x....

Might try upgrading.

49 posted on 01/07/2010 2:55:43 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: DGHoodini
How about some specifics as to your Hardware and your software....

Would be interesting.

50 posted on 01/07/2010 2:56:54 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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