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WHY does Firefox hang?
My computer! | 1/17/10 | EinNYC

Posted on 01/17/2010 6:55:54 PM PST by EinNYC

I am very frustrated with having to wait and wait and wait for each and every webpage I want to look at to load. Firefox (the latest version, whatever that is) hangs and hangs and hangs, with the progress bar oh-so-slowly filling, then you get the blue message box of death "Firefox can't find the server" and similar messages. If you keep clicking on the "try again" button, you usually get to where you want to go eventually, but it's like a salmon swim upstream. I should add that I have Kaspersky Internet Security running to protect my 'puter.

This hanging seems to be worse on certain webpages, like the NY Daily News or Earthlink, and is worse at some times of the day (although in the middle of the night, it can still happen).

Does any FReeper out there have a clue as to why this annoying thing is happening? Sure do appreciate a fix, if it's possible.


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1 posted on 01/17/2010 6:55:55 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

I have given up on Firefox. It used to be very clean, elegant and easy to use. These days, it is only marginally better than IE.

Use Google Chrome. For most routine browsing it works fine and never hangs.


2 posted on 01/17/2010 6:58:02 PM PST by Ronin
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To: EinNYC

Bookmarked


3 posted on 01/17/2010 6:58:14 PM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: EinNYC

Try Google Chrome. Pretty simple. Seems to load much faster.


4 posted on 01/17/2010 6:58:35 PM PST by jamndad5 ("I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.")
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To: EinNYC

I’m using version 3.5.7 with no problems.


5 posted on 01/17/2010 6:58:35 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: EinNYC

I have started using Google Chrome and it seems to load much faster. Give it a try.


6 posted on 01/17/2010 6:58:36 PM PST by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: EinNYC

7 posted on 01/17/2010 6:59:16 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Ronin

Thanks I will try it.


8 posted on 01/17/2010 6:59:47 PM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: EinNYC

Firefox’s update caused my computer to go sooooooooo slow thatI had to remove it, I’m using Opera now and I love it.


9 posted on 01/17/2010 6:59:47 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: EinNYC
WHY does Firefox hang?

Because shooting is too good for it? /ducks and quickly exits stage right...
10 posted on 01/17/2010 6:59:57 PM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: EinNYC

Make sure you DON’T have Skype as a Firefox Add-On. Check Tools>Add-Ons. If there delete or uninstall.

Also try out the Flash blocker add-on called “Flashblock”. No more dancing mortgage-credit score-car insurance ads.


11 posted on 01/17/2010 7:00:14 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: EinNYC

What operating system are you using and who’s your ISP?


12 posted on 01/17/2010 7:00:44 PM PST by Redcloak (Error 404: Tagline not found.)
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To: EinNYC

I’m using Firefox 3.5.7 and not seeing a problem.

Try downloading some other browsers, say Opera, Safari, or Chrome, and see if they too exhibit the hang. If so, it’s probably your internet connection.


13 posted on 01/17/2010 7:02:09 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: EinNYC

Kaspersky sometimes has a plug in to vet web sites and that can cause massive slow downs. Check your plug ins to see what you have installed.


14 posted on 01/17/2010 7:03:23 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: EinNYC

Why does firefox hang ?

You have to speak to it in Russian ?


15 posted on 01/17/2010 7:07:31 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (Screaming in Agony they ran to the Government But then Realized from whence the Agony came !)
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To: EinNYC

It sounds like your A/V is hanging things by not letting FF get its packets out. Check the logs in your A/V package to see if it’s got any log items that relate to FF.


16 posted on 01/17/2010 7:08:32 PM PST by Oceander
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To: Ronin; EinNYC

“I have given up on Firefox.”

Me too. I loved FF, but the longer it is on, the slower it gets. For example, when doing an Email, 10 keystrokes might take 10 seconds to print, uggg.

I am also now using Chrome. It has some nice features.
I also, just this past hour, upgraded my IE7 to 8.
IE has seemed like an antique compared to FF and Chrome


17 posted on 01/17/2010 7:10:04 PM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: EinNYC
Another idea: Try starting Firefox with an alternate profile. The new profile will start off with the default settings and no extensions and an empty cache and browsing history. If it runs OK, then that means one of your extensions or possibly a setting is causing the problem.

Click here for info on profiles.

Also try emptying your cache and browser history. I've seen those databases get screwed up and cause problems.

18 posted on 01/17/2010 7:10:52 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: EinNYC

l’d have a tip for you but I’m watching 24


19 posted on 01/17/2010 7:12:58 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: AlexW

The thing I like most about Chrome is it’s simplicity.

FF and IE have both succumbed to the temptation to add every single bell, whistle, gizmo and feature they can to the things — most of which I do not want, do not need and do not want to waste time trying to turn off or remove.

Let’s just hope that Chrome stays lean in the future.


20 posted on 01/17/2010 7:14:00 PM PST by Ronin
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To: EinNYC

Firefox 3.5.x tends to hang so I reverted back to the old 3.0.x which seems to be ok. The reason I think is what also causes Google chrome to hang in the default setup. I am forgetting the term for it, but in the default setting Google chrome (and I guess firefox too) tries to do a DNS lookup up of all web addresses associated with the links on the page you are currently on and cache it. In other words while you are reading the content on a page, behind the scenes it looks up the IP addresses of all links on that page and saves them. It does this to save time so when you actually click on a link, it will have the IP address ready. Problem is sometimes it gets stuck while doing DNS lookups and stops responding. Google chrome lets you disable this feature (under the advanced tab) but I am not sure how firefox handles it.


21 posted on 01/17/2010 7:14:40 PM PST by libh8er
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To: EinNYC

Using new install of FF and works just fine ....


22 posted on 01/17/2010 7:15:20 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice)
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To: EinNYC

This is the age of machinery,
A mechanical nightmare,
The wonderful world of technology....

20th Century Man / Muswell Hillbillies


23 posted on 01/17/2010 7:17:14 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: EinNYC

I had the same problem with Firefox. I bought a PC Optimizer and ran it. It found 11 hangups in Firefox and eliminated (they haven’t come back)and one big piece of crap in my PC startup, along with 57 unnecessary file exts and 4 other blocked paths, all cleared up. The file exts and 4 blocked paths recur though, but everything runs quicker now.


24 posted on 01/17/2010 7:17:50 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: jamndad5
Try Google Chrome

Perhaps I'm just paranoid, but...

I do not trust Google Chrome's internals
to not report every keystrike
Bad enough that they remember all the details on your personal searches

Currently on Safari (Mac OS X)

25 posted on 01/17/2010 7:17:52 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Redcloak

I have Windows XP, and use Earthlink cable for my internet.


26 posted on 01/17/2010 7:20:39 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Ronin

Yep. Firefox can get more features with addons than Chrome can, but even a stripped down bare firefox installation gets lapped by Chrome anymore. Have chrome on my notebook computer, but my desktop still clinging to Firefox, though not sure why anymore.


27 posted on 01/17/2010 7:22:10 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: EinNYC

Been seeing a “stopped script” warning from my anti-virus. It identifies the stopped script, within Firefox, as being a “chrome” script. I suspect Google chrome is invading Firefox, tagging it in some fashion. It definitely slows down Firefox. Have had to command the script to stop, then reopen the Firefox browser. Very annoying. Perhaps 3.5.7 version stops this.


28 posted on 01/17/2010 7:24:39 PM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: BerryDingle

What is a “PC Optimizer”?


29 posted on 01/17/2010 7:25:29 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Ronin

Of the choices out there Opera is the fastest.


30 posted on 01/17/2010 7:25:50 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)
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To: BerryDingle

I had the same problem with Firefox. I bought a PC Optimizer and ran it. It found 11 hangups in Firefox and eliminated (they haven’t come back)and one big piece of crap in my PC startup, along with 57 unnecessary file exts and 4 other blocked paths, all cleared up. The file exts and 4 blocked paths recur though, but everything runs quicker now.

Also get a free download from filehippo of CCleaner (Crap) Cleaner, it does as the name implies and stays up to date. Keeps browser, recycle bin, histories clean besides worthless cookies.


31 posted on 01/17/2010 7:26:22 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: EinNYC

FF is a buggy piece of crap that gets worse with every release. It leaks memory like a cheap hose leaks water and just loves to consume your whole cpu if given half a chance.

That being said, it’s still my primary browser because of the incredible productivity addons made for it.

Helpful hints:

1. Look at all of the extensions and addons and disable all that you don’t need, which is most of them. You’ll notice a bunch that were installed behind your back by every crapola program every installed on your computer.

2. After long usage times, exit FF and start fresh, as FF will grow infinitely large in size as well as accumulating other problems from long term usage.

3. Make sure you have the latest adobe flash reader for FF installed.

4. Flashblock and “adblock plus” help too.


32 posted on 01/17/2010 7:26:22 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff)
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To: EinNYC; All
I had problems, then I ran an anti-spyware remover. It founds a lot of spyware, since then I have been having no more problems. I would not run Google Chrome due to the problems that I have with their polices on just about everything.
33 posted on 01/17/2010 7:29:11 PM PST by TMSuchman (Semper Fi & Carpe Diem... carry out the plan of the day!)
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To: Ronin

“FF and IE have both succumbed to the temptation to add every single bell, whistle, gizmo”

Yes, the add ons are a big problem with FF.
I have eliminated most of them.
What is also bad is that with every FF upgrade, it gets worse.
I have 3.5.7 now.


34 posted on 01/17/2010 7:29:20 PM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: EinNYC

Try safari.


35 posted on 01/17/2010 7:32:14 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: EinNYC
Questions I need to ask:

1) Who is your Internet Service Provider?
2) Are you using the Domain Name Server address provided by the ISP?
3) Are you running a router that is directly connected to your broadband modem, if you have broadband?

Since I recently installed a router in my system (a router provided by EarthLink and is directly connected to ADSL modem), I configured my computer to look automatically for the IP and DNS address automatically, since the DNS server address is configured on the router itself.

36 posted on 01/17/2010 7:33:13 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: TMSuchman

“I would not run Google Chrome due to the problems that I have with their polices on just about everything.”

I agree with you on that point, and the one reason that I do not like having to use their Chrome.
I understand that Google, including their Email and search,
records everything you do.
This was from a privacy expert that was on Kook to Kook AM, a few weeks ago.
She recommends using “Startpage” for a search engine.


37 posted on 01/17/2010 7:34:19 PM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: EinNYC

First, make sure that your version of Firefox is up to date. Recent Windows fixes might have broken your installation. Your big problem, however, might be the cable connection. If a few kids in the neighborhood are playing online games, they may be chewing up the available bandwidth on your part of the network. Everything will appear slow if that’s the case.


38 posted on 01/17/2010 7:35:02 PM PST by Redcloak (Error 404: Tagline not found.)
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To: EinNYC
The problem is most likely with Earthlink. They recently did an upgrade to their DNS servers. They have routing problems associated with that up grade but when you talk to “Steve” at Earthlink they won't admit to it. See the following links

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r23586214-Earthlink-DNS-Issues

I had similar problems. My wifes PC would not get out but our Macs could get out albeit somewhat sporadically and slow.
Change your DNS settings to OpenDNS (free at basic level)
Open DNS is 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.222.220
Once I did that problem resolved. Earthlink customer service really sucks and I dread having to talk to them

39 posted on 01/17/2010 7:39:20 PM PST by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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To: Ronin

Google Chrome is working good for me so far.


40 posted on 01/17/2010 7:39:38 PM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: AlexW

I use Ask.com for my search engine, or Profusion as well. I get the best results from them.


41 posted on 01/17/2010 7:39:46 PM PST by TMSuchman (Semper Fi & Carpe Diem... carry out the plan of the day!)
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To: Ronin

Two questions:

Will Chrome import Firefox bookmarks?

Is there a Linux version?


42 posted on 01/17/2010 7:45:10 PM PST by Professional Engineer (It's too cold to care about Algore's carbon credits. I'm using treehuggers as home heating fuel.)
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Yes and yes.


43 posted on 01/17/2010 7:46:54 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: EinNYC

The fix is easy, go back to explorer 8.0.


44 posted on 01/17/2010 7:47:15 PM PST by Pheadrus427
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To: Richard Kimball

Cool. I’m on a wintel machine at the moment. The download site only shows wintel options. I assume it’s doing some kind of autodetect on the OS.


45 posted on 01/17/2010 7:50:38 PM PST by Professional Engineer (It's too cold to care about Algore's carbon credits. I'm using treehuggers as home heating fuel.)
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To: Domandred
After I upgraded to Snow Leopard and Safari 4 I started having hangup problems with Safari. I'm using Chrome now and like it, although I also have Firefox.

One thing I was surprised I liked is that in Chrome you do your search in the url bar and oddly enough, Google lets you use an engine besides Google, which Safari doesn't do. It's definitely faster and has a smaller footprint than any of the other browsers.

46 posted on 01/17/2010 7:51:22 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: RayChuang88

Hey, Ray!

I use Earthlink cable as my service provide. I have no idea what your second question is about! I do have a router that I bought myself connected to my cable modem, as an extra level of protection. I also have SpyBot and run it about once a week, Better Privacy, and run a Kaspersky scan also about once a week. So far, the SpyBot hasn’t found any invader nor has Kaspersky.


47 posted on 01/17/2010 7:52:25 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Professional Engineer

http://www.google.com/chrome?platform=linux

It autodetects your platform, but here’s the link to download linux.


48 posted on 01/17/2010 7:53:50 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: EinNYC

Personal Computer optimizer, it runs tests on loading speeds, downloading speeds and hundreds of other functions.
I’ve had good luck with one.


49 posted on 01/17/2010 7:54:15 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: EinNYC
Kaspersky may be the cause. Try a different program for a while.

I find when everything freezes, it's usually a security program that causes it when it's updating.

A fresh reinstall of the program may help also.

50 posted on 01/17/2010 7:55:48 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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