Skip to comments.WHY does Firefox hang?
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.
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.
Using new install of FF and works just fine ....
This is the age of machinery,
A mechanical nightmare,
The wonderful world of technology....
20th Century Man / Muswell Hillbillies
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.
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)
I have Windows XP, and use Earthlink cable for my internet.
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.
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.
What is a “PC Optimizer”?
Of the choices out there Opera is the fastest.
I had the same problem with Firefox. I bought a PC Optimizer and ran it. It found 11 hangups in Firefox and eliminated (they havent 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
Once I did that problem resolved. Earthlink customer service really sucks and I dread having to talk to them
Google Chrome is working good for me so far.