Skip to comments.WHY does Firefox hang?
Posted on 01/17/2010 6:55:54 PM PST by EinNYC
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I’m using EarthLink’s own DNS servers (configured on my router) and don’t have speed issues. Must be the connection in my area, which seems to be working okay.
I found out about the Skype thing the hard way. Removed it, and it runs better.
However, yes, this version of FF seems to hang. They fixed the memory holes, but seem to have created a CPU Util monster.
Firefox 3.6 RC2 is now available and it has largely resolved those annoying seconds of wait while going to new sites.
I had good luck with PC Pitstop Optimize 3.0 from the PC Pitstop website. Please stay away from Finally Fast from the AD on TV, it is useless and should be sued out of existance.
Also, the CCleaner free download can be found on MajorGeeks.com. I use version 2.27.1070 currently, but it’s updating often. Run it just before you shut down every day.
Whoops! It should say for my machine I’m running Windows Vista Home Premium SP2.
Does this happen in IE or other browsers? I had that problem regularly, and did a registry tweak, but yet the problem seems to have been with my Internet connection or the DNS Client. Make sure that is turned on. Go to Start>Run, type services.msc and hit OK. R. click on DNS Client, choose Properties and choose Startup type as Automatic and hit OK. Then hit Start below that, and try browsing.
If that fails to help try the advice on a new profile.
But Firefox with the TabMixPlus ext. is far far better than Chrome for power users. The latter has no way to make multiple rows of tabs, r charge their size, or make them different colors, etc.
Your witty but obscure Clint Eastwood reference was not lost on me :^)
Please check out IXQuick.com. You can set it for HTTPS for all searches, and it does not record or pass on your IP to the search engines it hits against.
Also, even the picture search can be made secure.
Please look into OpenDNS.com. It’s free and has fast lookups.
No, not infinitely. At least not if you update things regularly!
I’m sitting around 2 weeks uptime, and I’ve had FF open at all times since the machine was last rebooted. There’s a definite minimum, but also a pretty definite maximum it never goes above under normal usage, before it releases some resources back.
I monitor fulltime as I’ve got a rather suspect video card fan (but the potential replacement is no prize either, so I’m staying with this one til it’s *dead*) and the app monitors temps, fan rpm, and resources. This has all stayed very steady over the past year.
All else aside, given how often it goes back down to starting levels, you should be able to keep things going for an impressively long period by just restarting FF occasionally when it asks after an update.
We’re not talking a top of the line machine...it was $300 4 years ago, running 2k Pro, 1.25 GB ram.
Oh, the one thing that can bring FF screeching to a halt? ABP filters! Be very sure if you use this and have multiple subscriptions, you keep an eye on what overlaps and what may cause slowdowns. Every so often if the update server isn’t responding quickly when it wants to update, we have a veeeerrrrrrrry unhappy machine for a minute or two.