Skip to comments.Need Firefox Help
Posted on 07/02/2014 8:18:02 PM PDT by pabianice
I have been using Firefox for some time with little problem. But today when I used it it had slowed to a crawl -- unusably slow, really. A page takes 3-4 minutes to load. I have changed nothing on my PC. My internet speed checks fine (I use Verizon). Can anyone give a suggestion to clear this up? Thanks.
clear your web cache
But seriously, does IE or Chrome behave similarly?
Also, to troubleshoot you might want to try FF in safe mode to see if it is an add-on that is troubling you. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Help menu and select Restart with Add-ons Disabled.... Firefox will start up with the Firefox Safe Mode dialog.
try clearing the cache and turning off some of the add-ons.
Then download the Pale Moon browser
Unless you have a Mac, try migrating to PaleMoon. Same user interface, much more compact, runs faster, and is politically neutral.
Go with Pale Moon and Duck Duck Go
I recently switched to Pale Moon. It is like Firefox back when it actually worked.
I have been using Blue Moon on my laptop for about a week.
FYI. The 32-bit version of BM will run many of the Firefox Extensions/Add-ons. The 64-bit version may have problems with the them. Firefox is still 32-bit.
How could you not have gotten the message about FireFox?
Indeed. Not like Mozilla did the right thing by Brendan Eich yet.
call verizon have them run a test on your line. We had squirrels get in the wiring box up on the pole, chewing on insulation. Slowed things considerably
CoolNovo is also a great browser
You may have malware in your computer. I have the same problem, it always redirect to other site and ask me to download its program. It does slow down a lot. I reset Firefox which helps, but I still have the problem. It’s difficult for me to find a program which runs on XP.
Flash is usually the culprit.
Running FF v.30 on WXP SP3 and no problems.
I run Avast AV/Firewall and Malware AntiMalware.
What version of FF and Windows are you running?
Step 3.3 : Reset Mozilla Firefox
Open Firefox and then go the Helpmenu (Press F10 key once to active Menu bar)
Go to Help menu then click on Troubleshooting information
Note: you can also open this page in this ways, open Firefox then type this command in the address bar about:support (without quote) and then hit enter or OK.
You will get a page Troubleshooting information page, here you will get Reset Firefox option in the right side of the page.
Click on Reset Firefox option. and follow their instruction to reset.
Now your Mozilla Firefox has been Restored to default settings.
AdwCleaner helped me get rid of Coupon Printer and some other crapware that was on my wife’s computer.
Thanks for this post.
Yeah; DUMP Firefox.
I like Pale Moon, which is a non-Mozilla fork of Firefox that uses DuckDuckGo instead of evil Google.
I have also heard good things about a browser called SRWare Iron.
It is basically a fork of Chrome without the privacy issues.
Do you run the add on ‘NoScript’, AdBlock and there are some others that as add on’s cause problems with some peoples machines and not others. Personally , I have been having this problem lately, “NoScript” was my problem.
Disable all your addons, if this fixes your molasses problem. Then turn on each add on one at a time and figure out your culprit.
In addition viruses, malware can also cause this.
I watch some online TV and NoScript was messing with it.
wow, that nice, here’s a lolipop.
What, no chocolate? cheapskate!
If your problems are Flash related, you might have better luck with one of the Chromium-based browsers.
I have Pale Moon and Chromium, I definitely prefer PM out of the two but I use both.
“turns off the tab throbber”
That just sounds wrong.
I dropped Firefox. I went back to Windows Explorer. It’s more compatible with Adobe and other things that are so much a part of the webpages now. I’ve no regrets.
My Mother had the same problem with Firefox in Windows. It turned out that she had various bogus Add-Ons installed that were causing the problem.
Click on the “Options” button (upper-right corner, looks like horizontal lines), and select Add-ons.
Then, click on the “Extensions” tab and look for any items you don’t recognize or want. Click the “Disable” button for everything you’re not sure about.
Then, do the same for the “Plugins” tab.
Then, quit Firefox and restart it. If that fixes the problem, then go back and remove the items you disabled.
Also, if that was the problem, you need to learn to not let web sites install crap on your computer. ;-)
Hope that helps.
Drop it and install Google Chrome.
Runs about 300 percent faster.
Change to Pale Moon.
I want to thank all the folks who recommended Pale Moon. I’ve just been fed the fuch up with FF because of all of the memory leaks, etc. Have been running v16 forever and whenever I’ve tried to upgrade to newer versions, they’d all pretty much just crash after 30 minutes of heavy use, and not a single version of FF that I’ve ever used has ever fixed the memory leak problems. I actually installed a program on quicklaunch so I could quickly kill FF at the point it’s consumed all of my RAM, so I can then start over with “Restore Session” with all of my previous tabs. After trying every “solution” to the leak problem, that’s the only one that every worked. Apparently the arrogant bastards at mozilla would rather tweak the UI to death rather than make a browser that actually works. They’re worse than even Microsoft because Microsoft has to listen to their customers sooner or later or go broke. Nonprofits can just drift along forever.
At any rate, I just finished installing PM, including importing everything from FF, which went flawlessly, including all settings and the plethora of add-ons I use. Only difficulty was getting roboform attached, which I can’t live without. I did finally dumb around and got the roboform taskbar program to attach roboform to PM, which then worked flawlessly. It’s necessary for the roboform taskbar program to run all time for roboform to continue to work on PM, but this is a small price to pay to ditch FF forever.
Even with minimal use so far, I’ve been stunned at how much faster PM is than FF, as well as the VERY small memory footprint occupied by PM vs FF.
Thanks again everyone for the PM tip!!! I’ll be installing PM instead of FF on all of my client’s computers in the future as well!
Pale Moon takes the basic FF and makes it better. Open Source works that way.
LOL, FireFox is open source.
That is why other people/groups can take it and make it better. That is where Pale Moon came from.
I can hardly wait until a Mac version becomes available.
did you solve your problem?
I had a same/similar problem.
Finally completely cleared it up today.
Finally, I did. Uninstalled Firefox. Installed Spybot/Antivirus. Had a bad time running Spybot (”time remaining for scan , 5423 minutes”). Had to contact Spybot and get them to help me run it (it has to be run in safe mode). Found 25 problems. Fixed them. Reinstalled Firefox. Runs well now, But was amazed at how many hundred/thousand crap entries were in my computer, 99% of them spam.
Speaking of which, can anyone recommend software for finding and removing spam already in your PC?
>Speaking of which, can anyone recommend software for >finding and removing spam already in your PC?
noticed all your lovely responses on this now dead thread.
Its dead because I was the only one you responded to, plenty gave advice, took the time to type it out, and you didnt issue one thank you or response—besides me. Seems kind of userish, you want things easy.
Frankly I do have a short list of free programs , but that would not be too helpful to you.
If you own something you either pay someone to fix it, or you do it yourself. Part of doing it yourself of course is that you have some minor or key help along the way. The internet makes people lazy when it comes to asking questions and expecting answers. If you needed help with Spybot, then you need to educate yourself or pay someone.
Spybot gets rid of spyware and adware, thats its category and thats what it removed from your machine.
If you dont have anti-virus scanner then you have more problems..virus and other bad things. The category of spam(which you said you are looking for, but is probably use of a careless term on your part) more or less fits into adware—which presumably spybot took care of.
No one program gets it all in one category, so you should run a variety of good-reputation free programs in these categories and then make your own decisions about what you like.Dont download something that looks good , unless you check it out with google as to its reputation through others, otherwise you’ll be downloading huge problems.
Good luck with google my friend.