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Need Firefox Help
7/2/14

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.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
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1 posted on 07/02/2014 8:18:02 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

clear your web cache

restart


2 posted on 07/02/2014 8:18:59 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: pabianice

Drop Firefox.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 8:19:38 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: pabianice

4 posted on 07/02/2014 8:20:46 PM PDT by UncleHambone ("Laughter is America's most important export." - Walt Disney)
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To: pabianice

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.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 8:23:08 PM PDT by UncleHambone ("Laughter is America's most important export." - Walt Disney)
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To: pabianice

try clearing the cache and turning off some of the add-ons.

Then download the Pale Moon browser


6 posted on 07/02/2014 8:23:09 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: pabianice

Unless you have a Mac, try migrating to PaleMoon. Same user interface, much more compact, runs faster, and is politically neutral.


7 posted on 07/02/2014 8:24:46 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: pabianice

Dump firefox.
Go with Pale Moon and Duck Duck Go


8 posted on 07/02/2014 8:26:02 PM PDT by Post5203 (For the first time in my life, I despise this country.)
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9 posted on 07/02/2014 8:26:04 PM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: pabianice

I recently switched to Pale Moon. It is like Firefox back when it actually worked.


10 posted on 07/02/2014 8:26:17 PM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: GeronL

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.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 8:27:29 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: pabianice

How could you not have gotten the message about FireFox?


12 posted on 07/02/2014 8:30:49 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Viennacon

Indeed. Not like Mozilla did the right thing by Brendan Eich yet.


13 posted on 07/02/2014 8:36:01 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: pabianice
Install the Pale Moon browser and then delete Firefox.
14 posted on 07/02/2014 8:40:52 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: pabianice

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


15 posted on 07/02/2014 8:41:57 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: al_c

CoolNovo is also a great browser


16 posted on 07/02/2014 8:42:28 PM PDT by gwgn02
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To: smokingfrog

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.
Any suggestion???


17 posted on 07/02/2014 8:43:40 PM PDT by Libertynotfree (Over spending, Over taxes, and Over regulation)
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To: pabianice

Flash is usually the culprit.


18 posted on 07/02/2014 8:43:48 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: Mears

bfl


19 posted on 07/02/2014 8:45:36 PM PDT by Mears
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To: All

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?


20 posted on 07/02/2014 8:53:17 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Has any President in history sunk to such a level of self-flattery & validation-seeking?)
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To: Libertynotfree

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.


21 posted on 07/02/2014 8:56:04 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: pabianice
Get Pale Moon, use the transfer utility, and you won't miss Firefox a bit.
22 posted on 07/02/2014 8:56:06 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Libertynotfree

AdwCleaner helped me get rid of Coupon Printer and some other crapware that was on my wife’s computer.

http://lifehacker.com/adwcleaner-removes-toolbars-and-other-malware-in-one-cl-734204747


23 posted on 07/02/2014 8:59:57 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: pabianice

Thanks for this post.


24 posted on 07/02/2014 9:01:29 PM PDT by matthew fuller (gopetition.com/petitions/request-for-immediate-texas-border-control/sign.html#se)
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To: pabianice

Yeah; DUMP Firefox.


25 posted on 07/02/2014 9:15:23 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: 5th MEB

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.

http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php

It is basically a fork of Chrome without the privacy issues.


26 posted on 07/02/2014 9:18:04 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: pabianice

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.


27 posted on 07/02/2014 9:29:26 PM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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To: RBStealth

I watch some online TV and NoScript was messing with it.


28 posted on 07/02/2014 9:32:08 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

wow, that nice, here’s a lolipop.


29 posted on 07/02/2014 9:36:39 PM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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To: RBStealth

What, no chocolate? cheapskate!


30 posted on 07/02/2014 9:46:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: pabianice
Use something like ccleaner to clean your temporary files, make sure your Flash and other plugins are up to date at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/, and yes, try switching to Pale Moon or one of the other browsers built on the open-source Mozilla code that underlies Firefox.

If your problems are Flash related, you might have better luck with one of the Chromium-based browsers.

31 posted on 07/02/2014 9:52:41 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TChad

I have Pale Moon and Chromium, I definitely prefer PM out of the two but I use both.


32 posted on 07/02/2014 10:01:28 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Post5203

Noted


33 posted on 07/02/2014 10:04:01 PM PDT by jimmyray
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To: pabianice

Delete it.


34 posted on 07/02/2014 10:23:54 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Viennacon
"Drop Firefox."

Amen. Kick FascistFox to the curb. Get Opera. It meets web standards, and uses a version of the Webkit engine that Chrome and Safari use, and with a single addon, can use almost any Chrome plugin. And it's currently the fastest browser on Windows.
35 posted on 07/02/2014 10:30:44 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: pabianice
I had the same problem. Tried everything mentioned above (and a lot of other things), and nothing worked. Eventually, I came upon this:

Firefox unbearably slow

Look for the "Potentially Important Work around" section, which turns off the tab throbber.
36 posted on 07/02/2014 10:49:28 PM PDT by jjsheridan5 (remember Mississippi)
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“turns off the tab throbber”

That just sounds wrong.


37 posted on 07/02/2014 10:55:10 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: pabianice

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.


38 posted on 07/02/2014 11:55:23 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: pabianice

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.


39 posted on 07/03/2014 12:14:53 AM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: pabianice
The last update made Firefox unusable (slow).

Drop it and install Google Chrome.

Runs about 300 percent faster.

40 posted on 07/03/2014 12:35:09 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: pabianice

Change to Pale Moon.


41 posted on 07/03/2014 3:51:14 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: pabianice; GeronL; null and void; Post5203; Rio; demshateGod; USS Alaska

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!


42 posted on 07/03/2014 10:51:53 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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Pale Moon takes the basic FF and makes it better. Open Source works that way.


43 posted on 07/03/2014 10:59:26 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

LOL, FireFox is open source.


44 posted on 07/03/2014 10:04:30 PM PDT by UncleHambone ("Laughter is America's most important export." - Walt Disney)
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To: UncleHambone

That is why other people/groups can take it and make it better. That is where Pale Moon came from.


45 posted on 07/03/2014 10:48:23 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: catnipman

I can hardly wait until a Mac version becomes available.


46 posted on 07/04/2014 10:53:56 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: pabianice

did you solve your problem?

I had a same/similar problem.
Finally completely cleared it up today.


47 posted on 07/07/2014 11:41:52 AM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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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.


48 posted on 07/08/2014 12:01:58 PM PDT by pabianice (LINE)
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To: pabianice

Speaking of which, can anyone recommend software for finding and removing spam already in your PC?


49 posted on 07/08/2014 12:15:31 PM PDT by pabianice (LINE)
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>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.


50 posted on 07/09/2014 4:10:59 PM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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