FireFox Slow Or Is It Me?

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I have been using the lasted FF and it has been running very slow. I have Avast and an not aware of any viruses or spyware etc.

This started happening after upgrade to latest version. I know that when you have virus programs checking your online activities but man FF is sooooo slow.

I don't have many plugins etc.

Thanks

John
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  • Profile picture of the author jwlnewsome
    Hi, I'm using the latest FF with Ubuntu at work and XP at home, everything is running fine. Maybe a quick re-install is in order.
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  • Profile picture of the author accessto
    Hi John
    I used before FF, but after latest upgrade, it started work slower and I got a lot of spam.
    Now I'm using Google Chrome and I'm highly recommend it for you to try
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    • Profile picture of the author Ralph89
      Hi there. I downloaded FF last night to assist with keyword researches. But when putting the keywords in google I get the usual website info but I don't get the relevent stats like page ranking, links etc have I missed anything. Sorry if this is in the wrong place.:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    I've got the same, with the same AV, so perhaps it is the combination. I can type in firrefox now and it seems to take forever before it catches up with all I have typed now, but computer is working fine otherwise. Gotta be the latest version or something.

    I know it doesn't help, but at least you know you aren't alone with the issue.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Hi Ralph,

      You need to install an add-on for FireFox to show the extra information you are looking for.

      Using your FireFox browser, go here and install "SEO for FireFox".

      If it has installed correctly you will see the logo in the bottom right of the browser. You can click the logo to toggle the extra info on/off.

      Good luck!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ralph89
        Mike
        Thanks for that. tried loading the ext last night as I thought something else may be needed but wouldn't allow me god knows why. I just tried it out and I've got my stats now. So I've some homework to do now LOL. I tried searching on google but it didn't work that way, I'm guessing that it only works via FF. Once again thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Cabral
      Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

      I've got the same, with the same AV, so perhaps it is the combination. I can type in firrefox now and it seems to take forever before it catches up with all I have typed now, but computer is working fine otherwise. Gotta be the latest version or something.

      I know it doesn't help, but at least you know you aren't alone with the issue.
      Yeah I have same typying issue and I am a slow typist lol. My NetBook is only a few months old and like I said I have run CCleaner, Avast and Malaware and got clean bill of health. so it must be something with FF.
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    • Profile picture of the author Craig Zimbrowski
      John,
      In order to improve your browsing experience on FF, you can Increase browser loading speed.
      Just type, about:config>type "network" >look for:
      1-network.http.pipelining
      2-network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
      3-network.http.proxy.pipelining

      Change values from "false" to "true" for the 1 and 3 values, the change maxrequests from 4 to 6. And voila!
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      • Profile picture of the author John Cabral
        Originally Posted by Craig Zimbrowski View Post

        John,
        In order to improve your browsing experience on FF, you can Increase browser loading speed.
        Just type, about:config>type "network" >look for:
        1-network.http.pipelining
        2-network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
        3-network.http.proxy.pipelining

        Change values from "false" to "true" for the 1 and 3 values, the change maxrequests from 4 to 6. And voila!
        Maybe I missed it but where do I type that?
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        • Profile picture of the author ewenmack
          Had same problem last week too.

          Uninstalled, as recommended on this forum, and reinstalled and no difference.

          Took into tech guy and checked total memory on computer plus memory on firefox and other applications I use.

          He said Firefox is a big hog of memory and with each upgrade it increases memory usage.

          So he added more memory and we are at full speed again.

          He showed me how to get into the computor to check memory usage and memory stored, but I couldn't tell you how to get there.

          That's been my experience.

          Ewen Vile
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        • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
          Originally Posted by John Cabral View Post

          Maybe I missed it but where do I type that?
          You type it in FireFox like you were going to type in a URL.

          It really works to speed it up by the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author bluewillow
    I've been having a tough time with FF. Facebook is a nightmare. I've switched back to IE just so I can get something done!
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    • Profile picture of the author sydneyguy8
      I am also facing the same problem. Sometime FF is so slow that it make me frustrated.
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      • Profile picture of the author ewenmack
        Yeah Intrernet Explorer is less of a memory hog and loads faster if you are near maxed out on computer memory.

        Ewen Vile
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Steinitz
    I assume you are talking about Firefox on PC. I can't comment on that so much but on my Mac it was slow. I nearly wrote an ill-considered email to the Warrior forum webmaster complianing about the painful slowness of the site. I persisted with Firefox for about a year, hypnotized by all the praise heaped on it and because some of the plugins are useful. However, three months ago, in exasperation, I returned, prodigal, to Safari. Safari seems like a fine, fine machine compared to Firefox's clunkiness - and Warrior loads like lightning. I still fire up Firefox for a few specialized tasks.

    When I'm forced to fire up Windows, I persist with Firefox (slave to trends) but the green grass of IE 8 tempts me, despite its developer.
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  • Profile picture of the author kavi
    I've been having the same problems for a couple of weeks. Googled for a possible solution and found this post - Firefox 3.5 Slow and Hangs After Typing a Few Letters in URL Location Bar Raymond.CC Blog

    I didn't take the first three steps though. I only applied step 4 "Lower Firefox History Size" and checked the box "Clear history when firefox closes". Closed everything and rebooted. Firefox is very fast now. I believe it's the browser history that grows too big which causes it to slow down.

    Hope it helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author AfroSamurai
    I'm experiencing the same problem, FF ver is 3.5.5 . I thought I had a spy ware or virus problem, tried scanning with NOD 32 and Melwarebytes and everything seems to be fine.
    So I guess it is smthing to do with the FF browser. I like the idea of using Chrome instated but it doesn't support any plug ins like FF does which I can't live with out.
    gonna try John Cabral's method to see if it helps.
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