Is Firefox getting to be useless?

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It use to be IE that had so many problems, then came Firefox. Now I have endless issues with FF. IN particular, no matter what I try I cannot get any apps requiring FLASH to run because I had to disable it. If I enable it , it consistently crashes.
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  • Yea they have been really messy lately lots of bugs, updates etc etc.


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  • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
    I love to use FF...my first choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
    I just love using FF, it is my first choice for a browser and now matter what people may say, I will always stick to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    I switched to chrome, and never looked back, I have firefox, opera, IE, safari as well as chrome, but use chrome happily 98% the time.
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    • Profile picture of the author nofearman
      Yeah, I think anyone who is "in love " with FF hasn;t been around very long....
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    • Profile picture of the author goldbiz
      Originally Posted by RobinInTexas View Post

      I switched to chrome, and never looked back, I have firefox, opera, IE, safari as well as chrome, but use chrome happily 98% the time.
      Ditto here. It took forever for me to leave IE; I stayed too long. I had a short and exciting relationship with FF, but in the end things just didn't work out. (You know how it goes.) Now Chrome is in my life to stay (I hope...) ha ha
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSRS
    I just tweeted pretty much the same thing.. what a piece of CRAP FF has become!

    I caught it using 900+ MB memory. It crashes SO often. The only reason I still open this software is because most of my logins are saved and I don't feel like looking them up but slowly I'm def moving on to Chrome. Even IE9 is like 10 times better then FF right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author drem
      Originally Posted by SteveSRS View Post

      I just tweeted pretty much the same thing.. what a piece of CRAP FF has become!

      I caught it using 900+ MB memory. It crashes SO often. The only reason I still open this software is because most of my logins are saved and I don't feel like looking them up but slowly I'm def moving on to Chrome. Even IE9 is like 10 times better then FF right now.
      I was just going to say I switched back to FF recently to give it a try and am loving it, but when I read your post, I had to check the memory usage. I only had 8 tabs open and FF was pushing over 1 gig of memory usage. This is unacceptable!
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      • Profile picture of the author anwar001
        Originally Posted by drem View Post

        I was just going to say I switched back to FF recently to give it a try and am loving it, but when I read your post, I had to check the memory usage. I only had 8 tabs open and FF was pushing over 1 gig of memory usage. This is unacceptable!
        This is very surprising. I love Firefox and it is my favorite browser. By the way, how to check memory usage?
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    • Profile picture of the author nofearman
      Originally Posted by SteveSRS View Post

      I just tweeted pretty much the same thing.. what a piece of CRAP FF has become!

      I caught it using 900+ MB memory. It crashes SO often. The only reason I still open this software is because most of my logins are saved and I don't feel like looking them up but slowly I'm def moving on to Chrome. Even IE9 is like 10 times better then FF right now.
      yeah for all sites I visit with video I have to switch over to IE (I never imagined that would happen). With FF, it won;t run video , obviously because I have Flash Shockwave disabled. But, if I enable it , it crashes!! Go figure..?
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  • Profile picture of the author arshia bhardwaj
    Even i like FireFox ,i feel its better than google chrome!
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  • Profile picture of the author YHmuWong
    I am not sure whether I like FF or Chrome.The last time I checked FF is running on 100MB of memory but a single Chrome has four 25MB of memory.So far both are very intensive but both are still the best options around.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
    Thanks for the advice guys, all the time I thought that it was real good as I faced many issues with ie. So what is a real good browser?
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    • Profile picture of the author goldbiz
      Originally Posted by Ricardo Furtado View Post

      Thanks for the advice guys, all the time I thought that it was real good as I faced many issues with ie. So what is a real good browser?
      Chrome! It doesnt have the plugins of Chrome, but it's fast and doesn't bug out. I still use FF for its plugins/addons, but only rarely. And IE seems to never work.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
        Originally Posted by goldbiz View Post

        Chrome! It doesnt have the plugins of Chrome, but it's fast and doesn't bug out. I still use FF for its plugins/addons, but only rarely. And IE seems to never work.
        Hi, thank you for the advice. But I face many problems with chrome it keeps crashing all the time and sometimes, all the sites just shut down. This gives me a hard time. But now as you guys say even FF is not good, I am wondering what to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author ConfusedJ
    Flash works fine for me in Firefox, and I haven't seen others complain about it, so the problem's probably something specific to your setup.

    Anyway, I still use Firefox. I have Chrome installed, too, for certain occasions, but I'm not a fan of the GUI. I much prefer Firefox's GUI and wide assortment of add-ons. I use to have a few issues with it being a RAM hog, but since I upgraded PC's (from 2GB of RAM to 8GB), it runs like a charm.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    The line-height issue is aggravating in Firefox on Win7, if you design sites. It's like IE 5-7 used to be -- I have to do tricks and add special code.

    The only thing that sucks about Chrome is the AJAX on many sites is fubar. Firefox gets that right still. Until that changes, I'll be sticking to FF for my normal browsing.
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    • Profile picture of the author goldbiz
      Those are the three choices: Chrome, FF and IE. It's nice to have choices, but sometimes the only choices aren't so great, and sometimes you only get to choose between verizon or comcast Pick your poison. There are smaller browsers, but they may display things abnormally sometimes.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lewis52
        It seems that browsers are like bank accounts - the prospect of changing them could be a lot of bother; what with saved passwords and memorised log-ins.

        I had issues with IE8 running in XP sp3 (yeah -still!) being a tad slow but I find page print outs are superior in IE than FF

        I find myself viewing and downloading quite a lot of videos (mainly YouTube) but Chrome crashes with a requirement to upgrade to the latest version of Flash; I never seem to be able overcome this and go back to IE8 & FF

        Maybe the latest version of FF #26, has overcome some of the issues others have mentioned? Mozilla does seem to bring out updates more often nowadays.

        Anyone got any advice or improvements for my problems above are, without being too blunt, quite welcome to make suggestions
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  • Profile picture of the author Chosen2013
    I'm happy Opera user. Sometimes I use older version of FF and it's okay, but Opera is faster and more convenient to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author buysellbrowse
      Originally Posted by Chosen2013 View Post

      I'm happy Opera user. Sometimes I use older version of FF and it's okay, but Opera is faster and more convenient to me.
      On Linux, you have fewer choices. I have used Opera for a long time, but lately, it won't run anymore on Debian jesse/sid. So now I'm stuck with Firefox, which occasionally throws fits, eats up all the memory and crashes.

      Most annoying is the fact that you can't really block pop-ups in Firefox, and I hate the inability to stop sites from resizing the browser window to full screen.
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  • Profile picture of the author brinch
    I develop HTML5 websites, and don't find Firefox to be worse than any of the other browsers really. That said, my personal favorite browser is Chrome, because it is fast and has good developer tools.
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    • Profile picture of the author goldbiz
      What developer tools?

      Clue me in.
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      • Profile picture of the author brinch
        Originally Posted by goldbiz View Post

        What developer tools?

        Clue me in.
        The Developer Tools you can activate from Chrome with Ctrl-Alt-i
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  • Profile picture of the author project1010
    FF is the only number 1 choice for web developers . I like FF
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    • Profile picture of the author blackli0n
      Originally Posted by project1010 View Post

      FF is the only number 1 choice for web developers . I like FF
      I agree with this...Firefox with the web developer extensions are pretty nice. But Chrome is still my default.
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    I'm having more problems with thunderbird than Firefox.
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    • Profile picture of the author goldbiz
      Originally Posted by reysmendoza View Post

      Firefox is one of the best browser for us ( web developer )
      "One of". ha ha. There are only a few browsers--not hundreds.

      It's one of the best browsers, and one of the only browsers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riggs
    I tend to experience issues with Chrome and Firefox on and off, and end up switching from one to the other quite frequently. Sometimes I'll even run both simultaneously. Especially when I'm testing browser compatibility with newly input html/php code.

    I use four monitors and am running fairly efficient hardware though, so maybe using both browsers at the same time for different tasks on different monitors is justified.
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  • Profile picture of the author Weblin
    Firefox is more efficient and faster with multiple tabs (20+). Chrome creates a new process for every tab and it's memory usage is still higher than firefox for me.
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  • I too face many problem with firefox ,Just switched on to the chorme is 200 times better than firefox.
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    • Profile picture of the author gearmex
      Google follows your every move with Chrome records every page you visit...no thanks, i have used FF successfully since Version 3 and not looked back, never had any issues, make sure you update to latest version when it comes and otherwise keep your computer in check crashing might not be FF related also if your computer is full of spyware no matter what browser you use it will crash...
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  • Profile picture of the author ViralMediaBoost
    I don't like the browser to be honest seems to have too many bugs and is just as slow as IE well in my experiences.

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    • Profile picture of the author weberman2015
      Resurrecting old thread.

      Every new release of Firefox seems to be getting more bloated and slower. It constantly freezes up for no apparent reason! Anything with a push button in the webpage as simple as even print usually don't work.

      It has become almost useless with anything to do with Flash or Shockwave. I use to love it and still like it (quite a ways back it worked flawlessly., but I have to use Chrome for a lot of websites, Firefox 31 latest just would not load an HTML page but text only. It seems very temperamental.

      It seem they have tried to make it more pretty than functional!

      New Motherboard
      New CPU
      New Memory
      New Power supply
      Fresh install of Firefox

      Made no difference. Also same problem on other computers.

      Mozilla is definitely going in the wrong direction.

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  • Profile picture of the author nathan skyes
    i use chrome but imo ff is still good to use . For people who in love with ff, it absolutely the best
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    • Profile picture of the author weberman2015
      I agree, that I still like FF but they are definitely a lot of bloatware added or changed over the last 10 or so builds.

      I have to switch between FF and FF to everything done.

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      • Profile picture of the author madlee
        I switched to chrome. Now am not using Firefox
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