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    Is Firefox Slow for You?

    I love Firefox, but my big complaint with is has been that, as I use it, it slows down incrementally, until I eventually have to restart it. It starts consuming more and more resources the more tabs I have open, and the longer I have open.

    I found this, and started using it, and so far it's seemed to help greatly.

    Just thought I'd share, in case someone has had similar problems.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13878


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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Not slow for me...but I am a huge Firefox supporter! Although...this week I downloaded and installed Opera 10 beta version...and I could warm up to that very quickly! Really like it! However, I really like the addons that you can use with Firefox...I am a long way from giving up Firefox!

    Thanks for the link though...I will play around with it!



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    What version do you use? There has been a well-known memory leak in the product for a long time now



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    What version do you use? There has been a well-known memory leak in the product for a long time now
    3.5.2

    I think my problem stems from having upwards of 10 tabs open at any given time. When I check the memory usage, it is anywhere from 250,000K (which runs well) to over 800,000K (which doesn't).


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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    3.5.2

    I think my problem stems from having upwards of 10 tabs open at any given time. When I check the memory usage, it is anywhere from 250,000K (which runs well) to over 800,000K (which doesn't).
    I have 9 open right now and I'm using about 157,000K. Its probably what you're opening. PDFs, for example, tend to chew it up if you're opening them through the browser. Lots of sites with active content can eat up memory too.



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    3.5.2

    I think my problem stems from having upwards of 10 tabs open at any given time. When I check the memory usage, it is anywhere from 250,000K (which runs well) to over 800,000K (which doesn't).
    You gotta focus on internet stalking one person at a time - fewer tabs that way.

    Occasionally it does seem slow, but I always thought that was just a issue with the connection...



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    I have 28 tabs open in 9 windows and Firefox is only using about 480,000 K of memory and it's working just fine-no slowdown.



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Quote Originally Posted by aauummm View Post
    I have 28 tabs open in 9 windows and Firefox is only using about 480,000 K of memory and it's working just fine-no slowdown.
    Interesting. I think mine would work OK at that level, but I notice that, at times, I haven't done anything outside of my normal usage, and it balloons to 850,000K. I have 2 gigs of RAM, and having FF take up so much of that isn't good.


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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    I'm running 4 Gigs of RAM on a 2.6 GHz machine. That probably helps out a lot. Still, Firefox's PEAK usage (with all of the above windows, 9 and tabs, 28 open) is only 624,000 K. Must be the type of sites that you have open that is running up the usage on you.


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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    I started using alternative browsers years ago because I found Internet Explorer to be too slow. I started with Netscape (which I hated). Then I went to Opera as a suggestion from a friend of mine who was a big Lenox fan. It is pretty good, but if you are going for user friendly it doesn't hit the top of the list. Then I found Firefox. I love it. I think that it takes all of the characteristics that I liked from the other browsers, and puts them into one user friendly browser. It never runs slow for me. My only problem with it, is some programs are IE exclusives so you can't view them on anything else.



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Quote Originally Posted by outcydethebox View Post
    I started using alternative browsers years ago because I found Internet Explorer to be too slow. I started with Netscape (which I hated). Then I went to Opera as a suggestion from a friend of mine who was a big Lenox fan. It is pretty good, but if you are going for user friendly it doesn't hit the top of the list. Then I found Firefox. I love it. I think that it takes all of the characteristics that I liked from the other browsers, and puts them into one user friendly browser. It never runs slow for me. My only problem with it, is some programs are IE exclusives so you can't view them on anything else.
    Like the fan in my air conditioner

    I have been using google chrome for my browsing lately, I think it is much faster than firefox. Downside is it is not compatible with all web sites yet. So I still have to use fire fox sometimes.



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Quote Originally Posted by outcydethebox View Post
    I started using alternative browsers years ago because I found Internet Explorer to be too slow. I started with Netscape (which I hated). Then I went to Opera as a suggestion from a friend of mine who was a big Lenox fan. It is pretty good, but if you are going for user friendly it doesn't hit the top of the list. Then I found Firefox. I love it. I think that it takes all of the characteristics that I liked from the other browsers, and puts them into one user friendly browser. It never runs slow for me. My only problem with it, is some programs are IE exclusives so you can't view them on anything else.
    Lenox? Lol are you trying for linux?

    Also just some advice, I know people that have problems with firefox slowing down with certain sites. Their solution Google Chrome. Though if your like me you don't want google keeping tabs on you so you could try the alternative Iron
    SRWare Iron - The Browser of the Future



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    I like Chrome a lot, but can't give up the add-ons and customization of Firefox just yet.

    I've been slowdown-free for a couple of days now, so whatever I did to FF helped, apparently. My memory usage for it has stayed right around 250,000K, no matter what I browse.


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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Yes. Sorry. That is what I meant. I was trying to type my post while my 1 year old was trying to hit the windows key on the keyboard. I wasn't exactly thinking.



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    Re: Is Firefox Slow for You?

    Quote Originally Posted by aauummm View Post
    I have 28 tabs open in 9 windows and Firefox is only using about 480,000 K of memory and it's working just fine-no slowdown.
    Wow, what were you doing?



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