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What the heck is Firefox doing ???


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#1 TheEgg

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 04:25 PM

Today I just noticed a new procesess in windows task manager.

plugin-container.exe

I looked it up and it says it has something to do with preventing firefox from crashing or something. Ok, but its using over 20,000 (currently 37,844) k of memory (or whatever). This looks stupid. Am I right or wrong?

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 05:31 PM

Hello TheEgg.

the process you refer to is indeed part of Firefox v3.4 or later.

I'm not entirely sure of all the specifics, but it essentially separates things such as Flash and other plugins from the main Firefox executable, so that in the event one of those experiences a critical error it will not cause the entire web browser to crash. Computationally intensive media (flash movies for example) based on one of these plugins can explain the high memory usage.

Hope that helps.

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#3 TheEgg

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 05:59 PM

Firefox crashing is such a rare occurrence for me. Not enough to warrant such a resource hog. This should, at the very least, be optional. I may need to look into downgrading.

Edited by TheEgg, 05 July 2010 - 06:07 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2010 - 06:30 PM

TheEgg,

Many threads on plugin-container.exe over at the Firefox Forums.

It is not a resource hog. It separates out the resources used by the plugins. If you look at the Virtual Memory use of Firefox prior to this....it is the same as when you now add the VM of Firefox and the VM of plugin-container.exe together.

To disable, see here - viewtopic.php?p=9530495#p9530495

How to disable plugin-container.exe

I've just tested Firefox's memory usage with plugin-container.exe enabled/disabled and the above quote seems pretty correct.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 04:46 PM

***Post Of The Thread*** ^^^

Thats what I thought I read. If, together, they are using the same resources as firefox was before, then I won't complain.




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