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Firefox running slow (I know I know...)


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#1 sabbott

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

Hey guys,

I've lurked here for a while now, pulling solutions from other people's issues and fixing my own to the best of my ability. This is the first time asking for help specifically so hopefully I do it all right.

I downloaded Firefox 4 figuring it would be wonderful just like previous versions and it probably still is once I get it configured properly. Unfortunately it is running very very slowly for me, to the point that I went back to using IE instead. Often it will take 15 minutes for a page to fully load. I will be honest and say I am not super computer savvy, but am a scientist so I can understand what you're saying pretty well usually. I run windows XP HE version 2002 with SP 3 loaded. Our computer isn't used to heavily so memory issues shouldn't be applicable if that is typical. I usually hate asking to have my hand held, but I'd be lying if I said I was good enough with computers to troubleshoot something like this. I saw a few people on other sites recommend opening FF in safe mode, but never said what to do from there. If anyone is willing to help, I would really appreciate it.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:30 PM

Please perform the following, so that we can get the exact specs of your computer. This will better assist us in helping you more.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:40 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/k20Du3070Vo2ZtzRISXnF53

Thank you very much!

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:44 PM

I would recommend getting more RAM like 2x1Gig Sticks.

I would also ditch McAfee they are way to bloated, and use something a little lighter like Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:48 PM

Is the change from 3.6 to 4 really that big that my memory would come into play in the speed of the program? I am honestly asking because I don't know. FF worked great for my until I dl'ed the new version.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:50 PM

Well you can check memory usage by using task manager then going to Performance Tab.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:57 PM

I wouldn't know what I was looking at if I tried!!! I see the kernel memory has ~19200 unpaged with ~58000 total. The physical memory is ~662500 available. I don't know what that means, so hopefully that's okay. Either way, I figure our computer is pretty old and we need a new one for sure, but aside from adding new memory via external storage, is there a way to have it run faster? I will look into using the Windows Security Essentials instead of the McAfee. Is the MSE program equivalent to the McAffe system we are currently using?

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:59 PM

Its so much better and faster and takes up less resources.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:07 PM

Right on! I will definitely switch to that then. Aside from that however, is there anything else that I can do to speed up FF? I guess I can go back to FF 3.6, but I've never seen a small update to a program react so poorly to my system.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:12 PM

I would not know, FF4 is a totally new browser.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:15 PM

Ok not problem. I saw a few other posts on this and other websites talking about add-ons and that sort of thing, so I wasn't sure if that was something that I should be looking out for or not. Thanks for you help and I definitely will look into getting WSE instead of McAfee.

I really appreciate your help

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:25 PM

No problem its what we are here.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:56 PM

Try Firefox 4 in safe mode. If that improves its speed then it is one of your addons or plugins causing the problem.
To find out which one simply add them back one at a time.

If you have McAfee Site Advisor, that would be the number one suspect.
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Posted 19 May 2011 - 03:10 PM

Try Firefox 4 in safe mode. If that improves its speed then it is one of your addons or plugins causing the problem.
To find out which one simply add them back one at a time.

If you have McAfee Site Advisor, that would be the number one suspect.

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