Sluggish Firefox – and what a hog!

Okay – for the past few days I’ve been irritated with the browsing experience at home. Pages (google reader, Yahoo mail etc seemed inexplicably slower than before – but they’d load alright – just seemed that teeny weeny bit slower that’s enough to leave you suspicious).

I first suspected my ISP (verizon) for frequent dropped connections (saw the DSL modem lights reset a couple of times a day), then my wifi modem (not a high end one), then spyware/malware. So after the usual barrage of tests – wifi interference sources/anti virus/anti spyware/cable tests etc, I still hadn’t nailed it.

Finally, used procexp ( you can use plain ‘ole Task manager too – this is just flashier) and saw that FF had 330 MB of RAM with 3 or 4 tabs. Also, just plain clicking on a text box was slow, typing into a text field would echo characters after a noticeable delay – so this was definitely a browser problem.

When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

— Sherlock Holmes

Ain’t that an apt quote??? I love the addons I have and probably I have one too many. This page on problematic addons  was a life-saver – after disabling a bunch of infrequently used addons (stumble upon toolbar, google toolbar, browser sync, adblock filterset g, foxy tunes and some more), I’m back in browsing heaven. The only addons I have now enabled are

  • diigo toolbar
  • all in one gestures
  • Adblock
  • Flashgot
  • Piclens

What a relief!

BTW, addons are also the latest attack vector. So be wary of who you let into your browser!

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One thought on “Sluggish Firefox – and what a hog!

  1. These tips were very helpful. I ran into the same issue, sort of.
    First off I’m running Kubunto 8.10(intrepid). Firefox is 3.0.4 and is the 64 bit version.
    After disabling all add-ons I still had the same stalling issue especially with this page.

    I finally found it. It was my flash plugin.(10.0 r12) I remember having to cludge the build a bit to get it to work with the 64 bit browser. All seemed fine until about a month ago when pages would just hang. Once I disabled this plugin all was great again.

    Hope this helps some other desperate traveler.

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