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so i have been starting to use Firefox again while these past moths i have been using it obliviously a lot of cache from different sites build ed up but it definitely can't be 5gbs of it (not ram) so after i cleared Firefox cache and etc i got my 5 gigs back but recently again i lost 900mbs i checked the file (in the directory it is located at) its only few mbs,i think it is 60mb or something but where is all this data stored? and what is going on and the day i cleared my cache it is becasue it was not responding a lot

help,please

so i have been starting to use Firefox again while these past moths i have been using it obliviously a lot of cache from different sites build ed up but it definitely can't be 5gbs of it (not ram) so after i cleared Firefox cache and etc i got my 5 gigs back but recently again i lost 900mbs i checked the file (in the directory it is located at) its only few mbs,i think it is 60mb or something but where is all this data stored? and what is going on and the day i cleared my cache it is becasue it was not responding a lot help,please

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zoli62 16 solutions 130 answers
See this. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-uses-too-much-memory-ram
cor-el
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Note that Windows sometimes report a wrong total disk usage for applications.

You can check the disk usage in these locations for the main profile folder and for other cache files:

  • C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\
  • C:\Users\<user>\AppData\LocalMozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\

Note that the "AppData" folder in Windows Vista and later Window 7+ versions and the "Application Data" folder in XP/Win2K are hidden folders.

Note that Windows sometimes report a wrong total disk usage for applications. You can check the disk usage in these locations for the main profile folder and for other cache files: *C:\Users\&lt;user&gt;\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\&lt;profile&gt;\ *C:\Users\&lt;user&gt;\AppData\LocalMozilla\Firefox\Profiles\&lt;profile&gt;\ Note that the "AppData" folder in Windows Vista and later Window 7+ versions and the "Application Data" folder in XP/Win2K are hidden folders. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Show_hidden_files_and_folders

Question owner

ooo i wouldn't call this wrong......... the one that is located in app data "local" (C:\Users\sharif\AppData\Local\Mozilla)its 1.38gbs

i am not sure if this is related but i noticed it fills up quickly when i use sites like YouTube

ooo i wouldn't call this wrong......... the one that is located in app data "local" (C:\Users\sharif\AppData\Local\Mozilla)its '''1.38gbs''' i am not sure if this is related but i noticed it fills up quickly when i use sites like YouTube

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i did mention its not a ram issue :P

i did mention its not a ram issue :P
FredMcD
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Start Firefox in Safe Mode
While you are in safe mode;
Firefox Options > Advanced > General.
Look for and turn off Use Hardware Acceleration.
Poke around safe web sites and see if there is still a problem. Then restart

'''''[https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-using-safe-mode Start Firefox in Safe Mode]''''' <BR>While you are in safe mode;<BR> '''''Firefox Options > Advanced > General'''''.<BR> Look for and turn off '''Use Hardware Acceleration'''.<BR> Poke around safe web sites and see if there is still a problem. Then restart
zoli62 16 solutions 130 answers

Sorry if I misunderstood. In this case, however, you can set Firefox cache size to suit your needs

Sorry if I misunderstood. In this case, however, you can set Firefox cache size to suit your needs

Question owner

i already tried turning hardware acc off but no difference but addons disable start up helps and makes it feel more responsive ooh yeah firefox size increased to 3+gbs

i already tried turning hardware acc off but no difference but addons disable start up helps and makes it feel more responsive ooh yeah firefox size increased to 3+gbs

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No problem And how do i do this?

No problem And how do i do this?
FredMcD
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Firefox Options > Advanced > Network.

'''Firefox Options > Advanced > Network.'''

Question owner

thanks it will be useful for future reference

thanks it will be useful for future reference

Question owner

Firefox have started to get slugish

Firefox have started to get slugish
FredMcD
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Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of.

You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:

Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one.

Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of. You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: * [http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/default.aspx Microsoft Safety Scanner] * [http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware] * [http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363 TDSSKiller - AntiRootkit Utility] * [http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/ Hitman Pro] * [http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/ ESET Online Scanner] [http://windows.microsoft.com/MSE Microsoft Security Essentials] is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one. Further information can be found in the [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware]] article. Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

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i use avast internet security and i am aware of what i download and install i would have been aware i already did a full scan

oh yeah i switched to chrome i again its way better and smoother

i use avast internet security and i am aware of what i download and install i would have been aware i already did a full scan oh yeah i switched to chrome i again its way better and smoother
cor-el
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Which of its sub folder(s) is/are the largest?

Is that the thumbnails folder or one of the others like the Cache?

You can delete all the folders in the cache location in AppData\Local to remove all stored data.

Which of its sub folder(s) is/are the largest? Is that the thumbnails folder or one of the others like the Cache? You can delete all the folders in the cache location in AppData\Local to remove all stored data.

Question owner

C:\Users\sharif\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox around 700mb cache 1 and 2 are the largest and i can't delete them,as all the bookmarks and plugins are there i think* my hard drive is currently 3.7gbs less then its supposed to be becasue after i clear cache mt hard drive goes back to 10.9 free while now its 7.3 free

C:\Users\sharif\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox around 700mb cache 1 and 2 are the largest and i can't delete them,as all the bookmarks and plugins are there i think* my hard drive is currently 3.7gbs less then its supposed to be becasue after i clear cache mt hard drive goes back to 10.9 free while now its 7.3 free
zoli62 16 solutions 130 answers

How is configured your Firefox browser cache size? There is a certain value, or to manage the browser?

How is configured your Firefox browser cache size? There is a certain value, or to manage the browser?

Question owner

update

i reseted all the option (about:config)and updated all apps like java,flash etc (both 64 and 32bit) and will see if they are all back to normal
update i reseted all the option (about:config)and updated all apps like java,flash etc (both 64 and 32bit) and will see if they are all back to normal