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Internet Explorer opens almost instantly, Firefox takes 5 seconds or more to open. Why?

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I have exhausted all solutions suggested. I only have two plug-ins, both are "ask to activate", and I have two extensions, both are disabled. I can only conclude that Firefox is naturally 5 times slower than IE and that there is no way to change it. Or... is there? I can find NO solution on the net that solves this problem. Does anyone else have this experience. Why can't Firefox be as fast as Internet Explorer?

I have exhausted all solutions suggested. I only have two plug-ins, both are "ask to activate", and I have two extensions, both are disabled. I can only conclude that Firefox is naturally 5 times slower than IE and that there is no way to change it. Or... is there? I can find NO solution on the net that solves this problem. Does anyone else have this experience. Why can't Firefox be as fast as Internet Explorer?

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • NPWLPG
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Application

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More Information

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Expected minimum version: 3.16.1 Basic ECC
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FredMcD
  • Top 10 Contributor
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Firefox is slow - How to make it faster The article covers the steps you can take to make Firefox run faster.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-slow-how-make-it-faster?esab=a&s=firefox+slow&r=1&as=s


Firefox takes a long time to start up This article describes some causes of a long start up time and steps you can take to improve it.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-takes-long-time-start-up?esab=a&s=firefox+slow&r=3&as=s

Firefox is slow - How to make it faster The article covers the steps you can take to make Firefox run faster. '''https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-slow-how-make-it-faster?esab=a&s=firefox+slow&r=1&as=s''' Firefox takes a long time to start up This article describes some causes of a long start up time and steps you can take to improve it. '''https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-takes-long-time-start-up?esab=a&s=firefox+slow&r=3&as=s'''