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Long delays and characters mixed up when typing

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When I'm typing in Firefox (writing an email for example) there is a delay of about ten seconds between the keystroke and the character appearing during which time the cursor seems to freeze. If I type several words in a row the cursor freezes like this and then the characters all appear at once but not at all in the correct order. They are too mixed up for it to be simply a mistake in my typing - the resulting text has all the letters that I typed but in a crazy order that looks like gibberish. This happens when Firefox is otherwise running normally (no other delays or freezes) and does not happen in any of my other browsers or applications. It significantly slows down my work and I prefer using Firefox but often am forced to switch to another browser to get my work done in a reasonable time frame

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Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web Link} by holding down the <Shift>
(Mac Options)
key, and then starting Firefox. Is the problem still there?


Start your Computer in safe mode with networking. Then start Firefox. Try Safe web sites. Is the problem still there?

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Installed Plug-ins

Shockwave Flash 18.0 r0 Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402
Having more than one version of a program may cause issues. You must remove the older programs. Then get the current full installer.

Note: Edge on Win10 does not use ActiveX version but its own Flash.

Flash: Grab the uninstaller from here: Uninstall Flash Player | Windows Uninstall Flash Player | Mac

Then reinstall the latest version.

Flash Player Version 18.0.0.232
https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html
Note: Windows users must download the “Internet Explorer” and “Plugin-based browsers” installers.

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Chosen Solution

Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web Link} by holding down the <Shift>
(Mac Options)
key, and then starting Firefox. Is the problem still there?


Start your Computer in safe mode with networking. Then start Firefox. Try Safe web sites. Is the problem still there?

Starting The Computer In Safe Mode;
Free Online Encyclopedia


Separate Issue; Your System Details shows;

Installed Plug-ins

Shockwave Flash 18.0 r0 Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402
Having more than one version of a program may cause issues. You must remove the older programs. Then get the current full installer.

Note: Edge on Win10 does not use ActiveX version but its own Flash.

Flash: Grab the uninstaller from here: Uninstall Flash Player | Windows Uninstall Flash Player | Mac

Then reinstall the latest version.

Flash Player Version 18.0.0.232
https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html
Note: Windows users must download the “Internet Explorer” and “Plugin-based browsers” installers.