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firefox getting slower and slower

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firefox has been working great all of a sudden pages are taking longer and longer to load and unable to load search engines,in firefox or explorer. search engines work fine on second computer.

Chosen solution

Do a malware check with a few malware scan programs.
You need to use all programs because each detects different malware.
Make sure that you update each program to get the latest version of the database.

See also "Spyware on Windows": http://kb.mozillazine.org/Popups_not_blocked and What to do when searches take you to the wrong search website

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Every time Firefox opened

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  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.3.3"
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  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5
  • Yahoo Application State Plugin version 1.0.0.7
  • 4.0.50524.0
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • Google Update
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.8) Gecko/20100722 Firefox/3.6.8

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firefox has been working great all of a sudden pages are taking longer and longer to load and unable to load search engines,in firefox or explorer. search engines work fine on second computer.

Morbus 134 solutions 2338 answers

It's possible that you are having a problem with some Firefox add-on that is hindering your Firefox's normal behavior. Have you tried disabling all add-ons (just to check), to see if Firefox goes back to normal?

Whenever you have a problem with Firefox, whatever it is, you should make sure it's not caused by one (or more than one) of your installed add-ons, be it an extension, a theme or a plugin. To do that easily and cleanly, run Firefox in safe mode (don't forget to select Disable all add-ons when you start safe mode). If the problem disappears, you know it's from an add-on. Disable them all in normal mode, and enable them one at a time until you find the source of the problem. See this article for information about troubleshooting extensions and themes and this one for plugins.

If you need support for one of your add-ons, you'll have to contact its author.

If the problem does not disappear when all add-ons are disabled, please tell me, so we can work from there. Please have no fear of following my instructions to the line, as all can be easily undone.

Question owner

i have run spyware terminator, disabled all add- ons and this had made no difference. Search engines still don't work and still slow, this is starting to get annoying please help

Morbus 134 solutions 2338 answers

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Can you please try it in a new (temporary) Firefox profile and see if the issue is still present? See this article to know how to create a new Firefox profile. Please report back the results.

Question owner

don't understand how a new profile made pages load like they used to, thank you for that. But i still can't get any search engines to load up, they wont load on explorer either

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Chosen Solution

Do a malware check with a few malware scan programs.
You need to use all programs because each detects different malware.
Make sure that you update each program to get the latest version of the database.

See also "Spyware on Windows": http://kb.mozillazine.org/Popups_not_blocked and What to do when searches take you to the wrong search website

Question owner

i have done a scan with spybot and it has found

Fraud.windows protectionsuite 15 entries malware

microsoft.windows.redirectedhosts 49 entries

but it can't fix the problem i don't know how to fix it all i know is the problem is in window/system32/drivers/etchosts are you able to help as i can't search to find out what to do

Question owner

have worked on it all day and ad-aware free has come through as the winner. It picked up all malware and a trojan that the others couldn't and it deleted them for me, fire fox is back to its normal speed and all search engines are working. Thank you for your help and i hope this will work for others.

rmpbklyn 0 solutions 2 answers

it's off topic host in etc directory:

for host file editing try hostmanager software

also look up dhcp service - start and stopping and disable dns client service write/save notes , research , backup, test and review before making any changes

GTA_doum 0 solutions 1 answers

Hello, My problem is similar, but just restarting Firefox gets it back to normal. If I leave it open for some days, then it starts getting slower and slower, does not always show up menu (Only a contour). I then close it, restart and it is back to normal ! I have seen this behavior since version 2 of Firefox. On my MacBook, it does the same thing, but finishes by crashing at some point. On Windows, it didn't crash so far. I tried to wait to have it crash, but just keep going, slowly ! Since it takes a while before it starts slowing down, it is difficult to troubleshoot... Any help or suggestions would be welcome.

cas1 0 solutions 1 answers

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I am having the same problem as GTA_doum. Firefox gets slower and slower if left open for a day or two, and then when I restart Firefox it's fine for a day or two and then gets slower and slower. Help!