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Firefox is hoging 97% cpu cycles all the time.

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Recently(like today) Firefox has started hogging cpu cycles causing responses to be very s-l-o-w :(

Have scanned with Sophos AV and Windows Defender and there is no indication of malicious program activity.

Firefox process remains running even when browser has been closed.

Modified by iceb00

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

Last night or this morning 21-Sep-2010

Installed Plug-ins

  • Logitech Device Detection
  • np-mswmp
  • BitTorrent Plugin 1
  • DivX Web Player version 1.5.0.52
  • npdivxplayerplugin
  • Cortona Netscape Browser Plug-In (6, 0, 0, 179)
  • 2.0.0048.0
  • 6.0.12.688
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.3.4"
  • Default Plug-in
  • Download Manager Plugin
  • EntriqVersionCheck
  • Provides additional functionality on Facebook. See our web site for details.
  • Google Update
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • Delivery Network Acceleration by BitTorrent™
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_21 for Mozilla browsers
  • 4.0.50826.0
  • Version 0.8.6f, copyright 1996-2007 The VideoLAN Teamhttp://www.videolan.org/
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.2.10) Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.6.10 ( .NET CLR 3.5.30729)

More Information

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Firefox
Version
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Profile Directory
Open Containing Folder
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jcbeliever 0 solutions 4 answers

Hi footballma32, have you tried the games in Internet Explorer? Does the same "freeze" happen there? What you are describing sounds more of a problem with a 3rd party program like "Flash" or "DirectX" that are often used with games. I would also check to see if you have the latest graphics (video) driver that your system can use. You do not have much RAM available, but Windows 2000 does use less. That can also cause a slow up. Try to close any other unnecessary programs when playing these games. I hope this helps!

zobva 0 solutions 1 answers

I've always been a fan and proponent of Firefox until first the start-up got so slow -- and then it started hogging i00% of my CPU between the firefox running program and the firefox plug-in container. Firefox has been pushing for people to try their newest product, Firefox for Android, but there is no way I am going to load Firefox on my Samsung Epic Galaxy 4G mobile phone so that it can lock that up too! In the meanwhile, I have to keep copies of IE8 and Chrome on my PC to use as backups when Firefox freezes my computer playing a facebook game like Family Feud. I reboot and use IE for a while. I hate this, I used to love FF.

Crikey 0 solutions 3 answers

I originally asked which version of Firefox is the last stable version for older PCs as I was considering updating. Now I will NOT!! I was having CPU pressure problems with upgrades a way last year and did some research back then to find out that the last stable, non-crash version for older machines was and apparently still is - Firefox Version 3.0.19 - believe it or not.

However, with this version Firefox is at pains to broadcast that this version is no longer "safe". But if Firefox is only going to write software for i-5 dual cores and above computers then those with average and way below average machines are going to have to use OLDER versions of Firefox along with other less RAM hungry 'protection' software.

Currently My line-up is :

Firefox Version 3.0.19 (Old but NO bother, like a charm and add-ons :)

PC Tools Anti-virus (free & not the Spyware doc version) THE lowest RAM on the net (believe me I have tested them ALL!)

Advance System Care Professional (on) and NO trouble. The PRO is what you want.

IOBit Security 360 (on) and NO trouble (Free version is just fine, although I have Pro).

And if you are really F***ed - RAM Booster Free II (Again a sweet one, no trouble at all.)

And my system - a Dell Pentium 4

Now you have an answer. The very BEST of luck!

Crikey

rockymntnman 0 solutions 3 answers

My Firefox also recently upgraded itself and all its plug-ins. Now I can't even play solitaire because the plug in container module uses 80 to 100 % of the CPU even if I'm not Playing, the computer freezes up and takes forever to do anything. Can't imagine why Adobe would create such a resource hog when everyone else is trying to come up with ways to save the cpu usage. When I end The Plug in container module in the task manager, my cpu usage drops to nearly zero and everything works fine again.

rockymntnman 0 solutions 3 answers

When Firefox recently upgraded itself, it added a new feature called the "Plug-In Container", It is supposed to protect the browser when a plug in crashes but it is the source of the CPU usage and the computer freezing. Java does nothing different, but If I stop the plug in container process in task manager, the computer instantly starts going again and the CPU usage drops to around 10 to 15 percent. Got to have a flash player but the new Adobe is just too much of a resource hog. It uses nearly 100% all the time, even if your not doing anything that would need a flash player. Anyone know of another compatible Flash player that works on Firefox 3.6 or is it time to go looking for a new browser? Adobe has pretty much disabled firefox.

rockymntnman 0 solutions 3 answers

I found that by taking out the plugin container in the mozilla file, uninstalling flash, and reinstalling flash, that it reduced the cpu usage by 1/2. But this only worked on the computer that also has the Opera browser installed. For some reason the flash installs in the opera browser but firefox still utilizes it. In the add ons in firefox it doesn't even appear yet all my flash sites load and play just fine, no more cpu issues. Hope this helps!

Achagoosee 0 solutions 1 answers

I have found exactly the same thing. I now have to use Chrome to open my Conceptis puzzles ( which use FlashPlayer) and even watch movies on Netflix, as Firefox won't open that up. Uses up to 98% of CPU even after I've shut it down, usually uses from 0 to a high of 29% when operating normally. I love Firefox, but...

maxxm 0 solutions 4 answers

I have been a loyal Firefox user since version 1. I installed version 4 two days ago, and now this CPU hogging problem is creating major issues for me. I have tried the fixes above, but they haven't helped. In addition, the links on this page ([[http://kb.mozillazine.org/Java#Multiple_Java_Console_extensions]] come back with Error messages too. What's happening with Mozilla? I don't want to start using Chrome as my default, but that may become necessary if this CPU memory issue remains.

Garry 0 solutions 7 answers

Hopefully my tests here might help towards a solution:

I installed a NEW version of firefox portable 7.0.1 - completely empty- and tested with it. (I followed a document I found on dhdaily.com on how to install it in parallel.)

I made the following discovery: Firefox runs normally IF you only open up one tab. If you open up more than one tab at a time, EACH TAB must complete IN ORDER before the next one works. So site 1 has to load to completion before site 2 can complete etc. If any site is slow, then the rest of the chain is slow.

As a test, I opened up my EBAY account and, while it was loading, opened up my feedback in a second tab. The second tab would not even start until the first tab page completed.

I then closed and restarted Firefox and opened up three different webpages in three tabs: www.google.com www.refdesk.com www.microsoft.com. Again google had to finish before refdesk would load. Refdesk, being large, stopped Microsoft from completely loading until it finished.

So it seems to be some sort of thread balancing issue involved where the first tab is not playing well with subsequent ones.