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Firefox 4 now takes 60 seconds to start, it was 6 ! OS Windows Vista Home Premium. Why ?

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Firefox 4 operated well when installed, but for no obvious reason it now takes 60 seconds to start,( it was 6) ! OS Windows Vista Home Premium.

Firefox 4 operated well when installed, but for no obvious reason it now takes 60 seconds to start,( it was 6) ! OS Windows Vista Home Premium.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

10 days ago

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181
  • Garmin Communicator Plug-In 2.8.1.0
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_24 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • 4.0.60310.0
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • 6.0.12.857
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • Version 0.9.9, copyright 1996-2009 The VideoLAN Teamhttp://www.videolan.org/
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.4.4"
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0.1

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Question owner

I have a new profile in operation, but no change to start time.

Have a good holiday.

I have a new profile in operation, but no change to start time. Have a good holiday.

Question owner

FF has updated itself to FF5, but still takes 60 secs to open !

FF has updated itself to FF5, but still takes 60 secs to open !

Question owner

Still no improvement if FF startup time, but I have just updated Thunderbird to V5 and that now takes 60 secs to start!!!

Still no improvement if FF startup time, but I have just updated Thunderbird to V5 and that now takes 60 secs to start!!!
Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

How many Add-ons do you have installed? Does it include any of these? https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/performance/

How many Add-ons do you have installed? Does it include any of these? https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/performance/

Question owner

Hope you had a good vacation.

I have the following installed:

Extensions: Garmin Communicator 2.9.3.1 JAVA Console 6.0.26 Microsoft.NET Framework 0.0.0

Appearance: Default 5.0

Plugins: Adobe Acrobat 10.1.0.534 Garmin Communicator 2.8.1.0 JAVA Deployment Toolkit 6.0.260.3 JAVA(tm) Platform SE6 V26 Quicktime Plugin 7.1.3 7.1.3.100 Silverlight Plugin 4.0.60531.0


These do not seem to figure in the list of slow starters.

Hope you had a good vacation. I have the following installed: Extensions: Garmin Communicator 2.9.3.1 JAVA Console 6.0.26 Microsoft.NET Framework 0.0.0 Appearance: Default 5.0 Plugins: Adobe Acrobat 10.1.0.534 Garmin Communicator 2.8.1.0 JAVA Deployment Toolkit 6.0.260.3 JAVA(tm) Platform SE6 V26 Quicktime Plugin 7.1.3 7.1.3.100 Silverlight Plugin 4.0.60531.0 These do not seem to figure in the list of slow starters.
Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

Yes, five weeks of absolute bliss in Thailand. Now it's back to the miserable Euro weather.

You need to update your VLC player to v1.1.11 for security reasons, but I doubt if that would contribute to slow startups.

Which security software do you use? By that I mean apps like AVG Safe Search, or BitDefender Anti-phishing bar, or McAfee Site Advisor etc., etc.

Yes, five weeks of absolute bliss in Thailand. Now it's back to the miserable Euro weather. You need to update your VLC player to v1.1.11 for security reasons, but I doubt if that would contribute to slow startups. Which security software do you use? By that I mean apps like AVG Safe Search, or BitDefender Anti-phishing bar, or McAfee Site Advisor etc., etc.

Question owner

I uninstalled VLC player some weeks back. Microsoft Security Essentials plus Malware Bytes plus Spybot search&destroy.

I uninstalled VLC player some weeks back. Microsoft Security Essentials plus Malware Bytes plus Spybot search&destroy.
Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

Could you do the following please.

  1. Click the orange Firefox button, go to History, then Clear Recent History.

  2. In the menu which appears, change it to "Everything" at the top.

  3. Click the arrow underneath that and remove the checkmark from "Active Logins", "Cookies" and "Site Preferences".

  4. Then click the "Clear Now" button.

  5. Close Firefox and then shutdown the computer.

  6. Remove the power source to the system by removing the power cord (unless it's a laptop).

This is what's known as a cold boot which flushes system memory. The latter can get clogged up over time which degrades performance.

Wait a full three minutes before you power on again. Then see if it makes any difference.

Could you do the following please.<br><br> #Click the orange Firefox button, go to '''History''', then '''Clear Recent History'''.<br><br> #In the menu which appears, change it to "'''Everything'''" at the top.<br><br> #Click the arrow underneath that and remove the checkmark from "''Active Logins''", "''Cookies''" and "''Site Preferences''".<br><br> #Then click the "'''Clear Now'''" button.<br><br> #Close Firefox and then shutdown the computer.<br><br> #Remove the power source to the system by removing the power cord (unless it's a laptop). This is what's known as a cold boot which flushes system memory. The latter can get clogged up over time which degrades performance. Wait a full three minutes before you power on again. Then see if it makes any difference.

Question owner

Ooops! I missed line 3, however the system still had my logon details for this site. Unfortunately, FF took 5secs LONGER to start!

Ooops! I missed line 3, however the system still had my logon details for this site. Unfortunately, FF took 5secs LONGER to start!
Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

Please do the following.

  1. Go to Download Firefox 5.0.1 and download the installation file to your desktop.

  2. Then go to Add/Remove Programs, scroll down to "Mozilla Firefox" and remove it, choosing to keep your bookmarks, customizations etc., (don't checkmark the box).

  3. Then reboot and delete the folder called "Mozilla Firefox" at this location: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox

  4. Finally run the installation file you downloaded to the desktop earlier.

Your bookmarks, customizations etc., are maintained in a different location and will become available to you again once you complete the installation.


As a precaution, make a backup of your Bookmarks as follows:

  1. Click the orange Firefox button, go to Bookmarks, then Show All Bookmarks to open the Bookmarks Manager.

  2. Click the link to Import and Backup and then click Export HTML" and save the file somewhere. If it proves to be necessary, you can use the file to restore your Bookmarks.


The purpose of doing this is to remove any files which may have become corrupted and are degrading performance.

Please do the following.<br><br> #Go to [http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/fx/?ref=logo Download Firefox 5.0.1] and download the installation file to your desktop.<br><br> #Then go to Add/Remove Programs, scroll down to "Mozilla Firefox" and remove it, choosing to keep your bookmarks, customizations etc., (''don't checkmark the box'').<br><br> #Then reboot and delete the folder called "Mozilla Firefox" at this location: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox<br><br> #Finally run the installation file you downloaded to the desktop earlier.<br> Your bookmarks, customizations etc., are maintained in a different location and will become available to you again once you complete the installation.<br><br> ---- As a precaution, make a backup of your Bookmarks as follows:<br><br> #Click the orange Firefox button, go to '''Bookmarks''', then '''Show All Bookmarks''' to open the Bookmarks Manager.<br><br> #Click the link to '''Import and Backup '''and then click '''Export HTML" '''and save the file somewhere. If it proves to be necessary, you can use the file to restore your Bookmarks.<br><br> ---- The purpose of doing this is to remove any files which may have become corrupted and are degrading performance.

Question owner

FF 5.0.1 now installed; start time still 60 seconds :-(((

FF 5.0.1 now installed; start time still 60 seconds :-(((
Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

How old is the computer?

How old is the computer?

Question owner

About 4 years, during which the CPUs, Graphics Card & Memory have been upgraded. Both FF & Thunderbird start instantly in Safemode.

ps What happened to your avatar?

About 4 years, during which the CPUs, Graphics Card & Memory have been upgraded. Both FF & Thunderbird start instantly in Safemode. ps What happened to your avatar?

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