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Firefox has a memory leak and I need to update it, but I want to keep 3.5 because I don't like how the newest version of Firefox is set up.

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My computer is running low on RAM, and when I look at what processes are using the most memory, firefox is the number one using between 28,000 to 93,000k, so I'm guessing that it has a memory leak. And because of that memory leak I have to update firefox, however I really dislike the newest version of firefox and I'd prefer to stick with the version I have, which is 3.5.

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Often the memory problems are not just from Firefox in isolation, but partly relating to all the extensions available for it and then the videos and animations it runs on media rich sites.

The first thing to do is to upgrade to firefox 3.6 which is at least a supported version (Maybe not for much longer)

Next version after 3.6 is 4, you should avoid that, it did have some memory problems, that were worse than 3,6 and firefox 4 is no longer secure or supported.

The techies at Firefox have been working on memory problems recently and have made many improvements, but some of these improvements are only seen in the trial versions of Firefox.

I would in fact suggest you upgrade to Firefox 5 the current release version (soon to be replaced with Firefox 6)

I am able to run Firefox v3.6 to v8 on legacy XPs with less than 1GB RAM. Firefox in itself is not necessarily very demanding in terms of RAM. I am not sure what the figures are you are quoting, or whether they are high. ( Note 1Gb is in the order of 1 000 000 k )

As for not liking the set-up of new versions of Firefox, there is quite abit that can be changed, maybe you would be able to configure it more to your liking with little effort.