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why is firefox so ridiculously slow, unusable

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Ever since 4 was released, Firefox has been getting slower and slower. Right now 7 is about unusable. It takes so ridiculously long to load ALL pages that I find myself using IE more and more every day. I am getting ready to give up on Firefox all together and move on.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

version 4 was released

Installed Plug-ins

  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r183
  • Google Update
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.1
  • 4.0.60831.0
  • NPWLPG
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_26 for Mozilla browsers
  • BrowserPlus -- Improve your browser! -- http://browserplus.yahoo.com/
  • Provides additional functionality on Facebook. See our web site for details.
  • Photodex Presenter Plugin 4,10,0,2712
  • Yahoo Application State Plugin version 1.0.0.7
  • Coupons, Inc. Coupon Printer Plugin
  • npdnupdater2
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • np-mswmp
  • Yahoo! activeX Plug-in Bridge
  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
7.0.1
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1
Profile Directory
Open Containing Folder
Enabled Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
IObit Toolbar
4.7
true
iobit@mybrowserbar.com
Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
0.0.0
true
{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}
Nokia Drop
1.2.1.10930
true
{12c86d9f-4404-481a-9353-7d1015ddeac4}
Norton Toolbar
2011.7.2.3
true
{2D3F3651-74B9-4795-BDEC-6DA2F431CB62}
Symantec IPS
3.2
true
{BBDA0591-3099-440a-AA10-41764D9DB4DB}
Widgi Toolbar Platform
4.7
true
wtxpcom@mybrowserbar.com
Yahoo! Toolbar
2.4.1.20110906100327
true
{635abd67-4fe9-1b23-4f01-e679fa7484c1}
DigitalPersona Extension
5.0.0.3790
false
otis@digitalpersona.com
Java Console
6.0.24
false
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0024-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
Java Console
6.0.26
false
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0026-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
Search Helper Extension
1.0
false
{27182e60-b5f3-411c-b545-b44205977502}
Modified Preferences
Name
Value
accessibility.typeaheadfind
true
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.history_expire_days.mirror
180
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
2
browser.startup.homepage
http://us.yahoo.com
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20110928134238
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
rv:7.0.1
dom.max_script_run_time
0
extensions.lastAppVersion
7.0.1
general.useragent.extra.brc
general.useragent.extra.firefox
Firefox/7.0.1 ZemanaAID/FFFF0061
general.useragent.extra.microsoftdotnet
( .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0C)
keyword.URL
http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=greentree_ff1&ei=utf-8&ilc=12&type=642886&p=
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
network.http.max-connections
48
network.http.max-connections-per-server
16
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy
16
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server
8
network.http.pipelining
true
network.http.pipelining.firstrequest
true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
8
network.http.proxy.pipelining
true
network.http.request.max-start-delay
0
network.protocol-handler.warn-external.dnupdate
false
places.database.lastMaintenance
1318952680
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
256666
places.last_vacuum
1298990573
print.print_printer
Dell MFP Laser 3115cn PCL6
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_bgcolor
false
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_bgimages
false
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_command
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_downloadfonts
false
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_edge_bottom
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_edge_left
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_edge_right
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_edge_top
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_evenpages
true
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_footercenter
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_footerleft
&PT
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_footerright
&D
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_headercenter
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_headerleft
&T
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_headerright
&U
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_in_color
true
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_margin_bottom
0.5
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_margin_left
0.5
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_margin_right
0.5
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_margin_top
0.5
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_oddpages
true
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_orientation
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_page_delay
50
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_pagedelay
500
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_paper_data
1
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_paper_height
11.00
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_paper_size_type
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_paper_size_unit
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_paper_width
8.50
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_reversed
false
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_scaling
0.55
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_shrink_to_fit
false
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_to_file
false
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_unwriteable_margin_bottom
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_unwriteable_margin_left
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_unwriteable_margin_right
0
print.printer_Dell_MFP_Laser_3115cn_PCL6.print_unwriteable_margin_top
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_bgcolor
false
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_bgimages
false
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_command
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_downloadfonts
false
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_edge_bottom
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_edge_left
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_edge_right
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_edge_top
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_evenpages
true
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_footercenter
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_footerleft
&PT
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_footerright
&D
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print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_headerleft
&T
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_headerright
&U
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_in_color
true
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_margin_bottom
0.5
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_margin_left
0.5
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_margin_right
0.5
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_margin_top
0.5
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_oddpages
true
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_orientation
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_pagedelay
500
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_paper_data
1
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_paper_height
11.00
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_paper_size_type
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_paper_size_unit
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_paper_width
8.50
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_reversed
false
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_scaling
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print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_shrink_to_fit
true
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_to_file
false
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_unwriteable_margin_bottom
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_unwriteable_margin_left
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_unwriteable_margin_right
0
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_unwriteable_margin_top
0
privacy.donottrackheader.enabled
true
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
Adapter Description
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Vendor ID
10de
Device ID
0649
Adapter RAM
512
Adapter Drivers
nvd3dumx,nvwgf2umx,nvwgf2umx nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver Version
8.17.12.6099
Driver Date
10-16-2010
Direct2D Enabled
true
DirectWrite Enabled
true (6.1.7601.17563)
ClearType Parameters
ClearType parameters not found
WebGL Renderer
Google Inc. -- ANGLE -- OpenGL ES 2.0 (ANGLE 0.0.0.686)
GPU Accelerated Windows
2/2 Direct3D 10

Question owner

well... any ideas mozilla?? seems like there is more than just one of us with this issue

Carm 6 solutions 132 answers

I reverted back to FF4.01 and am exploring Google Chrome unfortunately. I don't have all the crashes n such with 4.01 than with the newer version. Most likely b/c of their rapid release blunders. Firefox use to be a great browser but is lacking in quality now trying to compete with Google Chrome. In a Few months Chrome will be the number 2 browser unless Mozilla gets their act together.

Firefox 4.01 is not a solution but a work a round though