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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.

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
print.printer_\\Csa\EPSON_Stylus_Photo_R320_Series.print_headercenter
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
1.00
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

well... any ideas mozilla?? seems like there is more than just one of us with this issue
Carm 4 solutions 160 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

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