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Firefox much slower connecting to all web sites than Internet Explorer. Why?
Over the last few weeks, Firefox has become much slower connecting to virtually all web sites that I frequent than does Internet Explorer. Nothing has changed on my computer other than occasional downloads of Firefox "improvements".
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A possible cause is security software (firewall) that blocks or restricts Firefox or the plugin-container process without informing you, possibly after detecting changes (update) to the Firefox program.
Remove all rules for Firefox and the plugin-container from the permissions list in the firewall and let your firewall ask again for permission to get full unrestricted access to internet for Firefox and the plugin-container process and the updater process.
Start Firefox in Diagnose Firefox issues using Troubleshoot Mode to check if one of the extensions or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).
- Don't make any changes on the Safe mode start window.