Hello fellow Firefox users!
For most of us, Firefox suffers from an insane memory leak, this can cause slow-down, and maybe even crashes. This happens mainly because when you close tabs, the RAM they took is still taxing your computer. That among other things cause this annoying leakage.
-SOLUTION- I recently switched to Firefox, and has this leak. I would not put up with it, so I set out for solutions. Here is what I came up with.
Some add-ons I've handpicked, that when combined, are extremely effective.
MemoryRestart 1.1 https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/memory-restart/?src=ss
-ALSO- Firefox acting slow? Try these great add-ons!
DownThemAll https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/downthemall/?src=search ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Get all of those together, and make a leak free, and faster Firefox!
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Additional System Details
Windows Vista Firefox 9.0.1
Before add-ons Firefox could take up to 512MB and up, leading to problems. Firefox would take a while to load tabs sometimes. Downloads were OK. After add-ons Firefox NEVER uses more that 512MB, typicaly stays around 300MB. Firefox almost NEVER slows down. Downloads go up to 4x average speed. ______________________________________________________________________________ Computer Information Windows Vista 4GB Ram HQ ram Firefox version 9 3.0MHZ QuadCore AMDPhenII Nividia, 2048 DDR2 VideoRAM
In defense of Firefox , they cannot possibly check every addon or extension out there, and they dont exactly get the high six figure incomes of employees at commercial firms. It IS after all a community project. We, as users, are always going to be "beta testers" on some level. I didn't have to pay a great deal of money for my FF Browser, did you ?
I experience exactly the same problems described.. the memory useage of firefox reaches nearly a gig of memory in about an hour particularly if I have been downloading images. And it almost always consumes 90% + of working memory (and gobbles page filespace) . Waiting patiently for it to resolve its memory leak doesn't help. closing firefox and reopening it is only a very temporary fix. Eventually FF stops working (and the entire system reaches saturation and stops working). I will try the various extensions suggested.. and report back.
But this is clearly something the the FF Dev community needs to address.. perhaps a little looping routine that constantly checks FF mem usage and clears no-longer used space. For the time being I am using Opera and/or Chrome (neither of which I particularly like) and patiently working on fixes for my FF.
Using ADD-ons to remove memory leak. Mozilla says to remove add-ons to fix leak. Firefox sucks memory. it always has and always will. Nobody wants to admit it exsists on the Mozilla side must less fix it. Firewalls , etc do not cause the leak. You can remove all your ad-ons and leave firefox open and it will suck memory. Every tab you open drains your memory and continues to climb without opening any more. You can then close all your tabs and Firefox will not release the memory. Just fix it guys, it cant be that difficult
There is a way to stay on top of the memory usage:
Go to about:memory and scroll to the bottom. There are buttons there for garbage collection and minimizing memory usage.