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What is the best version of Firefox to use with Windows 7?


Ever since I've started using Windows 7 I've had issues with Firefox. It randomly crashes or becomes unresponsive, it slows to a crawl, Flash player crashes particularly if I have multiple videos or whatnot open at the same time, it sucks up *way* too much memory for what it's supposed to be doing, so on..Basically it acts like IE used to (not sure if it still does).

I recently did a fresh format and Windows 7 install and installed Firefox onto it. Literally the first thing the browser did was freeze. I've had similar issues on both Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Ultimate. On XP things worked fine.

Reading on the internet I've seen that other people have similar problems. I'm assuming that there is something about Windows 7 that Firefox doesn't like or vice versa.

I'm wondering if anybody has had any luck hunting down a version of Firefox that wants to play ball. I'm currently using the latest version and it is pretty aggravating.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

It's not *every time* I have Firefox open but I generally only go to the same websites and this occurs often enough that I don't chalk it up to the computer being randomly stupid . These issues started literally as soon as I had installed the browser.

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0

More Information

Firefox is 16.0.2.
I'm running adblock and download helper but disabling said addons makes no difference and the issue occurred before their installation.
Everything else is default.
Video drivers are up to date.

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which security related programs are running on your computer? from the description you gave i think it's rather an issue with the protected mode of the flash plugin, than specific to any version of firefox - you could try downgrading to flash 11.3, see https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/flash-113-crashes#w_solution-2-downgrade-to-flash-10-3

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I'm running Avast! but I have the WebRep addon disabled.

I'll give downgrading Flash a shot and see how that goes. Current version I'm using is 11.4.

Ed: Thanks for the help btw.

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So, update. While I was browsing Facebook Firefox crashed twice. Later when I was playing a video game with Firefox in the background, Firefox crashed and then would not open again until I rebooted.

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would be helpful if some would answer this question!

What version of Firefox works best with Facebook...& FB apps?
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Note that there have been (JIT compiler related) crashes reported on Facebook and that a Firefox 18.0.2 version is considered to address this issue.

If you have submitted crash reports then please post the IDs of one or more crash reports that have this format:

  • bp-xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

You can find the IDs of the submitted crash reports on the about:crashes page.

  • You can open the about:crashes page via the location bar, like you open a website.


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