I use Firefox as my main browser (new install of the latest version on Windows XP) but this is happening in Chrome, I.E. and Opera as well. I suspect it's a bigger proble… (read more)
I use Firefox as my main browser (new install of the latest version on Windows XP) but this is happening in Chrome, I.E. and Opera as well. I suspect it's a bigger problem than simply an issue with Firefox. I hope someone can help.
Sometimes Firefox launches just fine but then it crashes when I open a new tab. Especially if I click a link to open in a new tab, then it freezes up completely. Once that happens, I get a Not Responding message in Task Manager. I kill the process but then I can't get Firefox to open again, nor will Chrome, Opera, I.E. etc. launch. It helps if I restart the computer, but not always.
Other times I click the icon to launch Firefox and nothing seems to happen at all. When I look in Task Manager it seems like something is blocking Firefox from loading. It "chokes" at 4556kb, 7872kb, 8016kb, or sometimes as much as 8020kb. Then it stops. (A healthy instance of Firefox is 250,000kb or more, depending on how long I have been using it.) So it never fully loads the program.
I get similar results with other browsers. Chrome stops loading at 9540kb, I.E. stops at 6620kb, and so on.
This started yesterday and I've been trying to solve the problem ever since. With breaks for sleep and food I've been spending all day troubleshooting. I can't even remember all the fixes I've tried at this point.
The thing that keeps stumping me is why would it affect other browsers? If Firefox is corrupt I can reinstall it and fix the problem.
Also, I can't get Adobe Acrobat Reader to launch. I uninstalled that but haven't re-installed it yet. (Adobe's site is down.)
Can anyone think of a connection between different browsers? Or between Firefox and Adobe Reader? Is there some piece of Windows code that's common to all of these? It's a mystery!