With the last week or so, web pages have been loading more slowly, and sometimes not so well. A number of times I noticed that even though a page had finished loading, ac… (read more)
With the last week or so, web pages have been loading more slowly, and sometimes not so well. A number of times I noticed that even though a page had finished loading, according to the browser and what I can see about its on-screen content, network activity, as shown by task manager, remains near full bandwidth. This is also true if I stop any page (click on the X at the right of the address).
The connection Status (of my dial-up service) shows activity in both directions but heavily towards receiving (i.e. something is being downloaded, no?).
Normally, I need to either let a page finish, or stop it, before I can start loading a new page in a new tab or different window, or download a file, because there just isn't enough bandwidth to handle more than one thing at a time. I don't allow automatic updates of anything.
Investigating further today I see that if the browser is open, bandwidth is constantly full, even with no page loaded. Closing the browser terminates network activity within a few seconds. If I Restart with Add-ons Disabled, the network activity ceases but if I instead individually Disable every add-on and plugin shown in the Add-on Manager, network activity stays high (even after closing and restarting the browser).
I see in the Firefox Health Report, under Active Add-ons, the number 6 for extensions, but only three extensions are listed by the Add-on Manager. All of this strongly suggest to me that something is going on, out of sight, in the browser. How can I find it and get rid of it?
By the way, I've used this forum several times since 2010. I have my username and password recorded here so that I can't lose them. However, everytime I want to sing -on I am not recognized and must request a password reset. I "reset" to the same password and it works -- until next time. This is very time wasting. Can it be fixed?