I reasonably (i.e. with evidence) suspect that my mid-2010 17" MacBook Pro computer has extremely bad malware (firmware infection or hardware trojan) on it. It may be irr… (read more)
I reasonably (i.e. with evidence) suspect that my mid-2010 17" MacBook Pro computer has extremely bad malware (firmware infection or hardware trojan) on it. It may be irrelevant, or it may not be. At some point in the past, I managed to find malware associated with my installation of Firefox through VirusTotal and a free program that is integrated with VirusTotal. I should be able to provide the allegedly infected files if needed.
It takes my version of Firefox up to at most about an hour and a half to "warm up" and become functional after starting. I have an add-in which doesn't fully "load up" during the "non-functionality time." The symptom in Firefox itself is that a new tab will be blank. Once I am able to create a new tab and it shows the shortcuts then I know that the browser is functional. I say functional, but the pages load slower than they probably should and very frequently the application doesn't respond and has the spinning beach ball.
Sometimes I get error messages that there is a problem with the connection. A ping in Terminal doesn't show any issue with my connection as far as the operating system is concerned. Gmail frequently has connectivity issues. The slowness of website loading itself appears to be an issue with the infected operating system. At least I have issues with Safari slow web page loading.