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Firefox 26 on OS X 10.9.1 still has huge memory usuage (leak) which leads to crash

Hi, The subject is sort of self explanatory but for the last few months (not sure exactly when) i have had regular Firefox crashes, it seems to happen when i'm out of mem… (read more)

Hi, The subject is sort of self explanatory but for the last few months (not sure exactly when) i have had regular Firefox crashes, it seems to happen when i'm out of memory and FF has used all the available RAM. I have a MBP with i7 and 8gig of RAM using the latest OSX 10.9.1 and latest FF 26. I always keep up to date with the software. Usually i have about 20 or so tabs open and go back and forth between these. I have googled and read allot on this topic and most people recommend starting in safe mode, without add-ons , creating clean profile etc and i have done these but slowly i get back into the same issue even after a clean profile.... It seems for every FF update the memory usage increases....back in the day FF was extremely fast and efficient. Or maybe latest FF just wants to remember so much and save just to much old information which leads to these ridiculous amount of memory usage, i tend to go over 3-4gig RAM after half a day alone before it crashes and all my tabs are lost which is extremely frustrating. Is there a way to limit the memory usage? Only helpful tips i have found so far that seems to remove allot of garbage from the cache and the footprint is going to about:memory and run the "minimize memory usage", this has been working great and so far after 2-3 hours its steady on 900meg (more or less) with 16 tabs open. Isnt this something FF needs to do regularly to get rid of old stuff ? i saw youtube and many other old stuff in the cache which i was not using and caused FF to go over 2 gig or so before i run this so why isnt this automated? as a user i shouldnt need to care about such thins really. I also used Safari for a few weeks with same amount of tabs and it never goes over 800-900 meg. I really hope you guys can explain and give me some tips as to how to limit the memory usage of FF and not the regular make a clean profile and generic tips. I really think the problem is FF and nothing else. I done extensive testing here and i'm using just a few add-ons Adblock plus All in one Gestures Swedish dictioanary Downloadhelper Screengrab Download Statusbar

Sorry if i sound irritated but having to lose my tabs daily and being forced to bookmark my tabs constantly just in case FF crashes has been bugging me for a while now and i'm on the verge to switch browser but frankly there is no other browser as good as FF (offering same amount of plugins/add-ons) so i badly want to use FF if possible.

If you need any more info let me know.

Cheers

Asked by vampyren 6 years ago

Answered by John99 6 years ago

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Firefox constantly freezes on my Mac, although I've installed the latest version and tried all suggested fixes - without success.

I used Firefox up to version 3.5 and it worked well. But ever since, FF has frozen as soon as I've opened a webpage other than Google. FF even freezes when I'm in Mozilla… (read more)

I used Firefox up to version 3.5 and it worked well. But ever since, FF has frozen as soon as I've opened a webpage other than Google. FF even freezes when I'm in Mozilla's help pages ! I have trashed and reinstalled several times, updated constantly as suggested. I'm now using (or trying to use) version 25. No success. I have done everything that was suggested :

- trashed and reinstalled ( several times over the years, to see if new versions of FF would work) - restarted FF in safe mode - tweaked the profile as recommended - I've painstakingly checked that all my plug-ins etc were up to date. They are.


None of these solutions have worked. As I have written more than once, none of them should be necessary : Firefox should "just work". After all, other browsers do - I use Safari and Chrome, for instance, as well as SeaMonkey. Does any one know what's happening ?

I'm now running Mac OS 10.9.

Asked by Xavier Kreiss 6 years ago

Answered by Xavier Kreiss 6 years ago

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Since upgrading to 29. Firefox snags with a beachball that spends for seconds. How can I prevent the snag?

There were two upgrades very close together. I upgraded and now have 29.0. No matter whether I'm going to an address, typing into a box, or waiting for a website to load,… (read more)

There were two upgrades very close together. I upgraded and now have 29.0. No matter whether I'm going to an address, typing into a box, or waiting for a website to load, the Mac "beach ball" will spin for a few seconds before loading. I use the default theme. I have minimal - (Xmarks and Trend micro), which weren't a problem before. Is there something I can do besides disabling the add-ons?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Asked by Chideb 6 years ago

Answered by Moses 6 years ago

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Getting message "Firefox quit unexpectedly", but cannot reopen.

Getting message "Firefox quite unexpectedly". I click "reopen" but it does not reopen. Get the same message every time. Tried deleting and redownloading, but same thing. … (read more)

Getting message "Firefox quite unexpectedly". I click "reopen" but it does not reopen. Get the same message every time. Tried deleting and redownloading, but same thing. I have a MAC. I was using Firefox when it suddenly quit. Now it just won't open again. Any help greatly appreciated.

Asked by NJVR 5 years ago

Answered by FredMcD 5 years ago

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Why is my browser spawning invisible windows?

Operating system: OS X 10.9 Starting about four months ago, I began to see untitled and non-selectable windows spawning after my browser had been open for a while (i.e. a… (read more)

Operating system: OS X 10.9

Starting about four months ago, I began to see untitled and non-selectable windows spawning after my browser had been open for a while (i.e. after I visited a few sites). The number of these invisible windows grows over time, but are removed if I close the browser and start a new session. This has persisted through many new versions of Firefox.

I tried turning off all of the add-ons. Still happened.

I tried keeping track of what sites caused the problem. No correlation.

Today I uninstalled Firefox, using AppZapper -- which should have removed everything -- then did a new install. The only thing that I imported were bookmarks from the backup directory in my old Profile folder.

...and it's happening again. Here is a screen shot: http://imgur.com/ojcODd1

Any help would be appreciated.

Asked by tensider 5 years ago

Answered by guigs 5 years ago

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Additional question: How can I fix the refreshment settings, so that my browser doesn't destroy entered form information?

In addition to the question below, another problem is not only are my email responses erased when the browser refreshes, the message itself is no longer available. I have… (read more)

In addition to the question below, another problem is not only are my email responses erased when the browser refreshes, the message itself is no longer available. I have to start from the beginning point in my email list, rather than remain on the once-opened email.

By the way, I have reset and restored my Firefox as a solution, which didn't help. I did this twice, following instructions. The process was tedious and I had to recover quite a bit of information, not to mention a problem with merged bookmarks. I'd like to avoid this solution, at all costs. Here's what I said earlier. Again, thanks for any/all help you can provide.

For the past several weeks, now, I've noticed that my browser "refreshes" the feed more frequently, so frequently, in fact, that any emails, forms, or survey questions that I am answering get wiped clean. This started happening with the latest update. I am unable to locate any setting in my preferences that will stop the constant refreshment (reload? page update?). This is also frustrating when trying to make purchases on line, and as I said, write emails, complete forms, complete surveys, etc.

Thank you in advance for quickly resolving this most frustrating problem? I use a Mac, and am running Mavericks. This problem was present with the previous OS, too. Thanks again!

Asked by Chideb 6 years ago

Answered by Chideb 6 years ago

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strange behavior with Firefox bookmarks that don't get properly saved

I'm using FF63.0.3 and a Mac with OS 10.11.6. Firefox works generically well EXCEPT sometimes when I try to save bookmarks, all hell breaks loose. I save them, they LOOK … (read more)

I'm using FF63.0.3 and a Mac with OS 10.11.6. Firefox works generically well EXCEPT sometimes when I try to save bookmarks, all hell breaks loose. I save them, they LOOK like they're saved, and I try to sync. The sync goes off in never-never land, and never finishes. Aaargh, I say, and I restart Firefox, whereby my new bookmarks are GONE! No memory of them. No record of being at them in my History. Now I should say that when I kill Firefox in this circumstance, I get an "Application not responding" error, so clearly something has already been hosed.

I should say that this happens occasionally. Not always. But it's pretty exasperating when it does, trying to recover those lost bookmarks. Normally, when I sync, it just takes a few seconds, and everything is keen.

Insights abut why, or how to prevent this? This has been going on for months, surviving re-downloading Firefox, and reboots.

Asked by danll 1 year ago

Answered by danll 1 year ago

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Why is Firefox soi d**n slow in downloading?

Firefox used to be a GREAT tool. Now, it is LESS than great. Firefox previously would load a web page in very short order (never really timed it) but it was in seconds.… (read more)

Firefox used to be a GREAT tool. Now, it is LESS than great. Firefox previously would load a web page in very short order (never really timed it) but it was in seconds. NOW it is more like MINUTES and that is just when it starts to indicate the page is STARTING to show itself on the screen. Has YAHOO insert itself into your programming?

Asked by OldRetiredFellow 1 year ago

Answered by FredMcD 1 year ago

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Can't paste text anywhere into FireFox Mac from the clipboard after a short period of time

After a short period of time, I can't paste text anywhere into FireFox Mac from the system clipboard. Restarting FireFox temporarily solves the issues but then again afte… (read more)

After a short period of time, I can't paste text anywhere into FireFox Mac from the system clipboard. Restarting FireFox temporarily solves the issues but then again after a short period of time, I can't paste text anywhere into FireFox Mac from the system clipboard.

Asked by benvoth 2 years ago

Answered by benvoth 2 years ago

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Since latest update on Firefox I get tabs automatically opened for Ghostery and Youtube HD

Using Firefox 66.0.2 (64 bit) on a Macbook pro OS 10.14.4. Firefox has been my default browser for years but this issue has appeared since the last update of Firefox. Whe… (read more)

Using Firefox 66.0.2 (64 bit) on a Macbook pro OS 10.14.4. Firefox has been my default browser for years but this issue has appeared since the last update of Firefox. When Firefox is opened I get three tabs: one for my home page (Duckduck go), one for Ghostery settings, and one for Youtube HD settings. If I close Ghostery and YTHD the same thing will occur the next time Firefox is opened. At first I thought that the preferences to Ghostery and YTHD needed to be set (or reset), but these changes are not updated. I checked preferences of Ghostery and YTHD upon opening Firefox (when the additional tabs open) and preferences are not updated? Have no idea why this change is happening.

Asked by gm19 1 year ago

Answered by FredMcD 1 year ago

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Firefox on OS X 10.9.1 still has huge memory leak (/questions/981674)

I created a new FireFox profile. I launched FireFox using this profile, and closed the default windows. I disabled all extensions. I quit FireFox, and relaunched it. I ve… (read more)

I created a new FireFox profile. I launched FireFox using this profile, and closed the default windows. I disabled all extensions. I quit FireFox, and relaunched it. I verified that all extensions were disabled. Only extension is Troubleshooter (previously installed on a test sequence I messed up) Only Appearance is "Default 27.0.1" No Services.

I opened an about:memory window.

In a new single window, I opened the URL...

http://www.toscanamall.com/en/content/3-terms-and-conditions-of-use

I waited for it to load, and FireFox memory (according to Activity Monitor) was bobbing around 200MB. After a few minutes, the memory use was stable around 200MB. I saved my first about:memory report (#1), and then minimized the toscanamall window. I did nothing except move the mouse once in a while to keep the machine awake. During the next 5 minutes FireFox memory use went steadily upwards from the ~200MB to 575MB. I saved the next about:memory report (#2). I un-minimized the window - memory use went down to 270MB immediately, and I saved my 3rd about:memory report (#3).

FireFox 27.0.1, OSX 10.9.2

Asked by MacKnickKnack 6 years ago

Answered by MacKnickKnack 6 years ago

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(mac) no font smoothing in bookmarks menu and other panels in FF 34

after the update to FF 34.0 the anti-aliasing (font smoothing) in e.g. the bookmark menu side panel is GONE. any chance to get it back with an about:config setting? websi… (read more)

after the update to FF 34.0 the anti-aliasing (font smoothing) in e.g. the bookmark menu side panel is GONE. any chance to get it back with an about:config setting? website content is fine, as well as text on tabs or in the browser bar

Asked by hexeric 5 years ago

Answered by hexeric 5 years ago

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Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

My Firefox preferences are set to: When Firefox starts: Show my homepage Home page: http://www.foxnews.com/ If I change my homepage, Firefox still opens to a blank tab. … (read more)

My Firefox preferences are set to: When Firefox starts: Show my homepage Home page: http://www.foxnews.com/

If I change my homepage, Firefox still opens to a blank tab.

Asked by corvairkid64 6 years ago

Answered by corvairkid64 6 years ago

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need confirmation of contribution to Mozilla -- please pass this to whomever deals with this NON-technical matter -- I am desparate

This is a NON-technical question, but I cannot find a way to contact Mozilla on such a matter. I made a contribution of a modest amount last December (2013). As of yet … (read more)

This is a NON-technical question, but I cannot find a way to contact Mozilla on such a matter. I made a contribution of a modest amount last December (2013). As of yet I have not received a letter or Email confirming this contribution, and I need it for income tax purposes. Will somebody in this support community contact the senior Mozilla staff about this. xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx Thanks.

Asked by sandykaren 6 years ago

Answered by NoahSUMO 6 years ago

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How to move retrieved bookmarks file back into proper HD library for MAC

As you can see in my screenshot of my desktop. I have a folder of my retrieved firefox bookmarks I want to get this folder off of the desktop and drag it back into it's … (read more)

As you can see in my screenshot of my desktop. I have a folder of my retrieved firefox bookmarks

I want to get this folder off of the desktop and drag it back into it's proper living space within the indexed folders in my hard drive icon.

What is the file path directions (from folder to folder) I need to into to drag and drop this retrieved folder back to where it should be??

Will doing this make me lose my bookmarks? As I browse with this retrieved folder on my desktop, all my favorite and bookmarks are in place as they should be in firefox.... Will I need to rename this folder or something in order to make sure once it is moved back to it's proper place that is will be talking properly to firefox now in it's new/permanent and proper location?


My OS is el Capitan 10.11.6

Asked by rdmartin2015 3 years ago

Answered by rdmartin2015 3 years ago

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Extensions disappearing

Currently using FF 63.0.1, but I'd hoped that upgrade would resolve the ongoing problem. Extensions work normally after reboot, but within a day, are again missing. Eg. s… (read more)

Currently using FF 63.0.1, but I'd hoped that upgrade would resolve the ongoing problem.

Extensions work normally after reboot, but within a day, are again missing. Eg. scroll up/down initially available, but then symbols disappear from page. Others in toolbar look fine, but do not activate when I attempt to use them. When I restart FF, it's back to functioning, but only for a short time. frustrated.

Asked by maveet 1 year ago

Answered by maveet 1 year ago

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https://remotedesktop.google.com/access doesn't work with FF68

Chrome Remote Desktop (https://remotedesktop.google.com/access) doesn't work with FF68 on MacOS. It's been working lovely thus far. Lot's of users are having the same iss… (read more)

Chrome Remote Desktop (https://remotedesktop.google.com/access) doesn't work with FF68 on MacOS. It's been working lovely thus far. Lot's of users are having the same issue: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/ceg19l/google_remote_desktop_error/

What's up?

Asked by Miko 9 months ago

Answered by Miko 9 months ago

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Mac version of Firefox has been deleted and updated to latest version but the Software Update window keeps popping up.

I've updated several times using the automatic update system, but the "update ready to install" window kept appearing. I've even deleted the firefox.app file, then manua… (read more)

I've updated several times using the automatic update system, but the "update ready to install" window kept appearing. I've even deleted the firefox.app file, then manually downloaded the latest version and installed it. Still, the Software Update window pops up every time I start Firefox. Anyone know how to stop this behavior?

Asked by JeffBK 3 years ago

Answered by mouse_8b 3 years ago