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The newest version of firefox is NOT STABLE. I have gone back to Firefox 3.0.5, and that works fine. FIX IT

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I have a Macbook- I'm running OSX version 10.5.8. Previous versions of firefox have always worked fine. I downloaded the newest version of firefox, and have had all sorts of problems with it. After about 6 weeks of struggling with it, I have gone back to version 3.0.5. I know it's an earlier version, but the performance is way better. Windows and tabs open quickly, there are no loading problems on any sites, and other browsers work fine now, too. I run safari and google chrome also. I was almost at the point where I was going to pass on firefox altogether. In my opinion, the newest version is NOT STABLE and unless you fix the problems, I will not use it. This was a terrible experience and I will not try a new version right now. I'm just happy that I have a stable version of firefox again. And by the way, the older version is way faster loading pages, too.

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Nothing Mozilla does is going to change the performance of your Firefox. Just a note that on this Forum you are talking to volunteers who are keen to help and who are users just like yourself.

You are better off using Safari or Google Chrome than an insecure version of Firefox.

For the record, my Fx4.0.1 runs beautifully and, with some customization, looks good just the way I like it.

If you want to stay with Firefox you should download Fx4.0.1 and then start here

A short cut might be to try disabling Hardware Acceleration which can be a problem with older operating systems and graphics cards. Options>Advanced>General>Browsing>uncheck "Use Hardware Acceleration . . ."

You should also look at Problematic Extensions and try disabling any third party toolbars. And make sure your plug-ins such as Flash are up-to-date (your Flash isn't).

Please report back if you try these tips. As an alternative you could update to Fx 3.6.17 for the time being. If that doesn't work well, you have problems that still need to be worked through as above.

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I have gone back to the earlier version I was using and it's working totally fine. I have no intention of downloading a new, unstable version. Frankly, my whole computer is running much more smoothly now that I went back. I was almost ready to give up on Firefox totally.

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And I do not have an older operating system.

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Going all the way back to Firefox 3.0.5 is shear foolishness, it is 14 security versions behind the last 3.0.19 release. And that version is missing at least a dozen security updates that were applied to the 3.5 and 3.6 versions after support for 3.0.x ended.

If you are not happy with Firefox 4, you should have installed Firefox 3.6.17. That is very similar to the 3.0 and has all the security fixes that have been released since support for Firefox 3.0.x ended last year.