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Laptop Slowdown - Task Manager Shows Almost 100% Memory Usage

Hello - first I just want to acknowledge how great it is to have a free browser, and the great work the (un-or underpaid) Mozilla team has done lo these many years - than… (read more)

Hello - first I just want to acknowledge how great it is to have a free browser, and the great work the (un-or underpaid) Mozilla team has done lo these many years - thank you.

Okay, just want to put this out there but it seems sometime after version 90 of my Firefox browser I am seeing extreme slowdowns on my underwhelming Dell 5520 Inspiron laptop, circa 2014, running Windows 8.1. I also have Malwarebytes and Avast Premium Antivirus running together. My last Windows update was about two weeks ago (11 Nov 2021). My Firefox browser is currently 94.0.2.

I have noticed this four times. I typically browse Reddit but sometimes it's with Youtube. This is normally the scenario: 1) Launch browser; 2) navigate to website; 3) keep tab open for several hours and in many cases my laptop will go to sleep at least once; 4) at some point after waking up PC, logging in then continuing to browse, a warning banner in Firefox will tell me "This website is slowing your browser down. Stop it?", but if I wait at least 5 seconds it will automatically clear; 5) launch Task Manager - which is not easy because of what is going on but after 30-60 seconds it will appear; 6) notice that memory usage is extremely high and most processes are coming to a halt; 7) close Firefox and thing return to normal after 30-45 seconds. I've attached some before and after screenshots. The "before" is after browsing Reddit for about 3 hours and my laptop went to sleep twice; the "after" is when Firefox was closed (two tabs were open - one Reddit, the other Youtube) and then waiting about 30 seconds. Firefox instances take a little time to disappear from Task Manager, apparently.

Lots of variables to consider here: Latest antivirus program not working well? Extensions? (I have three extensions - Adblock Plus, Privacy Badger and Ecosia Search) Perhaps Firefox itself? Motherboard/DIMMs that is/are overdue for the landfill? Windows sucks? (rhetorical).

I guess I am not really looking for help but instead just want to log this as a heads-up to anyone who is encountering the same problem under the same conditions. I will continue experimenting with refreshing my instance of Firefox and possibly turning off browsers/antivirus components in a selective manner to see if it makes any difference. There is also the possibility that a Windows Update has broken something so maybe a restore point is in order here.

Thanks again for offering such a great product.

- Ngo

Asked by ngowun 13 hours ago

Last reply by FredMcD 8 hours ago

Very Frequent Crashes after MANY MANY Years of Beautiful Firefox Usage!

After using Firefox for MANY years, having an add Blocker installed and being smug how well it works, The last week has been so very tedious I'm at the point of frustrati… (read more)

After using Firefox for MANY years, having an add Blocker installed and being smug how well it works, The last week has been so very tedious I'm at the point of frustration and thinking of an alternative browser. Firefox now has decided to crash Tabs or The complete Browser Often, Often when watching Youtube. Fixes Ive tried, Assign Page File to C:, Disable Add Blockers and tried another, Use Windows MEM diagnosis tool and no errors showed and Check Im using a none aggressive Mem clock = XMP Profile 1, Updated all drivers and GP software, GPU is at default clocks ( MSI GTX 970).

Heres a few reports for you to look over, Please drop ANY suggestions :)

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Asked by pppjhow32 3 days ago

Last reply by FredMcD 8 hours ago

Set custom homepage url

This is the custom url I wish to set as my homepage in Android and on desktop. https://www.startpage.com/do/mypage.pl?prfe=0c4aa570cecf36f8ba47bd3de42f8a5e33db9aa88304c3e… (read more)

Asked by Woody 1 day ago

Last reply by Mimicry 10 hours ago

Can't Paste on Facebook

For a couple months now I have not been able to paste anything on Facebook via Firefox. I can use Explorer, Chrome and can paste anywhere else just fine. When I paste on … (read more)

For a couple months now I have not been able to paste anything on Facebook via Firefox. I can use Explorer, Chrome and can paste anywhere else just fine. When I paste on Facebook messenger, the chat window closes and I have to refresh Facebook to even be able to see my messages again. Otherwise, I click on it and nothing happens. When I try to paste a post on my wall, it I get a "Something isn't working. This may be because of a technical error we're working to fix." (I just copied and pasted that here no problem) Tried clearing history/cookies/cache. Help?

Asked by regnohc 5 months ago

Last reply by Joana M. 10 hours ago

Outlook's Newer Version Using Firefox

I use Hotmail/Outlook.com and over the last few years they rolled out a new interface. I tried it years ago and it didn't take long to hate it. So I never used it. I … (read more)

I use Hotmail/Outlook.com and over the last few years they rolled out a new interface. I tried it years ago and it didn't take long to hate it. So I never used it. I was able to access the older version via one of two links: https://outlook.live.com/owa/?path=/inbox Or https://outlook.live.com/owa/?path=/mail/inbox

I was happy with the older version. Lucky for me, those links worked with Firefox - never worked on Chrome for whatever reason. But they stopped working this week and I'm stuck with the new version. Those links don't "lock in" and I'm taken to the newer version.

I think Microsoft made the full transition to the new version and removed the older version altogether. Of course, not Firefox's fault, but I thought I'd check in here to see if anyone can still access the older Hotmail/Outlook version using Firefox.

Is there any kind of coding I can change in about:config that would get me back to the older version?

Thanks.

Asked by Steve09 15 hours ago

Last reply by FredMcD 12 hours ago

Fidelity videos used to run till 10 days ago. But now they donot run on Firefox. Though they work fine on Chrome.

Videos on Fidelity.com have stopped working in the last 10 days. They used to work all along in the past. I thought the site is broken. But when I placed link in Chrome… (read more)

Videos on Fidelity.com have stopped working in the last 10 days. They used to work all along in the past. I thought the site is broken. But when I placed link in Chrome, the video works fine.

For example, this free video runs in chrome but not on firefox now.

https://www.fidelity.com/why-fidelity/overview

90.0.2 (64-bit) Firefox up-to-date as on 11/27/2021

Asked by joshik1815 14 hours ago

Last reply by FredMcD 12 hours ago

Update killed Firefox

I updated my OS X to 10.11.6 recently. Firefox is dead. I attempting to install an update as instructed on Mozilla. Does not work. I tried the “enterprise” version, too.… (read more)

I updated my OS X to 10.11.6 recently. Firefox is dead. I attempting to install an update as instructed on Mozilla. Does not work. I tried the “enterprise” version, too. It doesn’t work. Tried to recover via Time Machine - since it was system update that didn’t work, either. I’ve lost all my bookmarks. WHAT can I do? Sending using Safari 11.2 since FF is dead.

Asked by yepidoo 14 hours ago

Last reply by FredMcD 12 hours ago

Load tabs FULLY!

Hi. sometimes I attempt to open a bunch of tabs and visit them later while I'm offline. the problem is when I open these tabs, All images hasn't been loaded and seem to b… (read more)

Hi. sometimes I attempt to open a bunch of tabs and visit them later while I'm offline. the problem is when I open these tabs, All images hasn't been loaded and seem to be waiting for the internet connection to load. I've tested it on other browsers and none are like this and its really annoying me! Please help...!

Asked by HOSSEIN 13 hours ago

Last reply by FredMcD 12 hours ago

Firefox is showing a "security Risk warning" on a known website?

Both Firefox and Google are throwing up their "Security Risk" webpage's whenever I try to get AnimalPlanet.com/pitbulls, animalplanet.com, Animalplanet.com etc. If your i… (read more)

Both Firefox and Google are throwing up their "Security Risk" webpage's whenever I try to get AnimalPlanet.com/pitbulls, animalplanet.com, Animalplanet.com etc. If your in the U.S. and reading this then you know what Animal Planet is and you've probably heard of Pitbulls and Parolees. I have the Channel on my computer currently through Discovery+ and am streaming the show, again. This link, the first one I listed, is supposed to take me to an "outtakes and extras" page and i figured maybe that one was broken but I should be able to get to Animal Planet's website without using Discovery+ and it certainly shouldn't keep telling its a Security Risk but no matter how i try the combination of just animal and planet it comes up??????

Asked by sercouwis2004 2 days ago

Last reply by FredMcD 12 hours ago

Slow Download Speeds Ubuntu 20.04

As the subject says, my download speeds are painfully slow (~200KB/s) and they have been for a while. My download speed is ~85Mbps and I use Ubuntu 20.04. Installing a do… (read more)

As the subject says, my download speeds are painfully slow (~200KB/s) and they have been for a while. My download speed is ~85Mbps and I use Ubuntu 20.04.

Installing a download manager extension only improved the speed to ~300KB/s (I tried Multithreaded Download Manager. I also tried increasing the number of threads in preferences to no effect).

The problem has persisted over time and across multiple restarts. This problem does not persist in other applications (Steam, for example).Neither disabling my VPN or running sudo UFW disable affected the speed (didn't restart because UFW disable doesn't require a restart [I think] and due to the above paragraph).

All solutions I have found have been related only to Windows users, hence why I am asking this even though there is a plethora of threads on this same issue. Any responses and help is appreciated!

Asked by Nyxified 2 days ago

Last reply by jonzn4SUSE 14 hours ago

don't know how to open .zip files

I don't do this very often plus I'm fairly new to Win 10. I just bought a music album from the Amazon Music store. It is only available in Mp3 and downloaded as a .zip. … (read more)

I don't do this very often plus I'm fairly new to Win 10. I just bought a music album from the Amazon Music store. It is only available in Mp3 and downloaded as a .zip. And there it sits in my Downloaded folder. Please advise. Dick B.

Asked by 2blocksma 1 day ago

Last reply by jonzn4SUSE 15 hours ago

Pages show up blank or black in Firefox on iMac

Hi there! Certain pages show up blank or completely black in Firefox. This occured since after I got a new iMac with the M1 chip. All pages work fine in Safari and Chrom… (read more)

Hi there!

Certain pages show up blank or completely black in Firefox. This occured since after I got a new iMac with the M1 chip.

All pages work fine in Safari and Chrome.

www.facebook.com and www.duolingo.com show up completely blank. www.pinterest.com is visible but does not work as intended.

These pages DO work in Private/Incognito mode.

I have cleared all browsing history and upgraded to Monterey and Firefox 94.0.2.

Asked by magnus110 17 hours ago

Last reply by FredMcD 15 hours ago

Firefox on Windows 10 Loads Multiple Versions of the Same Tab, Limiting Memory (RAM)

Several weeks ago, because it seemed to be a Gmail-tab-only problem, Firefox Support advised us to contact Gmail Support. It is now clear that the problem is with the Fir… (read more)

Several weeks ago, because it seemed to be a Gmail-tab-only problem, Firefox Support advised us to contact Gmail Support.

It is now clear that the problem is with the Firefox browser. The attached screenshot shows an example of an affected tab.

Please fix this. Multiple versions of the same tab waste RAM and other memory, especially on a limited-memory device such as a laptop.

Asked by JandNL 2 months ago

Last reply by FredMcD 15 hours ago

Downloading Audio Books from Audible

When downloading my Audible Library via Firefox (latest update) tha downloaded fies in AAX format, are appearing in my Downloads Folder as .MP4 format. Convertion to MP3 … (read more)

When downloading my Audible Library via Firefox (latest update) tha downloaded fies in AAX format, are appearing in my Downloads Folder as .MP4 format. Convertion to MP3 works, but is messy. I`m informed by Audible Support that the fault lies with Mozzilla.! Regards, Tony Jackson

Asked by Samsung tab 16 hours ago

Last reply by jscher2000 16 hours ago

Screenshot Download button shortcut. Move to the top

The first pic was copied from the screenshot and there is no fixed menu in the middle. ![screenshot copy button|406x500](upload://jc4cVdQpcK9yLRqWanmjirPbHbE.png) Second… (read more)

The first pic was copied from the screenshot and there is no fixed menu in the middle. ![screenshot copy button|406x500](upload://jc4cVdQpcK9yLRqWanmjirPbHbE.png)

Second pic using download button. There is some annoying fixed top menu appearing in the middle which blocks some of the content. ![screenshot download button2 .png|317x500](upload://mBzxui56Jznz5dxyAM71eP9TxrQ.jpeg)

Please make some download shortcut buttons or make Copy&Download&Cancel buttons float at the top.

Thank you

Asked by Urbarnart 1 day ago

Last reply by FredMcD 17 hours ago