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Having Firefox open reduces all download speeds, upload unaffected

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I have the strangest problem. If Firefox is closed and I do a speedtest in another browser, download a file, or do other internet activity I'm getting about 200-250Mbps d/l and 100Mbps upload. As soon as I open Firefox, whether I load a page or not, the upload speed stays the same, however the download speed drops to about 25-50 Mbps. This only happens on one PC, the upload isn't affected, and resolves itself as soon as Firefox is closed. Here's what I have done without any change in this behaviour;

  • Rebooted
  • ipconfig /release /renew /flushdns
  • Removed and reinstalled the network adapter
  • Enabled, disabled windows auto tuning and tested (slower disabled)
  • Updated Windows
  • Refreshed Firefox
  • Uninstalled Firefox, deleted remaining folders from Appdata (Local, Low, Roaming) as well as the program file directories and "Mozilla" registry entries. Restarted and reinstalled. Issue immediately resumed when Firefox was open.

Also when connected to a VPN Firefox download speed increases to about 60Mbps and is consistent across other software. If I split tunnel another browser outside the VPN, it is still stuck at 60Mbps. If I close Firefox the speed increases.

This makes absolutely no sense to me, so I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this - but it does seem to be something Firefox is doing.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

I have the strangest problem. If Firefox is closed and I do a speedtest in another browser, download a file, or do other internet activity I'm getting about 200-250Mbps d/l and 100Mbps upload. As soon as I open Firefox, whether I load a page or not, the upload speed stays the same, however the download speed drops to about 25-50 Mbps. This only happens on one PC, the upload isn't affected, and resolves itself as soon as Firefox is closed. Here's what I have done without any change in this behaviour; * Rebooted * ipconfig /release /renew /flushdns * Removed and reinstalled the network adapter * Enabled, disabled windows auto tuning and tested (slower disabled) * Updated Windows * Refreshed Firefox * Uninstalled Firefox, deleted remaining folders from Appdata (Local, Low, Roaming) as well as the program file directories and "Mozilla" registry entries. Restarted and reinstalled. Issue immediately resumed when Firefox was open. Also when connected to a VPN Firefox download speed increases to about 60Mbps and is consistent across other software. If I split tunnel another browser outside the VPN, it is still stuck at 60Mbps. If I close Firefox the speed increases. This makes absolutely no sense to me, so I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this - but it does seem to be something Firefox is doing. Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

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Well it's the silliest answer. Changing the network driver to an older version fixes this issue. I never would have thought it to be that, based on it only affecting the speed when Firefox is open. 'Updating' the driver from 'device manager' with some trial and error has resolved the issue.

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Forgot to mention this affects Ethernet and Wifi, however Wifi with Firefox open gets slightly better speeds than Ethernet. Ethernet is much faster than Wifi with Firefox closed.

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My best guess would be some sketchy add-on to firefox, p2p activity in background and such, but you said you did reset firefox so there should be no add-ons.

This looks like network driver sets limits on your network, prioritizing Firefox over other apps, setting download limit to slow value if firefox app is active. I think killer ethernet had some stuff like this: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/download/19779/intel-killer-performance-suite.html

Maybe try installing clean driver only without any additional "control software" if it is present. Or maybe some other software on your pc has these limits, for example anti-virus or some download tool?

Unfortunately I have no more ideas.

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Thanks for the response and suggestions. I appreciate it.

Even if Firefox is the only thing open, anti-virus/firewall is deactivated, Firefox itself has a slow download speed. If Chrome is open to test the speed, if I close Firefox while it's being tested the d/l rate will increase immediately.

There is no special Ethernet software such as Killer Performance Suite, no p2p in the background, and Firefox was a fresh no add-ons install. I didn't install any control software, and it only seems to be Firefox affecting/affected. It's a Realtek Ethernet driver I've tried a few times to cleanly install.

A frustrating mystery.

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Well it's the silliest answer. Changing the network driver to an older version fixes this issue. I never would have thought it to be that, based on it only affecting the speed when Firefox is open. 'Updating' the driver from 'device manager' with some trial and error has resolved the issue.

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