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Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

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Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

This just started a couple weeks ago, I've tried disabling numerous add-ons and updating plugins but to no avail.

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Re: Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.


Further information can be found in the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.

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New User

Re: Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

I just tried your solution and it is working much better. I have tried other fixes and they always work for a while before Firefox lags again so I will update if the problem presents itself again.

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Re: Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

You can check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox Profile Folder if it happens again.

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe mode start window or otherwise make changes.

Also make sure that security software (firewall, anti-virus) isn't interfering.

New User

Re: Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

The problem still persisted after I did the reset. Right now I am trying it out in safe mode and it seems to be working fine but I will try the place.sqlite fix. Also, this is a list of all the extensions I currently have installed:

- AdBlock Plus 2.2.3 - Adblock PLus popup addon 0.7 - easy youtube video downloader 6.7 - java console 6.0.33 - java console 6.0.37 - java console 6.0.39 - mcafee site advisor 3.6.0 - thumbnail zoom plus 2.3.2 - YTshowRating 1.0.4

New User

Re: Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

This is from the message log of the Places Maintenance Addon (sorry if it seems messy, not sure how to keep it on one line each):

> Integrity check
+ The database is sane
> Reindex
+ The database has been reindexed
> Orphans expiration
+ Database cleaned up
> Coherence check
+ The database is coherent
> Vacuum
Initial database size is 10240 KiB
+ The database has been vacuumed
Final database size is 10240 KiB
> Statistics
Database size is 10240 KiB
user_version is 21
page_size is 32768
cache_size is 128
journal_mode is wal
synchronous is 1
History can store a maximum of 102102 unique pages
Table moz_places has 146 records
Table moz_historyvisits has 20 records
Table moz_inputhistory has 18 records
Table moz_hosts has 69 records
Table moz_bookmarks has 150 records
Table moz_bookmarks_roots has 5 records
Table moz_keywords has 0 records
Table sqlite_sequence has 0 records
Table moz_favicons has 43 records
Table moz_anno_attributes has 8 records
Table moz_annos has 123 records
Table moz_items_annos has 93 records
Table sqlite_stat1 has 15 records
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_inputhistory_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_hosts_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_bookmarks_roots_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_keywords_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_favicons_1
Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_anno_attributes_1
Index moz_places_faviconindex
Index moz_places_hostindex
Index moz_places_visitcount
Index moz_places_frecencyindex
Index moz_places_lastvisitdateindex
Index moz_historyvisits_placedateindex
Index moz_historyvisits_fromindex
Index moz_historyvisits_dateindex
Index moz_bookmarks_itemindex
Index moz_bookmarks_parentindex
Index moz_bookmarks_itemlastmodifiedindex
Index moz_places_url_uniqueindex
Index moz_places_guid_uniqueindex
Index moz_bookmarks_guid_uniqueindex
Index moz_annos_placeattributeindex
Index moz_items_annos_itemattributeindex
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Re: Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

If you disable Hardware Acceleration, does that help any? Turning off hardware acceleration

New User

Re: Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

Disabling hardware acceleration seemed to solve the problem. Thank you all very much, but before I close this thread as solved, I've always had that feature enabled to the best of my knowledge. Why did it suddenly cause problems?

Site Moderator

Re: Firefox lags and freezes for a few seconds every time I want to load a new page or open a new tab

There was likely an update to your graphics driver that caused this issue.