For the last 3 months, I have had a major problem with Firefox taking forever to startup my home page. After the initial startup , all websites load fine. So here is what I have tried. I have cleared temp files, cache and etc... I have tried the dns prefetching. I have tried changing the value in the about config option. I have changed my profile to a clean new fresh one with no history or bookmarks. I have disabled plugins and restarted in safe mode. I have updated all existing plugins/ add ons.I have deinstalled and reinstalled Firefox ( I have the latest version) I have tried Pale Moon and Internet Explorer. Both are slow but Internet Explorer seems to be the fastest right now. I have done a restore point to a time before major updates when the problem first started. I have tried all changes recommended in the aboutconfig: option. I have scanned with numerous adware and antivirus programs and nothing turns up. I have contacted my service provider (ATT Uverse) and everything of course checks out on their end. I suspect there is something with their particular server they have me on because that is the only thing in common with the browsers. Any other suggestions?
hello RelicHunter78, i'm not sure if it is related to the issue you're describing, but there are two different versions of adobe shockwave flash shown in your list of installed plugins (11.3 r300 & 11.5 r502 ), which can cause problems...
please see if the older flash is listed in the windows control panel & removable from there or else use the uninstaller provided on the adobe website to remove the old plugin: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-f
I have disabled the older version in my add on options but in my control panel for windows there is only the active x flash player and flash player plug in installed. The active x is for internet explorer and the other I believe is for non IE browsers. So there are two different versions in my control panel but no duplicates of the same. I disabled the r300 assuming it's the older version and left the r502. I will give it some time to see if this has any affect and will post a reply . Thanks
A possible cause is security software (firewall,anti-virus) that blocks or restricts Firefox or the plugin-container process without informing you, possibly after detecting changes (update) to the Firefox program.
Remove all rules for Firefox and the plugin-container from the permissions list in the firewall and let your firewall ask again for permission to get full unrestricted access to internet for Firefox and the plugin-container process and the updater process.
I tried your suggestion and firefox.exe was not on the firewall's allowed programs list. So I added it and thought this fixed it. The first couple of times it was back to normal speed. Then, it started back to what it has been lately. It's taking 30 seconds to load first page. I have even tried changing homepages and it's like this on any homepage I designate. I have had my PC professionally inspected every which way and my PC is clean and gets a grade A in health. Really baffled right now.
I don't have Hola Unblocker installed. I am not really sure what that is but it's not currently installed on my pc.
I have disabled every extension I have and have totally removed firefox and reinstalled it and that didn't work either.