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Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

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Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

I have noticed recently that Firefox is taking upwards of 20sec. to load pages and often cannot find the server(I have to reload the page). I did not realize how low it had gotten until I start using safari and it seemed so fast in comparison. Does anyone know what is going on? Also, I have read a DIY fix on another conversation which states to fix the problem "To disable OCSP go to about:config from firefox and change security.OCSP.enabled to be 0. " Is this the fix? and is it safe? Does mozilla field any of these questions or is it all user help?

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Every time Firefox opened

== Not sure when specifically as I try to use firefox exclusively

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Grand Master Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

Pages are very slow to load (even bookmarks sites that I go to all the time).

Video playback is very choppy also. I watch the thing called "TMZ Live," which is live streaming video and it stops and starts to the point of distraction.

These issues have been happening for about a week or two now.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

so this is the firefox support forum, i guess that my slow firefox is related to the slow moving reaction speed on the offidial firefox support forum.

No reaction from firefox staff, although there are posts with problems from July 2010, i guess i have to change to Chrome...

Sorry firefox you have been a good friend for a long time but i have had issues for about a month now and it is starting to get a bit frustrating to have frozen pages.

i will continue checking some forums and hope to hear its solved soon.

good luck

New Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

SOLVED! - I found the AVG anti-virus Link Scanner was the problem. I first disabled the link scanner completely and saw a dramatic improvement. I then rebooted the computer and reactivated the link scanner and everything is running fine. Hope that helps.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

Easily solved i just installed chrome and took off firefox and hey presto chrome loads really quick and no waiting for bloody ages to work

New Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

I disabled Java Consol and Firefox is back to it's excellent self!

New Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

Solved - What Worked for me was in the address bar type about:config and change the network.http.keep-alive setting to false

New Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

I did what Ozzi said "What Worked for me was in the address bar type about:config and change the network.http.keep-alive setting to false " and it worked, it stopped the constant spinning and pages finish loading.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

I did this as well and it seems to have helped. It's sad, though, that one has to resort to digging around to fix something that should and use to just work Smiley Sad

edit: I just tried bringing up this page in both Firefox8 and IE9, I've logged in and am making this edit in IE9 because Firefox hasn't even left Google yet. Bloody pathetic!

nother edit; Sorry Firefox, I have to eat crow. I have tried different browsers and find that they all start to slow down dramatically. I then went over to the Mac side and browsed. Firefox is quick as usual. My wife's system isn't quite as slow for browsing which made me wonder. She's still on XP, I had to upgrade to 7 in order to check webpage compatibility, I truly hate IE (and Windows for forcing me to upgrade yet again). Anyway I now know that Windows 7 is the culprit for slow web. If I wasn't a site developer I'd go back to XP in a heart beat or, better yet, stay on the Mac side and lose Windows altogether.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox very slow to load pages, how do I correct?

Thanks guys, was having the same problem.IE9, Opera & Safari were all like greased lightening by comparison. The fix above worhed for me. ANZ.com.au would take 30+ seconds to load the main page. The other browsers and my iPhone were almost instantaneous. I was at a point where I was going to dump Firefox. The other browsers mentioned are ok but all have their odd "things" that I don't like.

Thanks again... big big help for me.... saved Firefox from the eternal uninstall feature..