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Recently I have noticed that many websites do not load or just keep a spinner going. (today it was southwark.gov.uk and bank.barclays.co.uk). When I load the sites in Chrome they load ok, but show a banner (at the top or the bottom of the screen) asking me to ok use of cookies or review the uses. Those banners do not seem t show up in Firefox and prevent the page loading.

Recently I have noticed that many websites do not load or just keep a spinner going. (today it was southwark.gov.uk and bank.barclays.co.uk). When I load the sites in Chrome they load ok, but show a banner (at the top or the bottom of the screen) asking me to ok use of cookies or review the uses. Those banners do not seem t show up in Firefox and prevent the page loading.

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

Thanks for the response. That tip about safe mode confirms that some add on or other is causing the problem (the sites load fine in safe mode). Now I just have to work out which one is causing it!

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Do you have any add-ons that modify or block any page contents? You might need to tweak their settings to avoid removing overlays that you need to interact with.

More generally:

If a site is generally known to work in Firefox, these are standard suggestions to try when it stops working normally:

Double-check content blockers: Firefox's Tracking Protection feature, and extensions that counter ads and tracking, may break websites that embed third party content (meaning, from a secondary server).

(A) The shield icon toward the left end of the address bar usually turns a bit purplish when content is blocked. Click the icon to learn more or make an exception. See: Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox for desktop.

(B) Extensions such as Adblock Plus, Blur, Disconnect, DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, Ghostery, NoScript, Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin or uMatrix usually provide a toolbar button to manage blocked content in a page. There may or may not be a number on the icon indicating the number of blocked items; you sometimes need to click the button to see what's going on and test whether you need to make an exception for this site.

Cache and Cookies: When you have a problem with one particular site, a good "first thing to try" is clearing your Firefox cache and deleting your saved cookies for the site.

(1) Clear Firefox's Cache

See: How to clear the Firefox cache

If you have a large hard drive, this might take a few minutes.

(2) Remove the site's cookies (save any pending work first). While viewing a page on the site, click the lock icon at the left end of the address bar. After a moment, a "Clear Cookies and Site Data" button should appear at the bottom. Go ahead and click that.

In the dialog that opens, you will see one or more matches to the current address so you can remove the site's cookies individually without affecting other sites.

Then try reloading the page. Does that help?

Testing in Firefox's Safe/Troubleshoot Mode: In this mode, Firefox temporarily deactivates extensions, hardware acceleration, any userChrome.css/userContent.css files, and some other advanced features to help you assess whether these are causing the problem.

If Firefox is running:

You can restart Firefox in Safe/Troubleshoot Mode using either:

  • "3-bar" menu button > Help > Troubleshoot Mode... (before Fx88: Restart with Add-ons Disabled)
  • (menu bar) Help menu > Troubleshoot Mode... (before Fx88: Restart with Add-ons Disabled)

and OK the restart. A small dialog should appear. Click the Open button (before Fx88: "Start in Safe Mode" button).

If Firefox is not running:

Hold down the Shift key when starting Firefox. (On Mac, hold down the option/alt key instead of the Shift key.) A small dialog should appear. Click the Open button (before Fx88: "Start in Safe Mode" button).

Note: Don't use the Refresh without first reviewing this article to understand what will be deleted: Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings.

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

Thanks for the response. That tip about safe mode confirms that some add on or other is causing the problem (the sites load fine in safe mode). Now I just have to work out which one is causing it!