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Firefox 3.5.3 Running Very Slowly


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Hi everybody,
I hope this post finds you all in good spirits this morning.
My issue is this. It seems that over the course of the last few updates of Mozilla Firefox the application has slowed to the point of being rendered almost unusable.
I've read a fair number of entries on various forums and websites about Firefox 3.5 starting up slowly. My issue, however, is not that it starts up slowly. My issue is that over a period of time the program gradually runs slower and slower and eventually becomes unresponsive.
I've heard of memory leaks in Firefox but this seems far beyond anything I would expect to see in a final release.
The following article is of significant interest, but is not particular applicable to this issue and is basically conjecture anyway.
http://weblogs.asp.n...3-5-fiasco.aspx

Curiously, I have this exact same problem on both my Laptop (Windows Vista Premium 32-bit, Pentium Core 2 Duo 1.5 Ghz, 2 GB Ram) and my Desktop (Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit, AMD Phenom 2.2 GHz, 4 GB Ram).
Under any other circumstances everything is running fine on both computers.

I have tried disabling as well as uninstalling all potentially problem-causing extensions.
I clean my temp files with CCleaner and vaccuum my SQlite files frequently. ( http://mozillalinks....er-performance/ )

The only potential causes of the issue that remain are
-Adobe Flash 10 (though I have mostly sussed that this is not the culprit)
-Avast! Antivirus (the only program that I have running on both machines)
-Firefox 3.5 has gone crazy

I will tinker around some more and update with any findings I come up with.

Have a great day,
Jacob
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Are we talking program updates or addon updates?
I had the same problem and found it not to be with FF but with my system itself.
Have you cleaned your temp files out completely by using something like ATF or Temp File Cleaner?
Try the following and see if this helps.

Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.


Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged

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Are we talking program updates or addon updates?


Firefox, the application. I've disabled or uninstalled all add-ons at this point.

I had the same problem and found it not to be with FF but with my system itself.
Have you cleaned your temp files out completely by using something like ATF or Temp File Cleaner?


I clean my temp files with CCleaner and vaccuum my SQlite files frequently.

Try the following and see if this helps.

Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.


I'll check it out.

Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged


Sounds cool. I'll give it a whirl. I've used Defraggler for some time and find that it does a good enough job. Thanks for your input.
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Auslogics I prefer because of the stated reasons.
It has been the best of all the defrag programs I have found so far.
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I'm definitely going to check it out. I'm happy with, but not thrilled with Defraggler. It does the job better than the Windows native defrag application but not by a whole ton.
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I agree.
Your issue may not even be related but we might as well try all possibilities to make sure
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