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Old 18. Mar 2010, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was okay with Firefox loading times until recently! Admittedly I'm using a slightly elderly XP pc but I'm timing recent load times of 2 or 3 minutes.
I reduced my Yahoo toolbar apps to a minimum & it kind of helped but...
Firefox loads too slowly & it's a lot slower loading than it was a month or so previously?
Is there a stripped-down, open source, speedy loading version of FF? I don't need the 'bells & whistles' I just want something that loads fast & does the job?
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Old 18. Mar 2010, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try Safe Mode: Start Menu > Mozilla Firefox > Mozilla Firefox (Safe Mode)
Checkmark "Disable all add-ons" and "Reset toolbars and controls".

Then see if it's still slow. Please report back your results.
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Old 19. Mar 2010, 03:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there a stripped-down, open source, speedy loading version of FF? I don't need the 'bells & whistles' I just want something that loads fast & does the job?
That description fits K-Meleon which has got decent mentions in this forum.
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Old 19. Mar 2010, 06:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear you are having trouble, there are a lot of factors involved that could be causing your problem.

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I'm timing recent load times of 2 or 3 minutes.
That is not normal even for an older machines than yours. You could try backing up your bookmarks. Then fully uninstall it. Download the newest version since it has speed improvements then re-install.

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I reduced my Yahoo toolbar apps to a minimum & it kind of helped but...
Definitely try J.L's suggestion. I could be a add-on that is causing the trouble.

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Is there a stripped-down, open source, speedy loading version of FF? I don't need the 'bells & whistles' I just want something that loads fast & does the job?
(FYI, Firefox is open source) There are other browsers that are based on the same gecko engine and Mozilla source code, like Seamonkey. As was suggested by vasa, K-melon is very lite and should load very fast for you, but it is not based on the same sources as FF. In my personal tests K-melon was very responsive on the system, but it is a little on the slow side for loading webpages. You could try the latest Google Chrome, or Opera as well. They are very fast. This link may be of help http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...=browser+tests
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Old 19. Mar 2010, 06:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You can try uninstalling Firefox, and reinstalling again. Before that, you should take backup of your bookmarks, extensions, saved passwords, themes etc. This can be done with the excellent add-on FEBE.

If you want to try another browser similar to Firefox, then you can give SeaMonkey a try. Most of the extensions of Firefox work with SeaMonkey.

As suggested by vasa1, you can try K-Meleon too. It is also based on the Gecko engine that Firefox uses, but is quite fast.

There are other browsers too, which load up faster than Firefox, and are also a little bit more faster than Firefox in opening up the webpages. You can try Google Chrome, Opera, SRWare Iron, Apple Safari. Many choices are out there, if you wish to go for a different browser.
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Also, it helps to clear out the cache. 'Tools' and then 'clear recent history' .. check the boxes for cache, cookies etc, and then click 'clear now', then give CCleaner a run and let it clear out all the gunk, if you haven't already. If you have tons of toolbars and add-ons installed then it will affect the load speed .. shouldn't take as long as you're experiencing though.

And as mentioned by Anupam, SeaMonkey is now a very viable alternative to Firefox, in terms of looks, extensions and all the rest.
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Old 19. Mar 2010, 10:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Also, it helps to clear out the cache. 'Tools' and then 'clear recent history' .. check the boxes for cache, cookies etc, and then click 'clear now', then give CCleaner a run and let it clear out all the gunk, if you haven't already.
That is a very good point you mentioned deya. Cleaning out the junk may help.
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Old 22. Mar 2010, 06:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions.
Cue fanfare - I fixed the problem! It was down to flash cookies, the topic & solution being raised elsewhere on this very site:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...sh-cookies.htm

I went from Firefox taking nearly 4 minutes to load down to a matter of seconds by following all the advice.
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Old 22. Mar 2010, 06:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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... you should take backup of your bookmarks, extensions, saved passwords, themes etc. This can be done with the excellent add-on FEBE.

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Anupam, is there a list of files that FEBE backs up? If it's not too much of a hassle, I don't mind doing it myself.
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shruggy63, good to know that your problem was solved, and thanks for posting the feedback here. It will help other users too.

vasa1, FEBE backs up many things on Firefox. Here they are :

Extensions, themes, bookmarks(both in jason and HTML), cookies, preferences, username/passwords, search plugins, browsing history, form fill history and permissions.

Backup with FEBE is really simple. You can schedule the backup too. Its a must have extension for me. Works really good. For bookmarks sync and backup, I also use Xmarks, which is another excellent add-on.
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