I have encountered a problem that my Firefox browser keeps freezing and is very slow. And I found the following awesome solutions by Abhishek Macwan. Quote the article and Share with my blog readers as the following. After fixing the problem, my laptop has greatly sped up. You needn’t do all of these. some of these actions being done can save your time when surfing with Firefox. Good luck!
Mozilla Firefox is one of the top internet browser with more than 20 million users.Why?because it gives smooth browsing experience and various options to personalize the browser according to one’s choice.The reason why we are here is because many times Mozilla Firefox lags during browsing or crash due to some reason.The worse case where nothing is wrong but Firefox works very slowly Here is a bunch of useful stuff gathered from worlds of far and beyond(mainly from internet :p) to help you out with your quest to destroy all problems and restore balance in your Firefox browser.The information included in article can solve almost all browsing issues due to low internet connection or any other technical fault.If you are not into Firefox that much,Google Chrome is other browser equally popular like Firefox.
Google Chrome is one of the competitor for Mozilla Firefox for the throne of browser king.If you are Google Chrome user then you can check how you can do this shit.Personally I prefer Mozilla Firefox.If you share same view as me,read along.
Read: 3 Settings that can make Chrome run faster
1.An Obvious Solution
Like the title says, solution is in front of you. Add-ons and Plugins are one of the features provided by browser.User can customize the browser to make a tailer-made browser,which can suit their needs.Disabling Add-ons and plugins can increase performance a lot.Now you need them for different things.So disabling them when you clearly know you wont need them(for now) can help to increase the speed.If you have installed new plugins and started experiencing slow speed,it’s like wisely due to that new plugin.Disabling or uninstalling may help getting speed back.
Now let’s talk about plugin that can help improving speed. Fasterfox is one of option to enhance browsing speed.It gives various features which you can check on their site.Other option is Fastestfox.As name suggests it gives multiple functions like paralleled downloads,improve searching,auto loading next page and much more.
If you are visiting sites with lot of advertisements,Adblock-Plus is right extension for you.It blocks almost all advertisement on sites including even YouTube.It will increase loading speed by not loading ads.But I would not recommend using it since many sites including YouTube depends on advertisements for revenue.Using the extension all time will be like stealing money from them.There is other plugin ,flashblock which blocks flash animation.Which is also good to speed up loading in Firefox.
Lastly check whatever plugins and extension you using are compatible with current version of browser.Upgrade your browser and extensions to latest update.
It actually applies to all browser,not just only firefox.Also it almost covers in earlier section but I will still shed some more light on it.
Many times installing some software on system also install stuff you don’t need.Usually trial version of software or open-source software install package have such things.When you open the installation package,it will first ask for directory in which you want to install the particular software.After that it will ask for if you want to install some other tools that software company promoting.You may have seen “install ask.com toolbar” or “set this page as your homepage” etc stuff in installation.They are not harmful,but adding toolbars and page which you don’t need is not good idea.
Also try to avoid hitting “next,next,next ,install” in any software installation.Open the Control Panel from Start Menu and then “Add or Remove Program” and check the whole list.See if you can find any unfamiliar software or tools.
In simple terms,remove unwanted toolbars from screen and hell,even from system.Also try to avoid unnecessary toolbars which updates time to time.For example,a weather toolbar will keep check for updated weather status,which takes some of your internet speed.
3.You Can’t Change Your Past,So Just Erase It
Yes,Erasing your Past will help you a lot.By past means history of Mozilla Firefox.Every website you visit,it will certainly have lot of pictures,maybe background music,different fonts,videos and again more images,thumbnails etc etc.Also don’t forget the address of website itself.Firefox stores every little data from site you visited.It includes everything from web address to all images.They are stored as “cached data”
Why Firefox do it?Because if you visit the same page again you visited before,it will directly load the particular data from it’s cached memory.Resulting faster loading from page since browser won’t have to download everything again.Clearing this cached memory may increase the speed.
But wait,I just said that this cached data will help loading page faster,then why should delete it?Because many times database gets larger and can affect the Firefox.The updated content from a already visited page will take more time and increase more browsing data.So in any case,clearing them time to time will help gaining better speed.
Process are easy.Just go to History > Clear Recent History for quick delete.It will clear all your history.So how about deleting Cached data?Just go to Tools > Options > and go to last tab “Advanced” and clear data.You done.
Ok,so it’s have nothing to do with a rocket science at all.It covers some advanced settings which you have to do it yourself,manually.It requires modifying the values of different processes used by Firefox.They are little tweaks you have to put ,whatever you like.Note that it can make Firefox more unstable and can give you errors if not done properly.So are you ready to do little programming?
There are multiple things you can change.First step are same in every setting.Go to address bar (The bar where you type website address,if not known) and type about:config and hit enter.Here comes the list:
Usually Firefox sends request and wait for reply.Like sending request to particular website server and receive website content as response.You get the point.Now pipeline allows you to send multiple requests at same time.To do so
Type about:config in address bar and hit enter.
Look For the network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining from the list
Double-click both values and changed it to true,one by one.This will enable pipelining
Now look for network.http.pipelining.maxrequests,change it’s value to 8 or whatever you like.Firefox will send max number of requests according to number you put in it.But by putting high number,it will like wisely reduce the speed or even crash the browser.
If anything goes wrong,just change the values of network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining to “false” again.
For fast page loading,Firefox displays whatever it download at every 0.12 seconds.You can reduce this time for more faster loading.Steps are as below.
Drill is same.Type about:config and hit Enter.
Right click anywhere in window and select New > Integer.
Give it name:”content.notify.interval“,press OK.
Enter 500000 and press OK again.
You are halfway now.Right click on window and this time go to New > Boolean.
Create a value called content.notify.ontimer and set it to true.
Again,If things go backwards,delete newly created values.
C]Enable HTTP Cache
This tweak is useful when/if you are experiencing slow and sluggish Firefox. It could help cutting some of UI lags/issues you facing with Firefox. Mozilla Team is working on some new performance
tweaks for newer version of Firefox. One of them is a feature named “HTTP Cache”. Basically HTTP
Cache solve the slow Firefox UI issues. It is not set as default so you can enable it using same old way.So here is how it is done.
Type about:config in upper Firefox Address bar and hit Enter.
Search for the following: browser.cache.use_new_backend .
Double Click it and change the value from 0 to 1.
This should Enable the HTTP Cache.
You can disable it by changing it back to 0 from 1.
There are some more settings but I will say that they are not safe to play with.So I would not mention it.
A few uncategorized methods ,which you can try to increase the overall performance of Firefox.
There is a old tool named toonel.net.This tools compress data means reduce it’s size.It will re-route to their own server and compress the data.Compressed data means low amount of data to download.It also helps saving the bandwidth.You can know more about it at toonel.net .
This method runs Firefox directly in RAM,Which speed ups the Firefox.For more details Wikihow.com
Funny as it sounds,you can check official Mozilla Firefox site for solution Here.
If you still getting slow speed,uninstall the Firefox and install it again.A clean copy of Mozilla Firefox will work like a charm And also disable or uninstall anything you using for increasing speed.Sometimes it is best not to use anything.If you still not satisfied,then all I can say is try to get a better Internet Connection.It is the ultimate cure for slow speed.I guess article ends here.Comments are appreciated.Check out: Increasing your internet speed (Things you should know)