Solved Removing multiple sessions of Firefox

August 25, 2019 at 08:21:29
Specs: Windows 10, Intel i3, 8gb
I've tried 2 options to remove multiple Firefox sessions as it seems to be slowing down my laptop and I can't see the point in them. Neither seem to work. One other option I've heard about is to remove Firefox and reinstall it. My questions are:

1. Does this work?
2 How do I prevent removal of all my bookmarks if I remove Firefox?
3. Are there any other options to stop the multiple sessions?

I'm using Win10 on an Acer laptop. Firefox version is 68.0.2 (64-bit).

Thank you in advance.


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September 10, 2019 at 13:33:56
Just go back and switch to Ask to activate if you need it. If it has been at that setting for some time without you knowing it seems it is not important to you anyway.

The other possibility is just to leave it at "Ask to activate" because you will then get a good idea whether you use it much or not. It is safe with either of those settings because only you can let it run.

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#1
August 25, 2019 at 09:08:47
To be safe, export all bookmarks first.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/k...

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#2
August 25, 2019 at 09:50:29
If your talking about Task Manager showing multiple FireFox instances,
this is normal for the newer versions of FireFox, see this thread:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/q...

I use Windows 7 and Waterfox 56.2.13 (64-bit)
(Waterfox is Firefox compiled specifically for 64 bit operating systems)
currently have 4 waterfox instances when I call up the Task Manager.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#3
August 25, 2019 at 10:56:35
As per #2, there will be multiple instances of firefox.exe in Task Manager, that's normal. I currently have 4 tabs open & 8 entries listed in Task Manager.

If your system is running slowly with 8GB RAM, I suspect you have other issues - malware, adware, way too many startup apps loaded/running, etc.


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#4
August 25, 2019 at 15:04:42
"I can't see the point in them". See this:-

https://www.ghacks.net/2019/05/17/g...

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#5
August 27, 2019 at 03:18:05
Thanks Derek for this clarification.

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#6
August 27, 2019 at 03:21:00
Thanks for the reply T-R-A. From the other responses it looks like I won't need to remove and re-install. Nevertheless I will back up the bookmarks.

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#7
August 27, 2019 at 03:24:20
Thanks mmcconaghy (Mike). Are you recommending I remove Firefox and install Waterfox for my laptop?

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#8
August 27, 2019 at 03:36:56
Thanks for the reply, riider. It had crossed my mind that there were too many startup apps loading/running. Running MalwareBytes didn't uncover anything nasty, neither did Kaspersky

To the layman like me it sounds like playing Russian roulette selecting and removing apps? Task Mgr tells me I have 92 background processes and 95 Windows processes running. How can I tell which are really needed?


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#9
August 27, 2019 at 12:38:56
Are you recommending I remove Firefox and install Waterfox for my laptop?

No
I started using Waterfox in the days before Firefox had a 64 bit version
and I continue to use it.

I would recommend you find a browser that your comfortable with and use it.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#10
August 27, 2019 at 13:12:32
Yikes! That's a LOT of running processes. I only have 14 programs I allow to run in the background (only 3 of which are Microsoft-related).

I had the same problems. I use CCleaner (the free or the pro version will work (although I paid for the pro version 'cause I really like it)). In either version, go to Tools, then the Startup tab and it will list all the programs being loaded into memory. You then have the options to: Enable; Disable; Delete each individual program. Using Disable gives you the option to "re-enable" an option you mistakenly disable.

To start this decision-making process, I generally keep anything related to Microsoft or Windows and keep stuff related to Realteck, your hard drive, router, etc.

To decide what to disable is a time-consuming process. Look at each process name, google it and decide if you want to keep it (remembering you can always enable anything you disable if you want to keep it). Some programs to disable include: Reminders; Programs you no longer have or use; Adware/Spyware that get loaded into memory if you don't have protection(s) like adware blockers, Malwarebytes (although I think only the paid version provides real-time protection), nag-ware, etc.

Remember, disabling or deleting (not recommended) from startup DOES NOT remove these programs from your computer. It only keeps these from running in the background. You can always run most of these from your menu or desktop icons...they just take a short time longer to load.

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#11
August 27, 2019 at 13:14:33
basically this:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/q...

edit: the above link shows how to disable firefox multiprocess option from within firefox.
this wil make firefox use less ram, tho lowering multicore performance, possibly increasing overall performance on older systems.

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#12
August 27, 2019 at 15:11:26
Go to Task Manager (right click taskbar at bottom - then select from list). Go to Start-up tab and let us know what items there are enabled please,

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#13
August 31, 2019 at 04:45:04
Hi Derek, sorry re the delay in replying. I've got the list of enabled startup apps but not being familiar with forums I don't know how to attach to this reply a Word copy of these apps. Copy/paste doesn't work.


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#14
August 31, 2019 at 09:10:46
"...but not being familiar with forums I don't know how to attach to this reply a Word copy of these apps. Copy/paste doesn't work."

Best thing is to capture a screenshot, post it to a (free) photo-hosting site and then post the link here on the forum. Direct posting here isn't available.

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#15
August 31, 2019 at 15:55:06
This webhosting website is free:=
https://www.fileconvoy.com/

Let us have the link as per T-R-A (no need to invoke email on there).

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#16
September 1, 2019 at 07:09:33
Here's the link of enabled startups...
http://www.fileconvoy.com/dfl.php?i...

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#17
September 1, 2019 at 09:55:44
Thanks for the list.

It's just a matter of what you can disable. If you want to always change your display color when you startup then keep Adobe Gamma Loader enabled. If you are happy with the appearance without it enabled then it would be best to keep it disabled.

Adobe Updater can be disabled if you are prepared to check for Adobe updates manually about once a week.

CCleaner can be disabled. You run it on demand when required.

Keep Classic Start Menu enabled if you really need it. Bear in mind that Win 10 now has a new and improved start menu which can be used. Could be worth a try (disable) and if you are OK with it then uninstall the IVoSoft program too.

DefaultSettingEXE MFC Application. This could be associated with a TV Tuner or an Acer webcam. It has been known to cause issues and most folk have disabled it. I would be inclined to disable it and see if any issues are caused. If it is rarely necessary it could just be enabled when required.

Not many folk need Java at all these days. Go to Control Panel > Java icon. Look in the Security tab and uncheck "Enable in browsers .... etc (at the top). If all is OK including Internet Banking (sure to be OK) then leave it set that way and disable it in Startup if it still shows. In the long term uninstall the program if all is well.

Windows Security Notification can be disabled. If you need to see to these settings you can get there from the settings icon in the start menu (well the normal one anyway).

Keep watching for ideas and comments from others.

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#18
September 6, 2019 at 08:57:57
Hi Derek. Thank you for taking the time to provide a very comprehensive reply. Sorry for the delay in responding but I've not logged on for a while.

I've applied the recommended changes and rebooted. Startup has improved. The only remaining slow bit is opening emails. I use Outlook 2010 connected to Gmail and it takes up to 20 seconds to populate any pix even though there are not that many.

My thoughts when I originally submitted this question were that the multiple Firefox sessions were causing my laptop slowdown in general but I guess it must be something.


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#19
September 6, 2019 at 09:45:47
Something you ought to try before we go any further. It is possible there could be a little malware about.

Download these two freebies from MalwareBytes, which often find what anti-virus programs miss. Run AdwCleaner first:

AdwCleaner:
https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Run the "Scan", followed by the "Clean & Repair".

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
(use the "Free trial" which can be stopped afterwards if you wish).
After the install go to "Settings > Protection". Under Scan Options move the "Scan for rootkits" slider over to On and Run the Threat Scan. Quarantine anything it finds.

Let me know if either of them find anything.

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#20
September 7, 2019 at 06:48:45
Once again thanks for the feedback.

Running the scans didn't seem to turn up very much. The link here is to the log files for the first scan. The second scan ony cam up with one PUP: PUP.Optional.ASK.Generic.

http://www.fileconvoy.com/dfl.php?i...

Do they tell you anything?


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#21
September 7, 2019 at 07:21:20
Thanks for the logs.

There was a bit of unnecessary junk around and you are better off without ASK.

See what happens with MalwareBytes main program. I suspect it won't come up with much.

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#22
September 7, 2019 at 21:10:14
ASK can certainly slow you down. Avoid it like a simple plague. Not really nasty but very annoying.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#23
September 9, 2019 at 03:20:44
I believe that the PUP was found using the main program. I've now had it quarantined and will reboot to see if there's any effect.

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#24
September 9, 2019 at 14:24:04
In Firefox you to to Add ons and there you can disable ASK to see how it helps but I would uninstall it if it is still there.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#25
September 10, 2019 at 01:52:06
Thanks Fingers. 'ASK' isn't in the add-ons (plugins) list now, presumably after my original Disable. The only plug-ins enabled are OpenH264 Video Codec, Shockwave Flash and Widevine Content Decryption Module. Are these any use or should I disable them?

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#26
September 10, 2019 at 10:04:21
OpenH264 Video Codec is put in by Firefox and is used for videos. I would keep it.

Widevine Content Decryption Module is digital media right - best keep it.

Shockwave Flash is gradually being faded out and is a security risk, although you might still meet websites that use it. You could just disable it so that it is easy to switch back on again if needed.

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#27
September 10, 2019 at 11:01:59
Thanks Derek.

For Shockwave, if I tick 'Never activate' rather than 'Ask to activate', (which it currently is, will it still show in the plug-ins list so it can be reactivated if necessary?

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September 10, 2019 at 13:33:56
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Just go back and switch to Ask to activate if you need it. If it has been at that setting for some time without you knowing it seems it is not important to you anyway.

The other possibility is just to leave it at "Ask to activate" because you will then get a good idea whether you use it much or not. It is safe with either of those settings because only you can let it run.

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#29
September 17, 2019 at 04:33:07
Hi Derek,
Apologies for delayed reply.

I've made the suggested changes and now have a laptop whose performance may not be sparkling but is a lot better than it was.
Many thanks

NewbieAJS


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#30
September 17, 2019 at 04:47:28
Good to hear there is some improvement. There maybe other items which can be disabled if you google around. I have only three items in startup. No harm trying because they can be enabled again if necessary.

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