Solved Is Firefox browser becoming too bloated?

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June 13, 2013 at 17:40:24
Specs: Windows 7 - 64Bit, 3.6 GHz / 8173 MB
I use Firefox (or used to) and it is the latest version but over a period I have found that Internet site access and general surfing has become increasingly slower to the extent that I thought my PC may have been compromised or that I have some other undefinable problem.

I decided to try Opera and usage and access is considerably faster again... is my supposition that Firefox is bloated correct and are there better browsers than Opera other than IE

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June 13, 2013 at 18:07:18
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Firefox is really going downhill...that's for sure. I'm not a chrome fan at all, Opera isn't too bad. IE has also gone down...Other than those, I myself can't see a light at the end of the tunnel either.....

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June 13, 2013 at 18:21:42
Peoples experiences vary.

I'm fine on Windows 8 64 bit with both Firefox and IE10.

Firefox and IE working fine on Vista.

On XP IE8 became a pain but Firefox worked OK for me.

Haven't used Opera for years.

I avoided Chrome because of Google's reputation.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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June 13, 2013 at 19:20:05
Myself I am a user of Opera. It too in the future might become bloated as well. They have a new beta version out called Opera 15 Next. Will give it a try on final release version. On what I read so far, it is chromium-based. Older version of opera are a modest download size of just over 12 mb in size. The beta now is a hefty 24 mb in size. Never used Google's offering so I will judge the new opera version once available out of curiosity.

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June 13, 2013 at 23:42:31
Thanks for the valuable comments particularly XpUser4Real. I can remember when Firefox was the be all and end all of browsers but things it would seem have deteriorated. I'll stick with Opera for a while. I did try Chrome as well but other users have said that it is virus and malware prone so I have uninstalled it.

Thanks and regards,

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June 14, 2013 at 19:31:28
Firefox is still my favorite, but I have noticed that while they always have had only occasional updates (in years past), they have been having many more updates then they ever did before. They are getting almost as bad as Microsoft. I wish they would settle on a solid version, update only for rare security fixes, and spend the time before any major updates to make absolutely sure there will not need security fixes again. This would take longer, but would ensure that we need not have so many updates.

I have found that browsers in general work better if you set them to delete cookies when you close it, keep History for only 2 or 3 days, and manually delete Cookies, History, Temp Internet Files, etc. weekly.

I also have noticed that what AntiVirus program you use does effect the smooth operating of your browsers. Many like Norton, McAfee, and many others, are severely bloated and will slow down all browsing by using updated versions of 30 year old antivirus designs. Avast Free Version is good, Many like MS Security Essentials, but I use Webroot Secure Anywhere at home (though you you do have to pay for it) and feel that it has good protection with the lightest load on system resources and the least interference to browsing.

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

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June 14, 2013 at 22:06:36
Thank you Fingers... FF's continual updates were becoming tiresome and in most cases I declined the update. I started declining when an update disabled three of my add ons which I liked and they have never been replaced. With regard to AV I do use MS Security essentials and they have never let me down yet. So far Opera is working well... some of the operations are a bit of a mystery but it's looking good.

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June 20, 2013 at 18:40:43
Firefox is still my favorite, but I don't care for it like I did 2.5 years ago. I love it mostly for its browser add-ons, which haven't entirely passed onto other browsers. Customizing the user interface and background setting is pretty awesome too, especially getting it to look like version 3.6.

I've used Pale Moon a few times, but haven't made the switch full time. It removes a few features that most people don't use, so it functions faster. The portable version is at least worth looking into.

You mentioned disabled add-ons in Firefox. There is a good chance the add-ons would work just fine in the most recent version. But because the developer hasn't updated the add-on's page specifying that it works, Firefox disables it by default. You can disable add-on compatibility checking and then enable your add-ons again. Unfortunately, as the article says, you'll have to adjust the setting name every time Firefox updates to a new major version.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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June 21, 2013 at 17:39:09
I uninstalled the latest browser vers. 20 something and reinstalled vers. 18.0.1 and access speed is back to normal.

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June 21, 2013 at 17:59:33
Thanks for the feedback.

I think that is the way with many programs, including browsers. Some folk find they work fine, others don't. I don't know the reason but assume it could be a software/hardware mix, possibly including you network hardware and software.

Another possibility is that in incorporating HTML5 protocol and the Windows 8 OS, they have overburdened (bloated) the browser too much for earlier hardware. Most folk on Win 8 will have later and faster hardware.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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