Firefox 8.0.1 browses slowly

December 8, 2011 at 00:00:14
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, AMD
I recently downloaded & installed Firefox 8.0.1 on 2 Windows XP Pro Sp3 p.c.s - One in my Office & the other at home . It seems to be running great on the Office p.c. (This one has Norton 360 installed on it & fewer Start-up Programs ) . However , on the home p.c. , (which has Avast (Free) & Comodo Firewall (Free) installed plus quite a few Programs that get loaded on Start-up) , it takes anywhere between 10 seconds to about 2 minutes for pages or links on pages to load . Sometimes , a link on a page will not open even after waiting for 5 minutes . Even , the Linkscanner of Avast doesn't seem to be running correctly in Firefox .

I uninstalled firefox 8.0.1 with Revo uninstaller & then reinstalled it , but still the same thing happens .Next , I tried running firefox after disabling Avast & Comodo Firewall (both together) but still the same thing . Even , after running Firefox in Mozilla Safe mode the same thing happens .

However , If I start the Home P.C. in Windows Safe Mode or Windows Safe Mode with Networking , firefox loads everything very, very fast , almost instantaneously .

The plugins enabled on the 2 p.c.s are :-

Office p.c :-
1 .Adobe Acrobat
2. Java Deployment Toolkit
3. Java (TM) Platform SE
4. Microsoft DRM
5. Shockwave Flash
6. Shockwave for Director
7. Windows Media Player
Plugin Dynamic Link Library

Home p.c. :-

1 . Adobe Acrobat
2. Java Deployment Toolkit
3. Java (TM) Platform SE
4. Microsoft DRM
5. Shockwave Flash
6. Shockwave for Director Not installed
7. Windows Media Player
Plugin Dynamic Link Library

However , I don't think the problem is significantly linked to Firerox plugins because even after disabling all of them on the home p.c. , firefox runs in the same slow way & pages or links take a bit of a time to open .

I haven't seen whether the same thing happens if I use firefox 3.6.xx . However , I would be mentally more comfortable if I could troubleshoot & use the latest version of Firefox . (I always prefer using latest versions for all software ) .

And , since I am on the topic , apart from wanting to know the solution for the above question , I'd also like to know how to make my Firefox MOST EFFECTIVE & how to use it to browse seamlessly , troublelessly & with the best possible speed & ease on the Internet .(Basically , how to streamline it into an invincible & flawless browsing MONSTER !)

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December 8, 2011 at 03:01:38
There is probably a third-party device driver (or some third-party software which installs a driver) which is causing it (third-party drivers are not loaded when Windows is started in safe mode, hence the incompatible driver does not interfere with anything).

Third-party antivirus apps & firewalls also install drivers (so do third-party cd-writing apps). Disabling them is not sufficient. You have to fully uninstall them to find out if one of them is causing the problem.

Don't uninstall them all at the same time or you won't know which one is causing it.

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December 8, 2011 at 08:39:00
Go to Start / Run and enter MSCONFIG.

Go to the Startup tab and disable as many things as you safely can. Very few things are essential, though some are.

Now go to the Services tab, check Hide MS services, and disable what you safely can.

Err on the side of caution at first, then you can go back and experiment.

Now reboot and see if there's a difference.

Go to add/remove programs and get rid of what you don't need.

While you're at it, do a chkdisk /f on your hard drive, and then defrag it.

edit: actually, a chkdsk /r is better, but make sure all your data is backed up before using that command.

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