Why is Firefox so slow?

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December 11, 2016 at 18:13:52
Specs: Windows XP Pro (SP3), Intel Celeron 1.30GHz
My desktop has Windows XP SP3, and IE 8. IE has problems with some sights, those sight usually suggesting I switch to Firefox, Chrome, or Opera. If I looked in the right place, Chrome isn't compatable with XP. I read how Firefox is suppose to be fast, so about a month ago downloaded Firefox. I've never seen anything so slow. For example, when I list on eBay, it takes at least 20 minutes to list one item. Most of the time is waiting for the listing page to come up. The box for the item name comes up, then a few minutes later the next section comes up, etc. The photo section is the slowest section of the form. Sometimes it seems I could hand deliver a photo to a potential buyer faster than Firefox brings up the form. Is there any way to speed things up? How about other browsers? Anything work better with XP? I've read several posts here where folks mention Firefox 3 (or is it 3.5?) The version I have is 48.0.2. Are these the same? Also, are Firefox and Mozilla Firefox the same thing?
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December 11, 2016 at 20:39:17
My guess is your system is infected, especially since you've been using IE8 which hasn't been secure for several years. Start by running Adwcleaner, then JRT, then Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free trial).




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December 11, 2016 at 23:03:02
I've got firefox on an old xp sp3 that just updated itself to version 50.0.2. This one is dialup and I assume yours is too, given the problem you're having. When using that computer and even using firefox there's a lot of sites I don't bother with simply because they take forever to load--and sometimes won't load at all. They just assume you have a high speed connection and don't really care about the minority of losers who don't.

There's a few things you can do:

1) Malware scans, as already recommended

2) DON'T regularly clear cookies, TIF and history. If you've previously gone to a site it'll load quicker the next time if your browser can find it there.

3) Sometimes it seems as though the browser gets lost while loading a page. If it's seems to be taking forever try refreshing the page and see if it comes up quicker then.

4) Don't have a lot of open pages from the same link. For example don't open several links on your Ebay 'my summary' page at the same time. They're tied together and seem to respond slower that way. It's better to manually open a new browser window and copy and past the link there.

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December 15, 2016 at 02:32:08
Using 48.0.2 here but with entry level 2 Mbit DSL and whachoo talking bout Willis? I'll tackle any site and am amazed at how smooth and fast it is. I'm also running a 3 GHz Pentium 4 with 2 Gig of ram too, but yeah XP SP3.

Firefox and Mozilla Firefox are the same. Quite a range from 3.5 to 48.0.2 but those are just version changes along the way. When ever I do have hiccups such as a site that can't be found errors or a youtube video that 'an error has occurred, please try again', I will right click my double computer 'connection' icon in the task tray and select 'Repair' which resets a lot of nonsense and then the site will most often work right again.

Although it might sound counter productive using a decent Host file will speed up your travels across the web. And I'll shut off Flash if sites insist on using it for their idiot advertisements and/or just fluffing up their site with it, that's a real boondoggle bandwidth waster there. eBay will often have fits where they can't serve up pictures for half hour at a time and then suddenly everything's fine again.

Currently can't complain but my CPU is SSE2 compliant and I am maxed out ram wise for my box, if I could do 4 gigs I would.


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