<   Prior Home                     Follow Blog Bloke       Follow Blog Bloke Tips                                                 Get Updates              
      Next   >
Written on April 4th, 2011 by | 30 Comments

Firefox Too Slow? Speed Up Firefox Performance With This Simple Trick

Share - enable java in your browser                

Firefox Too Slow? Speed Up Firefox Performance With This Simple Trick

Firefox is a great browser. There’s no doubt about it, and its legion of users is proof of that. BUT a common complaint amongst users (yours truly included) is Firefox is just way too SLOW. Do I hear an Amen to that.

I was so frustrated that I upgraded all of the browsers on my desktop hoping to find an alternative to Firefox, but as usual I came up empty. The simple reality is no other browser out there offers the flexibility, power and consistency that Firefox offers.

But speed? Forget it. Firefox was an old tortoise, and there was no getting around that … until now.

Firefox has announced it’s been listening to us whiners and came up with a solution. My first impression was it is trying to shirk responsibility and blame it on 3rd party developers. But when I tried their solution for myself I was pleasantly surprised it’s for real.

After deactivating a number of add-ons that I rarely use, new life was breathed back into Firefox again. (Let’s pause for a moment as BLOGBloke dances a jig).

According to Mozilla’s blog, it found that for every add-on you install you’re adding more time it takes for Firefox to start-up.

On average, each add-on you install adds about 10% to Firefox start-up time. For some users that’s mere milliseconds, and for others it may be half a second; it all depends on the hardware and software of each individual. Many add-ons add less than 10%, and unfortunately, there are quite a few add-ons that add more. But based on our real-world performance data, installing 10 add-ons will double Firefox’s start-up time.

It’s Not Just a Firefox Issue Either:

If you think this problem is only related to Firefox then think again. You may not have noticed this Internet Explorer 9 warning when you load it, but I have:

IE Warning Remove Addons to Improve Performance

Mozilla also found that some of the more popular add-ons are actually the worst culprits. Mozilla has posted its test results (below) and you will probably find an add-on that you are already using. Mozilla also announced that it’s taking measures to ensure developers make their add-ons perform better in the future.

Firefox
BUT BLOGBloke has discovered a further benefit for having less add-ons. I’ve notice the overall performance of Firefox has improved, and not just “start-up time”.

I suspect the add-ons are querying the webpage as it loads and slowing down performance.

So here is BLOGBloke’s strategy for increasing Firefox performance. First of all, go medieval and remove any add-ons that you no longer use.

Secondly:

Deactivate the add-ons that you rarely use.

Only reactivate when you need them and then deactivate again when you are finished using it.

It may be a little inconvenient, and I do understand the plethora of add-ons that are available for Firefox is one of its strong points. But it is also Firefox’s Achilles’ heel, and it’s a small price to pay waiting for that sluggish page to load up. Or even worse, having to close down Firefox and reload again.

I have shortlisted those add-ons that I can’t live without and keep activated all the time. But the rest have been either removed entirely or deactivated.

I still haven’t decided if this method will help with Firefox’s memory bleed issue. The jury is still out on that one. But at least Firefox is usable again.

It’s time to end this post and I will leave it with a mystery that still remains unanswered: Why does Google Chrome load fast even with lots extensions installed?

Good question.

Filed under: Blog Tips, Featured Articles Browser, firefox, Tools

Thanks for Sharing     Share - enable java in your browser            

Did you enjoy this article? Keep up to date with Blog Bloke Tips the moment it's published by email. Your Privacy is Guaranteed and will not be shared with anyone.


Keep it real with Blog Bloke Thanks for reading the original Blog Bloke. You can read more about me here. Contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to be a guest blogger. Keep it real every day and subscribe to the newsfeed, share with friends, hang out or join the conversation.

        Subscribe to the Newsfeed   Share to Twitter Share to Facebook   Share to Google Plus   Pin this Share to LinkedIn  


   Got an opinion? Add your thoughts below and be real:

Ok Blokesters it's your turn to tell Blog Bloke what you think, ask a question or suggest another blog tip. Don't forget the comments policy and I'm looking forward to reading what you have to say. Just add your comment below and your avatar (like mine on the right) will magically appear from your social profiles. Looking good!BLOGBloke Avatar

There are 30 Comments so far to “Firefox Too Slow? Speed Up Firefox Performance With This Simple Trick”

Skip to the comments form
  1. I would like to thank you a whole lot for that job you have made in writing this posting. I am hoping the same perfect work from you later on also.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

    Reply by: BB at 12:16 pm said...

    @Bryanna you are welcome, and thank you for your kind words.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  2. Definitely, this post is totally awesome just because it helps us find ways in order the Firefox slow problem fix and become faster. I just want to thank the author of this blog for the wonderful writes up provided as well as very informative enough for us to increase our knowledge regarding Firefox problem. I highly appreciate your post, hoping for another helpful tips coming from you. Thanks for the post.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

    Reply by: BB at 1:54 pm said...

    @Edward Collin, glad it helped Edward.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  3. nice information, my firefox really needs a boost :D

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

    Reply by: BB at 1:55 pm said...

    @Adam GS, zoom, zoom, zoom …

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  4. Excellent post BB. I don’t know why most of the people use Internet Explorer? Firefox is a million times better than Explorer, there is no doubt about it. Thanks again.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  5. Yeah I can confirm this. Firefox is using far less memory when I disable the addons i don’t use. Plus it’s start up is greatly improved.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

    Reply by: BB at 1:56 pm said...

    @Market Guru, thanks for the confirmation.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  6. Thanks Bloke. I really needed this information cause my firefox crashes at least three times everyday since I got some add-ons, like Greasemonkey. I am so glad to come to your blog at the right moment. I think Xmarks Sync screws Mozilla most of all. It takes too long for the browser to open, too. I will definitely get rid of some. Thanks again.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

    Reply by: BB at 9:26 pm said...

    @steven papas, glad I could help!

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  7. Wow !

    I didnt even think about this ! EVER !

    I just uninstalled some addons and I can already see the effects taken =P

    thanks for sharing ! Appreciated!

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

    Reply by: BB at 1:57 pm said...

    @Giochi, great stuff!

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  8. First, you DO know that first comment you got was spam, right? lol

    Second, this sounded intriguing, so I went to check on mine and found only 2 that I could disable without missing. Still, when I closed the browser and started it up again, it did load faster than previous, so this was a pretty good tip; thanks!

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

    Reply by: BB at 1:59 pm said...

    @Mitch Mitchell, and thanks for the tip on the spammer. ;-)

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  9. Used to run the fox with tons of add ons and slow!! I dont have any well I do have one but that is all. Persona’s wallpaper for Firefox.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

    Reply by: BB at 1:58 pm said...

    @Curtis, good stuff Curtis.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  10. Great information to speed up firefox’s performance

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  11. I know this may be a little late but I have seen this before with the Flash based applications that I support. One of the hot-fixes or updates that are included in Windows XP’s SP3 that seems to cause some compatibility issues with Mozilla Fire fox and the way is handles its plug-ins.

    I have seen things as weird as fire fox working fine as long as there is a USB thumb drive plugged into the computer.

    I cannot tell you which hot-fix or update is actually causing the issue but I do know that if the steps in the troubleshooting guide above do not resolve your issue than un-installing Service Pack 3 will most likely resolve your issue.
    techyv.com/questions/why-my-browser-perform-very-slow

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  12. Appreсіating thе hard work уou
    put іnto your website anԁ detailed іnformation уοu preѕent.
    It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the samе out of ԁate rеhаshеd
    mateгiаl. Exсellent read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m aԁding youг RSS
    feеds to mу Goοgle account.

    [  Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  ]

  13. @riga75 a quanto pare non sono l'unico a lamentarsi di Firefox … qua gli danno della tartaruga http://mrjinx.it/fpgqpD

  14. RT @misterjinx: @riga75 a quanto pare non sono l'unico a lamentarsi di Firefox … qua gli danno della tartaruga http://mrjinx.it/fpgqpD

  15. Firefox Too Slow? Improve Firefox Performance With This Simple Trick http://bit.ly/i2gfQD RT @BLOGBlokeTips

  16. Make Firefox Faster http://bit.ly/i2gfQD

  17. RT @BLOGBlokeTips: Make Firefox Faster http://bit.ly/i2gfQD

  18. Firefox is faster now but it still needs to catch up to Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera … (have I missed anything) http://bit.ly/eOD7YI

  19. What a difference a plugin makes. I disabled a few addons and Firefox turned into a speed demon http://t.co/1OQspeXE via @BLOGBloke

  20. Yup http://t.co/1OQspeXE @RJohnstonAZ @rockyourfirefox

  21. @RJohnstonAZ @rockyourfirefox Yup http://t.co/1OQspeXE

  22. Firefox Too Slow? Speed Up Firefox Performance With This Simple Trick http://t.co/V9X0RH5u

Share         Share this with friends

Subscribe to Better Blog Tips Newsfeed   SUBSCRIBE to Bloke Bloke's Articles (Newsfeed)

Subscribe to Better Blog Tips Newsfeed   Subscribe to only Comments for this Article | TrackBack URL

You can also use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>