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:
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.
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.
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?