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Is firefox now finished as the best browser?


manrow

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I ask because I have been using firefox as the preferred browser since it first appeared some years ago.

Unfortunately all 4 of my computers were set to auto update and now 3 of them are unusable as firefox 'hangs' after the most recent update. The fourth was saved as I managed to turn off update before disaster happened.

I spent much time yesterday to put things right but so far have failed. All the advice on the firefox site is that downloading an earlier version is not the answer; why not?

I am seriously considering Chrome instead.

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Nontek

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I use Firefox, currently V.13.0.1 on Win7

I have just Opened FF after starting Task Manager - CPU usage for FF is fluctuating between 0% - 3%, I am quite happy with that.

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Nontek

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PS - I also have Incredimail and Skype running (but not in use at the moment) in Task Manager, each showing 0% CPU.

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Batch

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If you aren't actively running anything else I would expect idle to be 99% and everything else to be 0% apart from Task Manager and your browser maybe occasionally rising to 1% (that's what I get with Chrome, even on a relatively old Pentium 4 single core 3GHz processor).

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Muergo

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I am still having trouble with lost pictures on Firefox, they appear as an empty square, I thought I could overcome this by updating to FF 14 but it's still there, all is OK in IE9 so can't be intrinsic in my system. Last time this happened about a year ago I cured it by opening a new profile.

I prefer FF to IE because of all the add ons etc but I've now got used to running both, I have two windows of each open with about eight tabs in each one, never seem to have crash or speed problems.(W7)

My downloading is lightning fast since TalkTalk put fibre optic in last month.

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rdave13

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It's looking as my children's laptop and my better half's laptop might be going to Chrome as they're having script problems and Flash player has to close. Both laptops with lowly CPUs. IE still default but hidden on both.

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Muergo

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rDave, I get these messages about having to close etc but I ignore them and instead of clicking OK, I click on red cross to delete message.

Flash and Adobe Air etc seem to have a lot of updates recently, be sure you are up to date with updates!!

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buteman

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Maybe use Revo uninstaller on setting 4 and remove it Completely then reinstall it to see if it makes any difference.

I can't remember having any problems with it and I have been using it for a few years.

Before you open it the next time Open Task Manager then see what is running along with Firefox.

If using MSE turn off the Anti-Spyware part and if using Spybot turn off the tea timer to see if it makes any difference.

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buteman

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If using revo uninstaller on settings 4 it will remove all of your add-ons.

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robinofloxley

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Old versions at Filehippo

No need to uninstall usually. Just double click the new (old) setup file.

Should you wish to delve further and possibly use Revo, Mozbackup can backup various categories of settings of your current profiles first.

Easy to restore if anything goes wrong.

Personally, I have thought about changing broswer. FF is a tad sluggish for me (but not too bad).

But I really like all my add-ons and how it is setup. Not all add-ons are available or compatible on other browsers. I'll probably stay put for a while.

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spuds

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Interesting that you mention the problem after the latest update.

I had a similar 'hanging' problem, but for some unexplained reason its all returned back to normal.

Perhaps something to keep an eye on?.

would mention that I now use Firefox and Chrome as my preferred browser's, if anything Internet Explorer seems to have lost its edge. There as been a mention of Maxthon, which appears to be an IE clone, which I am now going to try and test!.

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