Windows 10: problems with Firefox and Chrome

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  1.    25 Oct 2017 #81

    the freezing problem I had with FF was during 'normal ' use. I would be on a web site and - frozen. The other problem I had, and thats when I gave up, was refusal to reopen. I would tell me FF was already open, it wasn't.
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  2.    25 Oct 2017 #82

    elbmek said: View Post
    interesting points on add ons, thanks. I may try a virgin install without adblock, what is the best alternative?

    Why is 64 version not a good option?
    What I did when I found Adblock plus freezing Firefox a little bit was switch to Ublock origin. UBO worked fine but with all the changes in Firefox going to Firefox 57, I discovered non important and understandable issues with UBO each time I updated UBO versions (too long to explain here), so I decided to stay away from using adblockers for now. Perhaps after 57 comes out and things settle down with he browser, I ll check the addons again.

    Myself, I am into using as few addons as possible, so I am turning not using an adblocker into something positive. I am getting used to not using an adblocker. Besides that, I use NoScript. NoScript is not an adblocker but an script blocker. Ads need scripts to run so NoScript blocks most ads anyway. So, I am good about blocking ads even without the adblocker.

    About 64 bits Firefox. I have never installed the 64 bits version of the browser. I have been using Firefox for at least 10 years, and never had a major issue. Never. Problems like the ones this thread is about don't happen to me. Whenever I have had a minor issue, switching to a new profile or clean installing Firefox has solved the problem. Takes a little while but I make it fun doing it and you done with the problem quickly..

    My W10 is my first 64 bits computer. When I got it, I didnt think much about which version of Firefox to install. I knew the version to install was the 32 bits as it is the version thats reported with the lesser amount of problems despite being the one thats/ or was used by the majority of users. On paper, the 64 bits version looks better but in reality, I doubt it. I seen a lot of people who had problems while using the 64 bits version but fixed their problems after switching to the 32 bits version. So, switching is something to try for fixing issues if nothing else works.

    Bo
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  3.    26 Oct 2017 #83

    thanks Bo for a very informative reply. I think I may try the 32 and see how it performs. Many many thanks.
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  4.    26 Oct 2017 #84

    elbmek said: View Post
    the freezing problem I had with FF was during 'normal ' use. I would be on a web site and - frozen. The other problem I had, and thats when I gave up, was refusal to reopen. I would tell me FF was already open, it wasn't.
    elbmek said: View Post
    thanks Bo for a very informative reply. I think I may try the 32 and see how it performs. Many many thanks.
    You are welcome, elbmek. Freezes like you are experiencing can be caused by addons conflicting, AV web guards, AV toolbars, the AV scanning while you browse. I dont know what AV you are using but something like Windows defender shouldn't cause that kind of issue but AV like Kaspesrsky and Norton, might, due to their toolbars and addons.

    The Firefox still running in Task manager after you close Firefox is an old issue I did not even remember it until you mentioned it. Read the top paragraph of this link.
    error message - How to fix it | Firefox Help

    It says: "Firefox needs an unlocked profile to start up, and if the profile is locked, it displays the message, Firefox is already running, but is not respondingA copy of Firefox is already open. "

    If you getting that message every day, if it becomes annoying because you are getting it often, then you can try to figure out if it is another program that's locking the Firefox files when you close Firefox. In my opinion, it usually is and usually is the AV or another real time scanner you are using. So, if the problem is happening everyday, it is worth it try to figure out what is causing the problem for you. If it happens once every few days, then you might want to ignore it.

    Anyway, that's what I would do. I haven't experienced that issue in many years. I believe there are 2 reasons for that to be my case, one, I stopped using antiviruses in 2010, and two, because I use a program called Sandboxie. Firefox runs in the sandbox and when you close the sandboxed Firefox, all programs running in the sandbox are set to be terminated automatically.

    What AV are you using? Other real time security programs? According to what you describe, I think its worth it figuring out whats causing the lock.

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  5.    27 Oct 2017 #85

    Kaspersky Total Security 2017 or 2018. I presume I can add FF as an 'exception' - somewhere. But, to be to KTS, it did it when I was on AVG, (staying open). If thats the trouble I will mention it to kaspersky Support
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  6.    27 Oct 2017 #86

    I'm still looking for a solution to the minimum font size feature. The text is completely messed up on some of the websites, and some of the text is misplaced outside of the columns.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 30 Jan 2018 at 09:17.
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  7.    29 Oct 2017 #87

    Try installing Cyberfox or Palemoon and test to see if you get the same problems with them. They use their own profiles and do not share your firefox profile.

    Cyberfox - Browse Files at SourceForge.net

    The Pale Moon Project homepage

    If they work without issues - it's time for a full removal (including removal of leftovers) and fresh install of Firefox.
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  8.    02 Nov 2017 #88

    Ive been using ublock origin for some time now and the lag problem is gone. FF is running smooth. Also, after changing my mainboard on my computer, and switching wireless adapter, FF seems to have become a lot more responsive. Sometimes I barely get to click and the website is already loaded. It works great for the most part. I would still like to solve the rest of the problems.

    Callender said: View Post
    Try installing Cyberfox or Palemoon and test to see if you get the same problems with them. They use their own profiles and do not share your firefox profile.

    Cyberfox - Browse Files at SourceForge.net

    The Pale Moon Project homepage

    If they work without issues - it's time for a full removal (including removal of leftovers) and fresh install of Firefox.
    Will test them and come back with the results.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 30 Jan 2018 at 09:18.
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  9.    02 Nov 2017 #89

    I use Nightly 58 with only the following extensions and have no problems:

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  10.    02 Nov 2017 #90

    Whats your experience with adguard? Is it better than ublock im using?
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