Firefox is Slowing Down My Computer / Firefox is Not Responding

Google Chrome may be the world’s #1 browser, but Firefox is still a popular browser and has been so for a long time. When first released, Firefox was renowned for its speed and compliance with the best standards.

That was before Google Chrome was introduced and when Internet Explore was the only decent browser around. Firefox quickly surpassed Internet Explorer to become everybody’s favorite browser.

Firefox has changed a lot since then, and with every change there is a risk of a bug that degrades performance. So if you feel that Firefox is slowing down your computer or is not responding as you would want it to, then you will find the tips here very useful.

Look For Troublesome Extensions

Firefox has a great extension support, but it is a source of weakness as much as strength. There is no controlling authority to monitor the extensions that are added to Firefox and to ensure that they work properly. Dodgy extensions cause Firefox to crash or to slow down.

To deal with this, open Firefox’s safe mode and check the extensions that are causing the problem. Click on the Firefox button, go to “Help”, select the option “Restart with Add-ons Disabled”.

If you find that Firefox’s performance is much better than earlier, then clearly some extensions are causing the issue. Now disable the extensions one-by-one till you’re able to resolve the performance issues. This takes time, but always works.

What About Hardware Problems?

It’s not always that the hardware causes the browser to slow down, but this is certainly the case sometimes. Is your Firefox installed on the same hard drive as the other browsers? If not, and if the other browsers are performing well and Firefox is not, then it is clearly a hard drive issue. So, reinstall Firefox on the same drive where you have the other browsers. If you still have problems, try defragmentation of the hard drive and see if it solves the problem for you.

Did You Check Other Software?

One of the most common causes of Firefox performance issues is interference from other programs, such as anti-malware software. You may begin by disabling all anti-malware software and see if this resolves the issue.

Next, open up the software permissions and ensure that Firefox is classified as a “trusted program” and has the permission to communicate through the firewall.

Then, ensure that all the important plug-ins are updates, especially Adobe Flash. Outdated plug-in versions cause Firefox to malfunction. If none of these measures work, uninstall the anti-malware software and use alternative free anti-virus software. Find out if Firefox works this time.

Reinstall Firefox

If none of the steps mentioned here work, you can simply try reinstalling Firefox. This should be the last step, it works in most cases, but it’s not the best solution because Firefox saves all your settings when you uninstall it. So the reinstalled Firefox will be the same as it was before.

To solve this issue, click on the checkbox which is labeled as “Remove my Firefox personal data and customizations” during the uninstall process. But when you do this, you will be basically taking Firefox back to factory settings and starting from the scratch. You will lose all add-ons and other information. So this should be the last thing to do.

The steps given here will certainly resolve any problem you have with Firefox. They will make Firefox run faster and make it as good as it was when you had first installed it in your computer.

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