Has anyone else had real problems with Firefox lately? I am trying to get some work done, and the browser keeps crashing on me, and this has been going on for several days. It happens on both the Apple and the vista machines.
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Nope. Not a problem. On a HP laptop running Vista.
No problems with the XP machine, either.
What extensions do you have installed? 99% of the time firefox crashes are caused by a bad extension. Or flash. I hate flash.
I haven’t had any problems.
I’d guess it’s an add-on causing the problem. Try disabling any ones you’ve added (or updated) since you started noticing the problems.
Blake Himsl Hunter
I have been having trouble for the last two weeks on my work PC, and to a lesser extent my home PC. I’m decided to just slog through and hope the next update fixes it.
Yes, yes, yes. Terrible Firefox problems all week.
I had a problem with it on my XP dekstop, but was fine on my Vista laptop. Turned out I had a problem with everything on my desktop though – Firefox, Media Player, IE, Anti-virus protection, firewall – seems I got infected with something and couldn’t even reinstall because the files would get corrupted whenever downloaded. Had to clean everything up and transfer files over in order to sort the mess out. Still not perfect, but it’s working…that’s progress.
Switch to Safari 4.
Oh dear yes! I though it was just me. I was going to have to give up reading blogs, go outside and talk to real people.
But Firefox did an update this morning, and I think the crashes have ended. I go back inside again!
No Problems here. Firefox 3.0.6 on Linux.
I haven’t had such problems. I noticed that a new version came out today, did you upgrade?
No, using on a Mac and it’s been fine. They did just issue an update, maybe that will resolve whatever problems you’re experiencing.
i wish i had FF problems.
instead my XP box has started locking up completely, or worse: it sometimes crashes all the way to reboot without warning.
i miss Vista.
Yes, I’ve had lots of crashes over the past few days.
Same experience, been crashing all week (I thought it was god punishing me for all the internet scrabble playing).
Got a notification from firefox on the new upgrade (3.0.7) and installed. No crashes since. . .
Maybe it’s the adobe reader vulnerability..
Laura W Darling
As indicated in your earlier post with Colbert/TDS, I’ve had several FF crashes on my Mac in the last couple of weeks but IIRC, all of them have been here at BJ, usually when you’ve got something on the page like the clips of this morn.
I think it’s happened more than a few times in just the last week.
Can’t recall it happening on any other site or blog, ie, the total shut down crash. Often I forget to empty the cache and have to do a lot of force quits here at BJ, but that’s my fault for not clearing and restarting more often with all the surfing I do.
(Also installed the new version just this morning when I was forced to re-start after the Comedy Central crash.)
Like Craig, I had problems recently (Mac Leopard). But Firefox released an update this morning and things seem to be fine.
i shall whore.
anyone up for a little Name That Tune, 80’s edition ?
I’ve got the same problem on my mac.
I’ve had problems with FF on the home machine for weeks now, mostly REALLY slow loading and failure to completely close when I quit, so that the next time I try to use it I get a message saying "Firefox is already running" and I have to close it in Task Manager, which is a huge pain. Anyone else have this? I’ve been using Google Chrome instead which is fast fast fast (faster IMHO than Safari, which I tried the other day), but I miss some of my add ons.
Just switched to Safari 4 beta. Couldn’t be happier. Noticeably faster than FF or IE.
No problems outside the usual, which I tolerate ’cause I loves me some extensions.
It used to crash on me all the time when I was on my XP comp, but that comp had a Pentium III processor but with updated memory and video card. I just got a new Dell with Vista on it and it hasn’t crashed yet. I’m not sure why it does that sometimes. It does use a lot of memory though.
I’ve had problems with Firefox on Mac ever since I upgraded to Firefox 3. During an extended websurfing session, webpages stop loading completely, and many applets seem to stop working also. Eventually I reload firefox and the problem goes away, for a time.
It is the nature of Firefox to crash, as it is the nature of Tunch to be incredibly fat.
The Other Steve
Firefox 3.0.7 was just released and apparently fixes some stability problems according to the release notes. I haven’t had any problems myself and haven’t upgraded from 3.0.6 yet.
Comrade Mary AWOL
I’m OK with FF 3.0.7 at home, but I was alerted to — but didn’t install — a 3.0.8 update. Could that be it?
I have problems with FF when trying to view video (flash) – so I usually use IE for that (IE kind of sucks, but has no problems with Bloggingheads, for example). I have found that FF can consume resources — having other windows in the same FF session — to such an extent I have to shut it down.
re the problems between XP and Vista, it may be that XP was loaded on a machine that came with Vista. might be a driver problem.
Yes, I had problems on a Vista machine. The update seems to have solved it.
The Other Steve
Wait until you see Windows 7. Holy cow does this release rock. They’re claiming RTM will be by xmas time, here’s hoping. But already the Beta is super good.
My Vista laptop will eventually freeze up if DON’T allow the updates to proceed for a while, as if it’s intentionally crashing in order to allow the update to load when I open Firefox up again.
(I’ve been putting off updates since one of the last few made changes that annoyed me).
The Other Steve
Hmm, release notes also say they fixed a bug with cookies. My cookies haven’t been working right on netflix and other sites. Downloading 3.0.7 now.
No Firefox problems (on an Intel Mac), but I’m still running 3.0.6.
Laura W Darling
Welp, I was over in email with only BJ open in my FF browser (Intel Mac) and it crashed again. So much for 3.0.7 making a diff for me.
I’m blaming you, John. The total crashing only happens here.
no, but FF sure opens slowly (on Windows 2000)
I have experienced no FF stability issues, either on Mac or Windows (running v3.0 on both).
Dang it, even if I finally figure out what #7 is, I’ll still be behind Paige.
The Other Steve
Wow, I sat behind Paige in math class! :-)
Yes, I have been having the same problems.
Nope. No Firefox problems.
A Mac user, and I gave up on Firefox this week for similar reasons.
Went Camino and am pretty happy about it. It’s faster and it appears to give used memory back (a problem I kept having with Firefox). It bills itself as sort of a hybrid btwn Firefox and Safari, which I’ve found to be a fairly accurate description.
BTW, looks like Michael Scherer still doesn’t get it: http://twitter.com/michaelscherer/status/1280357508. No surprise, but always sad to see that our media folks are either intentionally or unintentionally really dense.
Also, does any have an issue with FireFox where it’ll freeze up every maybe 10 seconds. So, if I’m typing in a text box (like I am now) it’ll freeze up and I’ll have to wait a few seconds for it to unfreeze before continuing typing. I’ve been having this problem off and on for a few months. It’s REALLY annoying.
Firefox was pretty hellish for me until I added the noscript and adblock extensions….you can still choose to see flash or shockwave, but they won’t launch without your say-so.
Oh well. There is Chrome.
Jim Cramer, ladies and gentlemen. Jim Cramer!
@slag: "BTW, looks like Michael Scherer still doesn’t get it"
WTF language is that? Twitter is an abomination.
Got an automatic update for FF yesterday on my XP machine. No performance issues as far as I can tell.
Run a scan for spyware on your Vista desktop, perhaps?
Just Some Fuckhead
A few weeks ago I switched to TheMostAmazingBrowserEvah and I’m totally happy. It’s the best evah. All those other browsers suck. Last time I said I was using the most amazing browser evah, I was wrong. This one is truly it.
No problems. Running version 3.0.6 on an iMac running 10.5.6.
@slag: No kidding, Scherer, the objection is to the “fail” aspect. We expect the opposition party to… oppose the other side’s policies. But that is fundamentally different from hoping upon hope for a failed Presidency.
Laura W Darling
@cleek: It’s a good thing you post scores as the game is in progress. Keeps idiots like me who feel proud of their "maybe 16, tops" from cluttering up your comments section.
Meanwhile, on the GOP’s (in)stability issues, Politico’s Ben Smith says that "one former [GOP] party official" said of Steele that:
Only someone eyeballs-deep in Kool-Aide could compare Steele’s effectiveness with Howard Dean’s. They’re so deep in denial (and so deep in Dean-hate) that they still don’t realize that Dean brained them — twice — with his much-maligned "50 State Strategy".
What I don’t understand is that even our team doesn’t call them on it. Last night, Rachel "grilled" Pawlenty over it, and never said to him "Look, if you want his policies to fail, then you want America to be injured …. just so you guys can look good. What is up with that?"
Correct me if I am wrong, but how do those policies fail without harm to the country, and what are these assholes doing besides rooting for harm to the country in order to make themselves look good?
So why aren’t the t-heads — at least the GOOD ones like Rachel — asking the goddam question?
I’ve been having these same problems… maybe the update will fix it
Been crashing a lot (even once is a lot for firefox, but today 3 times… twice here.) About to restart it so 3.07 will install.
yeah… i really shouldn’t do that. and i don’t quite know why i do.
I’ve noticed it’s really, really slower than it has been in the past. I am running it on both a Vista and XP machine.
Yes, tons of problems with it on my Vista machine. I installed Safari 4 to see if that cleared it up, but that was sucking too. I did a system restore to a backup point before the crashes and a restart, and that seems to have cleared up Firefox. Still no idea what the problem was.
Try Updating you’re Adobe Flash software. The only time I have stability issues with Firefox, is when a site is trying to use a new/modified Flash API.
@TheHatOnMyCat: I agree. But the good thing is that most Americans seem to know the score on that. I believe a majority polled say that Repubs are obstructing for political–not principled–reasons.
Anyone looking in from the outside can easily see what’s going on. It’s those who are too close to the situation that don’t get it.
Well, Democrats, it’s been fun while it lasted:
-From: The Hill
Every one of the pols mentioned has a mind full of creative alternatives floating in a sea of invention. McConnell, Kyl, Romney, a "younger generation"? I guess that, compared to McCain, they are.
I had this exact issue. It’s what caused me to jump to the Safari 4 Beta. No more occasional lock-ups.
Just Some Fuckhead
Dennis broke the fucking internetz.
Omg, an unclosed strike tag will strikethru the rest of the webpage all the way down.
John, I hope you got a refund for this thing. This is the Plymouth Valiant of websites you got here.
Just Some Fuckhead
@SnarkIntern: He didn’t keep his receipt so we’re stuck with it.
FWIW, I’ve had good luck with the Firefox 3.1 betas; faster than 3.0, too.
As I was about to click into this thread to see what people were saying, Firefox shut down and told me there was an error. So yes, I see what you’re saying.
I blame Obama and the stimulus package. Also, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, and MSNBC.
jake 4 that 1
Are we on strike?
jake 4 that 1
Never mind. My attempt to fix internons = Fail.
Yay! Moar open-source people, plz.
I haven’t noticed any unusual problems with firefox on either my mac or pc.
@mak: It’s like the vulnerabilities discovered in the code base are exploiting buffer overruns and doing WTFTW while your system is vulnerable. It’s almost as long as you are vulnerable people will keep exploiting the vulnerabilities of those who would do that. It’s almost as if as knowledge of a vulnerability spreads, more people exploit it. It’s almost as if they are betting on people not updating their software to patch vulnerabilities so that they can do their activities under your name.
Can I state that flash is crap for code security? Because I can make that statement with authority. I investigated a european crime syndicate exploiting a flash vulnerability with an entire scam business called gnida.
+1 for Camino, it’s the best Mac browser out there.
@Just Some Fuckhead:
Bwahahahaha! And I can do it again.
@bago: Some browser security advice:
1. Don’t use IE except for windows updates direct from MS;
2. Create one non-privileged account for each kind of browsing you do (e.g., general, wingnut sites, personal finance). Use ACLs (explorer/properties/security tab) to deny each such account access to everything but its own files (i.e., c:\documents and settings\browser1…). Then run an instance of your browser in each account using runas /user:. These steps make it much more difficult for attackers to compromise your system and your data; and
3. If you don’t know how to do (2), ask a competent IT person whom you trust.
Firefox just crashed on me on my mac. Come to think of it it crashed the other day; I didn’t think much of it. Just downloading the update.
In spite of what coaches say in interviews, players really do pay attention to the scoreboard.
A couple weeks back, I was having major firefox issues as well. Finally gave up, uninstalled, and reinstalled. Been working perfect ever since.
No. I use Opera.
I just updated my Firefox software, and now it works just fine. The problem had been most prominently noted as an incompatibility with the new version of Adobe’s Flash Player, but I think it was more than that.
i guess i was trying to encourage people who were close to try to catch the leaders. i didn’t think about the fact that seeing high scores also discourages new people from trying at all.
I am out of strike jokes.
I haven’t had any trouble with Firefox on a Dell laptop running Vista, no addons. I just got an update notice for Firefox 3.0.7, and checked the release notes:
The Other Steve
Some of the advice I see on the internets is just bizarre.
I’ve run FF on my two Dell notenotes (W-XP): one has had
problems – ever; the other one has had a frequent-crash issue since I had to re-install FF via download when I lost my OS to a BSD issue.
Try "Firefox Safe Mode" (Start>All Programs>Mozilla Firefox>MFF (Safe Mode): it disables all add-ons and extensions – you have to deal with the default skin, but at least the basic browser won’t crash (or at least that’s how it works for me).
Aside: Mozilla’s Support Forums proved useless for my problem – they kept asking for the Mozilla Crash Reporter data, and when I said that MCR wasn’t working, I merely got a couple of head-scratching posts informing me that MCR was "supposed" to be the default Crash Reporter. Unfortunately, as the "default", it can’t be user-activated/deactivated, and so my inquiry just petered out.
i upgraded to 3.0.7 earlier today…
and i just got my first crash!
By the by, John, you could also go more rogue and install SeaMonkey: "Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple — all your Internet needs in one application. "
It’s another open-source Mozilla project; I used it up until a month ago when I got a new laptop, and will probably go back to it. Very much like Firefox, with fewer addons available, but enough good ones not to matter.
No problems at all with Firefox on my XP computer or my Mac.
Somebody mentioned cookies. I have Firefox set up to automatically delete cookies every time I close it. Also use CCleaner regularly on Windows.
YES! I’ve been having the same problems and thought it was me. I re-installed several times and it kept happening. Now I’m not sure what the deal is.
and now my second crash. no sir, i don’t like this 3.0.7.
Why not just reinstall?
Just make a list of extensions you have. Install one by one to see what extension is causing the problem. I never had FF crash on me, ever.
Dr. Larry Mitchell
I’ve had problems with Firefox since thet came out with 3. I’ve been using it for five years, and they messed up my favorite browser. Since I switched to Opera 9.62, however- no problems.
Because I’m pretty much a full-time pirate blogging on a single-processor G4, I’ve been having Firefox problems up the wazoo for months — and with all different versions of Firefox.
I don’t think it’s a Firefox problem, I think it’s a problem with the insane ramping up of Flash/Java ads on newspapers and blog sites, compounded by the fact that most of us have multiple open tabs going most of the time.
I’m grabbing that new upgrade (appreciate hearing about it in this thread) but that doesn’t change the fact that some tiny-dicked POS in Russia is at this very moment trying to figure out how to break the new Firefox. Hackers desperately want to keep security-free Microsoft products in the game, and the best way to do that is to break Firefox. (Safari is fine, but I’ve never figured out how anyone can blog without using two browsers: one for links, one for posting.)
It’s the old story … take a great product and dick with it until it’s crap, like the one it replaced.
See also Trend Micro security software.
The Tim Channel
It’s the porn sites nibbling at the dangling underbits of your computer.
My main browser is Opera, and I use Chrome for Gmail.
I use Safari on a Mac. I also use a couple of other applications built on Safari’s WebKit engine. Each of them, including Safari, crash on occasion. When they do, OS X pops up a little box telling me the details of the crash. In almost every instance, the culprit is Flash.
"I’ve never figured out how anyone can blog without using two browsers: one for links, one for posting."
Tried a desktop blogging client? You won’t need to keep two browsers open. MarsEdit works fine for Mac.
For a couple of months, Firefox has been disconnecting me from WiFi, which I share from our neighbors with their permission (and with a financial contribution). Mac OS X 10.5.6
I know I’m a little late in the game here, but if no one mentioned it, Firefox updated to 3.0.7 today. I’d read the comments, but an 8hr old tech support question probably won’t have the funny.
Laura W Darling
@MeDrewNotYou: I found #47 held the most funny in this particular thread.
Hope that helps!
You may need to update your QuickTime plug-in(s).
Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse
Hmm. Now that I’m home, my copy of 3.0.6, which had been working perfectly, crashed twice in one hour.
I’ve just upgraded to 3.0.7. Let’s see how this works.
I’ve been having a lot of FF problems (on Vista and Tiger), but it’s mostly been on the Mod The Sims 2 site. I installed the NoScript extension, which seems to have solved the problem for now.
I’ve had Firefox for several years, and it has almost never crashed….literally, not more than about 6 times in about 3 years…these past 2 weeks, it’s crashed at least 3-4 times….
Something seems to be up with it
I’ve occasionally had FireFox get crash-y on me.
I’ve found that nuking my profile in use will often fix it. Make sure you back up first the data that’s important though — booksmarks and the like.
For profile locations, check out Firefox Profiles at Mozilla.com.
J. A. Baker
I have XP, and the latest update was working…for about a day. Then it started crashing repeatedly on me.
No problems when you first posted this, but starting yesterday night I’ve had repeated crashes. I’m on an IMac running 10.5
And John, if someone figures out a fix, please post on the front page!
At work and at home, Firefox is crashing a lot recently for me on 3.0.7.