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Firefox hanging, and dragging IE down too.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:12 pm
by Mcdon2401
This has been happening for a little while now, but it's starting to bug the hell out of me.

Firefox is my default browser (IE is reserved for updating windows and suchlike) and was working ok. However, it now only runs for a random length of time, then refuses to load any more pages. If I shut it down and try to restart it, it brings up a dialogue box saying that Firefox is already running, and to close it down first. If I then use task manager, it shows Firefox running, but won't let me close it. If I then start up IE, it will also suffer the same problem. Rebooting Vista fixes it, but only for a little while. The strange thing is that other internet activity is ok (Vuze, virus updates etc) and will carry on in the background.

I know it's a long shot, but I figure if there is an answer out there, this'd be the best place to start asking :)

Re: Firefox hanging, and dragging IE down too.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:30 pm
by ntscuser
It's not just Vista, I get the same problem with Win XP :evil:

Re: Firefox hanging, and dragging IE down too.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:21 pm
by multivariable
I've had this problem too.

I reinstalled Firefox 2.0.0.16 and the problem seems to have gone away. Everyday browsing seems to be faster, too.

Re: Firefox hanging, and dragging IE down too.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:21 pm
by Artie
I don't use Firefox as my default browser, but it sounds like an Add-on could be at fault.

Re: Firefox hanging, and dragging IE down too.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:07 pm
by Perseid
There are a few pieces of malware now that install themselves as FF extensions. Try disabling/removing ones you aren't certain you installed and worse case scenario you can back up your bookmarks and uninstall/reinstall FF.

Re: Firefox hanging, and dragging IE down too.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:26 pm
by SleepyOne
Do any of you with the problem use Zone Alarm?

If yes, try completely removing ZA and see if the problem persists.