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Is everybody else getting browser crashes all the time?

Via mail, I understand that I'm not the only one to experience an upsurge in browser crashes in recent weeks. I expect browsers to crash every so often, because I keep a lot of tabs open, but now it's all the time. Readers? Do I need to put on the foil about this?

Granted, I'm running the newest FF (3.6) on an old operating system (OS X 10.4) but dear lord, OS X has Unix under the hood and up until the last month or so its been rock solid.

Could be a gentle nudge by software and hardware vendors to force me to upgrade, a la the business model of the Microsoft ecosystem -- if a system dominated by a single rent-extracting parasite can be called an ecosytem.

Or it could be something worse....

NOTE Maybe I should just move back to lynx from the shell?

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Submitted by Kathryn on

I have an iMac running OSX 10.5.8 and FF 3.6.17. [and my imac is about 5 yrs old, so only 1 GB ram and 2.16 Ghz intel core duo, so I've been expecting it to be "obsoleted" here pretty soon by whatever new downloads Apple sends out]

No browser crashing. No lock ups. The one problem I had was corrente wasn't refreshing, and that hasn't happened in several weeks. But at most I'll have about 10 tabs or windows up.


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Submitted by goldberry on

I used to run firefox all the time but found that it was ffreezing more often and crashing more than I liked. Switched to chrome on a MacBook pro quadcore i7 and no special upgrade to ram. Works great. No problems. Besides, I love the simplicity of the interface.

Submitted by jawbone on

"Browser has stopped working" or close to that.

I was just about to google to see if others were having the same problem.

I can't remember how long it's been going on, but it's been awhile..

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Submitted by goldberry on

... Always behaved strangely for me from my Redhat Linux workstation at work (hp workstation with x86 processors and Quadra Fx graphics), not to mention the jre environment variable was always a pain to configure. Did you check under the .firefox or .mozilla directories for problematic files? Clean out your cache and temp files? Check under the hood on the /use/bin? I forget, isn't that where firefox used to go if not in your home directory? Also, update your libraries for the version of Linux you're using.
That ought to keep you busy for awhile.

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Submitted by Dario on

Yes, try using another browser. I use a Mac and the latest Firefox without any problems. If the same is experienced with another browser, then something is going on in the system that needs to be cleaned up. My suggestion to clear unknown conflicts is to backup all the files, erase the hard drive, install the operating system and all applications, and bring back whatever files are needed. A clean install is worth the effort.

Submitted by Fran on

I am not having any problems now, but at a time when I was having a lot of problems, I found that there was a conflict with Firefox and my anti-virus. The vendors were aware of it and FF soon issued an update. So.... I always install the latest FF upgrade when notified. The version I am on is FF 4.0.1.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

So take what I have to say with a grain of salt. ;)

It's possible that there is an upsurge in bad javascript out there, too. More sites are using it. I use the NoScript FF extension to turn off any javascript I don't need to run in order to have a site display properly. It helps defend against cross-site scripts, keystroke interceptors, and other nasty stuff. I have it set so that YouTube doesn't automatically get to run, which I find keeps crashing to a minimum.

By the way, you might want to consider your Flash player as a potential source of problems. I've found that most of the crashes I experience have to do with that, not with FF per se.

I haven't been seeing more crashes lately. I'm running FF 3.6.17 on this computer, which runs Linux.

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Submitted by General Washington on

Lambert, there are three things I would check out (although going back to Lynx might be much easier if you're used to it):

1) Look for any support notes about the version of FF you're using and the latest version (4.0.1) that mentions issues with OSX 10.4.

2) Think about any add-ons or personalisations you might have added to FF. There could be a problem there (especially with add-ons that were made for v4.0 yet were applied to v3.16).

3) I consider this least likely, but still possible: Did you by any chance happen to download and install something like Mac Defender (or a variant thereof)?

While it's not necessarily going to be this specific malware, you might want to run something like MalwareBytes (but - unlike MalwareBytes - something that works on Macs) to make sure you're not hosting something less than desireable.


As Cujo notes above, Flash pretty much sucks on resource-challenged machines, and certainly has the capability to crash your browser as well.