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How to fix Problems with Firefox using too much Memory
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How to keep firefox from using up too much memory
Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular internet browsers. It is very convenient and easy to use. However, it is bugged with a memory leak. This memory leak happens when you have been surfing for quite a while even if you are not viewing a lot of content. The memory usage – the amount of RAM it uses. Some users report that it reaches a whopping 1 GB! That’s almost like a high CG game running on your PC.
Here are some few fixes for this problem:
Plug-ins. Check your plug-ins. You may have installed a lot. Plug-ins require memory so uninstall unnecessary plug-ins and get updates for the old ones.
Website Content. When you view sites like You Tube and gaming sites, which tend to use a lot of graphics in their websites, you are more likely to have a memory leak problem. I’m not saying that you should avoid these sites but there is something you can do when you view them and your computer starts hanging because Firefox is using a lot of memory. You can close some tabs you don’t need then restart Firefox – close it then open it up again. Don’t worry about losing where you were. You can get back by looking at the History.
Firefox Settings. There are some settings in Firefox that you can change to keep it from using up too much memory. It’s not a sure fix but it will help. Type about:config in the address bar. Right click on the window then select new then integer. Name it browser.cache.memory.capacity then enter a value. This is the amount of memory in kilobytes Firefox uses for its cache. Choose a value you are comfortable with. I used 150000. Next, look for the setting config.trim_on_minimize by typing it in the filter. If it is not there create one by right clicking on the screen then new then Boolean. When set to true, this setting makes Firefox, when minimized, send data from the RAM to the Hard Drive.
Too many tabs. Opening way too many tabs will cause Firefox to use up a lot of RAM. And that will slow down your computer. Open up only a few tabs if your PC or laptop is slow. If you've got loads of RAM, you can do this without your machine slowing down.
Remember, there is no sure fix for the Firefox memory leak problem. As computers evolve so does the data transmitted through the internet – they get larger. Compare it to the time when people use Windows 98 or even before Windows existed. File sizes were small and the data transmitted through the internet was also small. If you own an older computer system, consider upgrading and the Firefox Memory may not be an issue for you.