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16 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Firefox?

Im running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I have firefox 3.6 installed and whenever its running theres always 2 processes. One is usually around 300MB and that one was the plug in container, then there is another one thats firefox.exe and is at about 15MB. Why is there always 2 processes for firefox running? Thanks.


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16 Sep 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

You should only have one process running. If you have two, it may be that one didn't terminate from the previous time. If you reboot and start ff, do you see two or one?
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16 Sep 2010   #3

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It is the same for IE
Internet Explorer help please.
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16 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BraveAirmen View Post
Im running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I have firefox 3.6 installed and whenever its running theres always 2 processes. One is usually around 300MB and that one was the plug in container, then there is another one thats firefox.exe and is at about 15MB. Why is there always 2 processes for firefox running? Thanks.
This is normal. Firefox has two processes, plugin container handles external plugins such as flash, the main process firefox.exe is the main application.

What is plugin-container
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16 Sep 2010   #5
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What is plugin-container

Basically it is so that plugins like Flash can't (or at least shouldn't be able too) crash Firefox.
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16 Sep 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
It is the same for IE
Internet Explorer help please.
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16 Sep 2010   #7

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16 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah I know that firefox uses 2 processes one for the window and one for plug-in but using process explorer I see the firefox main one with the plug-in container as a sub process and then another firefox.exe running separately.
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16 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bits SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BraveAirmen View Post
Im running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I have firefox 3.6 installed and whenever its running theres always 2 processes. One is usually around 300MB and that one was the plug in container, then there is another one thats firefox.exe and is at about 15MB. Why is there always 2 processes for firefox running? Thanks.
I was told (In this Forum) way back, that each process is for each Tab. One process runs your main Home Page Tab and the other process runs the standby Tab next to it.
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16 Sep 2010   #10

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Actually I misread the original post. I did have two processes running of Firefox.exe a while back. But if this is the plug-in, then it's normal as mentioned above. Mea culpa.
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