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Windows 7: firefox memory usage - 1GB!

10 Jun 2015   #11
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

There's either something seriously wrong with one of my addons or Firefox is the worst browser ever at memory management.

I've been surfing Amazon and Newegg for about 2 hours now, and currently have only a single tab open - this one. Memory usage: 780MB!

Brand new fresh install of the latest Firefox last night.


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10 Jun 2015   #12
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tgfyhre View Post
There's either something seriously wrong with one of my addons or Firefox is the worst browser ever at memory management.

I've been surfing Amazon and Newegg for about 2 hours now, and currently have only a single tab open - this one. Memory usage: 780MB!

Brand new fresh install of the latest Firefox last night.
Quite possibly.... however you said you had reinstated your backed up profile a lot of the time the problem is with the actual profile ! only sure way to know is to do what I said, export your bookmarks, completely un-install FF along with your profile folder (best to use something like Revo uninstaller to clean up reg entries also) then reinstall FF import your bookmarks back and go searching for your add-ons again one at a time...

That way it really is a fresh install.... but try and get FF V37 rather than V38 if you can.
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10 Jun 2015   #13
Not Myself

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

1. No reason to delete your existing profile, as you are going to want to use at least some of its files when you create a new profile:.

2. Create a new profile: Creating a new Firefox profile on Windows - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

3. Next, start moving files from the old to the new profile; those files are delineated here: Profile folder - Firefox - MozillaZine Knowledge Base . Move a file, start Fx, see what happens; if all is well, repeat, until/unless you find a file that is causing your memory use problem. If that happens, then, obviously, rename that file, restart Fx, which in many cases will generate a new version of that file. Retest and continue the process.

This can be time consuming, but it can also save time, by helping you find and eliminate the culprit(s) and in the process save you the time it is taking you to post on this forum.
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10 Jun 2015   #14
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andyrids View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tgfyhre View Post
There's either something seriously wrong with one of my addons or Firefox is the worst browser ever at memory management.

I've been surfing Amazon and Newegg for about 2 hours now, and currently have only a single tab open - this one. Memory usage: 780MB!

Brand new fresh install of the latest Firefox last night.
Quite possibly.... however you said you had reinstated your backed up profile a lot of the time the problem is with the actual profile ! only sure way to know is to do what I said, export your bookmarks, completely un-install FF along with your profile folder (best to use something like Revo uninstaller to clean up reg entries also) then reinstall FF import your bookmarks back and go searching for your add-ons again one at a time...

That way it really is a fresh install.... but try and get FF V37 rather than V38 if you can.
I used Mozbackup to backup my extensions because I was told to by another member. I used Revo, as I mentioned above. I also ran ccleaner and rebooted before installing Firefox fresh.


I have been having this trouble for ages - this is nothing new. The last version was just as bad as the latest version.
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11 Jun 2015   #15
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Dare I suggest that you try Cyberfox? You can install it and keep Firefox as Cyberfox uses it's own profile unlike some other Firefox variants that share profiles with Firefox.

Here's a link to the version you need.

Cyberfox Intel Version x86

If you install it keep an eye on the install options. If you like Firefox Australis look then choose that - otherwise choose Classic (CTR) if you prefer the old Firefox layout and squared tabs.

Check memory usage and if you're happy go ahead and download Profile Buddy from the same page and use it to import your Firefox Profile. The existing Firefox profile will remain untouched.

If you like it and it works for you with lower memory usage there are lots of cosmetic changes that can be made.
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11 Jun 2015   #16
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tgfyhre View Post
I used Mozbackup to backup my extensions because I was told to by another member. I used Revo, as I mentioned above. I also ran ccleaner and rebooted before installing Firefox fresh.

I have been having this trouble for ages - this is nothing new. The last version was just as bad as the latest version.
Mozbackup works great but if there is a problem with your profile then it will restore that problem along with the profile.... Problems with your profile mostly happen over a period of time be it a combination of FF updates and also extension updates...

Either way you will not know until you repeat the un-install process again but this time round do not reinstate your previous profile... sure once you get it working correctly then make a new backup using Mozbackup so if it happens again you can go back to that.

That or do it Not Myself's way or try what Callender has just suggested...
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11 Jun 2015   #17
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

As far as I know MozBackup allows selective restoration of profile elements so simply restoring bookmarks and extensions doesn't corrupt a new freshly installed FF profile.

Re: previous profile. Copy it to USB and delete all trace from your hard drive. Then fresh install FF.
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11 Jun 2015   #18
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
As far as I know MozBackup allows selective restoration of profile elements so simply restoring bookmarks and extensions doesn't corrupt a new freshly installed FF profile.

Re: previous profile. Copy it to USB and delete all trace from your hard drive. Then fresh install FF.
That is quite correct... However judging from what tgfyhre said it sounds as if he restored the whole profile not just those elements alone ? .... it is good possibility that the corruption does lie within the extensions though ? ... hence my reasoning behind saying just export your bookmarks.
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11 Jun 2015   #19
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andyrids View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
As far as I know MozBackup allows selective restoration of profile elements so simply restoring bookmarks and extensions doesn't corrupt a new freshly installed FF profile.

Re: previous profile. Copy it to USB and delete all trace from your hard drive. Then fresh install FF.
That is quite correct... However judging from what tgfyhre said it sounds as if he restored the whole profile not just those elements alone ? .... it is good possibility that the corruption does lie within the extensions though ? ... hence my reasoning behind saying just export your bookmarks.
I backed up and restored bookmarks and extensions only, unchecking everything else, as Callender advised.

I will say that Firefox is now quite unstable for me since the fresh install and mozbackup restore. Firefox crashes every few hours now. I'm going to try setting memory management to manual like I had previously, around 350mb. Currently it's set to auto manage, and it's constantly crashing.
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11 Jun 2015   #20
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Yes it's very strange. Well it sounds like you've done all the right things as in tested memory usage after a fresh install and with extensions selectively enabled / disabled. The only other suggestion I have at this point is another fresh install - restore only bookmarks and then manually download and add extensions one at a time (instead of restoring extensions from backup)

I wonder if you can list your add ons? For me - using Cyberfox I just type:

about:support

in the address bar. Maybe FF is the same. Perhaps you could post a screenshot. As for memory management I set mine like this:
firefox memory usage - 1GB!-options.jpg
Also after browsing for a while type:

about:cache

into the address bar and inspect the results.


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