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Windows 7: firefox memory usage - 1GB!

11 Jun 2015   #21
Callender

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

You probably know this stuff already but see if you find anything useful in the pages here:

TweakGuides.com - Firefox Tweak Guide


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11 Jun 2015   #22
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andyrids View Post
it is good possibility that the corruption does lie within the extensions though ? ... hence my reasoning behind saying just export your bookmarks.
I would not use anything other than FF itself to export the bookmarks with to be on the safe side, as for remembering what extensions you do have you could use the Windows snipping tool to take a screenshot of the list to look at when you come to download them again.

I would even go as far as just running the clean FF with nothing installed for the few hours to see if it remains stable or not this time round... You did download FF from the official Mozilla site I take it ?
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11 Jun 2015   #23
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

Okay, so I had a major crash in Firefox a couple hours ago. It crashed, but I couldn't restart it. It told me my profile could be corrupted. I have gotten that message several times in the past but then after killing the process in task manager it would always start back up again okay. This time, I couldn't kill the process in task manager. I tried several times and Firefox wouldn't terminate.

So I rebooted my system. Now, Firefox is running again, and I disabled all addons. Memory usage is lower as expected. I'm now going to surf for a while, and keep an eye on memory and about:cache. I also set my cache settings to Callender's recommendation to match his screenshot. If all is okay I'll start enabling add-ons one-at-a-time and surf for a while in-between each add-on, to see how it goes. I'll report back later.
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11 Jun 2015   #24
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

After a couple hours of surfing Amazon and Newegg, my memory consumption for Firefox with 1 tab currently open is 284,048 k. Is that where it should be? Seems a bit high for just 1 tab but it's a lot lower than it has been. And no crashes. This is with 0 addons enabled. I'll try enabling them 1 at a time and see how things go.

Also not sure what happened to reader mode. It was there yesterday, but now I can't seem to find it.
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11 Jun 2015   #25
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

That seems about right mine is 290,xxx with 2 tabs open at the moment this is after 4 hours.
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11 Jun 2015   #26
Callender

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

Yes that doesn't seem too bad. The reason I wanted to see your list of extensions - is are any of them on this list? You can check the list yourself.

Problematic extensions - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

Adobe Reader plugin: Should be disabled if you have it.

Java Quick Starter: Same applies.
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11 Jun 2015   #27
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

The only addon I have in that list is DownThemAll, which I find quite useful. I have the latest version installed, and according to the notes, it looks like I can reset some about:config settings. I don't know if resetting those fixes the issues with that addon.

Right now the only add-on I have enabled is Dashlane, my password manager. After several hours tonight of browsing Amazon, Youtube a little bit and Newegg some more, my current memory usage with just this tab open is 704,380.

EDIT:

A couple hours later now: I disabled Dashlane and have been surfing with "Turn Off The Lights" enabled - all other add-ons are disabled now. After 2 hours of surfing (including youtube), my memory usage is 306,168. Less than half of what it was with Dashlane enabled. I wonder if Dashlane is chewing up my memory?
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12 Jun 2015   #28
Callender

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

Re: Dashlane. I used it myself for a while but removed it. I can't remember why. What do you use it for? If it's just for passwords and auto login to websites then LastPass might be a better option. Like you said it could be the problem or part of it.

Re: Down Them All. What types of files do you want to download? We are not allowed to talk about anything under Item #4 of the Forum Rules but in my opinion you don't actually need an add on for downloading any types of files.

Also I started having thoughts about your page file settings. Can you post a screenshot?

Start > Run then type:

sysdm.cpl

Press Enter. On the "Advanced" tab click Performance "Settings" > "Advanced" > "Virtual Memory" > "Change"

Make a note of your current settings. Then try setting Page File to a custom size of whatevert the recommended size (shown in the window) is - and add 200 Mb.

Also worth a mention but probably won't help with memory issues - do you use and run SpeedyFox at all? Basically if you run it at least every few days it helps speed things up.

Download SpeedyFox - MajorGeeks
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12 Jun 2015   #29
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

I checked my pagefile settings. I had it set to manual, 4608MB. The recommended size it lists is 4594. I added 200MB to that, so now I've got 4794MB. I wasn't too far off from that.

I've only had Dashlane for a couple months, but I really love it. I use it to manage my passwords, and also auto-login to websites. I also love how it automatically saves my receipts when I make purchases. Just an extra, but it's a nice useful addition. I also love that I can keep my passwords stored locally, and I can always make a backup of the passwords file. I know there are other options, but when comparing the password managers, I liked Dashlane's options and interface the best.

I never heard of Speedyfox, but I just downloaded it. It seems it just compacts Firefox databases. I run ccleaner regularly as part of maintenance, and under Firefox cleaning options it lists "compact databases" - so is that doing the same thing Speedyfox does? If so I guess there's no need to run speedyfox.

I find DownThemAll very useful for some purposes, depending on what I'm downloading. Generally, I use Internet Download Manager for most files, but DownThemAll is useful for some of my needs. I haven't enabled that one yet so I'll see how that affects things once I get to it. Right now it looks like Dashlane was using up a lot of memory. Right now, I've got Firegestures, TurnOffTheLights, and ublock enabled, and current memory is at 284,032 after several hours of usage. So far so good, and no crashes. I think the crashes were related to having my Firefox cache set to auto - I haven't had a crash since I set it to manual.
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12 Jun 2015   #30
Callender

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

Okay so it seems better. Skip Speedyfox then if Ccleaner does the same.

I've looked at Firefox on my machine at work and have a portable version installed at home. I've noticed that if you type

about:memory

into the address bar you get a fairly detailed report if you click on the first "measure" button (top left)
firefox memory usage - 1GB!-about_memory-live-measurement-cyberfox.jpg
If you expand / collapse the headings you can see the top memory consuming add on and also memory usage of other add ons and pretty much everyting else.
firefox memory usage - 1GB!-about_memory-live-measurement-2-cyberfox.jpg
Here's my FF Portable (untweaked) standard install with one tab memory usage:
firefox memory usage - 1GB!-ff-portable.jpg
This screenshot is my work machine's Firefox memory usage.
firefox memory usage - 1GB!-ff-work.jpg
That would appear to be normal.

Also noticed that if you type

about:crashes

into the address bar you might be able to view crash reports. I've never looked at them before. Personally I have telemetry and health reporting disabled anyway.


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