It’s no secret that Firefox is a complete dog with its memory management. Its memory usage is excessive, and it can get very sluggish, very quickly. It’s not unusual for me to have to manually kill the firefox.exe process 3-4 times on a good day, as it gets so bloated and eventully just hangs.
I’m also forced to think twice whenever installing any new extensions, for fear of further damaging my already fragile browser. Not sure what it is with Gmail, but there’s around a 40% chance Firefox will crash whenever I open it up (so I need to make sure I don’t have anything critical on screen whenever I double-click the GAlert icon in the system tray).
Just came across a tip (via Venture Chronicles) on how to stop Firefox’s excessive memory usage. It’s not a guaranteed fix, but it does help, and it’s so simple, you’ve gotta wonder why it’s not enabled as standard.
The thing that makes Firefox so great is the huge number of extensions available. Quite simply, a vanilla install of Firefox doesn’t cut it anymore, and the trade-off with memory usage is worth it. The recent news of crtical vulnerabilities in Windows doesn’t help either, and I’ve been using Internet Explorer even less in recent weeks.
[tags]firefox, memory, internet explorer, browser[/tags]