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September 6, 2007 / Upnishad

Firefox leaking ?

Cybernet News has an interesting post regarding the extensions known to leak the memory. The most common culprits are :

  • Adblock
    Issue: Has been known to crash Firefox when trying to use Gmail Chat.
    Fix: None available right now. It?s recommended that the extension be removed if you use Gmail Chat.
  • All-in-One Gestures
    Issue: Can cause Firefox to crash, and conflicts with the inline spellchecker on Linux and OS X.
    Fix: None available right now. It?s recommended that the extension be removed if you?re using Linux or OS X.
  • Fasterfox
    Issue: Can interfere with website access, and problems may continue even if Fasterfox is removed.
    Fix: Reset the defaults or start with a new profile in Firefox. Also make sure that you have prefetching disabled in the extension.
  • Firebug
    Issue: Causes excessive CPU usage
    Fix: Disable Firebug when it?s not being used, or create a separate profile to use it in.
  • ForecastFox
    Issue: Memory leaks due to satellite imagery.
    Fix: It?s recommended that the extension be removed, or you can install an older version without the satellite imagery.
  • Google Browser Sync
    Issue: Causes excessive CPU usage with GIF animations.
    Fix: None available right now. It?s recommended that the extension be removed.
  • Google Web Accelerator
    Issue: Crashes Firefox when closing the browser.
    Fix: None available right now. It?s recommended that the extension be removed.
  • IE Tab
    Issue: Memory leaks
    Fix: It?s recommended that the extension be removed, or you can install IE View Lite as an alternative.
  • Loki
    Issue: Memory leaks
    Fix: None available right now. It?s recommended that the extension be removed.
  • Media Player Connectivity
    Issue: Causes Unresponsive Script Warnings
    Fix: None available right now. It?s recommended that the extension be removed.
  • Mouseless Browsing
    Issue: Causes excessive CPU usage
    Fix: None available right now. It?s recommended that the extension be removed.
  • SessionSaver
    Issue: Memory leaks
    Fix: Use Session Manager instead.
  • Tabbrowser Extensions (TBE)
    Issue: Slows down Firefox, conflicts with other extensions, and can stop Firefox from working.
    Fix: It?s recommended that the extension be removed, or you can install Tab Mix Plus instead.
  • Additional resources from Mozilla include the Reducing Firefox Memory Usage page and the long list of Problematic Extensions.
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