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    I really like FireFox and Thunderbird, however, both load up very slow. IE and Outlook Express both load up a lot faster. I don't know what to do about it. My problem is that I know just enough to get myself into trouble. Any ideas??? Dinky

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    Do you have many add-ons for Firefox?

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    I don't think I have too many themes and add-ons. I do, however, have a lot of "processes" that may be slowing it down. I do not know how I can delete some of them and not have some programs open up for me. Is there a simple way for me to check my processes and eliminate the ones I don't need??

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    I wouldn't worry if they are slow to load, as long as they are fast to use. I find FF 3.5 very fast to use so I leave it running all the time.

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    You might load Chrome for your browser. Lately, Chrome is a very stable browser and extremely fast. Firefox is a great browser but can get bloated. I would steer clear of IE at all costs, if necessary, only use IE8 as it is more secure than the earlier versions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Karczmarczyk View Post
    I really like FireFox and Thunderbird, however, both load up very slow. IE and Outlook Express both load up a lot faster.
    I'm not very familiar with Thunderbird.

    Firefox does not pre-load as part of Windows, so it will always take longer to start Firefox than to start IE. That said, there may be some way to speed start-up time. For example, Firefox now uses a single large database file to store bookmarks and history. The more you accumulate, the longer Firefox requires for certain processes, such as initial load and the autocomplete on the location bar. You might trim some history and see whether that helps.

    You can view your current extensions here: Tools > Add-ons > Extensions. Disable any that are not essential and see whether that helps.

    Also, make sure you have the latest version of your series (e.g., 3.5.5, or the last 3.0.x).

    (I rarely exit Firefox completely, so I only have to endure the full start-up routine on occasion.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Karczmarczyk View Post
    I do, however, have a lot of "processes" that may be slowing it down. I do not know how I can delete some of them and not have some programs open up for me. Is there a simple way for me to check my processes and eliminate the ones I don't need??
    The Microsoft SysInternals program Autoruns is very handy for managing your startup. It can take a lot of research, though, to figure out what the various programs do. And at the next update, those processes may return. Still, it's worth a try in case you ever need to research malware on your or a friend's PC.

    For more information, search the Lounge for Autoruns. To download, visit Microsoft Technet here: Autoruns for Windows.

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    One of the priorities for Firefox 3.6 and 3.7 is improving performance, including startup time. Firefox 3.6 is currently nearing the end of beta development, though no date has been set for the release, I anticipate it will be early in 2010.

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    Have you tried this?
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffpreloader/
    It pre-loads FF on startup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Bartels View Post
    Have you tried this?
    http://sourceforge.n...ts/ffpreloader/
    It pre-loads FF on startup.
    If using that utility, one thing to be aware of is that it can lead to problems with updating Firefox. When you try to update Firefox you may end up getting an error message that Firefox is running and it will abort the update.

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    I use WinPatrol 2010 which supports 32 bit and 64 bit Win 7 as well as Win 98 to Windows 7 systems. I use the free version and have been pleased with its performance. "Scotty" the dog woofs to alert whenever there is a change detected in start-up processes, background programs, browser toolbars and cookies. It can be set to periodically check for altered or new files or programs. Check it out at www.winpatrol.com Once you install it, right click the desktop icon and get a variety of menu options.

    The free version does not check or alert you to spyware threats so it's important to use it in conjunction with other anti-spyware programs. Following installation of my firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware programs, WinPatrol is next and has always been on each of my computers.

    Since I'm new to this forum, I apologize if this has already been suggested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyE View Post
    If using that utility, one thing to be aware of is that it can lead to problems with updating Firefox. When you try to update Firefox you may end up getting an error message that Firefox is running and it will abort the update.
    ABOUT the potential updating problem:
    I have FF updating difficulties sometimes, probably due to my use of "Drop My Rights", which has me run FF without administrator privileges. Knowing that, whenever I need to upgrade FF, I simply run FF in safe mode, and upgrade there. (That's specifically FF safe mode)

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    I also have FF and Tbird. I prefer Eudora Pro, however, ever since going to DSL, my earlier paid-for Eudora kept dropping its connection, forcing re-load. Tbird's ok, I miss the earlier Eudora features. I have lots of add-ons within FF. Even though numerous of them are disabled [when I need something, I can re-enable for that session or sessions], my startup or initial load time is long.
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