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    Firefox links slow or don't connect

    Ever since around version 32 of Firefox, whenever I click on a link or even a bookmark the little circle goes round and round and pages don't load completely or just get hung up. My solution has been to right click the address bar and hit enter, bingo, the page opens right up. I am stumped, I think I have played with about every setting. Ideas? Solutions?

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    I would first see if you have the same issues with the same links and bookmarks, using another browser.

    If you do, then it may be related to something common like security software pre-scanning the URL to see if the site contains malware, or the DNS servers you are using (your ISP's or public servers) having issues doing lookups, though if I understand correctly, you said a site will load with no delays "if" you enter a URL directly in the address bar.

    I'm not clear if that URL is the same as a bookmark URL or link URL you're having an issue with.

    If it seems isolated to just Firefox, clear all temp files and cookies, and test.

    If that does not work, I would disable each add-on and plug-in one at a time and test.

    If that does not work, I would uninstall Firefox and download and install a fresh copy.

    If you continue to have issues after that, I would start looking for malware as a cause.
    Last edited by jwoods; 2015-05-19 at 00:30.

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    Bugs like this might be down to 'Automatically detect...' in Control Panel > Internet Options > Connections > LAN settings; if the box is checked, uncheck it, restart Firefox and test.

    Firefox has parallel Options to this, (Alt) Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Connection > Configure how... > Settings. Both should be setup the same way, an unchecked 'Automatically detect...' = No proxy. Changes here might require a restart of Firefox before they become active.

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    Bingo, fixed. The add-on AdblockPlus was disabled, firefox restarted and no hesitation on loading links and bookmarks. I has no effect on Chrome though, it works fine. Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve49 View Post
    Bingo, fixed. The add-on AdblockPlus was disabled, firefox restarted and no hesitation on loading links and bookmarks. I has no effect on Chrome though, it works fine. Thanks guys.
    You might consider replacing Adblock Plus with uBlock.

    http://www.davescomputertips.com/bes...oost-in-years/

    https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases

    I have been using it for a couple of months with no issues.

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    re uBLOCK Original

    Hi JWoods from Oregon,

    Yes !

    I also changed
    from: AdBlock+ (after many years)
    to: uBLOCK ORIGIN

    As you said,
    uBLOCK is much lighter (= faster browsing in Firefox & Palemoon).

    But I use the version called:
    uBLOCK ORIGIN (not simply "uBLOCK").

    Apparently the "ORIGIN" version
    (maintained by the first author of the addon),
    is much better than the forked version (simply called: "uBLOCK").

    You can read the comments for either version,
    on the Mozilla Addons site:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...origin/?src=ss

    SF99

    - Pale Moon 25.4.1 and FF 37.0.2
    - Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (32-bit)
    - Samsung Tablet Galaxy Tab3 / Android 4.2.2
    Last edited by SF99; 2015-05-28 at 10:18. Reason: added info.

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    I replaced uBlock with uBlock Origin a couple of weeks ago.

    Glad things are working bettter for you.

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