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Speed up Mozilla Firefox (New)

submitted on February 18, 2010 by shawndiaz in "Products / Gadgets"
Just came across this in an e-mail to speed things up in the world of resources hogged by Firefox(which is still better than IE in my opinion). I noticed a big difference after doing this myself. Enjoy! Mr Green

Firefox Speedup Tweak
You can speed up Firefox by defragging its database. There are a couple of add-ins to do it, but this simple method is lots quicker and doesn't require a Firefox restart. Firefox should load faster and you'll see speedier performance. In Firefox, press Control+Shift+J (or choose Tools and select Error Console). When the Firefox window opens, copy all the text in bold listed below into the Code field and click Evaluate (the button is at the end of the field). You won't see anything happen at first -- clicking Evaluate has no apparent effect. But you will notice a speedup when opening the program and browsing sites. Despite the line breaks, make sure the code below is one long line when you copy and paste it. Here is the code:
Components.classes["@mozilla.org/browser/nav-history-service;1"].getService(Components.interfaces.nsPIPlacesDatabase)
.DBConnection.executeSimpleSQL("VACUUM");
        

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  • 52906
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 18, 2010
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    The new update (3.6) seems to getting stalled at times. I have to kill the process and restart FF. Happen to anyone? This started once I updated to the new version.

    I did look at the add-ons, they are the same as the old ones

    @shawndiaz -- great tips - thanks
  • 52907
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 18, 2010
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    There are a lot of errors and warnings when I open up the error console. All the errors are in bold/ What should I copy?

    or should I just copy n paste the code you mentioned above?
  • 52908
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 18, 2010
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    Copied the code starting at "Component Classes" and ending at the semi-colon

    I still have not attained light-speed
  • 52914
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on February 18, 2010
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    I have a different issue with FF. Whenever I open any website, it will open the entire page (I can see it on the screen) and then it stalls for a while. During that time I cannot click on anything in the page, scroll/up down the page or switch to any other tab. Stalling usually takes just a couple seconds but it is very irritating since I already see the whole page but cannot do anything. Does anyone else have the same issue? (I am using Firefox 3.5.7)
  • 52918
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 18, 2010
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    Similar happens to me in FF 3.6. Well I don't open the entire page but when I have about 3-5 tabs open stalling takes place.

    Are there any conflicts on the background? I see that the error console gives a good insight .

    I did try and disable all add-ons but stalling still happens
  • 52925
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 18, 2010
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    @shawndiaz -- After trying out the tip you provided - FFox has not stalled anymore

    thanks

    Big Grin
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    • shawndiaz
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      Posted by shawndiaz on February 18, 2010
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      No problem, I noticed an increase in my flash player too.
  • 52943
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on February 18, 2010
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    Thanks, Shawn! I see a big improvement after following your suggestion.
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    • shawndiaz
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      Posted by shawndiaz on February 18, 2010
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      It is my duty to inform the public Cool
  • 52961
    siggy38
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    Posted by siggy38 on February 18, 2010
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    Big improvement for me too. especially in start-up.
    Thanks Shawn! Cool
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    • shawndiaz
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      Posted by shawndiaz on February 20, 2010
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      No problem, anything I can do to help Big Grin
  • 53042
    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on February 19, 2010
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    seems a bit swifter. thank you kind sir.
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    • shawndiaz
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      Posted by shawndiaz on February 20, 2010
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      You are very welcome, swift is always an improvement Cool
  • 53488
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 23, 2010
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    Do we have to do it from time to time? My Ffox is stalling up again
  • 56701
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on March 23, 2010
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    Firefox has been stalling on me for the past few weeks now

    Just upgraded to Firefox/3.6.2 GTB6

    Things seem much better ( hope they last)

    Q: Would the amount of HDD space effect browser performence

    I have 3 GB left on my 80 GB HDD
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on March 23, 2010
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      Check to see how large your browser's cache file is. You also need some empty space for Windows swap file and printing, too. The empty space on your drive is also very likely fragmented, so freeing up some more space and optimizing it should speed things up for all your applications or tasks. I personally like to have 10% empty space on my drive.
  • 56770
    shawndiaz
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    Posted by shawndiaz on March 24, 2010
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    There are a few folders you can clear out too. Temp and prefetch are just a couple that can help. Also clean up the Local disk by removing all items that show up in the dialog box. Most of them, you will never see anyways.
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on March 24, 2010
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      Where would I get hold of the "prefetch" folder?
  • 56784
    shawndiaz
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    Posted by shawndiaz on March 24, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    It is located in the Windows folder.

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