Firefox using excess memory. how can it be lessen?

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I am using a laptop of 1GB RAM. When I browse with Firefox it sometimes make my laptop hang up. Now a day it is happening frequently. Firefox consumes most of the memory in my laptop. I cannot run any other application during net browsing. Should I switch to Google chrome or opera? Is it possible to limit the memory consumption of Firefox? How can I lessen the usage of RAM of Firefox? 

Someone help me with that.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #104236

Firefox using excess memory. how can it be lessen?

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Yes, you are right. Firefox consumes a great amount of memory. But you can put a limit easily. Here are some methods to do it:

If you think it uses too much memory of your RAM then limit the usage. Go to the address bar by pressing simply ctrl+L. Type about: config in the address bar and press enter. From the appeared list find a browser. Cache. Disk. Capacity and double click on it. A box will appear. The value given in that box indicates the browser cache disk capacity. Now you can lessen it. The default may be 100346. You use 1500-3000. Let make it 2000 and press enter. Now restart your browser. Now you will see that it is not using too much memory anymore.

You also can limit the memory usage when the Firefox is minimized. In that case, go to the address bar by pressing simply ctrl+L. Type about: config in the address bar and press enter. Right click in anywhere in the browser, select Boolean. Give it a name like config.trim_on_minimize. Press enter. Select true and press enter again. Now again restart the browser again.

Answered By 0 points N/A #104237

Firefox using excess memory. how can it be lessen?

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Hi Emile,

Try also clean up your browser files, use ccleaner for doing so.

If you don’t have ccleaner installed in your computer you can download it at this link,

http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

Run the simple and easy installation wizards after installation.

When the installation is finished, open the ccleaner by double clicking the icon on the desktop, when the program just open clicks the cleaner tab and click the run cleaner,

CCleaner Analysis

Repeat the process until your browser file is clear.

Hope this can also help,

Clive

 
Answered By 0 points N/A #104238

Firefox using excess memory. how can it be lessen?

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Hello Emile,

I have dug around a bit with regards to this issue and found out that, according to Mozilla themselves, Firefox has been designed to consume about 100 to 150MB of memory (RAM or random access memory). Generally however, the software will eat up more RAM if your system has been built with a bigger RAM. However if you want to reduce the amount of RAM that Firefox uses up here are a few that tips on what to do:
 
1. Reduce the number of extensions. When it comes to the random access memory consumption with Firefox the first place to look are the amounts of extensions you have in the browser. In order to reduce the number of running extensions at any one time you should go to tools and under this menu you should find one for add-ons. You could reduce quite a number of themes or other add-ons that are just baggage for your computer’s memory.
 
2. Themes and skins are other elements of Firefox that are wanting to consume a lot of memory, under the same menu of add-ons from 1 above, you should check if you have multiple themes installed and look at reducing them.
 
3. The third and final way you could reduce the amount of memory consumed by Firefox is by actually checking the kinds of websites that you visit. Typically you do not expect a website with more graphics and other fanciness such as flash movies to have the same data as other normal websites. Generally the more graphics intensive a website is, the more memory Firefox needs to bring it up properly
It would also help immensely if you closed additional tabs or Firefox windows that you may have opened. And also be on the lookout for popups as these sometimes tend to stay hidden behind other windows eating up more memory space.
 

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