Sunday, February 19, 2006

Firefox CPU issues

For as long as I can remember, I've had this problem where firefox sucks up 100% of my CPU, freezes, locks, effectively dies but won't go away... and I have to kill it. I've always suspected it was Flash, but now I have some form of proof.

Installing the Firefox flash blocker extension made the problem go away. Now on sites where I want to see the flash (e.g. flickr) I can just click on any flash I want to see. On other sites, it doesn't start it up.

No more 100% CPU. No more locks. Eric is a happy man.

Also, in the debugging process, I discovered that pressing 'Escape' will stop all animated GIFs on the current page.

These two things combined mean that my browsing experience has dramatically improved in the last few days.


Chip Anderson said...

Hi, I just noticed the problem after I updated to Vista on my laptop. It seems that on all of my other installations that I had the FLASHBLOCK Add-On installed. I'll give it a try and see if the problem goes away.

Thank you for the observation.

Dmitri said...

thank you, sir!
It cut down Firefox cpu usage to 0% !!! From 50% and dramatically freezing all the time!!