It’s now just over a year since Google Chrome was first released, back then it was Firefox flying the flag as the alternate browser. Since then it’s all been about Chrome, its update schedule is mighty impressive and new features are almost appearing in front of your eyes. So is it just a matter of time before Chrome starts to eat away at what Firefox has built up over time? Thanks in most part and ironically Google.
When Chrome was first released Google made it clear that it wasn’t going to be competing with Firefox, so Internet Explorer was clearly in its line of sight. Google once said that it really did believe there was room in the market for another browser, many didn’t believe it.
So with perfect timing for the browser ballot window Chrome made very quick gains, Chrome is now at the point where it can make new releases every 6 weeks. Google’s philosophy is if a feature isn’t ready for the next release, it will drop it in to the next release following that, this is allowing Chrome to be released at a much faster pace. This kind of development plan is so quick, neither Firefox nor Internet Explorer can keep pace, I think for almost entirely this reason Firefox will begin to flounder. It might not happen immediately, it might not happen for some time, but it will happen. Even the most loyal of fans will eventually become discontent with the lack of fast paced development. Continue reading
Problem: You cannot imagine life without Firefox but over time, your favorite browser keeps getting slower and slower.
Not only is it slow, Firefox sometimes hangs for no reason, consumes a large amount of memory and CPU usage can climb to 90% or more when you have multiple tabs open simultaneously.
You have uninstalled most of the extensions and toolbars, deleted all the cookies and internet temporary files, cleared up the file download queue and disabled the background check for software updates – but none of this has helped you speed-up Firefox.
Solution: This is a common problem especially if you have been running Firefox for some time – I don’t know why Firefox slows down but here’s a small trick to rejuvenate the aged copy of Firefox without doing a fresh install.
Step 1: Start Firefox and export your bookmarks as a file on your hard-drive (we’ll need them later).
Step 2: Type firefox.exe – P in the Run box of Windows. (see screenshot)
Step 3: Click the Create Profile button without making any modifications to your existing profile (which is normally called “default”)
Now when you Start Firefox in the new profile, you are very likely to be impressed with the speed. You can import the bookmarks that you saved in Step 1. If you have made any changes to the Firefox Dictionary, copy the persdict.dat word list file from the old profile folder to the new one.
Yes, there won’t be any old Firefox add-ons in the new profile but the browser will be extremely quick and won’t hog the CPU – just the way you want Firefox to run on your computer.
And if you ever need to revert to the old profile, just type Firefox -P again and click the old profile. Nothing is lost.