Firefox Running Slow At Start Up, Here Is The Solution

I am a fan of Mozilla Firefox because of its features. I am using Firefox since my college days and never shifted to any other browser. But since I upgraded to Firefox 3 and then 3.5, It really slows down at the start up or specially when I type an URL on address bar. My Firefox was running slow and that was frustrating for me. But after digging into folders and files, I finally found the culprit for this problem.

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Firefox History Data and Windows History are the reason behind my slow Firefox. When we type some URL on Firefox address bar, it tries to get it from browser history to suggest you related URLs. If you are a power Internet user and browse a huge number of sites on daily basis, You actually stores a huge data in browser history. That history will definitely slows down the really faster Firefox 3 and Firefox 3.5.

To resolve this problem, I deleted the cache of my Firefox browser but that doesn’t delete the full history file as it stores the history in a common file shared for bookmarks as well. When you delete the cache from Firefox, it deletes the files located in cache Folder. You can find the cache folder on your Vista Computer at location provided below:

C:\Users\Sanjeev\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\q67pag51.default\Cache

Note: Terms in bold may differ on your system.

By clearing cache, you didn’t delete the history of browser. To delete the history of browser, you will have to remove or rename a file named as places.sqlite located in location mentioned below. Before doing that, make sure you have closed all the instances of Firefox browser on your computer which means no running Firefox.

C:\Users\Sanjeev\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\q67pag51.default

Note: Both locations are different as you can see Local folder and Roaming folder under AppData.

Now rename the file places.sqlite to some other name say places.sqlite.bak to recognize it as backup. Thanks Raymond for sharing this tip to make Firefox really faster at start up. Now start your Firefox browser, and go to “Tools” menu.

Go to the Options under Tools and then click on “Privacy” tab. There you can see options related to Firefox history. Select the option as “Use Custom Setting For History”. Now change the filed value for “Remember my browsing history for at least” to 10 days from 90 days. Click on OK and close the window. Now restart your Firefox and you can feel the change in response time.

Now you can type any URL on Firefox address bar, Firefox will not be running slow in that case as well. If you want even more faster Firefox, You can delete the temporary files from your Windows by opening “Internet Options” from control panel. Now delete the browsing history including temporary files, cookies etc.

Now you will never complaint about firefox running slow on your computer because it will never store your browsing history for more than 10 days.

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.

9 Comments

  1. Atul

    September 19, 2009 at 10:20 am

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  2. Sanjeev Mishra

    September 19, 2009 at 10:29 am

    @Atul Thanks buddy, I really appreciate your new initiave and thanks a lot for featuring Internet Techies’s post on your blog.

  3. Flippa Chick

    September 24, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    This saved me many headaches! I used to love Firefox up until the upgrade! Because I couldn’t put my finger on why it was running so slow, I’ve since started to use Google Chrome!

  4. Sanjeev Mishra

    September 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    @Flippa Yes, I was also going thru the same problem till I found the solution. Google chrome is really fast and believe me, You will definitely love the Google Chrome 4 which is even more faster than the Chrome 3. Since Firefox is having advantage of add-ons and that’s why we always need that.

  5. Sanjeev Mishra

    October 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    @Abhijeet Thanks a lot buddy. I read the article by Raymond and that is really wonderful as always.

  6. John Smith

    November 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Each and every time when we install or uninstall programs, its information is saved in windows registry which create problem in accessing application and sometime gives run-time errors. Registry Cleaner can resolve all these problems and give your windows and application a good speed.

  7. Susanta Dutta.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Hello there.This is good.

  8. Sundararajan

    July 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Can you also help me in sorting out that same problem in my XP.

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