If you Firefox is hanging and freezing a lot, you will find that it doesn’t respond to your clicks and keystrokes, and doesn’t seem to be functioning at all. Sometimes, you may also find a “Not Responding” label displayed in the title bar and the mouse cursor spinning continuously when kept over the Firefox window. If you are also experiencing a problem with your Mozilla Firefox, you can follow the information provided below in this guide.
Guide to Fix “Firefox Hanging Frequently” Issue
If your Firefox web browser is using a lot of computer resources, you will need to fix it by following the steps below.
- Update Your Firefox Web Browser
One of the main reasons responsible for issues with a web browser is using an outdated version. So, it is suggested to make sure that your Firefox web browser is running with the latest updates.
- Try restarting your Web Browser
Sometimes simple workarounds like restarting your web browser can help you fix certain issues with your Firefox browser. Therefore, it is suggested to the first try overcoming the freezing problem of your browser by restarting it. Maybe you will not have to consider any other workaround.
- Disable Browser Enhancements
Sometimes the problem can also get caused by a faulty browser enhancement. Therefore, it is suggested to remove or disable such extensions and themes installed on your web browser (if any) that could be consuming resources.
- Hide Unwanted Content
As some web page comprises content that you don’t need, they still consume a lot of system resources to display its content. Using the built-in content blocking feature of Firefox can help you save resources by preventing such third-party tracking content from loading.
- Check Firefox Hardware Acceleration
Check your Firefox hardware acceleration and make sure that it is turned on. Doing so will make Firefox hardware acceleration eases memory and CPU usage in most of the cases.
- Close Unwanted Tabs
When there are multiple tabs open on the web browser, it may not function as per the expectation. In such a case it is suggested to try using fewer tabs for a better performance of your web browser.
- Check Flash Hardware Acceleration
Check your Flash Hardware acceleration and make sure that you have enabled the hardware acceleration in your web browser. You can find this option by going to a page that shows a Flash video. On this page, right-click on the video player and select Settings… option in the context menu. At the bottom-left of the Adobe Flash Player Settings, click on the icon. This will open the display panel where you will need to check the Enable hardware acceleration is selected.
- Lower the Content Processing Limit
Try reducing the content process limit to overcome the freezing issue with your Firefox web browser. Firefox is known for running web content for all tabs separately from the main Firefox process to ensure better security and performance. So, using multiple content processes can help in increasing performance and minimizing the impact of content process crashes.
- Close Background Applications
Close applications that might be running in the background. Running multiple applications at once can also affect the functionality of Firefox.
- Avoid Corrupt Content-prefs.SQLite File
Delete corrupt content-prefs.sqlite file from your Mozilla profile folder. Sometimes the file you use for saving individual website settings might be corrupt. When you delete this file, it should help you decrease your CPU usage. To do this, click on the Menu button, select the Help option and click Troubleshooting Information option. In this section, go to the Application Basics option located next to Profile Folder and click Open Folder. Then, click the Firefox menu and select Exit. In your profile folder, simply remove the file content-prefs.sqlite. A new file will be created the next time you open your browser.
- Refresh your Browser
Refresh Firefox feature is a great tool available in Firefox that helps you overcome issues by restoring your Firefox profile to its default settings while keeping your essential information saved.
- Use Troubleshooting Tools
Firefox comes with a variety of troubleshooting tools to fix common Firefox issue including excessive system resource usage. One of such tools in the browser is Firefox Task Manager. This tool allows you to see what tabs and extensions are using the most system resources. Similarly, about: memory page lets you troubleshoot specific issues relating to memory (like the ones caused by the website, an extension, a theme, etc.). Minimize memory usage is another excellent tool available in Firefox that helps you in significantly reducing memory usage.
- Try Adding More Ram to your Computer
Adding more RAM to your computer is also a great way to overcome the freezing issue in your Firefox web browser. Lack of memory can also be the reason for frequent freezing of Mozilla Firefox.
- Upgrade your Computer
If even after considering the above-mentioned workarounds you are unable to fix the issue with your Firefox web browser, you are experiencing high system resource usage it is suggested to upgrade your computer. As technology keeps on progressing, the applications are also becoming more advanced and require more resourceful computers to function flawlessly.
So, these are some of the workarounds that you can consider to overcome the freezing issue in your Firefox browser.
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