Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Fixing Firefox Memory Leaks

Have you discovered that Firefox consumes a huge amount of memory? Open the Task Manager, and see how much memory its really using.

Some people believe this problem is caused by the Flash plug-in, but I have not been able to verify this. To solve this problem, they're suggesting that you remove this plug-in. In my humble opinion this is not an option, too many web require this plug-in in order to use it.

To help prevent this problem from happening, you can try to make a change to Firefox's configuration. This change prevents the browser's cache from getting too big.
  • In the Firefox location bar, type "about:config" and press the Enter key.
  • Right-click anywhere in the browser windows, and select 'New>Integer'.
  • In the Value dialog type "browser.cache.memory.capacity", press the OK button
  • In the Value dialog, enter the maximum amount of memory you want to allow Firefox to use (i.e.: 65000), press the OK button.
  • Restart the Firefox browser.

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