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Why does my computer keep slowing down?

My computer slows down to a crawl after I open firefox and get about 5 tabs open and start watching videos. Even after I close firefox and defrag the ram it will continue to go slow the rest of the time I have the computer on. The only solution I have found is to restart my computer everytime I wanna watch videos online. I have Avast Antivirus running and im pretty sure I dont have any spyware or adware.

Heres my specs:

HP Pavilion m7480n
OS: Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Processor: PentiumD 930 (P) DC 3.0 GHz
RAM: 4GB DDR2
Video Card: PCI-E ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
Power Supply: 500watts

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  • spin234156 Sep 06, 2009

    I thought it might be some add-ons at first as well but like I said I can close FireFox run CCleaner and the defrag my memory and then open Internet Explorer instead at even THAT will go slow. I don't think its a firefox issue neccessarily.

  • AliTech110
    AliTech110 May 11, 2010

    Do you have any add-ons installed for firefox? Some add-ons tend to slow down the browser. Also, update your firefox to v3.5 and remove temporary files from the cache. Hope this helps.

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The problem is Firefox...it is a resource hog and they have to fix it. It will not release the ram it allocates for itself even after you shut the program down. You can actually hit Ctrl + Alt + Del and bring up the task manager and go to processes and find firefox there and shut it off. My honest opinion is use Google Chrome...it uses very little resources and is the fastest browser out there and you can import all your favorites, etc. Using firefox and watching videos will bring a decent system to its knees.

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