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Howto: Speed up Firefox startup September 14, 2008

Posted by Mayank in howto.
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Firefox is an amazing browser. The extensibility it provides by way of addons is becoming is problem too. When firefox startsup it usually checks for FireFox updates, updates to all addons and updates to all search engines. I did not, until today, realize that this process was such a time consuming process.

Turn off Automatic Update checks in Firefox and watch your browser popup as soon as u click on its icon :). To turn them off go to Tools > Options > Advanced > Update check off all the Automatic Update checkboxes. This leaves the onus of checking for updates on you, but I guess that better than waiting till eternity for Firefox to startup while it checks for updates of all the plugins you’ve installed.

Hope this helps …




1. Sujit Reddy G - September 15, 2008

Thank you …. I was afraid that I might have to leave my good old Firefox after Chrome checking out Chrome’s start up time 🙂

2. James - September 18, 2008

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3. prlwytzkofsky - November 23, 2008

Thanks! This really works!

4. Travel Pro - December 3, 2008

Nice piece of advice 😉 Thank you!

5. Dave - January 15, 2009

this was a GREAT tip and it has staying power….sped up my start up of Firefox to a time equal to Chrome. Thank you!

Brian - October 29, 2009

Same here. Very nice information

6. Derek - March 3, 2009

great tip! thanks

7. brad - March 31, 2009

that was a great advice thank you it really inproved the start up time

8. gonzo2k - August 21, 2009

Great advice! Really helps.

9. gonzo2k - August 21, 2009

Can’t leave firefox. It lead the way long before Chrome. I’m still getting errors using Chrome with my banking so don’t use it much anymore. Don’t see a lot of advantages as of yet I guess.

10. pete - September 2, 2009

great tips! Also, google “Firefox preloader” – it’s a little app that runs in the background/memory (very tiny) that starts up FF at lightning speed. It doesn’t work very well in Windows 7 but seems fine in XP. Thanks!

11. emm - November 18, 2012

Great workaround. Will contact Mozilla so they do the checking in parallel to main FF thread this way it don’t block users waiting updates check end.

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