Is your Firefox browser constantly crashing and having stability problems? Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers in the world and enjoyed by hundreds of millions of computer users every day. The reason for its popularity is due to its speed and when compared to older versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox is normally considered more stable. However if your browser has begun to freeze and crash then you may be wondering what has gone wrong or even considering if your Firefox has a virus? Today we will explore the common reasons for Firefox crashes and what you can do to keep your favorite browser working effectively.
Why has my Firefox browser crashed?
When your Firefox browser crashes it can be a frustrating and unproductive experience often resulting in you feeling helpless. The important thing to remember is that your browser has crashed for a reason. Below is a selection of the most common causes of Firefox crashes:
- Firefox Extensions – While extensions can be really useful they are also one of the most common reasons why your browser may crash.
- Firefox Plugins – Similar to extensions, Plugins can also be a great way to customize your browser. Unfortunately plugins can also cause freezing and browser hanging.
- Flash – Adobe’s popular flash plugin can be great for playing games but it is also resource heavy and can cause issues. Flash is now being discontinued on portable devices for this reason, such as iPad and is being replaced with the more stable HTML5.
Does my Firefox web browser have a virus?
If your browser suddenly becomes painfully slow and experiencing constant glitches, then your Firefox may have been infected with a virus or other malware problem. If you notice that even opening simple web pages like Google takes a long time or your experiencing constant pop-ups causing your browser to lock up then you may have a bug. Ensure that your anti-virus is up to date and run a system scan immediately to see if any malicious software plugin or script is found in your Firefox.
What can I do to fix Firefox?
There are several ways you can repair your freezing Firefox browser, these include:
- Update your Firefox version – You should always use the latest consumer release version of Firefox. If you are not sure what version you have, select ‘Help’ from the menu bar and then ‘About Firefox’ to check if you have the latest version.
- Update your Firefox extensions – If you have updated your Firefox version recently, you also need to update your Firefox extensions so that they run properly on the browser.
- Update your Plugins – Your multimedia plugins also need to be constantly updated to the latest versions, with most plugins you should try to set an auto update option to get the most stable version automatically from the developer.
- Remove Tool bars – If you have your favorite toolbar or another software program has installed a toolbar on your browser, then you should remove all Tool bars from Firefox to see if this fixes the freezes. Often tool bars will use your internet connection to connect with the developers servers which can cause unnecessary hangs.
- Launch Firefox in Safe Mode – To run Firefox in its most basic form, you should try to launch your browser in Safe mode.
- Remove and Reinstall Firefox – If you have tried all of the above and you are still having problems, then you should try completely uninstalling Mozilla Firefox from your computer and then install a fresh new copy of the latest version.
We hope that this guide to Firefox problems has helped you to understand the most common causes of the crashes and freezes. The next time your favorite browser hangs, you should think about what may be causing the crash and what you can do to fix it.