Safari Extremely Slow - Suddenly

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by lugesm, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    For no apparent reason Safari now takes 10 to 25 seconds to change or open a web page on a 10MB Internet connection.

    The only thing that I know I changed was the install of Office2008. Can't imagine that did the deed, but I can't explain it otherwise.

    Unplugged the Ethernet cable from my iMAC and plugged it into my Windows Vista HP notebook, and the Internet is fast as ever under Internet Explorer.

    This is a miserable situation. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2007
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    The only two browsers I can check are as follows:

    iMAC Safari: Extremely slow.

    HP Notebook, Windows Vista, Internet Explorer: Very Fast.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2006
    I don't have Office, but have experienced the Safari issue. Cannot correlate it to open apps, and can't figure out what other apps could possibly influence it.

    AdBlock/Safariblock don't seem to have any influence -- I thought at first that they might be the culprit, but....

    After I take a backup I'm going to shred my safari plists, then see if that helps.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    Would you please report back here your results? I will also report back here if I find the reason for this problem and/or a solution.

  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    Another Thought

    I am fairly new to the Macintosh, so I am unfamiliar with OS repairs, etc.

    Is it possible to reinstall Safari from the original Leopard disk without having to reinstall everything else?

    Thanks for your comments.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    Yeah it is. Pop in your Leopard disk and click on "optional install" (or something like that) and check the Safari checkbox. I'd fully remove Safari and all the files first before you do that though to ensure a completely clean install of Safari if you went that route.

    Good luck.
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2007
    SW Oregon
    I wonder if it wasn't the latest software update that hit Safari. I switched back to Camino and it doesn't seem to have the problem. I am hoping the slow down on Safari is rectified with 10.5.2. When you have an iPhone using Safari is a huge advantage.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2006
    Hmm.... shredded every plist wrt Safari. Can't see any change, subjectively speaking.

    I'm travelling at the moment, but will delete/reinstall Safari when I get back, and see if there's any difference.
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    I am running Safari 3.0.4 (5523.10.6). I suspect this is the latest version of Safari. I don't have another browser to try.
  11. macrumors newbie


    Safari Issues

    While I am a MAC addict, I am not particularly fond of Safari. I am running Version 3.0.4 (523.12.2), and constantly have to force quit. Does anyone else experience this? I use Firefox much more frequently because of that.
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    tv land
    Me too. Safari has been substantially slower for me recently. And come to think of it, it was around the time I installed MS Office 2008.
    However, Firefox still works fine.
  13. macrumors newbie


    Safari Slowness

    Yes, actually... I too installed MS Office2008.. I wonder if there is a correlation?:confused:
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    Downloaded Firefox this morning and launched it. Same results.
    Sl o o o o o w startup of web pages. Launching a web site or changing to a new page within a web site can take 8 to 25 seconds.

    Guess the problem is probably NOT Safari after all.

    This is driving me crazy. The only other things that might affect this is:
    1. I installed Office 2008 on Saturday, 4 days ago. This should not affect Safari operation or timing, should it?
    2. Charter Communications changed my bit rate from 5MB to 10MB recently. I wonder if my system is just choking on the higher bit rate?
  15. macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    tv land
    Weird... all of a sudden safari snapped back to its speedy self. I don't think I did anything different. So, sorry I can't help. Good luck though!
  16. macrumors newbie


    Yeah, mine too... I am just not overly wild about Safari at this point. All the best to you too!

  17. macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2008
    I got the same problem

    My internet connection, etc is OK. it's something in the Mac. Interestingly, I can stream HD video with no problem. I DIDN'T install Microsoft Office 2008, but I DID install Remote Desktop....

    When I reboot, the problem stops... for a while, then returns. Totally f***ing irritating.

  18. macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
  19. macrumors newbie


    Redirecting Madness

    Thank you for the link, but in my case... that is not the issue. I have reset the cable modem/router thing, and it never seems to help. Ugh. I also have issues with video chatting. Everyone complains that my face looks like melted cheese. So frustrated. :eek:
  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2005
    It is possible that you have an outdated DNS address in your DNS server list. If you have a bad DNS server address, your computer will spend a lot of time trying to get information from that address.

    Normally, you should not have anything in the DNS server field. Your machine will automatically connect to a local DNS server if nothing is listed. If your ISP told you to put something in the DNS field, get an updated DNS server address from them. Also, make sure that your computer is not trying to access a private (e.g., work or school) DNS server from your home. The private DNS server will not let you on.
  21. macrumors newbie


    Good News?

    Okay, this I did not know about. Thank you. How do I actually do all of this?:confused:
  22. macrumors newbie


    Oct 26, 2006
    Try this

    I also experience frequent slowdowns w Safari. When it gets too bad I delete all cookies and empty the cache. Sometimes I also clear the history, but the first two seem to be the most relevant. Next restart it's good to go.
  23. macrumors newbie



    I appreciate the help here! Thank you so much! I will try this too.
  24. macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2008
    Hong Kong
    Yea i had that problem also but mine also kept crashing.

    My answer is change to Firefox :D

    and if you really like the safari os x look just download extensions :p
  25. macrumors newbie


    The Fox

    Oh, actually I use Firefox much more than Safari because of the issues with Safari. ;)

    Thanks again!

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