Firefox Keeps Crashing

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  1. richie42 macrumors newbie

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    All the time today and yesterday it seems that Firefox all of a sudden keeps on crashing.

    What's going on?
     
  2. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Maybe it's because of the webpages you have open, the number of tabs, or the number of other applications/programs running.
    If it's none of those then try reinstalling it or uninstall and install.
     
  3. richie42 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dunno, it literally began doing this today... how would I know?
     
  4. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Then do what I stated above.
     
  5. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    My wife has the same problem on her Dell at her work and tried everything. I had this also on my old Gateway and 1 day it just stopped.
     
  6. richie42 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do I uninstall something?
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Thow ... (from the Firefox preferences folder for your current Firefox profile)

    urlclassifier2.sqlite
    urlclassifierkey3.txt

    in the trash and see if it solves the problem. And restart FF.

    There are a couple more, but these tend to grow really big on FF and cause problems.
     
  8. richie42 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    They just are really important in slowing firefox down and causing problems as they get really big.

    places.sqlite-journal
    places.sqlite

    Probably can also be tossed.

    Worst that I'm telling you is the files aren't causing problems or that it'll zero out the surfing history or the sites you've visited.

    ---

    And the cache reset, etc. helps. But the 4 files I've listed tend to never decrease in size till you toss them.

    Edit I think the urlclassifier2 is an old file not used anymore with Firefox3 anyhow, since it never got recreated when I tossed mine. Must be an old Firefox2 file -- just remembered it always cause firefox to slow down.
     
  11. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Could be a good thing if we've been going to some certain sites and don't want our female friends to find out. :D
     
  12. richie42 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Your Username... /Library/Application Support/Firefox
     
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  15. mikeM247 macrumors member

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    Same issue *here*, too. Even while i was reading these posts, FF crashed. :mad:
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    If Firefox becomes unstable (on any platform), this is always the most surefire, if a bit scorched earth, way of fixing it...

    1) Make a note of all the add-ons, extensions, etc, that you have. You're going to lose them, and you'll have to re-install, although I'd recommend you not re-install any that you aren't using.

    2) Export and save your bookmarks.

    3) Close Firefox.

    4) Delete your entire user profile. This shows you how to find it:

    http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox

    5) Re-open firefox. You will then need to re-do your settings, import your bookmarks, re-establish your add-ons, etc.

    But this will almost always resolve crashing with FF....
     
  17. mikeM247 macrumors member

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    i just did a search for those files...came up empty in the "library" folder.
     
  18. mikeM247 macrumors member

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    OMG...don't particularly want to deal with this right now. If the issue continues to be acute, I'll go ahead and do this. Thanks. Maybe it will clear up on its own?? :confused:
     
  19. LowEnder macrumors member

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    My FF 2 started playing beachball yesterday and I thought it was just mine!
    Many thanks for the post and for the tips on getting it back up to speed!
     
  20. mikeM247 macrumors member

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    Let us know what works/worked/ for YOU, please...
     
  21. LowEnder macrumors member

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    What is working for me

    I am just hoping that this is a temporary FF thing, so I just switched over to Camino which is running fine!
    (If you have/install Camino, it will import your FF bookmarks)
    Otherwise, I will follow your tips and let you know
    many thanks
     
  22. mikeM247 macrumors member

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    Great....thanks.
     

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