High CPU usage/beach ball on certain website

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  1. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

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    So I've had my 2017 base MB (but with 16GB RAM) for a couple of weeks now, and really like it compared to my '16 base MB.

    But it does seem to get stuck on at least one website in Safari: https://slickdeals.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=9

    ^^ Every time I go here from a new window, I get a beach ball for ~3 seconds, and the page won't load past the initial screen, i.e. if I scroll down while it's beach balling, it's gray/stuck because the page hasn't completely loaded.

    Intel Power Gadget shows a spike to about 2.6GHz, peak power draw, and ~80% CPU utilization. I don't have this beach balling loading the same page on either my '16 MBP, or iMac Pro.

    Is this just a poorly designed website? Or an issue with Safari?
     
  2. macdudesir macrumors 6502

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    Interesting, it doesn't seem to affect my MBP at all...I know, more powerful CPU, but activity monitor still shows safari CPU usage at 1.2% after I opened that site...it didn't hang either when I opened it up.

    You could try clearing the browsing cache. Not sure it would help but thats the best I can come up with.
     
  3. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    I just tried it on my 2011 MBP, considerably slower than your MB, and there was no beachball. I did see a small peak in Safari and Chrome CPU usage (I tried both) when I opened the page.

    I'm not sure what the problem is but I don't think it's your CPU. Is your safari up to date? How fast is your internet connection?
     
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  5. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I tried clearing the cache, I think? Safari-Preferences-Privacy-Manage Website Data-search for website-"remove all"

    Yep, Safari and macOS are 100% up to date with public versions. I have 50/10 internet, it's very consistent.
     
  6. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    I don't know if this is related, but I have been having some reliability issues with Safari myself lately. I can't really pinpoint when it started, but I know I had zero issues before High Sierra. It does not happen all of the time, but my 100% usage of Safari has now been split 50/50 with FireFox.
     
  7. BeatCrazy, Feb 7, 2018
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    BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well I just don't get it. I cleared all history, and all Safari cache, and still have the same beachball/issue.

    I would like to think it's just a poorly designed website with lots of ads and/or CDN feeds, but I really don't know much about website design.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 7, 2018 ---
    Here's info from Intel Power Gadget:

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  8. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So I found a solution: disable JavaScript :) That is obviously not a good long-term solution, but I can confirm the site loads instantaneously, with Javascript.
     
  9. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    Oh it really is a good long-term solution. :p
     
  10. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Solved. Turns out it was DuckDuckGo Safari extension causing the issues. Once disabled, all websites load perfectly fine.
     
  11. bopajuice Suspended

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    Plugins or Java is my guess. Does the site use Flash or Silverlight, etc? Curious to know if those not getting a beach ball have any plugins installed.

    No delay for me. I do not use Flash, but Java and Silverlight are installed.
     
  12. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No Flash or Silverlight, but as I mentioned in the post above yours, this extension was causing the issue.
     
  13. bopajuice Suspended

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    Missed it. I was typing. Thanks for the info. Interesting.
     

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