safari/firefox keeps freezing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tman08, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. tman08 macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Everytime I open safari and firefox I am able to view a couple pages then suddenly it freezes and goes to the beachball thing. I have to command,options, esc out of it. I've tried it soo many times and it keeps doing the same thing. I turned off the computer then tried it again and its doing it again. This is annoying to the say the least. :mad:

    This all started when I visited, Do not visit unless you disable javascript or it will cause your web browser to freeze (safari,firefox,opera, etc.)

    EDIT 2: The problem seems to be fixed. Restart your computer than clear your safari cache. You can now allow javascript and it should work.
  2. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    are you using any beta versions?
    do you have any plugins installed?
    when did this start?
    has it always done this?
  3. tman08 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    I have a new MBP and I'm just using safari that came preinstalled, im presume the latest version. I have no plugins on safari, I do have stumbleupon on firefox, but I rarely use firefox (just tried it because safari was locking up and now FF is too). This started like 2 hours ago, I turned off my MBP and waited an hour and tried it again and it's happening again. This is the first time I've ever had to command,option,esc (force exit) out of safari. If it matters, I installed 4gbs of ram the other day, but I don't think it does bc it was working perfectly before just now.
  4. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    have you installed 10.5.2 & all of the software updates?
  5. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
  6. norcalstadium macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2007
    WOW I have the EXACT same problem! PLEASE HELP

    I'm on my 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro, and whenever I go to or (on either safari or firefox), I get that spinning beachball.

    The problem just started today. I've had my MBP for over 9 months now, and this is the first problem I've had.

    tman08- this probably isn't a problem with your RAM or whatever, because I have the exact same problem and I haven't installed anything or made any changes recently.

    Someone diagnose this PLEASE.

    (I too have had to command, option, escape out of the unresponsive windows)
  7. tman08 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    I would but I don't think I have a snowballs chance in hell to make it to the download page for opera with safari or firefox with the browsers locking up.

    Yes, I have all current updates that I know of. It's automatically setup to download and install updates for both Mac OS and safari.

    I checked apple discussion and it seems others are having the same problem.
  8. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    this is superwierd. has anybody called applecare yet?
    or emailed steve? :p

    wait.. how are you posting in macrumors?
  9. norcalstadium macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2007
    jfull15- this freezing problem is very sporadic. For example, when I tried go to, I get the spinning beach ball. But, I can get to without having the spinning beach ball pop up.
  10. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    oh. are you sure this is a brower problem? maybe its an internet problem or another are you guys using wifi, ethernet, whats your setup?
  11. tman08 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    It all started when I went to ESPN.COM!!! Now I can't visit any website without it happening it seems. I'm forced to use my old Dell laptop to try and get to the bottom of this problem.
  12. norcalstadium macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2007
    for those of you trying to diagnose the problem

    When I go to, the site begins to load normally. Then, when the blue, highlight-like, download bar fills about four-fifths of the URL input space, the website suddenly stops loading. Then, the spinning beach ball replaces the curser, and the only "fix" is command+option+escape > End Task
  13. tman08 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Yeah exact same thing here. If you check this out
    you'll see other people are reporting this same problem. My MBP is off but if you got your mac around try disabling plugins on safari and see if that works.
  14. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    this is the wierdest thing in the world.
    now mine is doing it, when i went to espn. witch is really wierd b/c ive been to lots of times and its never done this.
  15. narcolept macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2008
    As suggested in the thread referenced above, disabling javascript in safari fixes the issue for me.

    Safari > Preferences > Security.
  16. worldwearyeyes macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2005
  17. ejleff macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2008
    same here. started with tonight for me too. disabling java script stops the freezing...just cant use everything that java requires now...cant even log into hotmail live without it. help!
  18. tman08 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Yup this works. I hope this problem gets fixed but in the meantime just disable javascript.
  19. unrecorded macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    having the same problem... can't get on espn or youtube without it freezing. disabling javascript solves it, but then i can't use gmail. i just got my brand new macbook pro today... not a good way to start out my mac experience.
  20. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    My Safari has been acting weird today as well. Tonight actually- it keeps freezing, no particular site, and after restarting everything including ibook.

    Now Safari won't load any page. I am using firefox right now with no problems and can load espn on firefox no problem.

    Any thoughts anyone?

    edit- so I even tried to get into safari prefs and can't, just shows empty window.
  21. glxyjones macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2007
    Same problem here on a alum iMac. Disabling Javascript worked for me but that can make for some pretty annoying web browsing.

    What could've happened in the last couple hours that would've caused this? It started happening to me too after I went to
  22. ejleff macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2008
    I am having the same problem with safari, firefox and opera. espn! WHY!!!!
  23. robEstyles macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    I was just about to post this since I am having the same exact issue. I'm brand new to Macs just bought one a week ago everything was going great. My homepage is ESPN and when I went on today it froze I restarted and since then I can't get to almost any webpage without it freezing (happens on Safari,Opera and Firefox) If I disable javascript it works but obviously I need javascript so I don't know what to do. I'm brand new to Macs as I stated so troubleshooting isn't my strong point right now (I just figured out that I wasn't actually closing things just hiding them ha). So like the rest of these posts in this thread any help would be greatly appreciated.
  24. RSNL macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2007
    OMG! i thought i was the only homepage is for both safari and firefox and it just kept freezing..i wanted to break my so glad its just not my imac because it is only 3 months old...
    I hope they fix this soon. I am currently on my brothers PC right now.
  25. ejleff macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2008
    restarting and just avoiding ESPN is working for me. youtube, myspace, facebook, hotmail...all working. any suggestions for another sports site until they fix this? lol

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