Restrict Firefox From Eating Up RAM Usage
Firefox, undoubtedly is the best browser according to me, except those times when it fails to recognize some of my tags, which IE recognizes otherwise ;).
One of the few disadvantages of Firefox that makes me grit my teeth is, Firefox’s habit of using my system resources. Firefox, when compared to the other browsers uses a lot of resources and slows down the system. It gets worse if you put a few Add On’s and open a couple of tabs where you browse different sites simultaneously. They should optimize their multi threading a bit more I guess ;).
I had high hopes on Firefox 3 and was hoping those folks would do something about this issue and fix it, but darn!! … seems like nothing has changed in this front. The browser still eats up my RAM!
However, I did find a cool little trick that one can put in use to optimize RAM usage by Firefox:
1> Open ‘Firefox‘
2> Go to the ‘Address Bar‘
3> Type in ‘about:config‘ and hit Enter.
4> Right Click on the page that loads up and select ‘New‘->’Boolean‘.
5> Enter ‘config.trim_on_minimize‘ in the box that pops up and select OK / hit enter.
6> Select the value as ‘True‘ and select Enter.
7> Restart a much better and faster Firefox.
This tweak won’t solve the Firefox-slow-loading problem completely, but u can say that the fix definitely gives a moment or two of relief.