Firefox & Spybot 1.5.2 Load Times

Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2008 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 2.0, Open Source

I just downloaded and applied the Spybot 1.5.2 update, which of course required me to restart the computer. After rebooting I launched Spybot and noticed and a huge difference in the load time. As mentioned prior, the old 1.5.1 version would take up to a minute or even longer for the application to launch from the time you clicked the icon. Now the new 1.5.2 version loaded in a matter of few seconds.

Speaking of load times, I timed how long Firefox took to launch. Much to my surprise it was up and running in about 4 seconds from when I clicked the icon in the Quick Launch Bar. Not bad considering I am using 27 add-ons (25 extensions and 2 themes). I would test how long it would take without SuperFetch, but I don’t quite recall all the steps to disable this feature and from what I recall it is a pain.

Comments
  1. garth says:

    I noticed a noticeable slowdown in the overall usage of ff 2.0.0.12.
    Based on a thread I found googling I undid the immunizations of that latest spybot (1.5.2).

    This turned out to be the problem. The behaviour I expect from FF is back.

  2. Randall Lind says:

    I downloaded a great tool call Firefox preloader and it keeps part of Firefox in memory so it loads in like 2 secs.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffpreloader/

    It works good.

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