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Why is my firefox so SLOW!?

Hi, was wondering, I have a Sandisk USB, I used to have U3 on it and Firefox was perfect.

I removed the U3 drive and got portable apps and now firefox(and chrome) are near unusable, I've used every trick in the book with settings etc but it's incredibly slow, it will hang for 30 seconds, let me click something, hang for 20 seconds, let me use firefox for 50 seconds, youtube wil freeze up, simply it's freezing up over and over.

Does anyone know why, or any setting, as I said same USB, same computer with U3 worked perfect.

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U3

Your U3 Firefox was likely insanely outdated and insecure as U3 was discontinued years ago. The last legal version they had was built by me and was 2.0.0.1 in 2006. There hasn't been a legitimate properly working version since then.

Firefox Portable works just fine on nearly any drive. It will be slow on one of the extremely cheap large drives, though, as will all portable software. They generally use inferior components and as drive size increase, speed with portable software decreases. So even using the same components, a standard 32GB drive will perform MUCH slower than a standard 1GB drive.

So it all comes to what kind of drive you are running from now. If it's a new drive, what is it. If it's the same old U3 drive, then the U3 uninstaller may have messed things up (which has happened with these old drives previously).

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Yes it's the same Sandisk USB

Yes it's the same Sandisk USB that would run U3 and I did remove the U3 with the installer.. Ive tried formatting, defragging, everything.

So I should simply get a new USB?

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Reinstall?

You could try reinstalling U3 and then using the PortableApps.com Platform alongside it. You can set U3 so it doesn't autorun even when installed. On some specific Sandisk drives, uninstalling U3 absolutely kills the performance of the drive (only affects drives with specific firmware versions from what I read). If it works, you've saved yourself a few bucks and avoided adding a drive to the landfill.

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Well I'll be, problem solved,

Well I'll be, problem solved, Firefox is almost as fast as the one i use on my computer now.. Thanks a bunch

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which ones?

has that problem? I don't think it's been a problem for my sandisk 8gb titanium, but I have a couple of others usbs that may be like that.
Where did you read on that?

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Numerous Reports

I've gotten numerous reports of it and measured it myself on a U3 drive. Basically, the non-U3 firmware for many of the U3 models was 'half-assed' and doesn't work well.

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Firefox is slow for me aswell :(

Firefox is slow for me as well and it's annoying. I'm using a 16GB Patriot Flash drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220253)

It's very slow for me as well, like the OP if i click on something it takes like 20 seconds for it to finally work otherwise it locks up. Can anyone please help?

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Locally

As stated previously, copy it to a local drive. If it works fine from there but slow on your drive, you know your drive is slow with portable apps. The drive max write value means almost nothing in relation to how well it runs portable apps.

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