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    Dec 16, 2010
    Unhappy Safari crashing
    I'm running a macbook pro and been using macs for years. Yesterday, for no reason I can discover as nothing has changed on my set up, Safari is crashing every time I open it. It crashes when trying to open any email links, it crashes when opening normally, it will load a home page sometimes but try to go anywhere else from the homepage, it crashes.
    All my other browsers - Opera, Firefox, Chrome work normally.

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    Buzzard2010's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2010
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Try resetting safari! If you can get it to open, go to Safari > Reset Safari... ,check all the boxes then click OK.

    If that does not help try re-installing it from the apple website (obviously using Chrome or other to get there).

    Hope this helps.

    - Simon

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    Randy B. Singer's Avatar
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    Feb 01, 2011
    Sacramento, California
    There are a few common reasons for Safari to constanly crash.

    1) Corrupted user preference file.
    Look in your user preferences folder
    (~/Library/Preferences/), located at:
    [hard drive]/Users/[your user name]/Library/Preferences
    Drag that file to the desktop and restart. A new preferences file
    will be created in your user preferences folder when you launch
    Safari the next time. See if things are better. If they are, you
    can trash the Safari preferences file that you now have on your
    There is another preferences file that is often implicated with Safari crashing:
    Try uninstalling it too.

    2) Repair permissions on your hard drive.
    OS X Maintenance And Troubleshooting
    Item #1

    3) Corruped cache.
    Download and run:
    CacheOutX (free)
    TriLateral Systems - Welcome
    to clear out your caches. (Choosing Reset Safari will also clear some caches, as will performing a Safe Boot. CacheOutX will do a more thorough job.)

    If none of the above help, a comprehensive list of further suggestions
    can be found at:

    Tutorial: What to do when a Mac OS X application will not launch | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews


    Randy B. Singer
    Co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th, and 6th editions)

    Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance
    OS X Maintenance And Troubleshooting

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