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I viewed many posts about slow MBPs, but I didn't find any questions specifically relating to my problem.

When I first open Firefox, it works fine and doesn't lag at all. As long as I only have 1 or 2 tabs open, it's fine. However, in some situations I need to do a google search and open the first 5 results in new tabs. Whenever I do this, Firefox bogs down and can never recover, even when I get down to 1 tab again. I restart Firefox and all is well again. Is this a common problem and what can I do to make Firefox perform better?

I know I shouldn't open so many tabs at once but in some situations it is completely necessary.

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What version of FF are you using? FF does have problems with leaking memory and using resources. By restarting, you start all over. Keep your eye on the "Activity Monitor" (start the Activity Monitor.app) and watch for memory leakage from FF.

In the meantime you could use another browser. Safari, Opera, Chrome.
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What version of FF are you using? FF does have problems with leaking memory and using resources. By restarting, you start all over. Keep your eye on the "Activity Monitor" (start the Activity Monitor.app) and watch for memory leakage from FF.

In the meantime you could use another browser. Safari, Opera, Chrome.
I have Firefox 6.0 installed, and I looked into reverting to 5.0 but I couldn't figure it out. Whenever it starts bogging down, yes, Firefox in the Activity Monitor goes crazy. I didn't want to have to change browsers but if an update isn't released soon I may have to.
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I have Firefox 6.0 installed, and I looked into reverting to 5.0 but I couldn't figure it out. Whenever it starts bogging down, yes, Firefox in the Activity Monitor goes crazy. I didn't want to have to change browsers but if an update isn't released soon I may have to.
You could update to FF7 beta - it's been out for a bit. I think there were some issues with 6 (will have to find the link) - but I'm still using 4 - for the few things that I actually need FF for.
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FF 7 Beta is better at not consuming mass amounts of memory than FF6 - but it still needs some work. I have found myself using Chrome and Safari more than Firefox (and I've been a Firefox fan for years) because ever since the 6.0 release I've seen more and more performance issues and unexplained lockups with the browser - in both Windows and OS X.

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FF 7 Beta is better at not consuming mass amounts of memory than FF6 - but it still needs some work. I have found myself using Chrome and Safari more than Firefox (and I've been a Firefox fan for years) because ever since the 6.0 release I've seen more and more performance issues and unexplained lockups with the browser - in both Windows and OS X.
That's the major problem I've seen, too. Ever since I left FF 5 I've been pretty disappointed. However, I upgraded to 7 and it seems to be performing better than 6 so I'm sure the next update will be even better.

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