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I have a MacBook Pro with 4GB of ram. Its been running really slow lately, for example, last night I had 4 or 5 firefox windows open and it kept freezing up. I looked and I only have 100MB of ram free, tonight its been as low as 55MB. Is this bad? I am going to the Mac store tomorrow to get my battery replaced, should I have them look at it? Any suggestions of what would cause it to run slow or have so little ram free or is that normal?

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wow thats not good, better find out what program is taking all your ram I also have 4 gigs of ram and the only time I get that low is when I'm going crazy on Autocad.
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I blame Firefox! Guilty!!! no really look at it how many windows/ tabs do you have open?
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Ok, what do you mean by windows or tabs open? In firefox, right now I only have 2 tabs open, is that what you mean? Sorry, dont know a ton about Macs besides they are easy to use!
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no thats what I meant but only 2 tabs? there's no way 2 tabs would do that. hmm do you have adblock plus or something like that on firefox? I ask because ad block would do that on my Mac when I went to some websites.
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Never heard of adblock plus.
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it blocks ads on youtube and everywhere else. I'm gonna look around to see whats causing your problem.
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I appreciate it! Like I said in the original post, I am going to the Mac store tomorrow, Ill ask them to. Is it possible I need more RAM or could the RAM be bad? My hard drive is almost completely empty, I have 0 widgets, maybe 2 or 3 apps but I never use them.
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Wow that is a crazy amount of RAM for fire fox. I have had 12+ tabs open and have never in my time of using the internet seen firefox go above a gig. And im always curious as to what is doing what. Do you have a lot of addons in firefox and/or have a theme and whatnot?
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I appreciate it! Like I said in the original post, I am going to the Mac store tomorrow, Ill ask them to. Is it possible I need more RAM or could the RAM be bad? My hard drive is almost completely empty, I have 0 widgets, maybe 2 or 3 apps but I never use them.
I use firefox all the time and it has never been a ram hog for me, (Safari is a different story)

There's some reason that Firefox is eating up all that ram, what are your normal browsing sessions like? Do they consist of a lot of video streaming, flash games, or any other intensive tasks?

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No add ons or themes, everytime it reboots it always asks me to download stuff and I always say no
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When I surf the web its just facebook, email, news, sports stuff, very few times do I watch videos or do music
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Have you tried deleting and reinstalling firefox? Unless firefox is asking you to download their update there should be no reason it should prompt for any type of download. Perhaps you have some spyware/malware?
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How do I uninstall it? Do I just drag it to the recycle bin or is there a program somewhere on the computer like in Windows to uninstall programs?
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