Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trouble with Flash

I’ve been having problems with instability in Firefox, especially when the PC restarts and I reopen all of my tabs. Typically, Firefox has trouble restarting and sometimes will repeatedly crash. If I look at the Task Manager, Firefox’s memory climbs up and up until it hits 1.6 GB and then whammo.

Today, I happened to have my headphones plugged in when I restarted (at work, so no speakers) and heard a cacaphony of voices all at once. I realized that the problem was probably Flash videos in all of those tabs, all auto-playing and starting up at the same time.

So, now I have FlashBlock for Firefox on my PC. Restarted Firefox and it was quick and painless and quiet (and most importantly, crash-free). I already use a Flash blocker at home on my Mac, but had not thought of using one here.