Firefox slow after running out of disc space

Firefox is running extremely slowly after I ran out of disc space.  There's now a couple of Gb free,  but Firefox seems to run like a dog (chasing the spinning beachball).

If I have a normal page (this one!) and an empty tag open,  switching from this page to the empty one and back takes about 20 seconds!  It used to be instant.

Safari's fine.  Firefox was fine yesterday.  Rest of machine (PB G4 1.5GHz,  1.25Gb memory, OSX 10.4.6),  today it's totally useless.

I've re-installed over Firefox.  I'm not too keen on removing it as I've a bunch of preferences and extension settings (AdBlock) that I don't want to loose.

Ideas!?!


Glenn
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
delete your temporary cache files in Firefox.. reboot your computer.
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GlennGilbertAuthor Commented:
Done that,  still runs slowly (20 secs to swap tabs and back - lots of beachball)
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Do you have an antivirus software that you can run a scan?
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GlennGilbertAuthor Commented:
No!  Any suggestions of something I could use to scan it with?
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GlennGilbertAuthor Commented:
Actually,  to expand on this AV issue...  I was under the impression that buying Norton was a rather expensive option - loads of money for not a lot of protection.  Which other AV vendors are worth investigating?
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Norton is the best.. as long as you update it regularly. consider it an investment.

I gave up on McAffee many years ago, and I'll swear by Norton if you apply the above sentence.
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GlennGilbertAuthor Commented:
What's the chance that this could be virus related - and not some other issue?

BTW,  I've checked the disc and filesystem permisisons.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Well.. we can't rule out Anti Virus. .something that is common nowadays to have on ANY machine PC or MAC.  If you don't have it, we have a broader range to troubleshoot.  Since you don't want to remove the preferences, that limits our options. By installing the Anti-Virus we could either fix the problem, or at least rule out that it is truly a virus.
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strungCommented:
It's extremely unlikely to be virus related. My suggestion is to delete Firefox entirely and download a fresh copy. It may very well be that the problem is an out of date Firefox plug-in and this should solve the problem.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"It's extremely unlikely to be virus related."

without any AV software, there is no way to determine that.
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strungCommented:
Except for the fact that there are NO OS X viruses.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"Except for the fact that there are NO OS X viruses."
Not true..

solved 2 problems back in January..there are OSX viruses. about a 1000 questions ago.
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GlennGilbertAuthor Commented:
If I delete Firefox (e.g. drag the application to the trash),  will it also delete my current settings such as the passwords and add-ins (e.g. AdBlock)?

Glenn
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GlennGilbertAuthor Commented:
Well,  we've all learned something tonight...

1) Deleting the application (moving the application to the trash) DOESN'T delete the existing settings.  It's retained all my passwords, etc.

2) I did remove a bunch of unused extensions.  Like an idiot I didn't test it *before* deleting these extensions.

3) It did the trick.  Firefox has been restored to the browser of choice!

4) It wasn't too bad to use Safari for a while - although not having AdBlock is just awful on some websites!

Many thanks,
Glenn
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool.thank you!
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