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VMWare Fusion - Web browsing suddenly gets extremely slow

I am running an XP SP3 guest. Until yesterday, internet browsing was at "normal" speeds. But then it suddenly slowed to a very, very slow crawl. This occurs for both Firefox and Internet Explorer 6 which are installed in the VM.

Checking Task Manager for either FF or IE6 shows that they both are "eating the machine" -- that is, each of them stays in excess of 85% of CPU while running.

Ping times to various servers are normal. But both browsers execute so slowly as to be unusable. Many minutes to load any page. Most websites time out before loading anything.

Obviously, something has changed, but I don't know of any changes that I made that could affect Internet bandwidth.
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rindiCommented:
Have you by any chance installed the new search option via the m$ updates? If yes I'd either uninstall this or disable the services. Another thing that I've seen causing similar issues is the "Live" stuff which also can be installed through windoze updates.
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jasimon9Author Commented:
I do not believe that any "new search option" has been installed. Do you have the KB number?
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jasimon9Author Commented:
The odd thing is that everything except browsers runs normally, including other Internet functions, such as ping. And both IE6 and Firefox are affected. So it is an odd "browsers only" issue.

As I was writing my last comment, I remembered that I also have Safari for Windows installed in the VM guest. So I fired that up, and it is running at normal speeds. This oddity should shed light on the issue.

In VM:
  • IE6 - many minutes to load a page
  • FF - many minutes to load a page
  • Safari for Windows - works normally, sub-second page loads
In Mac host OS - FF and Safari browsers work normally.


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rindiCommented:
I don't know the KB, but if you look under add remove software with updates checked, you should find it under "windows search" or something similar.
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jasimon9Author Commented:
Well, I am currently unable to do anything in the VM, as the mouse stopped working. I can work in the VM via the keyboard, but for some things, like accessing VMWare Tools, you must have the mouse. I am going to replace the VM with a backup I made a little while ago.
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rindiCommented:
Maybe you should check on the VMware site, there might be an update for your version there.
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jasimon9Author Commented:
Just updated to the latest version yesterday, hoping it would help. It did not.

The mouse issue -- fixed that by reverting to a backup of the VM.

The FF and IE6 issue remains.
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jasimon9Author Commented:
FF and IE6 issue is resolved.

The problem was that these two browsers had Roboform installed, and that I had moved all the Roboform files with passcards (logins) into the host file system. While this "works,", it causes the browsers to eat nearly 100% of the CPU. By moving the Roboform files back into the guest file system, the problem is solved.

I have also found that certain other applications work unacceptablly if there files are in the host file system. Specifically, the Quickbooks company file (every other time the program is loaded it won't find the file), and TortoiseSVN (runs much slower than normal).

So this is the answer to this question, and I am requesting PAQ and close.
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