Firehog and Google Bleeder

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Posted on May 12, 2007 6:35 PM in Browsers
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When my computer does anything really intensive, like encoding video or what not, it will get louder. However, right now my computer is making the sound I'd expect it to make in those situations, even though I'm not asking it to do anything intensive. Here's what I see after a CTRL-SHIFT-ESC:

Screenshot of Windows Task Manager

Why in God's name is Firefox using up 50% of my 3.0Ghz CPU? All I'm doing is catching up on blogs in Google Reader.

Luckily for me, I bumped my memory up to over 2GB after upgrading to Vista, so the fact that my web browser is sucking up 150MB isn't quite as concerning as it would have been back when I only had around 512MB available.

For as long as I've used and followed Firefox, its hoggishness has always been one of the issues that has gotten the most complaints from users, but probably the least improvement with each new release.

Now it seems that the combination of Firefox and Google Reader may be exacerbating the issue. There's more information on this over at Don't Back Down.


Nikolai on May 13, 2007 at 6:35 AM:

You probably mean, Firefox is sucking up over 150M of memory, not 150k. Just a hint :)


Bernie Zimmermann on May 13, 2007 at 8:40 AM:

Thanks for the hint, Nikolai. I've updated the post.


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