Problem: I use Firefox as my default browser constantly. It was working just fine yesterday for most of the day. However, when I came home in the evening and fired up the computer, browsing the internet with Firefox was agonizing. I'm talking like 10-20 seconds to load pages that are loading almost instantly on Chrome on the same computer.
I do note that sometimes a page will load almost instantly as it should, but then subsequent assets on that page and further page loads will go back to taking a long time.
Background: I'm a software developer and have used Linux for years. I'm running Firefox 33 on Ubuntu 14.04. I've tried all the usual things to fix this problem including:
- safe mode
- creating a new and fresh Firefox profile for testing
- disabling http proxy in settings
- restarted firefox and the computer
- can use Chrome without problems, ruling out general networking/internet speed issues
I did apply some pending Ubuntu updates yesterday. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what updates they were or if it is really related to this at all.
I would so appreciate any help or suggestions. I'm just beginning to realize how much of my daily workflow is dependent on Firefox!