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4wd:
And if you try running Firefox/Cometbird in Safe mode, (ie. all add-ons/plugins disabled) ?

Does it do it when in Private Browsing mode ?

Have you checked the Eventlog for any problems and/or run the Resource Monitor to see what's happening at the time ?

Burn-IT:
Use Sysinternals Process Explorer to show what is running. It is a lot more informative than Task Manager.
Sysinternals is Microsoft owned and create all the tools that should have been in Windows; nearly all stand alone.
Nirsoft is another useful site that is well regarded for useful stand alone tools as well as a very few installable ones.

f0dder:
How can you tell which addons are causing memory leaks?-dantheman (August 12, 2012, 06:57 PM)
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To be honest, I don't know if there's a way to tell yourself - "about:memory" has a decent amount of information on memory allocations, but even in FF14 it doesn't directly list extensions. So it's more a matter of looking out for well-known memory hogs, and trying to minimize the addons to the ones you really use.

I've read here and there that Adblock Plus is a major culprit.-dantheman (August 12, 2012, 06:57 PM)
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And FireBug has been known to be really bad as well. If you have some addons you only use periodically, you can create a separate FireFox profile for those, and keep them out of your main profile.

Did notice that CPU was at max when watching a live video stream but that's another story...-dantheman (August 12, 2012, 06:57 PM)
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Streaming tends to imply flash, and flash is ├╝bersuck :-)

TaoPhoenix:
And if you try running Firefox/Cometbird in Safe mode, (ie. all add-ons/plugins disabled) ?

Does it do it when in Private Browsing mode ?

Have you checked the Eventlog for any problems and/or run the Resource Monitor to see what's happening at the time ?

-4wd (August 13, 2012, 08:42 PM)
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Some good tips you guys, let's see:

AdBlock isn't it. After my previous post on a general purge, I also just decided to try a reinstall. I had only been using Cometbird because of a random 10 second delay after closing regular Firefox about versions 9-12. But per my post, a 0.75 second delay for almost EVERY ACTION became a little much to take, so I just nuked it and redid Firefox 14. Surprise! Something they did fixed the problem (combined with my purges?). So the result is I am back on a Vanilla Firefox with no special tweaks, which is sorta where I wanna be these days. I'm getting too old and tired to super-tweak every instance for my freaky setups.

Not sure what all that means, though I lost the page, something On Wikipedia said they fixed something about hangups, so maybe it wasn't just me.

anandcoral:
No you are not alone TaoPhoenix, I too was facing this problem suddenly and after trying whatever I could, I just made backup of my extension list and bookmarks, I uninstalled FF fully and re-installed fresh from the latest FF installer.

Well it fixed the spike problem and I have since loaded few must extensions. Still working more or less without major problem.

I read this thread after I have done the clean up so did not replied as I felt that this was the extreme measure to take.

It looks like some extension or tweak was causing the spike in FF14. Till next time, all's well now.

Regards,

Anand

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