Chrome VS Firefox

Monday, April 29, 2013 by kona0197 | Discussion: Personal Computing

I'll admit I have been a long time Firefox user. However I have noticed lately that Firefox has become more and more bloated and still has a memory leak. There are even sites I visit that Firefox will not work correctly. Wincustomize is one, Facebook is another. On Firefox, Wincustomize takes forever to load. On Chrome, a matter of seconds. On Firefox, I have issues when scrolling down my news feed on Facebook. Firefox just freezes up. I thought newer hardware would fix that, but nope. Even with extensions disabled Firefox has issues with Facebook. I have no issues at all with Facebook on Chrome.

So my question is this: Is Chrome better, faster than Firefox these days?

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Reply #21 Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:00 PM

Chrome doesn't work properly with Sharepoint sites and Silverlight crashes all the time in it... and IE freezes if you blink at it (no joke--even on a brand new install of Windows in a VM recently, it froze on first run). On the other hand, Firefox actually works... so I can *do* work.

Reply #22 Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:34 PM


The real animal...

Reply #23 Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:46 PM

It's not fast
It's not as fast as Chrome, no, but even my XP rig with IE8 performs fine. In fact, I have 9 tabs open right now , two with video with no slowdown.... with a wireless connection. IE10 was a train wreck on my 7 rig though.

Use what you like, works for you and has the features you need. You want adblock, I want WB's to skin it. FF has always been my last choice as a browser, but I do use Chrome portable from time to time.

Reply #24 Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:02 AM

IE10 did something disastrous to FSX....and that makes sense because both are MS proggies.... I use IE9 ....and the only issue with that is Canon Webprint doesn't work in it for 7-64bit I can't print from the browser....for that I use Chrome...

Reply #25 Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:25 AM


let me use up some of my saved-up troll cookies with this reply......hehe 


IE 10 all the way!   It is the fastest [functioning] browser I've used to date.  

Then again in my experience IE has always been fast (program load and browse times) and add to that the small memory footprint of IE and you've got all 'wins' in my book.......


@Jafo   What did IE 10 do to FSX if I may ask (and it's not too off topic...)




If I had to choose one or the other, (Chrome or Firefox) it would be Chrome..........

Reply #26 Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:46 AM

Has anyone seen Starkers lately? Had a question for him. 

Reply #27 Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:37 AM

he hasn't been around


Reply #28 Wednesday, May 1, 2013 8:21 AM

I can't stand IE, as a web developer IE is the most annoying thing i have to consider every time i sit down to write some javascript or css for a site. It doesn't follow hardly any standards. It is getting better with that but it's still a pain point. If the company would allow me i'd make it so that anybody viewing the page in IE would get a completely different page... one showing the outrageous disregard for web standards and how much better the web would be if people didn't use IE at all. I mean people who are using IE don't even understand the functionality that they're missing because IE doesn't support it. So they never get it to see it in the first place, and even if you did it's because some poor developer had to slave to get it working in IE when it probably took a tenth of the time getting it to work in every other browser used on the web. So the 90/10 rule applies here. It takes 10% of the time getting it to work for 90% of the browser and 90% of the time getting it to work in IE.

But to all there own, If IE is your browser of choice then more power to you. It is unfortunately one that most business's force on there employees more then any other browser. which is a shame really


Reply #29 Thursday, May 2, 2013 2:03 AM

I've been told that IE10 is the first fully standards-based browser from MS and that it is highly secure.  Recommended by our tech support guy (who hates most things MS despite making a good living thanks to their ineptness) as the default for all our Win7 (business) machines.  For all other OS flavors (XP) he advises Chrome (based on its security).

Being a tweaker, I prefer to use Palemoon on my personal rigs.

Reply #30 Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:19 AM

never heard of palemoon, will have to try that one out.


Reply #31 Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:43 AM

If you've been a fan of Firefox (for the most part) and find that it's not as speedy as it used to be, I'd recommend you take a look at Pale Moon.  Pale Moon is basically the Mozilla Firefox code stripped of all the stuff that 90% of junk that most people will never use.  I also like Pale Moon because it supports nearly all of the Firefox extensions, so you get Ad-Block, etc..

Also, what is perceived as a Memory Leak in Firefox actually isn't.  Firefox will by default automatically adjust the number of history pages PER TAB.  So think of how many sites/pages you flip through (per tab) in a browsing session.  If you're like me, that's a LOT.  Making an adjustment is explained after the link and really does help address the memory problem somewhat.



Reply #32 Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:18 AM

I like Chrome but the inability to lock or protect pinned tabs (gmail & voice esp) kills it for me. For me, memory usage is higher with Chrome. Firefox does a much better job with extensions & plugins and overall customization.

ps. I use Tab Utilities extension to pin, lock & protect tabs as well as direct all links to open in a new tab. Lost without it.

Reply #33 Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:23 AM

Chrome all the way. Used firefox before, but it died to bloat. Plus Chrome supports hardware accelerated rendering (must be switched on by the config), which is super fast. 

As for IE 10, it's Windows 8 only at present, and I am not going that way. Windows 7 is a perfect gaming OS, and I do all my work in Linux. 

Reply #34 Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:32 AM

I have IE10 currently running on several Win7 machines.

Reply #35 Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:35 AM

As for IE 10, it's Windows 8 only at present


Nope, sorry.


Reply #36 Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:36 AM

Dang, Daiwa, I was too


I don't like IE10 for 7 with m, but otherwise, it's ok.

Reply #37 Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:39 AM

Dang, Daiwa, I was too


I don't like IE10 for 7 with m, but otherwise, it's ok.
Yeah, but y'all posted a purdy picture.

Reply #38 Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:52 PM

The 64-bit distinction is important so good RND posted the purdy pic.

Reply #39 Thursday, May 2, 2013 3:02 PM

Quoting Kamamura_CZ, reply 33As for IE 10, it's Windows 8 only at present
Nope, sorry.
Reduced 57%Original 1038 x 644



RnD...still not using the shape tool.


Just realized how to get him motivated.




Reply #40 Thursday, May 2, 2013 3:13 PM

LOL at Doc. I agree. That's putting the sheep into Photosheep!  (I think he circled that using his toes)

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