A lot of things
by Jimmy Greystone - 10/24/11 6:25 AM
In Reply to: CCleaner by WayneStrauss
A lot of things just get parroted/regurgitated because rather than admit ignorance, people just go along with something someone else said.
Case in point... Way back in the day, around the time of Win95, the amount of RAM in computers was "exploding" and we went from 4MB being huge, to 8, 16, 24, 32, even 64MB. Crazy times, let me tell ya! Kidding aside, there was an issue with most computers only coming with 256K of L2 cache, and I forget the specific amount, but it could only store the memory addresses of say 32MB of RAM. The exact amount isn't really important. So you had a lot of people out there saying how you should NEVER install more than 32MB of RAM in a computer, because any more would cause a performance hit. You can probably still find a lot of archived websites where this information was repeated. The problem is it was only partially right. It is true that cached RAM is faster than uncached RAM, but even uncached RAM would be significantly faster than the alternative of using the HDD for swap space. Instead of being thousands of times faster it might only be hundreds of times faster, so there WAS a performance hit, but you were still better off with uncached RAM as opposed to swap space. Didn't stop all manner of people from running around saying how you should never have more than 32MB of RAM because it will slow your computer down, and all kinds of other misinformed comments.
So, basically it comes down to the fact that a bad idea doesn't suddenly become a good idea just because it's popular. That just makes it a popular bad idea. I'll admit to having not looked at CCleaner in a couple of years, but based on information gleaned from posts here, it's still basically the same program it was then, they've just added a few more things to it. Which also isn't to say it doesn't have utility, but programs like CCleaner are intended to be surgical and allow you to target very specific parts of the system. They're also intended more for people who actually know what all the different options are, and when to target one over the other. The problem comes in when you get a bunch of people who think that because the program has a bunch of technical sounding options, it must be some kind of power tool, and then some moron gets it in their head that suddenly they're a "power user" or a "tech" or whatever term you want to use. It doesn't. It just makes them a moron with a potentially dangerous program who doesn't even understand the potential danger. Think of it like the people who discovered radiation. They had no clue just how dangerous the material they were handling was until it was too late. CCleaner may not be fatal to humans, but it might be to your OS.
Getting back to the main issue though, if other browsers seem to be working fine, then the next step is to try starting Firefox without any extensions enabled. If that works, then you get to go through and enable extensions one at a time until you find the one causing problems. If that doesn't work, then you might consider creating a fresh new profile, and using that sans extensions for a time. If that resolves the issue, then SLOWLY add back your extensions. I know it will be tough, but if you maintain discipline it will pay off long term.
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