Installing plugins on Firefox froze my PC
Firefox is a type of Web browser developed by Mozilla as part of its open source solution to online activities of computer users. Like most Web browsers it relies on the use of plugins or small computer programs that are designed to perform a particular task. These plugins make it possible for the browser to host contents that cannot be processed internally. For example, plugins can be used to enhance the online multimedia experience of the computer user.
These small computer applications function within the mainframe of the Web browser which in this case is Firefox. Essentially, plugins can encounter some problems (crashing) based on their own computer codes or can be the cause of the crashing of the entire Web browser. Freezing or becoming unresponsive is one classic example of a browser crash. When this happens to you during the installation process, follow these steps to resolve issues of Firefox freezing.
- Step 1: Make sure that you are installing only from reliable Web servers. Because Firefox is an open source browser, there are many third party plugins available with codes that are not completely optimized. Get your plugins from the Firefox website.
- Step 2: Make sure that you are using the latest version of Firefox. More often than not, newer plugins are not backward compatible and are designed mostly for the newer versions of the browser. Install the latest version before proceeding with the plugin installation.
- Step 3: Check if the version of the plugin is the latest. Latest versions of plugins ensure that any conflicts with other existing plugins have already been resolved by the developer.
- Step 4: Update the Java runtime environment. In many cases installation of plugins fails due to conflict with this particular technology. To check the version of the Java plugin type the command ABOUT:PLUGINS in the address bar of the browser.
- Step 5: Since installation of browser plugins is normally done directly from the online server, one possible reason for the freezing is that the download cache is already full or nearing full. Go to the Tools option and clear the contents of the cache from there.
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