After constantly restarting Firefox on Mac OS X due to memory leaks, I've finally given up, and switched to Google's Chrome browser. All day today I've been doing all the things I normally do, just using Chrome instead of Firefox, and Chrome is currently using 135 MB RAM, where Firefox would typically be over 600 MB RAM, and I probably would have restarted it once already by now.
Firefox memory leaks and plugins
The first thing you might ask is what Firefox plugins I'm using. That's certainly a good question, and I'll answer that next, but first I'll say this: Last week I disabled all the Firefox plugins I have installed, and I still had huge memory leaks.
That being said, here are the Firefox plugins I currently have installed:
- Better Privacy
- Delicious Bookmarks
- Fire Gestures
I'm also just using the default Firefox theme.
This memory leak problem is with Firefox 3.6.3, on both Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.
The only thing I can think of to add is that the websites I usually visit are espn.com, si.com, chicagotribune.com, google.com, news.google.com, and both Yahoo Mail and Gmail. Of course I go to many other sites during a day, but those are my usual "go to" websites.
One thing I'll add: Chrome also seems much faster than Firefox.
Firefox memory leaks on Mac OS X
I suspect the Firefox problems are related to either Yahoo Mail, Flash, or both, but short of someone paying me, I'm not going to dig into this any more, I'm just making the switch to Chrome.