because i was told it was a Windows problem, i wiped the hard drive and have a fresh Windows XP SP3 install. because the computer tech was able to install SP2 and SP3 using IE at their shop, it led me to suspect Firefox when the computer was installed at home using Firefox as my browser.
previous to the reinstall, my commit charge would become exceedingly high AND Firefox crashed every day.
I have a 160 GB hard drive with 70% free and 2GB of RAM.
at this very moment, i am using chrome BUT i am a huge fan of Firefox and would prefer to use it.