On my notebook with 2GB and Windows XP, Firefox 3.5.2 uses about 150MB of the memory with 4 tabs open. Is there a way to reduce the amount of memory that Firefox consumes?
- Check your Extensions and Themes. (By running Firefox in safe mode.)
- Check the Plug-ins.
- Clear Download History.
- Restart Firefox Periodically.
- Assign Memory Cache on Firefox. (
- Release Memory when Firefox is minimized. (
I've been testing this for a few days and am very impressed. Reduced from average 150MB to 60MB
Of course, it's an extension so has its own footprint!
Not to self-promote (I apologize), FireTune is a great little tool which can speed up your Firefox experience along with optimizing the memory usage of Firefox.
One of the biggest memory consumers in firefox is flash. If you can't disable the flash completely, try installing Adblock Plus. This will remove at least the flash ads (as long as the other ads)
And btw, 150MB is not that much at all.