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    Skype Crashes Firefox

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    Mozilla blocks Skype's Firefox-crashing add-on | Deep Tech - CNET News

    The extension has been the No. 1 or No. 2 cause of crashes for the current stable version of Firefox, according to comments in Mozilla's bug tracker. And the plug-in dramatically slows Firefox's processing of Web page elements through what's called the Document Object Model (DOM)--by a factor of 3 to 8 with a newer 5.x version and by a factor of 325 with the older 4.x version, Mozilla programmer Boris Zbarsky said. The effect of this is to make pages appear to load much more slowly.
    Earlier in January, a Skype representative acknowledged that the company knows about the issue. "Look out for an update in the near future," the representative said.


    Has this happened to you? It has to me, so I've been forced to use Google Chrome vice bouncing back and forth between the two.

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    I read the story too. Unfortunately I didn't use Skype. I didn't know people sent crash reports to Mozilla, I usually ignore them.

    Why don't people use the Skype software next to Firefox? Having a dozen plugins can't be that good IMO.
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    Yeah, the Skype "Add-on" makes it so a phone number appears "pretty print" on a web page...if you click it, then it will call in your Skype for you...you don't have to run the Firefox Add-on to use Skype.

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    Looks like FireFox "Fixed" the problem for me now by uninstalling the Skype plugin....
    I'm still finding Google Chrome to outperform Firefox on an "oldish" Vista box. Trying to get this thing (the computer) to work til the summer

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    I recently read an article about this and found out that this:
    Mozilla has warned Firefox users against using the Skype toolbar, as it has resulted in about 40,000 reported browser crashes so far, as well as numerous slow-downs. The Skype toolbar uses certain methods that detect and re-render webpages with phone numbers, such that the numbers are hyperlinked into Skype shortcuts. However, this is said to increase DOM manipulation, thus resulting in webpage loading 300 times slower than normal.
    This is really true! I experienced this while working with my Firefox Browser. I didn't know the cause of it until now. I'm using CometBird because my Firefox always crashes. I'll try to uninstall it later in order to check if this really works. Btw, thanks for posting this so that everyone who had this kind of problem will also know.

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    It's backkkkkk......for both Chrome and Firefox for me.....when I have a minute, I'm going to see if there is a way to kill the stupid Skype plugin for good and just use as a stand-alone app!!!

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    You have to go for skype help center.
    They can guide you better.

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