Friday, November 21, 2008

Windows 64 Crashes Firefox? How to fix it

Bill Brown . . Xiamen University

Lots of people are frustrated that after recent updates their Firefox is crashing, shutdown by Windows Data Execution Prevention (DEP). There are many suggestions, but most do not work. Shutting down DEP does not always work. Very frustrating, as Firefox is generally very reliable--and much faster than Internet Explorer, which I was forced to use until I found a solution. (If I was into conspiracy, I'd think Microsoft was deliberately creating updates to sabotage Firefox. Then again.... as Confucius once said, just because I'm paranoid does not mean people are not out to get me).

Also, there is an incompatibility with Bitdefender (the ) To date, there is no compatible bitdefender plug-in, and this will cause Firefox to crash.

The solution: download the Firefox 3.1 beta. It works fine. No crashes; just as fast as Firefox 3.0.4 , and it looks like the Firefox 3.1 will be out soon anyway.

Another alternative is to use Google Chrome, which seems to be a great browser, but it has both pros and cons.

Happy surfing.

Dr. Bill

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