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The age-old story of which is the best browser continues to come up as updated versions with fancier features are released. Everywhere you look it seems that users have a completely different opinion. So, maybe it really does come down to personal preference.

As a big fan of Google Chrome for a long time, I finally decided it was time for us to break up. It did not take intensive speed tests or privacy concerns, even though these should weigh into your browser choice. It came down to overall performance, customization, and extensions.

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Performance Compared

Chrome first became an issue when pulling my computer out of a locked mode. You are in the office, you have to leave for a meeting, and you lock your computer for security. After an hour, you come back, shake your mouse to turn the display back on, and unlock it.

Unfortunately, if Chrome was left open it would take almost ten minutes to recover my computer where it was left by simply locking it. So, my first breakup with Chrome took place at the office with my work computer. Remembering to close Chrome before every lock mode became too painful, and honestly you should not have to worry about that, so it was bye-bye Chrome in the office.

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Continuing to use Chrome at home for a while, I began noticing trouble there as well. So, I decided to run a few quick checks. But, as far as memory consumption while having the exact same websites open, Chrome was actually a clear winner.

Firefox appears to be a memory hog, at least for me, as you can see below. That being said, the breakup with Chrome was still inevitable.

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Next, of course, must come a speed test when you talk about performance. Comparing it to Firefox, both running 14 extensions, Chrome took seven seconds to open, load, and be ready to go. Firefox with the same amount and most of the same extension types running took only five seconds to load.

This is not a big difference; however, the point is that Firefox loaded faster than Chrome. In addition, it seems that the more extensions running in Chrome, the more sluggish it behaves. Just to note, the speed for opening Internet Explorer could not even compare to Chrome or Firefox, coming in at over ten seconds.

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Also tested for speed was opening a new tab to Google.com. Firefox opened the website and had it ready to use in 1.6 seconds whereas Chrome took 2.6 seconds to do the same thing.

Browser Customization

Customization is a basic feature that many people take advantage of, and should, when it comes to their browser. Being able to personalize your browsing experience with toolbars that are organized and buttons that are conveniently placed can make a big difference when you work with the Web.

For the basic feature of customization, Chrome cannot come close to the options available and intuitive setup in Firefox.

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Firefox provides one of the easiest ways to customize your tools. You can rearrange your buttons, add those you need, remove those you do not, insert more toolbars, change the button sizes, and even have text displayed if you like. It is a simple, flexible feature of Firefox that Chrome severely lacks.

Extensions and Tools

Finally come the extensions. Those wonderful little snippets you install to be more productive and make tasks more efficient. Unfortunately, when it comes to the amount of extensions available, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari cannot touch what Firefox and Chrome have to offer in their Web stores.

And for me, just comparing Firefox to Chrome, Firefox is the favorite.

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The Add-Ons store in Firefox compared to the Web Store in Chrome just provides a better experience overall. Both stores offer categories, but the Firefox store allows you to sort your results making it much simpler to find what you want. You can also save items you find to a collection, browse other collections for something new, and see the complete version history of the extension.

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When it comes to specific extensions, Personas Plus, which is available in Firefox, allows you to really personalize your browser theme. Chrome offers themes as well, but with such a small amount of space at the top of the window, the theme is barely visible. Firefox on the other hand, has a wider portion at the top to display your theme of choice.

Another favorite Firefox extension is ColorfulTabs. This one is very handy when you spend a lot of time working on the Web. Its best feature is the ability to create presets for domains to always use a certain color, making them easy to spot at a glance when you are switching quickly between tabs.

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There are plenty of other terrific extensions available in Firefox 13 Essential Firefox Addons To Begin 2015 Right 13 Essential Firefox Addons To Begin 2015 Right As always, the spotlight is on what developers did with the open-source browser's flexibility. The list of Firefox add-ons just got bigger and better over the past year. Read More and since the store is much easier to navigate, finding them is more efficient than in the Chrome store. Additionally, the news that Chrome extensions can be accessible in Firefox Running Chrome Extensions in Firefox: What You Need to Know Running Chrome Extensions in Firefox: What You Need to Know Soon, you'll be able to run your favorite Chrome extensions in Firefox. This game-changing development is likely to bring about a new renaissance in Firefox users and revolutionize the way extensions are created. Read More really just seals the deal if you do have some Chrome favorites.

Are You Considering a Breakup Too?

Are you thinking about ending your relationship with Chrome as well? The transition to another browser can go much smoother than you think, but there are also various methods for integrating Chrome and Firefox 10 Ways to Integrate Firefox and Chrome 10 Ways to Integrate Firefox and Chrome Read More specifically if you are still trying to decide.

Signing into your browser of choice means that you can easily sync your data Stay in Sync: Access All Your Browser Data From Any Device Stay in Sync: Access All Your Browser Data From Any Device How can you make the process of switching devices more efficient, so that you can easily pick up where you left off? Read More so that it is available across your devices. So, if you do not already have an account, setting one up will make life easier for using your browser on other devices and platforms.

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You can also import your Chrome bookmarks into another browser with a few simple button clicks. For example, in Firefox just select the Import Data from Another Browser option inside your bookmark manager and choose Chrome.

Opera also offers this feature right from the main menu. Under More Tools, just select Import Bookmarks and Settings to pick Chrome.

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A Culmination of Events

As you can see, there was no single event that ended my relationship with Chrome. Rather, it was a series of events that culminated over time to end the love affair. Sure, from time to time I will probably pop open Chrome to see if it has improved. But in the end, we must part ways as friends and simply stay that way moving forward as my heart now belongs to Firefox.

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What are your thoughts on Chrome?

Are you still a big fan of Google Chrome and would not part with it for anything? Or, if you have made the transition to another browser, share with us which one and what made you switch.

The browser wars Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark If you could only choose one browser, which one would it be? Which is best: Firefox, Chrome or Opera? We'll show you. Read More will no doubt continue for many years to come, and soon Microsoft Edge will enter the mix of popular opinions as it becomes more widely used. Share your thoughts on your favorite browser and what makes it so; you might just help someone else out there who is still trying to decide I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More .

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  1. Gary Speer
    November 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    My biggest issue trying to move from Chrome to Firefox would be bookmarks. I have somewhere over 200 Chrome bookmarks, most of them carefully organized into folders.

    Last time I tried moving to Firefox, it wouldn't import Chrome bookmarks into any sort of folder structure. It would simply take too many hours/days to import them to FF, then go through and create folders, move bookmarks around, etc.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks for the excellent article!

    • Igor
      November 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Have you tried exporting to HTML in Chrome? Personally, I've recently manually moved all of my bookmarks to Evernote, since it's search and display features are far superior to what browsers have to offer, I think. Took me about 2 hours, and I had more than 200 bookmarks myself (you need Evernote Web Clipper plugin). I recommend taking this route - as time-consuming as it may be, it's really worth it. The best part is the much increased performance of Firefox - it used to work much slower with 200+ bookmarks. I only keep about 10 tabs + Quick Dial links for websites I use the most.

  2. Dragunbayne
    November 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I would love to go back to Firefox. My issue is that I often use hibernation and standby and rarely reboot my laptop. Firefox has an awful memory leak that has existed for years. When left open for very long periods of time it eventually eats up all of my memory.

    • ABC123
      November 18, 2016 at 1:42 am

      Really, now? I never shut down my main desktop and laptop computers and always leave Firefox open. I wonder why I haven't run into memory issues like you have? On any of my computers? Windows, Linux, or Mac?

      Hmmmm....

  3. Marco Sarli
    October 14, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I am using Vivaldi more and more and happy with it .

  4. gbswales
    October 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I use both Chrome and Firefox (usually chrome set as default) I find that each new upgrade brings issues to one or the other so I find myself switching between them. One thing I dislike about Chrome is the number of instances running - I think this is because each add on has its own instance of chrome in memory. I find that I slightly prefer the interface in Firefox but Chrome seems faster when opening a browser by clixking a link. Once firefox is open then for me it seems quicker though slower to start up. I dont feel any pressure to use one browser specifically and use several others as well - for instance I like the way edge opens PDF files but hate it for browsing. Altogether I have Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, Comodo Dragon and Tor (though this uses modified firefox) and use all of them from time to time. Comodo Dragon I keep plug in free for the occasions when I dont want things like sticky password and other extras to work

  5. Toshi
    June 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Same as you, I was a long time Chrome user. Before that, I was devoted to Firefox... well, since Netscape days, really. Anyway, your points are all valid and I have seen the same. Additionally, for me, the Canary of Chrome is no match for the Firefox Developer Version.

  6. woodrackets
    June 26, 2016 at 12:26 am

    800 lb gorilla no one is mentioning: Google wantonly steals & sells our privacy. #?Loser #DoEvil

  7. Ivan
    June 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I do work with Chrome at work (HP laptop), at home (VAIO & Toshiba laptops), on my mac, on openSUSE, on Mint, on Ubuntu and I seriously don't understand what are you all here talking about. Chrome works great and fast. Maybe I am doing something wrong?

  8. Agus
    June 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Search Image using Google Image is horrible with chrome. It limits the results and make your mouse unable to click the image. Probably for image protection. FF shows them all without Limitation. Considering to move back to FF.

  9. Samir
    May 30, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I never left Firefox to begin with. I have been using it since the early years. I do pop into Chrome or IE from time to time, for reasons that are beyond my control. But for the most part, I only use Firefox on all my devices. I transitioned to Firefox from Opera. If I had to make a move again after all these years, I would probably go for Opera or the Vivaldi spinoff.

  10. Desmond
    March 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I am having the similar problem where Google Chrome will just freeze my computer when it was left idle. Can anybody know why?

  11. WestJ
    December 17, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Last time I used Firefox, I opened 20 tabs and it wouldn't render the whole page of each tab, instead "mashing" elements of each tab together into a flickering, bizarre mess. Restarting didn't help. Upgrading didn't help.

    Firefox abandoned.

  12. Jeff C
    October 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    One of the most puzzling things about Chrome for me is;
    If I open a page then close another page or tab then try to save an image from a page that is open it takes the save dialog box about a minute to open, with Firefox it's immediate.

    Since much of what I look for online is how-tos pictures are important.

  13. Janice Darsow Pittenger
    September 16, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I find Firefox to be a lot slower than Chrome& blocks a lot of stuff I don't want blocked. So I switch from on to the other. Never heard of Vivadi and I am going to give it a try. I just want fast.

    • Kade Medina
      September 19, 2015 at 4:22 am

      Hey, you just want fast right, or at least fast(er)?

      Well recommend Pale Moon (an Open Source web browser forked off from the Firefox/Mozilla code) as it's more memory efficient and more secure because they don't implement unnecessary features that are prone to vulnerabilities (Hello, Pocket, Reader+, built-in PDF reader, Google Now, Share, Telegram and other WebRTC related code and the newly privacy features being tested).

      Though this is just my personal experience and opinion. But in all honesty, I think this would be just right for you. Here's the link you want to give it a try: http://www.palemoon.org/. And if you have any more questions about the project, you are encourage to ask on their forums and they will do their best to assist you: https://forum.palemoon.org/ucp.php?mode=register.

      • LimboSlam
        September 29, 2015 at 4:54 am

        Yes, you are absolutely right!! And so to add, they also pertain to the old UI (pre Australis) and keeps up with all security updates and bug fixes that are applicable to its code.

  14. Marco Sarli
    September 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I find myself using more and more the new Vivaldi browser. Very fast, not so heavy on memory as Chrome or Firefox and beautiful. Still a bit rough on the edges but I see constant improvements. If it goes on like this it will probably become my default browser.

  15. Mayank Singh
    September 16, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Actually Firefox is beginning to become more and more like Chrome. They are dropping their extension model in favor of a more open but less powerful one. Their Electrolysis process brings multi process architecture to Firefox(current Nightly builds have that), which is also a reason why Firefox will become bloated in the future. In terms of UI, Firefox is nearly a copy of Chrome. In terms of security, Firefox is the only browser not to implement a sandbox which makes it theoretically worse than Edge and Chrome.

    The only advantage Firefox has it that it is fully open and doesn't track its users unlike Chrome and Edge.

  16. A41202813GMAIL ..
    September 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Come On.

    A - OPERA Is Not At Version 12 Anymore - The 15 Version Started A Completely Different Browser - Even The Old Extensions Are Not Compatible,

    B - I Have Not Much Use For Any Browser Without A Big Extension Library, And I Get Mad When Compatibility With Old Extensions Is Broken.

    As My Main Browser, IE8, FF4 And CHROME Were All Abandoned Because Of ( B ).

    There Are Several CHROME Clone Browsers Which Treat Old Extensions With A Lot More Leniency.

    OPERA15+ Is One Of Them, And It Is My Main Browser Since CHROME Started Yanking Extensions From Outside Their Web Store.

    Most Extensions From All CHROME Clones Are Compatible.

    If You Know How To Download Their Extensions Files Into Your Hard Drive, You Can Install Them On Any Other Clone Browser.

    If Necessary, All It Takes Is For Some File Renaming.

    Rename .NEX Files Into .CRX Files, Or Vice Versa, And You Are Ready To Go.

    Cheers.

    • A41202813GMAIL ..
      September 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      A Link Was Created Inside My Post.

      I Do Not Know How It Happened, And I Swear It Is Not My Fault.

      Sorry.

      • Mihir Patkar
        September 12, 2015 at 5:54 am

        Nope, too late, I'm holding you personally responsible. Also holding you responsible for the Greek economy failing.

        • A41202813GMAIL ..
          September 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

          viglink ?

          Never Heard Of It Before.

          Less Intrusive Than Others I Have Seen, Like infolinks.

          ---

          Do Not Make Fun Of GREECE - KARMA Is A Really Cold Lady.

          Cheers.

    • Sean R Kethcart
      November 20, 2016 at 2:06 am

      What's with capitalizing every word?

      • A41202813GMAIL
        November 20, 2016 at 4:21 am

        It Is Just The Output Of A CHROME Extension.

  17. L3 CM
    September 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Firefox is what I use. Both Chrome and Firefox can suffer from memory leak which is what causes the slowness or crashes everyone is describing. But Firefox takes a lot longer to slow down. For example, if you leave a session open for two days, then come back to it, it can be taking hundreds of MB of RAM or more. Chrome is similar, but for me it seems to happen faster, like within the same day.

    Also, IE is decent now. Looks like most webpages in new tabs in a brand new session (no caching) take no more than 8 seconds for me, so comparable with Chrome. But it lacks all of the extensions, so FF wins.

  18. Kaush KS
    September 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I suffer from Multitabatitus .....have 148 tabs open as I type, and still smooth.
    I do agree I have had issues with Chrome, forcing me to get back to my old favourite Firefox, but I keep coming back...... The latest version fixes most of my concerns with Chrome. I also realized I rarely use all the plugins and extensions, so now have kept it to a minimum.

  19. Dennis Parrott
    September 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    the most recent version of Chrome will not connect to a web server running TLS 1.0... if you use Chrome and the server admins are lazy (as in haven't at least installed TLS 1.1 or 1.2) you won't be able to establish connection.

    there are other deeper changes that make it problematic here at work...

    that we are still having browser compatibility issues and so on this many years down the road from the first time we encountered them makes me very, very sad. you would think that by now browser developers would have realized that they need to get their act together...

  20. Scott Gates
    September 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Well, I had to leave it at work. Our product needs NPAPI to work. And several things we use daily from other companies, our call center manager, our ticket tracking software and some others, need NPAPI .

    Love Chrome, but $#!_s gotta work in the environment. Firefox is still percolating nicely for us.

  21. Ryan Parreno (Pleasebury Doughboy)
    September 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I'm surprised people are still using Chrome

  22. teo8976
    September 11, 2015 at 9:58 am

    10 minutes to unlock your computer? What is your OS, Windows?? It takes a fraction of a second to unlock Ubuntu (and just a couple of seconds to resume from suspend, which is not the same), totally regardless of which and how many programs are running.

  23. Andrew Sindle-Mouat
    September 11, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I think some of you load times would be drastically cut if you were using an SSD. I have had none of these issues at home and at work though both laptops have an SSD as a primary drive.

    • Sean R Kethcart
      November 20, 2016 at 2:07 am

      This ^^^

  24. Mark Knudson
    September 11, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I had to go back to Firefox after Chrome became hopelessly infected with a redirect bug that seems impossible to remove. I still miss the Chrome user experience, and the multiple extensions which have no equal in Firefox. It seems the innovative developers have mostly moved to Chrome. If Google can fix Chrome's vulnerabilties I'll be back.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      September 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Give Malwarebytes Antimalware a shot at that redirect issue. It recently cured the same problem for me that I'd thrown everything else at with no luck. And perhaps you've tried, but searching on the specific redirect will often lead you to tailored methods of removal.

      • Kelsey Tidwell
        September 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

        Be sure to adjust settings to most aggressive, pre-run though.

  25. Paul Nirens
    September 11, 2015 at 6:38 am

    very interesting...I have never liked Chrome, for all the reasons that you outlined, with an added disadvantage that it is less stable and gets stuck more easily. True, I have used FF for over 10 years, back in the days when there was no alternative to IE and Chrome hadn't even hit the web yet. I just wasn't willing to use another poor, sloppy MS program.
    Most disappointing about Chrome is that Google have gone the way of MS. They are so big that they think can release second class products. Chrome, as Google's own browser, should be the best on the web, with best integration with the whole Google world. Fails on both accounts.

    • fcd76218
      September 11, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      "an added disadvantage that it is less stable and gets stuck more easily"
      I suspect that problems with browsers hiccuping a lot, such as you mention, are due more to the software mix being run at the time of the hiccup rather than any inherent fault in the particular browser.

      "They are so big that they think can release second class products."
      That seems to be the problem with most of the software in general. Whether we call it "feature creep" or "bloat" it makes programs bigger, slower and more complicated without providing commensurate benefits.

  26. Denver Walker
    September 11, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I've always been pro-google and I've found that I've been unconsciously drifting towards Firefox lately, mainly because of 1. customization: I haven't been able to get chrome to switch automatically to new tabs opened from links and 2. Add-ons: my favorite video capture add-on doesn't work with chrome.

  27. Robert Michaud
    September 11, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Do not trust this article, chrome is much better than firefox, especially for people who use flash-based applications every day.

    It is actually a bit more resource intensive but in the long run, it is worth it. It is much better than firefox at loading speed as well, in my opinion. I think the poster was not using a good computer with good processing speeds.

    • fcd76218
      September 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      "I think the poster was not using a good computer with good processing speeds."
      Not everyone can afford the latest and greatest. Some of us still use older hardware.

  28. Layor Nala
    September 11, 2015 at 4:28 am

    So sad.I get the impression that the writer has not really explored Chrome. Used in the right way for a purpose it stands out. The latest features answer many of the 'problems' raised. Memory use alone keeps me with Chrome.

  29. Kevin Leonte
    September 11, 2015 at 1:54 am

    For those FF users who like the 64 bit derivatives, give Cyberfox a try! I've been using it for well over a year and haven't looked back to FF or Waterfox. Yes it's still a bit of a memory hog, but I leave it open at work all day with no problems running most of MS Office suite and Lotus Notes simultaneously. After all everyone has a pc that has at least 16gb of RAM right?? ????

    • fcd76218
      September 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      "After all everyone has a pc that has at least 16gb of RAM right?? ????"
      ROTFLMAO!!!

  30. Daniel Juarez
    September 11, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I broke up with Chrome recently as well. My three major problems with it: 1) Memory hog (not sure why you are seeing memory hogging in Firefox, but I run them on Linux); 2) the lag for Chrome to fill in my previously saved username and password on various websites and 3) the too frequent corruption or loss of my personal settings. Not sure what was up with that, but it had a serious lag problem - some times measured in minutes. Firefox always has the username and password filled it at the same time the page loads.

    Thanks Firefox developers.

    Oh - one more thing I don't like about Chrome - it does not honor the system-wide themes in Linux. Firefox does.

  31. Kelsey Tidwell
    September 11, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I've been around the block with all the major players and many, many minor ones, and I've always come back to Chrome for various reasons...many of the same ones I've heard from Firefox users. It's all personal experience and preference, for what that's worth in a discussion.

    But the one point in this article I just can't get passed is the writer's problem with the amount of area dedicated to the theme graphics. What?!? I don't get a whole lot of work done in the theme graphical area, but I do get around 100% of my work done in the area below that...

    To complain that there's not enough pretty and too much work area in a browser being used in a presumably working environment is...what IS that?!?

    Leaving my befuddlement behind, I think this article is timed perfectly to coincide with the inclusion in Chrome 46 of the Tab Discarding flag, which allows just that: the memory-purging of unused tabs. It's supposed to work similarly to The Great Suspender extension, but only engages when available memory drops to a level (the amount of which I do not know), and then in stages. Pinned tabs will stay alive longest, if I remember rightly.

    Anyway...all of you with issues about Chrome's memory mismanagement...check it out before you check out of it.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      September 11, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Love to be able to edit misspellings here...that should have been "past".

      • Mihir Patkar
        September 11, 2015 at 7:18 am

        Hmmm we're seeing this request often. I'll ask the devs if it's possible.

  32. Jon Steedley
    September 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Hello, all.
    "likefun butnot" has offered some pertinent & cogent points, RE: "Pale Moon," & 64-bit memory usage. This is more important, now that 64-bit processors AND OSs are real, functional, & superior options, particularly since windoz is commonly available in the 64-bit version.
    Having tried the "Pale Moon" [hereafter referred to as PM] 64-bit version, I've decided to stick w/ PM-64, mainly because it has far better functionality when I have large numbers of pages open. I don't like tabs, in part because we learned many years ago that 'tabbed interfaces' are inherent memory hogs, w/ attendant memory leaks. IMO, that's a foolish waste of resources, when another option exists.
    I know some will always disagree, but before voicing your disagreement, maybe you should *try it,* just to see if your are in fact, correct.

    Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

  33. Major Attila
    September 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I actually tried to use Firefox for 1 week and I just couldn't. For me Chrome will be always the way to go.

  34. Darrin Keith Long
    September 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    google browser worked pretty good before it became google chrome. now it's slow when switching to another website. as a matter of fact it's just slow all the way round. i use fire fox and going to stick with fire fox. there is also anther browser that good and fast http://www.lunascape.tv but i dont trust it. for some reason the lunascape browser makes itself the main browser by default. but other than that it works pretty good....

  35. DonGateley
    September 10, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    FWIW I am running the developer 42.0a2 version of Firefox with 4 windows, 85 tabs and 61 extensions (including Classic Theme Restorer) in a 1.8 Gb working set after two days with responsiveness to everything as snappy as I could want it. There are some video related issues with FF but by using the IE Tab extension I can run those in a window that uses the IE engine which seems to offer excellent video performance.

    I fear for its future but it's present is more than sweet enough for me.

    • DonGateley
      September 10, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Sorry about the dupe.

  36. DonGateley
    September 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    FWIW I am running the developer 42.0a2 version of Firefox with 4 windows, 85 tabs and 61 extensions in a 1.8 Gb working set with responsiveness to everything as snappy as I could want it. There are some video related issues with FF but by using the IE Tabs extension I can run those in a window that uses the IE engine which seems to offer excellent video performance.

    I fear for its future but it's present is more than sweet enough for me.

  37. DonGateley
    September 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Consider that Firefox is changing the rules with respect to extensions and implementing a much more restrictive sand box for the future within which some of what you love and depend on just can't work any more. All that freedom and functionality has proved expensive for them to support.

  38. razvanab
    September 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I switched back to FF last year from Chrome and I don't regret that decision at all. I kind of miss some Chrome features but it looks like FF will soon be compatible with Chrome extensions so it wont be such a big loss.

  39. Stefan Drakuli?
    September 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    You should mention Waterfox! It's an even more slimmed down version of Firefox, it beats out every other browser currently, and it's nearly fully featured and losing bugs by the day!

    • Bojan Markovic
      September 10, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Not available for Linux tho, which makes it useless for me at my home PC (Ubuntu) but I will try it on my office PC come Monday.

  40. shivakumar doddamani
    September 10, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    How come 'edge' not in the discussion!?

  41. Rob Hindle
    September 10, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I use FF for the add-ons but it has a habit of gobbling memory, then PC grinds to a halt and FF needs a restart to clean things out. I'm told that's most likely to be down to some of the add-ons but without them I don't need FF.

    Until recently I preferred Chrome for tasks not needing the add-ons but I believe Chrome V45 has done some "clever tricks" to reduce the memory footprint on idle tabs. Since then if I leave the browser open in the background when I come back all tabbed pages are blank and refresh just sits seemingly working but it's an illusion. I have to shut Chrome completely.

    BTW, when I exit chrome I still see 3 Chrome tasks listed as running.

  42. Christopher Puello
    September 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    There is an important part of this that is missed and honestly I'm surprised that it isn't mentioned. Chrome doesn't actually use less RAM. The process of Chrome tge application is using a certain amount of RAM, and thats what is shown in the picture above. However, If you scroll down your task manager you see exactly how many process Chrome is actually using. It sandboxes every extension, page, theme, etc.,and makes a new process for all of them. Firefox contains it all in ome process, for better or worse. I bet if you decided to scroll down you would find that Firefox takes enormous amounts less RAM and CPU usage. Personally that was one of my main reasons for sticking with it. Chrome is a Resource annihilator.

    • Daniel Juarez
      September 11, 2015 at 1:41 am

      Amen to that.

  43. buzzcloudmarketing
    September 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I enjoy FF and the extensions but the biggest problem I have is how it periodically and randomly loses it's connection to the internet. Then the Mozilla bug report pops, and then I enither stick with it or just switch over to Chrome...

    • fcd76218
      September 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      "I enjoy FF and the extensions but the biggest problem I have is how it periodically and randomly loses it’s connection to the internet. "
      Most probably is not Firefox but your hardware, or your software mix. What else are you running when FF loses connection?

  44. Andy Frame
    September 10, 2015 at 11:11 am

    A comparison of one person's experience of Chrome and Firefox. A brief mention of IE. He never even looked at other browsers such as Opera or Edge.

    • DonGateley
      September 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Yes. That's the scope the author intended.

  45. Bogdan Chirita
    September 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I have already done it long before.

  46. Victor Clarke
    September 10, 2015 at 9:17 am

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  47. Deveril
    September 10, 2015 at 8:14 am

    As others have said, different browsers for different tasks. I like Chrome for my regular stuff -- email and social networking -- and then switch to IE or Firefox for other things as and when needed. And different machines seem to have different speeds when it comes to loading and general operation. Edge seems fast and stripped back -- and there's something quite nice about the lack of extensions; I can see it getting slow and bloated when they introduce those. :-/

  48. Oliver Dausien
    September 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Switched from Firefox to Chrome, because the performance watching Youtube Videos was better with it.

  49. James Winnett
    September 10, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I did this about 4 or 5 months ago. It was actually prompted by Chrome not really presenting pages correctly. The site order my groceries from was really messed up to the point of unusable and one of my online web clients was similar. I tried a reinstall but it seemed to be a problem with Chrome. Performance had been suffering for a while too so I switched to Firefox and it was a breath of fresh air.

    This week, I switched back. Firefox VERY quickly slowed down to the point of being almost unusable - and this was across several machines. The integration between Android and PC was also pretty poor so I'm back with Chrome. A few years ago, on my work PC, I found Opera to be excellent. Clean, fast, low memory and it didn't slow down. For work it was fine. It was only the absence of a few extensions I have come to rely on that stopped me from using it at home as well.

    There is a world outside of the Chrome/Firefox duopoly. It will be interesting to see how Edge performs once extensions are introduced (allegedly) in November.

    • Shrikrishna Marathe
      September 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

      For last few months now you can use chrome extensions from chrome store on opera. This is because opera now uses chromium. You just need to install am extension that allows for this

  50. Nikolaj Knudsen
    September 10, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Firefox is a slow and clumpsy browser.

  51. GodSponge (EB)
    September 10, 2015 at 6:50 am

    If I could find a good way to sync firefox's data with google, then i might consider a switch, but until I can do that, I gotta stick with Chrome for better or worse.

  52. NIRAJ KUMAR
    September 10, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Have you counted memory usage of Chrome's all background processes or the just one that is showing on the top?

  53. Brad Billman
    September 10, 2015 at 5:45 am

    I actually never liked Chrome's UI. I was crazy psyched about Google putting out a browser and a smartphone at the time. But we got a limited phone and a browser that was fine, but gave no reason to switch....

    Until FF4.0 screwed everything. FF became a memory hog so I had to go between Opera and Chrome. Honestly, I never liked Chrome UI, even as a massive google fan of the time waiting for the G1 to hit AT&T.

    Fastforward many years, chrome is still meh on the UI, great on the html5 support but makes me crazy on the non standard support (mostly shitty web devs fault).

    All in all chrome, ff, ie, edge, opera it doesn't matter you can get shit done.

  54. Jo Mun
    September 10, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I don't know, man. Firefox has been my primary (and often the only) browser for over a decade. I love it and I hate it! Here's my FF performance: With just a few extensions and three tabs open, my Firefox is at 500 MB at start. With any activity, that creeps up to 900 MB within minutes. I have resorted to shutting it down every hour or so. I don't even use it for any heavy web browsing anymore. Instead, I have migrated to Chrome and Vivaldi. Even Internet Explorer seems to be a more pleasant experience than Firefox nowadays. I never thought I would see the day when I would go sour on Firefox.

    • Jo Mun
      September 10, 2015 at 5:44 am

      Plus, pageloads are slow and jittery of Firefox.

  55. Brad Billman
    September 10, 2015 at 5:37 am

    I just want to add that both Chrome and Edge put things in background tasks, while FF does not. So judging FF usage (not in background tasks) is not a real comparison of what the browsers are using.

  56. Wayne Holly
    September 10, 2015 at 5:36 am

    I just broke up with Chrome at both work and home this week. Since the latest Chrome upgrade, pages take forever to load. Since I had stayed current with Firefox, I made the transition easily. Firefox now runs like Chrome used to. I am still searching for a couple of extensions that match ones I used on Chrome, but if I don't locate them, I'll still be okay. I think I may be over Chrome after being a faithful advocate for several years.

  57. Jimmy Foster
    September 10, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Blah, blah, blah. Firefox has acted no better for me than Chrome has. I've experienced memory problems with it as well and I really don't like its UI. I honestly think it's a windows thing anyway because I'm using Chrome on Linux Mint and it isn't eating up nearly as much RAM as it does on Windows.

    As far as privacy is concerned, I gave up on that notion the day I filled out my first form online. I don't believe there is such a thing as privacy on the internet.

    Use what browser makes you comfortable. Have multiple ones installed for different tasks. Not like there's a rule against it.

  58. Ben Stutts
    September 9, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I have several browsers installed. Which browser I use at any time depends on what I am doing. And contrary to what a lot of people seem to think there is no reason you can't have more than one running at a time. Or multiple instances of just one. I also have 3 monitors and can have one browser on one monitor, and a different browser on a second monitor - or use a split screen with 2 open on one monitor while doing something else on the other monitors.

    • eric messenger
      September 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      This is by far the best point I have read. Many hate IE but it honestly has its place in business still. I use chrome most often I still use firefox, IE and edge in specific circumstances. Chrome is great for Android user but probably not for ios and Microsoft's mobile OS. It is all circumstantial only because there are situation where there is a better browser. Edge is surprisingly nice to use. In my work environment we have about 1k employees and firefox is falling out of use fast with everyone.

    • Wayne Holly
      September 10, 2015 at 5:39 am

      I have to agree. I still use IE for my Outlook Web Mail when I am away from work. Firefox has become my go to browser, but I will occasionally use Opera since it is a clean installation without any extensions. And yes, I may have all three open at once.

  59. Paul Harris
    September 9, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Does Firefox support Chromecast ?

    • Brad Billman
      September 10, 2015 at 5:38 am

      Does Chromecast support firefox? Chromecast is a google product. You are asking the wrong question. What does Google support?

  60. Ryan McCallum
    September 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I used to love Firefox because of how extensive the add-ons/extensions/preferences were, but it would make my computer choke up, so I switched to Chrome.

    I love Google and use all sorts of Google Apps for work, so I love how fluid the Chrome environment is.

    I noticed a lot of people are divorcing Chrome lately, and I'm glad to say I'm not experiencing the same problems they are. Then again, a LOT of these people will download 40 extensions and get shocked Chrome isn't working as well as it used to.

  61. fcd76218
    September 9, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    My condolences on your recent "divorce".

    Chrome is from Google. 'Nuff said.

    I've been using Firefox since its Phoenix days so there has been any need to switch. Although Mozilla's plans to make FF more like Chrome has me worried.

    Microsoft Edge does not offer any features that have not present in other browser for the past 10 years. Edge is a Johnny-come-lately 'me-too' product

    • eric messenger
      September 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Edge is late but who is not happy about its purpose? It will replace IE and that is awesome for most people who don't know or bother installing a better browser. FF is like Opera 10 years ago probably on its way out BUT it depends on the OS honestly. There was a time when I really like konqueror but that was when the internet was still new and I haven't used it in years on nix.

    • Michael Tunnell
      September 10, 2015 at 1:12 am

      Mozilla is not making Firefox "more like Chrome" people say this all the time and not once have they done anything to merit it. People even claim that the UI looks like Chrome but no in fact it does not. The only thing that is similar is the "hamburger" menu and that is spreading across everything and every platform. The tabs don't look the same, the toolbars don't look the same and etc.

      • Brad Billman
        September 10, 2015 at 5:40 am

        IMO FF started copying Opera in UI since FF4

  62. Yodi Collins
    September 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I have four browsers installed on my Windows 10 PC -- five if you count MSIE, which is now a Windows accessory. Each of them has their pluses and minuses, without exception. Now maybe I can't tell the difference, but with processes for Chrome and Firefox running perpetually in the background, I don't detect any legitimate system slowdown. This suggests to me that the specs of the rig can mitigate any browser issues.

    A browser that doesn't do all those things you dislike about Chrome is only going to address a niche. That's the reason my rig has five browsers installed on it to begin with.

  63. Andrew Fallows
    September 9, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    There are lots of good reasons for preferring one browser over another, and while I'm a Chrome user today (Primarily because of cVim), I don't begrudge anyone having a different preference.

    However, I think "browser startup time" is a pretty weak argument for or against any given browser, unless one is *orders of magnitude* faster. which is not the case here.

    Maybe my style is less common than I think, but I have a strong tendency to open a browser at login time and never close it again, except in special situations (I close it on my gaming machine if I'm playing a resource-intensive game). As a proportion of the app's runtime, the startup time becomes negligible.

    If your experience is very different, then startup time may matter more, but if so I would very much like to hear about your usage patterns; maybe I'm being dense, but I can't think of why most users wouldn't do something similar to what I described.

  64. Michael Tunnell
    September 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I've been a diehard Firefox users for years and while I also have Chrome purely for design testing purposes I still always prefer Firefox. Firefox has everything including better addons and even some default features that blow Chrome away.

    The thing that I hate most about Chrome is the fact that it is incredibly bloated. Your article compares the memory usage of Firefox vs Chrome but there are a few flaws in the presentation of that difference. You didn't say the specs of the computers (how much RAM), the amount of tabs, and you are running both browsers at the same time. This creates a lot of possibilities that skews the results.

    For example, the amount of tabs alone is a very important aspect to this data because for example in Firefox I am using 825 MB of RAM with a total of 86 Tabs. Chrome would surpass the 825 MB of RAM in less than 10 tabs yet I currently have 86 tabs in Firefox.

    The resource usage of Firefox vs Chrome is highly debatable and many factors come into play when you compare them.

    Anyway, I'm glad you realized the greatness that is Firefox and switched, I hope many more people follow your lead. :)

  65. likefun butnot
    September 9, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Chrome is even worse the more tabs you choose to use, but Task Manager doesn't tell the full story. You'll get a better picture of overall RAM usage if you head over to the Processes tab and count up each entry for Chrome yourself. In practice, I find that Firefox-derived browsers are better for resource utilization starting at about five open tabs. Since I typically browse with more than 50 tabs open, the difference can be staggering. I've seen Chrome with 20 (admittedly image-heavy) open tabs consume in excess of 10GB RAM.

    I'd also strongly urge users to skip Firefox entirely. It is for the moment a terribly mismanaged product from a very confused organization. Instead, I suggest that users who want a truly good browsing experience try Pale Moon instead. Unlike Firefox for Windows, Pale Moon is a fully functional 64 bit application. It also uses the old-fashioned (pre-Firefox 25) XUL-based interface that's extremely easy to customize.

    There are a few problems with Pale Moon. One is that some Firefox addons are simply not compatible, including Pushbullet and Adblock Plus. Palemoon has its own in-house and fully compatible replacement for ABP, Adblock Latitude, but there are at least a few cases where Addon Developers have refused to support Palemoon. Another problem for Palemoon users is that it has its own User Agent, meaning that some web sites misidentify it as an incompatible browser since it does not match the Agent ID of IE, Firefox or Chrome. This is relatively easy to fix, but it can be annoying.

    • Michael Tunnell
      September 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      > "I’d also strongly urge users to skip Firefox entirely. It is for the moment a terribly mismanaged product from a very confused organization."

      I'm not sure how it is mismanaged or how Mozilla is confused but I'm intrigued to know why you say that.

      > "Unlike Firefox for Windows, Pale Moon is a fully functional 64 bit application."

      Most Windows applications are 32bit, including games, that is just an unfortunate issue with the Windows platform.

      > "It also uses the old-fashioned (pre-Firefox 25) XUL-based interface that’s extremely easy to customize."

      I actually like the Australis design but for those that don't there is an extension to turn it back to the old way. I'm also fairly sure that Australis is still XUL-based. They even use the same GUI toolkit.

      > "there are at least a few cases where Addon Developers have refused to support Palemoon"

      That is understandable to me, Pale Moon is a fork that is intentionally restricting itself to older versions of Firefox thus when add-ons get updated they become unsupported by older version of Firefox and thus inherently forks like Pale Moon.

      • fcd76218
        September 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

        "I’m not sure how it is mismanaged or how Mozilla is confused"
        I don't know about 'mismanaged' but as far as 'confused' goes - is Mozilla going to develop FF as their own unique product or are they going to follow Opera's lead and make FF Chrome-like? Considering Mozilla's history and philosophy, its overtures to Google and Chrome are confusing.

        • likefun butnot
          September 9, 2015 at 7:24 pm

          Firefox seems to be in the process of copying Chrome as closely as possible. I suspect that one day in the not too distant future, it will only be distinguished by its rendering and javascript interpretation engines.

      • likefun butnot
        September 9, 2015 at 7:23 pm

        Michael Tunnell said:

        I’m not sure how it is mismanaged or how Mozilla is confused but I’m intrigued to know why you say that.

        Mozilla seems to be in an ongoing process of sprawling its interests across products and platforms with minimal impact on its core mission, which was purportedly to provide tools for an open web. Now it's in technology partnerships to build mobile devices and app stores and it's inflicting third party commercial tools on its entire userbase in lieu of developer attention to its browser.

        The wrong people are in charge of Mozilla these days and I don't want to support what it's doing right now.

        Most Windows applications are 32bit, including games, that is just an unfortunate issue with the Windows platform.

        It's really very easy to exceed RAM usage in excess of 3GB on any contemporary web browser. Having only a 32-bit Windows binary is a serious drawback for Firefox, to the point that I can't even take it seriously. Firefox itself says it has no plans in the near future to resume development of a 64-bit Windows application (this is an example of inattention to a core product I was just mentioning), leaving users with the choice of either Pale Moon or Waterfox if they find that they are capable of exceeding that 3GB threshold.

        I actually like the Australis design but for those that don’t there is an extension to turn it back to the old way. I’m also fairly sure that Australis is still XUL-based. They even use the same GUI toolkit.

        There are other ramifications of that change, most prominently in what UI components are exposed to and available to end users and to add-ons. At the point that I need to install three extensions to return the UI to its previous functionality AND still have to accept that some components in "the most customizable browser" can no longer be altered, there are too many bad design decisions to accept.

        Further, I don't want or need a Chrome-style touch friend UI on a desktop browser. I have high resolution screens. I'd rather use those for web pages than giant, clunky buttons that are ironically harder to read than the menus they replaced.

        That is understandable to me, Pale Moon is a fork that is intentionally restricting itself to older versions of Firefox thus when add-ons get updated they become unsupported by older version of Firefox and thus inherently forks like Pale Moon.

        This is a curious state of affairs. In many cases, the only change needed in a signed Addon is support for Pale Moon's lower version number since, for the time being, most Firefox Addons are still XUL/XPCOM-based. Firefox does not yet support the new WebExtensions API and to my knowledge no one is actively writing addons to that spec for Firefox yet. I'm hopeful that someone at Mozilla will walk back that change, or at least choose not to deprecate the existing Addon toolchain.

  66. Howard Blair
    September 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I "broke up" with Chrome minutes after first trying it out, and I haven't changed my mind. I still keep Chrome Portable for testing web designs...but the extensions were horrible. Just to put something simple like a digital clock on the toolbar still takes 2 extensions - one for hours (separate extensions for 24-hour and 12-hour!), and a second for minutes.
    Don't ask about something like DownThemAll for Chrome - it's not possible.
    The fact that Firefox is even considering dropping XUL/XPCOM support in the next year to get "compatibility" with Chrome extensions is ludicrous, and I'll probably switch to Pale Moon or Waterfox as long as they keep the powerful extension library.

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