I've noticed that the longer and more often that I spend on Facebook, including communicating with some of you, the slower that my computer becomes.  I deleted most of the extra, and extraneous apps, that come with the Facebook territory, and that has helped the situation, and frequent disk cleanups also help.  But the problem does not completely go away, and it comes back with a vengeance every time that I spend more time on the site.  Moreover, more than my browser (Firefox) is affected, and there is a general systemic slow-down.  It's to the point now that my involvement on Facebook endangers my ability to accomplish real work in more ways than just sucking up time.  It's turning my fairly new desktop computer into the equivalent of a 486/66 box running Windows 95.  An early version of Windows 95.  So far my laptops seem far less effective, but I'm reluctant to push my luck.

So I'm going to be cutting my Facebook time down, by a lot, and checking in for short visits a few times a day, if that.  I might be over here more again too.

Also, I'm kind of curious: Has anyone else had the same experience?  Facebook is addictive, passing up Windows Solitaire as the greatest time-waster on my PC.  But I have to ask myself what the price is, as far as PC slowdowns and the ravages of Facebook apps go.  I would rather have a computer working close to its peak, and I can still see funny pictures and puppy videos, just not as frequently during the day.  Who knows, I might even start accomplishing more too.

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Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 4, 2012 at 5:56pm

Right now I'm mainly using Firefox for my work as an online educator, and not for Facebook.  I'm sticking with Chrome for the vast majority of my browsing now, with a little from Internet Explorer, when I encounter a site that demands IE (there are still some).  I'm having a pretty positive experience with Chrome, and will probably stick it for a while.

Comment by Jeff Twining on February 4, 2012 at 5:52pm


My wife said that she noticed little difference on her PC; no real slowdown. She has two of the same model PCs; one for work and the other for home use.  Facebook is only on the home PC, but there is no appreciable difference in response times.  She uses Chrome for her browsing on both machines. She also doesn't play games on Facebook.

It would seem that Firefox may be the culprit, Jim; or at least a suspect.

Comment by Paul Lipps on February 4, 2012 at 2:29pm

Windows is as Windows does. Consider alternatives.

Comment by Dean Petters on February 4, 2012 at 10:03am

I've not noticed any slowdown, but then I adamantly refuse to play any of the games on facebook, nor do I allow any application to have access.  I also have separate admin accounts on teh computer and only browse the web using "user" accounts with limited priviledges.  I also have it set so that very little is saved between browsing sessions.

Comment by Kev on February 3, 2012 at 5:21pm

ahh just finished a glorious 3 hour lunch. Reminded me of the good old days. Wine, Pork Chop or Steak and real conversation in a room full of like minded people. Instead of the mad rush "oi knob heres your check- get the fuck out" style American eatery.

Good business conducted, now if I can focus - time for a little counter shuffling.

Comment by Kev on February 3, 2012 at 5:19pm

indeed. WTF, just cause u can find me does not mean I care. I have two profiles. One for 'those" people and one for the rest.

Comment by Tony on February 3, 2012 at 3:02pm

Heck, I clean the browser cache and run CCleaner a few times a day...but then again I'm always using Google Earth and looking at online map images so that racks up the memory load.

Back to Facebook, I really slowed down using it a few months ago. I just kept getting with hit chat requests every time I logged on from people I barley knew 20 years ago.

They are nice people but I don't want to chat.."hey, what's up, where do you live now, you have kids, remember back when....."

Comment by Roger Morley on February 3, 2012 at 2:44pm

You are more rigorous than I ever was, Jim. try Chrome out, and as others have said, get shot of all those unused apps, and go from there.

I wish you luck in improving your PC

Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 3, 2012 at 2:38pm

I clean my browser frequently, at least once a week, and also use the McAfee quick clean and Vista disk clean applications.  I defragment at least as often.

Comment by Roger Morley on February 3, 2012 at 2:34pm

Make sure you clear your browser data regularly.  I also use IObit system care http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html

I never really like the "all in one" system cleaner, But this one was recommended to me and it works well. I have never had any issues of a slow computer since i have started using it. You could always try it out if you still have problems, and it is free too!

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