Awful Firefox slow down:Not Responding Rated 1 out of 5 stars
I have no idea how or when Browser Highlighter got added to my Firefox. I've been using Firefox steadily for at least 4 years and from time to time add another add-on. I don't recall adding this, but I'm not certain that I didn't. I don't recall ever using it, either, but it certainly sounds like it should be benign.
In any case, some time at the end of July of this year (2010) I started experiencing terrible slowdowns in Firefox. I mean really terrible, especially for long pages. Long pages would just get hung up with a 'Not Responding' when I would try to scroll or see what was going on. Often I would have to use Task Manager to close out of Firefox.
I kept researching on the internet to see what was causing my problem and did all the usual things (cleared cache, expanded cache size, deleted temp files etc) all to no avail. I even uninstalled Firefox and reinstalled it several times.I had to resort to using Internet Explorer for my browser much of the time, instead of Firefox. Finally yesterday after several months of frustration and wasted time, and embarrassment when I was trying to show things to people and had to kill my Firefox, etc, I spent the day yesterday just focusing on this problem. This time when I uninstalled Firefox, I checked a box that said something like 'destroy all my settings'. I don't remember exactly but as a result, I had far fewer Add-ons, this being one, and I was able to delete it. Finally the strangle hold on my Firefox is gone. It was being choked by this Add-on.
I can't believe how much time I have lost and how much aggravation I experienced as a result of this Add-On. I hardly ever ever go to eBay. I don't recall if I went there at the end of July and that's why this started. I do use Skype quite regularly but I don't think I use a browser to do it. But in any case, I am so glad to be rid of this problem and hope it does not re-appear.