Introduction: What are the Five Processes of Firefox?
Firefox is a software program that is often used for browsing the internet and apps. While most programs run in just one process, it opens five processes when you first use it. This can be confusing to some as there are many differences between each process in general with firefox. The five processes are Firefox, Firebug, B2G Desktop, Crash Monitoring Service, and Hang Monitor.
The Firefox process is the main program that opens when you first use Firefox. This process starts up when you turn your computer on and it allows you to browse the internet, watch youtube videos, and basically anything else that needs a program to work.
The Firebug process is a plug-in that comes with firefox. This process allows you to edit html code inside of websites and also lets you make changes to css.
The B2G process is an app that develops web applications. (update: b2g Mobile)
The Crash Monitoring Service process creates a crash log when Firefox crashes. When you crash, this logging sends information to Mozilla so they can fix it in the future. This is the most recent process created so far and is currently being used for all the crashes that happen in Firefox.
What is a Windows Process and Why does it Matter?
A windows process is a set of instructions that make up one program. These instructions tell the computer what to do and which resources it has to work with. Both in Windows and Mac, every program runs in its own process, including the operating system itself. This is why if you have more than one browser open, your computer will still only have one browser open.
As you can imagine, it’s possible for two programs to open two browser windows, your computer will only have one browser open and so on. Follow that chain of reasoning, and you’ll see there is a limit to how many windows your computer can open at once. If a program tries to open 20 windows simultaneously, your computer will only be able (possible) to handle up to 10 windows at once.
What does that mean for you? When you are browsing the Internet on your computer, each website you visit (except for the homepage) will open in a new window. The more windows you open, the less resources your computer has to handle them all. You may notice slower than usual loading times or a lag in response time. If you have a lot of windows open, the computer will start to slow down and eventually crash.
Firefox’s Five Processes and How They Affect You
If you have trouble opening or closing chrome, or anything else on the page, then you may be having a problem with one of the five processes. The first is the browser process, which you open by opening Firefox. This process will be most active during use. The second is a new window or tab that opens from the browser process or downloads from an external site. The third is a plugin that was installed for the browser and runs in its own separate process to reduce slowing down the other processes.
The fourth and fifth are “helper” processes, used to run programs like Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Silverlight when they are used on webpages. These processes run, but they don’t take up as much memory as the other four.
How to Reduce the Number of Firefox Processes with Task Manager
Most windows computers come with task manager, which allows you to view how many processes are open, and their location on your computer. It’s a good idea to use this regularly to keep your computer running at its best. You can find it in the windows search bar or find it in the start menu in Windows.
Task Manager provides information about the various processes running on your computer, and you can end some to free up memory, CPU time, or any other resources they’re using. However, because it’s a Microsoft program, we don’t consider it an essential part of the freeware.
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Do I Need All Five FireFox Windows Open?
Some people need all five windows open, while others only need two. If you are not sure, use task manager. The first two windows you need to have open are Firefox and B2G Desktop. If you close firefox, then you won’t be able to use the internet. The second window is for the B2G Desktop app, a firefox app that allows android to vie your computer. This allows you to make calls with your computer, and download files. The third and fifth windows are for the app launcher, and a browser without a tab (lite). Both windows allow you to do basic things on your computer, and probably aren’t needed. If you don’t think you need them, delete them.