Firefox Freezes Frequently? Here Is How to Solve It!

Sherry li
3 min readMar 2, 2021

Mozilla Firefox, simply Firefox, is a free and open-source web browser developed by Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation. As a web browser, Firefox is available on various platforms, including Linux, macOS, and Windows. It supports 97 languages.

Similar to other browsers, users also encounter some problems while using Mozilla Firefox. Firefox keeps freezing is one of the most common issues to see. In the following contents, you can get some methods to solve this problem and you can follow them one by one to troubleshoot your Firefox.

Method 1: Clear Firefox History

Firefox stores various information for users, such as browsing history, downloaded files, saved passwords, etc. When you encounter the problem that Firefox freezes when opening new tabs or streaming video, you can try clearing the information to solve the problem.

Now, you can restart your Firefox and check if the problem you encountered has been solved. If it still exists, you should move on to the next method.

Method 2: Disable Add-ons in Firefox

The problem that Firefox keeps freezing could also happen due to an incompatible or outdated extension. You can try disabling the add-ons in your Firefox to solve the problem.

Step 2: In the following window, select the Extensions tab and disable all the installed extensions.

Then you can restart Firefox and check if it works properly.

Method 3: Disable Hardware Acceleration

Some users have solved the issue that Firefox freezes frequently by turning off Hardware Acceleration. You can also have a try.

Step 4: Restart Firefox.

An outdated or corrupted graphics card driver could also cause Firefox freezing issue. Therefore, you’d better keep your graphics card driver up to date. You can follow the steps below or use a reliable third-party program to update the driver.

Step 2: Double-click the Display adapters category to expand it.

Step 3: Right-click your graphics card adapter and select Update driver.

Step 4: In the pop-up window, select Search automatically for updated driver software. Then follow the onscreen instructions to finish the operation.


Position: Columnist

Sherry has been a staff editor of MiniTool for a year. She has received rigorous training about computer and digital data in company. Her articles focus on solutions to various problems that many Windows users might encounter and she is excellent at disk partitioning.

She has a wide range of hobbies, including listening to music, playing video games, roller skating, reading, and so on. By the way, she is patient and serious.

Originally published at on March 2, 2021.