Google Toolbar’s new tab feature on Firefox too slow/freeze problem due to a conflict

After I installed Google’s toolbar 5.0 and I tried the chrome’s new tab feature on Firefox 3.0 , I encountered a problem. When I open a new tab, it loads fine, though Firefox freezes for couple of seconds afterward. After investigating what’s happening, I noticed that Alexa Sparky plugin is trying to get the statistics for the page, and as a result Firefox freezes.

I looked at the javascripts of Alexa Firefox plugin, I found that the problem is that Alexa trying to get the host of Google-toolbar, since there is no such host, it takes extra seconds to realize that which leads to freezing.

Probably Alexa would fix this Alexa-Google toolbar conflict soon when they realize it, while then I did the following solution:

Main:

0-ANY OF THESE STEPS ON YOUR RISK, OF COURSE (;

1-On your computer browse to:
C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR CURRENT COMPUTER USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\SOME CODE.default\extensions\toolbar@alexa.com\content

2-Find the file overlay.js , backup the file just in case.

3-Edit the original file with notepad or any ASCII non-BOM editor. (If you are newbie and not sure about that, use notepad)

4-Find the following lines:


  1.   isIntranet: function(host)
  2.   {
  3.   try

Before “try” and AFTER {

adds the following line:


  1.   if (host==”google-toolbar){ return true;}

So after you did that, it should look like this:


  1.   isIntranet: function(host)
  2.   {
  3.   if (host==”google-toolbar){ return true;}
  4.   try

5-Now save the changes, and exit Firefox, then open it again .

6-The problem should be solved now, enjoy the new tabs without hassles.

4 thoughts on “Google Toolbar’s new tab feature on Firefox too slow/freeze problem due to a conflict

    • Hi Kelly,
      thanks for your comment and interest. well all rights reserved, however you or any person can use this post or any other post on this website, without copy and paste of entire or more than half of the post (why? because that may affect my website negatively with Google), and please put a link to my post on your website. However, I reserve the right to change/modify/annul any term in the future. but it will not affect any previous compliant use of my posts by you or any other person before such amendments exist.

      I ll post more details later, when I have more articles and/or time (;

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