I looked, but I did not find any browser or Internet groups. Where should this question be located? It's not a web app or Internet of things.

I am tired of how my Firefox/Mozilla browser keeps using more resources than I feel it needs to. I find that lots of pages are doing more than I want them to. What I would like is some method or addon which allows me to end what a page gets for CPU, but will keep it in memory. So the page will display and links will work, but it won't update.

I've tried hibernation and all it does is display a place holder for the page and unloads it from memory, then when it wakes up, reloads the page.

Am I being too greedy in what I want? Does such a thing exist?

2 Answers 2


If you're looking for an alternative browser, then Software Recommendations is probably what you want, as noted by @Robert Longson. Be aware that SoftwareRecs.SE is pretty strict with questions, so be sure to read its help center and question quality guidelines before you post your question there.

If you want a general way of lowering CPU usage on a browser, even if it is a specific one, then I think Super User may be where you'd like to go, as people there can provide different approaches to solutions.

  • The super user group sounds like its more of where I should be asking, thanks for the assist.
    – Fering
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 19:04
  • I try to give some time for answers to fill in, just in case there is a better one. So tomorrow if yours is still the best then I will
    – Fering
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 2:25
  • +1­ Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 2:15

While recommendation questions are off-topic in most Stack Exchange sites there is one that might be suitable if you're looking specifically for a browser add-on: Software Recommendations. It has pretty strict requirements for questions to be on topic so be sure to read its help centre and question quality guidelines carefully.

Outside of Stack Exchange altogether, you can search for add-ons on Firefox's add-ons page perhaps you'll find a suitable one there without having to ask a question at all.

  • I did look at the add-ons and nothing seemed to offer what I wanted. They were just unloading the page but keeping its tab. Then to awake they would either load from cache or reload.
    – Fering
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 19:03

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