What were you doing when you took that? Firefox will use a lot - not quite that much, I've only ever seen 100MB or so when I was streaming a few movies at once. - when you're, for example, streaming movies and what-not.
Yeah, I'm kind of less fond of FireFox after the recent exploits (that have been fixed by now). It just seems to be a lot slower than usual, so I just stick to Chrome. It's fast enough for my preferences. Chrome does use its own task manager and every tab uses memory on its own though, as far as I know.
That IS unusually high, right now i have 7 windows with 6-20 tabs each (massive searching for information and computer parts atm, + my numerous unreasonably many projects lol) (I'm leaving anything of use open in a tab )
And im using 250MB atm.
I HAVE noticed that after visiting some web sites it can spike to 600mb + until i restart, and that at one point it was using 100% of one or my cores after visiting said site (Added to siteblock it was a useless site anyway)
I use firefox because i know i can trust it, Chrome installs all these other google programs on my computer (google updater, googletoolbarnotifier... etc ) That i cant find Anywhere to TURN OFF in startup (msconfig) or otherwise; I avoid any programs that do this so my system doesn't slow down.
Yes, that is way too much memory for a web browser to be using. Even when streaming a couple youtube videos, any more than 100 MB is a lot.
Firefox was ruined when they released the final update for 2 (I think it was 2.2). It's been getting worse and worse ever since. Since FF is the only truly secure browser for a windows platform, I changed operating systems - now I use Opera on Linux. It's a million times faster and, overall, way more reliable.
If you're using Windows, though, you're pretty much stuck with FF for security reasons (Noscript + Adblock).
IE, as we all should know by now, has a million exploits that allow hackers straight into your machine and is vulnerable to virtually every single web threat out there. Opera doesn't allow hackers in but it's still vulnerable to most web threats.
I didn't really care to try chrome's security out, but I'm certain that if it isn't blocking executable content (like noscript does), it's not much better.
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