Opened 7 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

#9622 closed defect (user disappeared)

Google Mail and other sites significantly slower recently

Reported by: cypherpunks Owned by: pde
Priority: Medium Milestone: HTTPS-E 4 stable
Component: HTTPS Everywhere/EFF-HTTPS Everywhere Version: HTTPS-E 4.0dev10
Severity: Normal Keywords:
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I don't know if this coincided with https-everywhere being updated to 4.0development.10 - in fact I don't remember for sure whether I was on the stable or development branch prior to this - but Google Mail in particular has become a lot slower in the last few days.

In more detail:
Extensions: Adblock Plus, Cookie Monster, https-everywhere, NoScript, RequestPolicy, SQLite Manager, Ubuntu Firefox Modifications, View Dependencies, Web Developer (all enabled)

Steps to reproduce:

Check that all of the above extensions are present and enabled.

Navigate to There is quite a long delay before the page has fully loaded.

Temporarily allow to execute scripts and temporarily allow cookies. This leads to a further delay - which I should have timed - but I do know that after temporarily allowing requests from to in RequestPolicy, there is another delay, just as long as the first, before the page is rendered. Most of this is spent "connecting".

There may be further delays in Gmail, but after a while they all seem to be sorted. Possibly these delays are related to the first time each certificate is encountered.

However, if I first disable https-everywhere, there are no such delays.

Navigate to other sites, such as These are also noticeably slower in the last few days - unless https-everywhere is disabled. I've had https-everywhere installed for a couple of years now, and I think that things were still fine for a while after the last update on August 16.

Finally, close the browser. I have it set to clear history when Firefox exits, and to clear everything except site preferences, however far back. If https-everywhere is enabled, System Monitor shows the activity resulting from this to take much longer than usual, as if more information is being deleted than would otherwise have been the case.

Does anyone have any idea where the problem might lie, and if there's likely to be a less radical workaround than disabling https-everywhere altogether?

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Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by zyan

Hi bug reporter, I'm curious if downgrading to HTTPS Everywhere stable (3.4.1) resolves the performance issue. The dev version might just be slower because it has ~3x more rulesets.

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by cypherpunks

Is your issue resolved with the latest 4.0dev12 update? This sounds like a duplicate of #9582 (probably resolved by #9713).

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by arma

Status: newneeds_information

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by cypherpunks

Resolution: user disappeared
Severity: Normal
Status: needs_informationclosed
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