Google Analytics slowdown with Firefox 3.5

For the past few weeks I have noticed that several websites will hang while opening in Firefox 3.5 and the status page will display:

Contacting ssl.google-analytics.com…

This can go on for a few seconds- causing tabs to freeze until a response is obtained. I did a quick search and found a fix by adding the following to the c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file:

# [Google Inc] www.google-analytics.com ssl.google-analytics.com

In addition, a few other host file tweaks can cut down on the advertisements from Google in other web sites: adwords.google.com pagead.googlesyndication.com pagead2.googlesyndication.com adservices.google.com imageads.googleadservices.com imageads1.googleadservices.com www.googleadservices.com apps5.oingo.com

1 comment:

  1. There are multiple ways of blocking GA. For example the AdBlock (or AdBlockPlus) Firefox extension or a Greasemonkey script will work like a charm. And they also help you improve your browsing experience by removing other web content.