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Midlife Apr 9, 2011 10:39 AM

I don't know if this is a Chow thing or not, but I've been noticing slightly slowish page loads lately and see things like Google Analytics and Facebook domains loading along with Chow pages when I look at the status bar at the bottom of my Firefox screen. At first I thought the slight delay was the tweet tabs but I've gotten rid of them with AdBlockerPlus.

The status bar appears to be new and related to the McAfee security (a new upgrade called Site Advisor?) provided through my cable company.

So...... is this stuff normal or something unique to Firefox or me, or........???????????

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  1. ChinoWayne RE: Midlife Apr 9, 2011 11:22 AM

    It is coming from McAfee, apparently courtesy of your ISP.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne
      Midlife RE: ChinoWayne Apr 9, 2011 12:12 PM

      Sorry......... "It" could use a bit of clarification. Are you saying the Google and Facebook loads are coming from McAfee????? I know the new status bar is McAfee. And my guess is that the loading slowness is due to pages loading the Google and Facebook, +++. I just want to be sure where it's coming from and why (if I can figure that out).

      1. re: Midlife
        ChinoWayne RE: Midlife Apr 9, 2011 05:52 PM

        I am saying the status bar change comes from McAfee, which is looking at the URL before presenting it to your browser so McAfee can tell you whether or not they think it is a "safe" site, which then displays the green McAfee logo in your address bar. Google and Facebook are not coming from McAfee, but it is inserting itself in your initial call to link to Google or Facebook, telling you the URL is OK, then going "idlet" while your browser actually connects to the other sites.

        In other words, you are getting a slight lag caused by McAfee when you call a new web site.

        1. re: ChinoWayne
          Midlife RE: ChinoWayne Apr 9, 2011 06:34 PM

          I think I'm understanding you but I don't understand why McAfee is 'clearing' Facebook and Google if they're NOT part of the chow page I'm going to? I thought I got rid of those tabs with AdBlocker Plus. It seems as if I only got rid of the tab images and NOT the action of including them in the download time ....... which was what I thought was causing a slowdown in page loading. See here if you haven't already seen it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775749

          Could that be right?

          1. re: Midlife
            ChinoWayne RE: Midlife Apr 10, 2011 11:48 AM

            Most likely McAfee is seeing everything before AdBlocker Plus kicks in. AdBlocker is a plug-in dependent upon your browser, McAfee is kicking in before the sidebar widget for sharing can be served up to your browser and AdBlocker. I don't think it is possible for you to eliminate all impact of the widget being served up, as AdBlocker does not eliminate the widget from being served up, it only masks it from your display.

            The overall impact is that the time used to filter everything (by McAfee) and to serve up the sidebar widget, and to filter for and mask the display of the widget, cannot be circumvented. Its the physics of it all.

            So it would seem the culprit in your experience of longer page load times would be McAfee. Typically this function of McAfee (validating the trustworthiness of a web site) is bundled in one of their security suites. Do you run any McAfee yourself on your computer, if so, you should be able to disable the McAfee Site Advisor module.

            1. re: ChinoWayne
              Midlife RE: ChinoWayne Apr 10, 2011 12:46 PM

              I'll look. The McAfee Security is a free service of our cable company, but i had to download it, so I should be able to work with it. Thanks.

              1. re: Midlife
                Gary RE: Midlife Apr 10, 2011 07:48 PM

                Chowhound pages (such as this one) include the Facebook "Like" widget at the top right, which I know from my experience is an iframe embedding code that is located on the Facebook server. Similarly, Google Analytics code on each page makes calls to Javascript code that sits on a Google server.

                This would result in you briefly seeing references to Google Analytics and Facebook in your status bar, and if you have some sort of McAfee pre-filter active, it would probably consider these as part of the webpage and scan them along with the rest of the page resources.

                1. re: Gary
                  eclecticsynergy RE: Gary Apr 10, 2011 08:08 PM

                  Thanks, Gary- I too have been wondering why Facebook and GoogleAnalytics. have been showing up in my loading bar.

                  Everything is just too interconnected for my taste these days. And becoming more so all the time. Sometimes I feel Google is looking over everybody's shoulder like Big Brother. It's reassuring to learn GoogleAnalytics isn't gathering information every time I load a page.

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