80% off HL expansions, should I buy a few? (also missing FC)
1) Considering they have reduced the Free Farm Cash Videos to 2 ads per day, I am low on FV Cash. I have been patient through the 40, 50, 60 and now 80% sales for Holiday Lights. If you wait till next Monday it will be 90% off. So you would pay half of what you will end up paying now. I would definitely be buying the 90% off expansions as coin expansions have lately been non-forthcoming.
2) Have you tried using Google Chrome to play FV? Mozilla served me like a charm for years, but it seems Windows 7 and Chrome are a perfect match for playing Farmville. And I'll be honest, Chrome is also using around 530K of memory, so it's not much of a difference from what you have going on. You could try tweaking your various Flash Player settings from this control panel
Also, are all of those open browser tabs and application windows? It seems they are and that is a big drain on resources. Each tab is an instance in itself and takes up quiet a bit of processing power. So have fewer open tabs and applications. Pretty much when Farmville is open, you cannot have any other "major" applications running on the side -- unless you have a setup optimized for gaming (6+ GB of RAM, etc).
3) Try to reset Firefox. Firefox >> Help menu >> Troubleshooting Information >> Reset
This will clear the gunk and other Add-ons/plugins you have acquired over the years, while preserving your bookmarks. Please understand this process completely BEFORE blindly hitting Reset (don't blame me if something breaks), although I can assure you that your browser will run impeccably once this is done. Additionally, I am assuming you have the latest version of Mozilla and Flash Player and Windows Update has also done its thing recently.
4) ... and for the love of God, uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials. It's a decent product as it has a limited footprint and won't bother your for the most part, but it also does NOT catch all of the Malware/viruses. Go for ZoneAlarm (free edition -- Firewall/AV combo) or something like Avast. Never rely on Microsoft for security solutions
Edit: Holy Mackerel, are you running Windows XP or is that just a theme??? XP was a sweetheart while it lasted and yes it still rocks, but ONLY if you do not connect to the Internet. Otherwise you are asking for serious trouble! Time to upgrade... like NOW! Don't get me wrong, but you need Windows 7 (skip Vista and avoid 8.1 like the plague).