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I use Safari as my browser, but I've found that it frequently hangs for 20, 30 seconds (sometimes longer), often times when I wake it up from sleep and/or when I open a new tab.

Though I'm not sure it would be helpful, the next time it does it I'll see if I can sample the process and report back with the results. In the meantime, is there something I can try? I'm running on a mid-2007 MacBook so, while I think I have enough processing power (2x2.16Ghz) and memory (2GB), I suspect it's a disk issue.

Is there something I can do to reduce disk usage? Should I clear my cache (this isn't a problem), my history (I want to keep this if possible) or both?

edit: Is there any way to determine what plugins I have installed? I have RescueTime and Evernote, so either of them could be the culprit, but I know that there are programs that like to install hidden extensions, so that could be the problem as well.

By the way, here's that sampling output summary - I've cut out the call tree as it was way too long to post:

Total number in stack (recursive counted multiple, when >=5):
        21       _pthread_start
        21       thread_start
        7       __semwait_signal
        7       mach_msg
        7       mach_msg_trap
        7       pthread_cond_wait$UNIX2003
        6       CFRunLoopRunSpecific
        5       CFRunLoopRunInMode

Sort by top of stack, same collapsed (when >= 5):
        __semwait_signal        2058
        mach_msg_trap        2030
        semaphore_wait_signal_trap        589
        select$DARWIN_EXTSN        588
        0x0        294
        __workq_ops        294
        semaphore_timedwait_signal_trap        294
        kevent        293
        pread$UNIX2003        116
        fsync$UNIX2003        50
        WebCore::BinaryPropertyListSerializer::appendStringObject(WebCore::String const&)        42
        WTF::HashMap<WebCore::String, unsigned long, WebCore::StringHash, WTF::HashTraits<WebCore::String>, WTF::HashTraits<unsigned long> >::get(WebCore::String const&) const        19
        write$UNIX2003        19
        __dtoa        15
        WebCore::IntegerArrayHash::equal(WebCore::IntegerArray const&, WebCore::IntegerArray const&)        13
        WebCore::String::characters() const        11
        WTF::HashMap<WebCore::IntegerArray, unsigned long, WebCore::IntegerArrayHash, WebCore::IntegerArrayHashTraits, WTF::HashTraits<unsigned long> >::get(WebCore::IntegerArray const&) const        7
        __memcpy        7
        WebCore::String::isEmpty() const        6
        __sfvwrite        6
        WebCore::BinaryPropertyListSerializer::addAggregateObjectReference(unsigned long)        5
        __vfprintf        5
Sample analysis of process 18283 written to file /dev/stdout
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You can type about:plugins in the Safari address bar to get a list of installed browser plugins. – arathorn Aug 14 '09 at 20:26
@arathorn: I just get a blank page when I try to visit about:plugins. You sure that works for Safari? – Kyle Cronin Aug 14 '09 at 20:36
@Kyle Cronin: Whoops, my mistake. You actually just to to the Help menu and select Installed Plug-ins. – arathorn Aug 19 '09 at 0:21
if you send me the whole stacktrace I can give you a more accurate idea of where is Safari blowing. (Hint gmail at my last name) ;) – Martín Marconcini May 3 '11 at 14:06

In my book, Adobe Flash is always the first culprit for issues with browser stability and responsiveness. Try installing ClickToFlash and see if that helps things.

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Thanks for the tip - I've actually had CTF installed for a while. Could it be another plugin perhaps? – Kyle Cronin Aug 14 '09 at 20:06

Did you update to Safari 4.0.3 yet? I was having problems with 4.0.2

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It seems to be better, but I don't know if that was the update or the restart that did it. I'm going to accept this answer unless Safari starts acting up again. – Kyle Cronin Aug 15 '09 at 15:27

Go to Java Preferences -> Disable java-SE

Then try to open webpage in Safari again.

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