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Post Posted May 14th, 2019, 2:17 pm

I have been using Thunderbird since it was originally Netscape. I have dabbled with other email clients but none compare to Thunderbird. For the last six months I have been experiencing nothing but slowness with Thunderbird. I am running a Lenovo Computer with Windows 8.1. My version of Thunderbird is 60.6.1. My AV is Avast Free. I am also using Mail Washer Free in conjunction with Thunderbird to help ward off the spam.

Sometimes I have to actually click "get messages", to get my new messages to load into Thunderbird.

I have also had the recurring problem of Thunderbird not automatically saving my outgoing messages into the send folder.

In resarching this problem, I came upon a program called "Thunder Fix" and was wondering if anyone has had any expeirence with it and if it is safe to use.

I would really like my Thunderbird to be as fast as it used to be, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Post Posted May 14th, 2019, 2:41 pm

I've never used ThunderFix but its basic idea seems like nonsense to me. It supposedly speeds things up by deleting the (supposedly corrupt) *.msf files, and letting them get rebuilt. My impression from other threads is that a corrupt *.msf file gives you a incorrect folder listing, but doesn't effect performance. Its normally the mbox file for the inbox folder that you worry about, not its *.msf file.

You say "I have been experiencing nothing but slowness". When, doing what? For example does it mainly effect startup of Thunderbird, opening folders or when you compose a message?

Do you have the same problem if you run in safe mode (help -> restart with add-ons disabled)? One possibility is that you have a memory leak, and don't have enough free memory to ignore it. See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Performance_-_Thunderbird for some other possibilities.

How many messages do you have in your inbox folder? When did you last compact it?

One strategy would be to disable offline folders (if you have a IMAP account), disable global search/indexing, and delete the Lightning add-on (assuming you don't use a calendar). That saves lots of resources and eliminates several background processes. You can still search (for example with the quick filter bar) but you can't do a global search. http://kb.mozillazine.org/Minimize_the_ ... _a_profile

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Post Posted May 14th, 2019, 2:51 pm

The slowness is getting messages off of the server (Cableone). Thunderbird loads quickly. It just seems to take more than one try to get my messages to load into the inbox. I only keep around 35-100 messages in my inbox. As soon as I finish with a message, it goes to trash or to one of my many folders. I periodically go through my folders and delete mail that I no longer need or have already taken action on. Right now I have 47 in my inbox and that will be down to 33 in about a couple of minutes. I don't have any add on programs except for the one that links to "Box" when I need to send a very large file.

My computer has 8 gigs of memory.

I last compacted my inbox about 10 minutes ago. I also have around 100 folders set up where I store different business related emails, etc.

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Post Posted May 14th, 2019, 3:15 pm

How is the account set up in Thunderbird, as POP or IMAP? Find out using menu path Tools->Account Settings->Server Settings->Server Type at the top right of the dialogue.

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Post Posted May 14th, 2019, 3:24 pm

Are you using a POP or IMAP account?

You could add a Gmail IMAP account, as an experiment. See if it has the same problem. If it doesn't one workaround might be to configure the Gmail account to periodically fetch mail from the cable one POP server, and merge it into the Gmail inbox. If you add a multiple identity for the cable one email address to the Gmail account you can send/reply/forward messages using the cable one address. The reason for doing this is if the cable one server is slow, only the program the gmail server uses to fetch the message suffers from the slow performance, you don't (since the Gmail IMAP server is fast).

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Gmail
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Multiple_iden ... il_account
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Post Posted May 14th, 2019, 5:50 pm

IMAP

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Post Posted May 14th, 2019, 5:51 pm

I had my yahoo on there and removed it thinking it might have been slowing it down. Turns out the Yahoo mail was loading faster than my regular email account with Cableone....

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Post Posted May 14th, 2019, 6:08 pm

You could use a Yahoo IMAP account just like I suggested you use the Gmail one.
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