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Safari crashing problem solved

A couple of weeks ago I upgraded Safari on my Macs at home and work to Safari 5; and noticed a sharp decline in stability despite being on a mix of Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

Well, I am a bit embarrassed to admit that after many days of ranting, it appears that the problem is my own.
A very nice commenter on my WordPress blog pointed out that I should check my ~/Library/Safari/Extensions folder to see if I had duplicate extensions. I did, and he was correct; once the duplicate was removed Safari became vastly more stable again… I should have known to check that, it really is pretty basic. Please learn from my error and check your own ~/Library/Safari/Extensions for duplicate extensions if your Safari is crashing.

Update: Turns out that solved the problems with Safari only on 10.5; Safari on 10.6 continues to be a joke of instability – reminding me of Windows and IE.

Update: The problem was JavaScript Blacklist; which I consider critical in order to block unwanted malware in the form of javascripts… so I switched to Firefox with NoScript; stable and more secure.

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