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Thanks to Golden Shoes for this. It worked for my Safari 4.0.3 beachballing upon opening.
Sorry, but Safari 4, 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 are not available to download; you can't go back. If Safari is giving you trouble, reinstalling it won't help, because that's not the problem. Try this instead:
Quit Safari if it's running and open System Preferences>Network>Advanced.
In the DNS Server window, make sure IPv6 is turned off, and enter these two DNS servers to replace the ones you currently have:
click Apply Now and quit System Preferences.
Next, do these things in order:
1. Go to Home/Library/Cookies and delete the Cookies.plist file.
2. Go to Home/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari and delete the contents of that folder.
3. Go to Home/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari/Web Page Previews and delete the contents of that folder.
4. If you don't want to use the Top Sites feature, open Terminal and paste in this command:
defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2
5. Go to Home/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari and delete the contents of that folder.
6. Go to Home/Library/Caches/Safari and delete the contents of that folder.
7. Go to Home/Library/Safari and delete these files (if you have them):
Then restart Safari and see if the speed is improved.
Message was edited by: Mike Stand
my safari is freezing too. - this is not good. 'freezing' is why i left windows.
it freezes on facebook.
it freezes on yahoo.
it freezes on google.
it freezes on youtube.
i always have to force quit every day - too me thats worse than a crash (a crash ends, and a report can be generated)
i just want safari 3 back. i dont like safari 4.0.3, and i dont want a fixed safari 4 either. i tried to downgrade to safaris 3 but, it wont allow-- i know there is a way around this. What is that way?
I can't use Safari 4.0.3 on one of my desktops - the owner/administrator one (me). This was only annoying until recently. Now I can't use iTunes!
Why does one have too be a computer genius to get things to work. I spent a poop load of money in iTunes & now can't access it. My son thinks it's linked to the Safari problem since I can access iTunes on the other desktop. I've been reading & writing in these forums for over a week.
I'll be shocked if someone has an answer I can understand - quite frankly I'd be afraid to mess with a long list of settings - I might end up with a commputer that doesn't work at all.
Getting back to the original question (or should I start a new thread?), is there a way to undo the Safari 4.0.3 update?
I had the same "pinwheels forever but doesn't ever actually load or crash" issue that Linda is having, and I resolved it with some advice I found in this thread:
Hopefully that might help her as well. It's still a tad slower than it was before for page hopping within a single site, and noticeably slower when going from one site to another (it's really unhappy with Google, for some reason), but it's much better than it was.
However, there are two "features" to the update that I absolutely abhor, and I can't seem to find any option to turn them off.
So my question is the same as her original question:
How do I undo the Safari 4.0.3 upgrade? For the first time in my admittedly short use of an Apple product, I am completely dissatisfied with one of their products. The irony here is that Safari 4.0 was the first pack-in browser that I adored.
Oh-- and I am still on Leopard. After the Safari fiasco, I don't think I'll be updating to Snow Leopard unless absolutely forced to do so. While Vista ran me away from PCs, given the cost difference, at least PCs are somewhat disposable if you have a serious issue. This Mac is a different story, though.
I am having the same problems here as everyone else.
I am running Mac OS 10.4.11 on an old Powerbook G4 and I had been extremely happy with Safari version 3.2.3. After Updating to Safari 4.0.3, however, I am noticing extremely longer loading times. The new Safari is also much less stable, and will often freeze up, showing a spinning ball until you force quite the application. For some website, such as Kohls.com or Tirerack.com Safari won't even begin to load the page.
Because of the problems in Safari 4.0.3 I have been forced to switch over to Firefox, which is such a shame because I really prefer Safari over any other web browser. Right now I am so frustrated with Apple for making Safari 4.0.3 a program that cannot be uninstalled. Not only is that such a classic Windows move, but it is something Microsoft would probably be sued for too.
I have searched the internet but cannot figure out a way to go back to Safari 3.2.3 and yes I have found several suggestions but none of them have worked. I even called Apple about this and their only comment was that I will have to reinstall the operating system on my computer! So I guess I will just have to get used to using Firefox. I am definitely not a happy Mac person right now.