4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2011 5:08 AM by Colin Shapiro
Colin Shapiro Level 2 (330 points)
I have noticed an odd behaviour in Safari lately (can't say in what version it began).

Let's say I go to YouTube and start watching a video there. After 5 seconds, I decide not to watch the whole thing, and I close that Safari window. However, I can see (via Little Snitch which shows the current network activity) that even with the youtube window gone, the download continues in the background.

This obviously slows down any subsequent browsing as long as the movie is being "watched" or downloaded, to who knows where?

I'd say this is a bug in Safari - I'm currently using v5.0.3 in OS 10.6.6

The only way to stop the unwanted activity seems to be to quit Safari and restart.

Hopefully this can be fixed in a future version. I have submitted this to Safari feedback.

Maybe other users can confirm this.....

Mac Pro 8 x 2.8 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,820 points)
    Hi Colin,

    Little Snitch causes Safari users a lot of problems. This link contains results of a search I did in the Safari forum for you.


    Sending Apple feedback regarding an unsupported third party add on will most likely go unread. Feedback is for Apple software/hardware only.

  • Colin Shapiro Level 2 (330 points)
    Hi Carolyn,

    I think you have misunderstood....

    My problem is not caused by Little Snitch.
    Little Snitch has simply alerted me to the fact that there is unstopped activity in Safari after closing a window.

    I tried the same test using Firefox:
    I have a window with a video running/downloading.
    (I monitor the activity using Little Snitch)
    I close the window.
    All activity stops, ie ceases ie does not continue.

    Little Snitch is merely an observer, like me.

    The problem is quite clearly in Safari.
  • Krag Level 2 (240 points)
    Safari is buggy. I get the beachball on numerous websites and am forced to Force Quit (Cmd-Opt-Esc), no consistency, some have flash some do not... there's no explanation other than Safari is buggy.
  • Colin Shapiro Level 2 (330 points)

    I just updated Safari to v5.0.4 and the problem still persists.

    If I start a download, or watch a video, when I close the window or cancel the download, it carries on until I actually quit Safari.

    For example, I started a large download of a file in Safari. The download speed was rather slow, so I cancelled the download and started the same download using Firefox. Firefox's speed was a little better so I let it run. (I forgot to close down Safari)

    When I returned after some time, I noticed that there was still activity from Safari, though no windows were open and no downloads were in progress. The download speed in Firefox had dropped to a really slow speed. I then noticed Safari was still open and I quit it. The download speed in Firefox shot up immediately.

    This is a bug in Safari and I have filed a report in this regard.