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Updated Apple's shiny new version 4 of its Safari browser is causing headaches among many users - including here at The Reg.

Ever since we upgraded to version 4 from the remarkably stable beta version, Safari has crashed repeatedly - and we're not alone. Over on deep-Mac-geek website MacInTouch, numerous - but by no means all - posters are reporting crashes after upgrading from the beta to the shipping version.

Apple's Safari forum is also replete with complaints - including threads with such happy titles as Safari 4 crashing every 10 minutes, Safari 4 Keeps on crashing, and Great Safari update.... NOT!, which includes the following quote from one poster: "OK I've had it with this new safari, it's complete pants!"

Fixes suggested by various posters include resolving conflicts with either an InputManager or a Login Item, removing utilities that use the Accessibility APIs (such as LazyMouse), cleaning out accumulated Top Sites page previews in ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.safari /Webpage Previews/, deleting the Menu Extra Enabler.bundle, and more.

Here at The Reg, we've yet to solve our problem - and we're getting tired of hearing our Windows-using collegues ridiculing us by saying: "Hey, I thought a Mac 'just works!'". ®

Update

We received word on July 9th from the developer of LazyMouse, a System Preference that was known to crash Safari on some websites due to Apple's browser not implementing Mac OS X's accessibility APIs, that Safari 4.0.2 has fixed that bug - which our testing, limited though it may be, has confirmed.

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