pfSense+ 23.01 GUI Suddenly Very Slow

Hi All - A little over 6 weeks ago I upgraded from pfSense CE 2.6.0 to pfSense+ 23.01. The upgrade went like a charm. Since then, I upgraded the Patches package and then added all the recommended patches. About 3-4 days after adding the patches, the GUI has gotten extremely slow starting with the login page, then loading the main web page and any other pages. There is no degradation of throughput.

System info:

  • Intel(R) Core™ i5-2540M CPU @ 2.60GHz

  • AES-NI CPU Crypto: Yes (active)

  • QAT Crypto: No

  • 2 GB DDR3

  • 6 x I211 Gigabit Network Connections

  • 6 VLANs configured

Installed packages:

  • freeradius3
  • ntopng
  • openvpn-client-export
  • pfBlockerNG
  • pimd
  • Shellcmd
  • System_Patches

Running services:

  • dhcpd
  • dpinger
  • miniupnpd
  • ntopng
  • openvpn
  • pfb_filter
  • pimd
  • unbound

I don’t see anything obvious that would cause the GUI to suddenly become so slow.


Found the culprit: ntopng. I removed the package and normal responsiveness had returned.