Archive for the ‘Firefox’ Category


Neat little utility to clean up Bookmarks

October 17, 2007

I heard my friend Mike (over at Mike Tech Show) mention this on his last podcast. It’s a great little utility called AM-DeadLink. Just what does this do?

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AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

AM-DeadLink is Freeware!

AM-DeadLink can check the following resources:

  • Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Firefox bookmarks
  • Opera bookmarks
  • Mozilla and Netscape bookmarks
  • URLs from tab delimited text files
  • URLs from comma separated text files

AM-DeadLink can download FavIcons for:

  • Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Firefox bookmarks
  • Opera bookmarks

If you’re like, and you have literally thousands of bookmarks, do yourself a favor and do a little cleaning! This application was a snap to install and a breeze to use. I’m a huge fan of this software.

LINK: AM-DeadLink


Cool Firefox plugin that notifies you when a website is available again

August 14, 2007

Ok, maybe that title didn’t make sense. So I’ll let the Firefox Add-on page explain:

Have you ever tried accessing a website and it didn’t respond? Of course you have. We all have! Mr Uptime is an extension to your Firefox browser that will keep trying to reach that website in the background while you continue surfing on other websites. When the website is accessible again, Mr Uptime will let you know. You can also use Mr Uptime when a website responds but doesn’t load correctly.

Get notified when an unavailable website starts to work again!

Download this plugin


Disable Prefetching in Firefox

June 9, 2007

Firefox has a spooky feature called “Prefetching” that downloads pages that it thinks you are going to click on. (note: this is a good excuse for how those pages ended up in your history). It’s also a waste of CPU and bandwidth that slows Firefox down.

To turn off this behavior, type about:config into the address bar, and then type the following into the Filter bar:



Just double-click the item in the list to change it to false.


Widefox – Optimize Firefox for widescreens

May 17, 2007

If you’re not happy with the way Firefox uses space on your widescreen monitor, developer Johnathan Weare has a nice guide for setting up Firefox in widescreen mode, which he’s dubbed Widefox.

Johnathan’s custom layout moves the tabs to the right side of your browser (which should be a familiar home for anyone who likes moving their Windows sidebar or Mac dock to the side of their screen). If you like to maximize your browser and end up with a lot of unused whitespace on the sides, the Widefox set up is a nice idea.



Reduce Firefox memory consumption

April 21, 2007


Most of the time, Firefox doesn’t use abnormal amount of system memory, however it does sometimes due to other sources, like number of plug-ins, themes and extensions. It is also highly recommended that you have the latest version of Firefox as the memory usage is minimized. If you want to download the latest copy of Firefox, click here.

Follow these steps to check what is causing the abnormal memory usage:

1. Check your Extensions and Themes

If you have a number of Extensions and Themes installed on your Firefox, try to minimize them, remove those which are not in use or you don’g really need. You can check it by opening Firefox in safe mode. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Close your Firefox browser.
  2. From the desktop, click Start > Run.
  3. Key in, firefox -safe-mode.
  4. You’ll see a new window called “Firefox Safe Mode“.
    • Just select the options displayed and if you click “Make Changes and Restart“, Firefox applies changes and restarts in normal mode.
    • If you choose to select “Continue in Safe Mode” no settings will be applied.
    • If you choose to “Exit” the browser will just exit without saving any settings.

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2. Check the Plug-ins

Firefox Plug-ins consume memory when in use. It is always important to check and update your plug-ins to the latest version. It is also good to uninstall all those plug-ins that are not in use.

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3. Clear Download History

Keeping the Download History can cause extensive usage of memory and this can slow down or freeze Firefox.

  1. Delete the “downloads.rdf” file to clear the download history.
  2. You need to make a little change to the browser setting. Here’s what you do:
  3. Open Firefox browser.
  4. From the menu bar, click Tools -> Options.
  5. Click Privacy. Un-check the “Remember What I’ve downloaded” check box.

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4. Restart Firefox Periodically

There might be a constant increase in the memory usage if you are using Firefox for a long period of time or handling multiple sessions.

  1. Consider restarting your browser periodically so that it can maintain a constant memory usage.
  2. Download and Install Session Manager Extension, which would save the current text data, history and cookies. It allows you to maintain the opened web pages when Firefox is closed.

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5. Assign Memory Cache on Firefox:

Firefox doesn’t use memory cache and uses system memory by default, it is good to assign a fixed memory cache to reduce the usage of memory. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Key in about:config in the address bar.
  3. Key in browser.cache.memory.enable in the Filter field.
  4. Ensure the value of the above item is set it true, if not, double-click on it to set it to true.
  5. Right-click in the browser and select New -> Integer from the pop-up.
  6. Key in, browser.cache.memory.capacity, click OK.
  7. You need to enter a value here and that value depends upon the RAM your computer has.
  8. if you have:
    1. 256MB RAM – Enter “4096“.
    2. 512MB RAM – Enter “8192“.
  9. Note: If you have 128MB or less RAM then you need to upgrade your RAM. It is not very expensive.

Important: If you want to restore to default settings then change browser.cache.memory.capacity value to -1 (minus 1).

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6. Release Memory when Firefox is minimized

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Key about:config in the address bar.
  3. Right-click in the browser and select New -> Boolean from the pop-up.
  4. In the popup box enter config.trim_on_minimize. Click OK.
  5. Select True and then click OK.
  6. Restart Firefox.

Is your Firefox sucking your resources dry?

March 22, 2007

Let’s face it, Firefox runs much heavier than IE 7. I like Firefox way more, but at times when I’m doing work from home and utilizing many applications (CRM, Outlook, audio player, etc) I need to use IE so my system will run better. But not anymore.

Check out this blog entry from another wordpress blog. Follow the directions. And you’ll see how great your Firefox runs, and how much resources will be freed up from your system.

It works!