Firefox Extensions – Madhur Kapoor’s Blog Technology, Software Reviews, Tutorials, Vista Tips, Windows Tips Thu, 08 May 2014 16:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Block Sites Appearing In Firefox History with HistoryBlock Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:01:19 +0000 HistoryBlock is a Firefox extension that prevents certain domain names from appearing in your browser history. If you want to keep your privacy and does not prefer using the private browsing mode every time, this extension will be very helpful.

The program is easy to use and prevents the urls from appearing in the history, recently closed tabs and Firefox download manager. The sites can be blocked using the Firefox right click menu or you can add the domain manually from the extension manager. The same thing can be achieved using the Private browsing session but that prevents everything from appearing in the browser history. If you want to keep your browser history uncluttered, then this is something worth trying out.

The extension is compatible with most of the version of Firefox.

Control Firefox Memory Usage with Firemin Tue, 29 May 2012 10:35:47 +0000 If you use Firefox browser, then you have an idea about the amount of memory that it consumes. With each release, Mozilla claims that memory leaks issue has been fixed but as i write this post on my browser, my Firefox is consuming around 300MB of memory, too much for a web browser. Firemin is a small application that can eliminate the memory leaks in Firefox and keep its memory usage in check.

The program runs in the system tray and it optimizes the browser’s memory at regular intervals by forcing it to remove some of the system’s memory. It uses a safe Microsoft API (EmptyWorkingSet)  to force Firefox to release some of the memory without causing any Stability issues. I opened Firefox and after sometime, the memory consumption reached around 250MB. After running Firemin, the memory usage decreased to around 10MB and was mostly constant throughout the time Firemin was running.

The program is very useful and highly recommended if you are a Firefox user. It runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. It is a freeware.


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Get Weather Information in Firefox and Chrome with ForecastFox Sun, 05 Sep 2010 17:12:39 +0000

ForecastFox is a free extension for Firefox and Google Chrome that displays the current and upcoming weather information in the browser status bar. This lets you keep track of weather information anywhere in the world from your browser.

The extension gives you current and forecasted weather information of millions of locations from around the world. You can also use it to receive severe weather alert information from within US. The program displays weather icons in the taskbar. Moving the mouse over the icons displays detailed weather information for each forecasted day. Locations and other preference settings can be saved for multiple locations. If you are looking for more detailed information, you can click on the icon and it will take you to AccuWeather website which will give you more detailed information.

This is quite a nice and useful extension for Firefox and chrome.


View Thumbnails Of Search Results with SearchPreview Firefox Extension Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:09:06 +0000

SearchPreview is a Firefox Extension which displays the website snapshots thumbnail while performing search with the Google, Yahoo or Bing search engine. Using this extension, you can get a small snapshot of the website along with the result so that you can get an idea of how the website looks like before actually navigating to it.

Along with the thumbnails, the extension also inserts the popularity ranks into the search results page. After installing the extension, you can enable/disable it by clicking on the ‘SP’ button in the status bar. All the thumbnails are provided by the SearchPreview servers. You can also request an update of the image that you see with the search result by right clicking on the image and selecting “Request Update of this image”. This way, you can view the latest screenshot of the website.

The application is quite helpful as you can get an idea about the website that you want to visit from the search page. It is compatible with almost all the versions of Firefox.


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Know About Your Personal Browsing Statistics with about:me Firefox Extension Sat, 03 Oct 2009 07:41:21 +0000 Firefox is one of the most widely used browsers in the world and its support for Extensions gives it a lot of functionality with regard to other browsers. about:me is a Firefox extension that allows you to view your personal browsing statistics with all the results displayed in a single about me type page. It gives you information about the most visited websites and the amount of different type of stuff that you download.

It gives you a more interesting view of statistics about your browser usage and  provides a fun way to see personalized patterns in your interactions with Firefox. All the information is displayed in the form of graphs that illustrate trends in your browsing and downloads histories. The “Activity Stats” section displays the websites you visit most, including the individual pages you visit most within each top-level site. You also get information about your hourly browsing activity. The Download stats gives you the statistics about the different type of files that you download and your daily downloading trend.

This Firefox extension can work with the newer versions as well as the older versions of Firefox.

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Make Firefox more Effective with SmarterFox Sat, 26 Sep 2009 10:49:52 +0000 SmarterFox is one of the best addons available for Firefox that can make your Firefox browsing experience much better and more productive. It adds a lot of new functionality which can help in finding and searching for information. It adds a lot of enhancements to Firefox that are available through the right click menu or when you visit popular sites like Wikipedia and Google etc.

One of its best features is the Popup Window that it displays when you highlight a piece of text. The Popup enables you to search for the selected text on Popular searching sites. So you can quickly highlight a text and immediately go to the Wikipedia page for that term. The search options can also be launched through a hot key. It also adds a “Related Articles” tab to the left side of the Wikipedia page that you will open. It can also make plain text URLs clickable and download all images, links or media files from the page you are currently viewing. You can also use it to browse Google search results as a single `endless` page, without the need to click any Next buttons. It also comes with some more features like an Enhanced Awesomebar and qLauncher. You can enable and disable any functionality through its Control Panel.

It is one of the must have extensions for Firefox and it can definitely make you more productive than before.

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Get Information about a Website with LinkExtend Firefox Extension Mon, 03 Aug 2009 14:40:53 +0000 Sometimes it is better to know more information about a new Website that you are going to visit. LinkExtend is Firefox Extension that provides in-depth information for the site you are currently visiting such as meta-site-ratings for computer safety, child safety, company ethics, and popularity. It also provides you with other information like Page Rank, Visitor Stats, Similar stats etc.

It collects the data from multiple tools to provide you with relevant information. The websites are also checked against the database of Web of Trust, McAfee SiteAdvisor, and Google Safe Browsing to provide you with a safety rating for the website. It can also tell you whether the website is kid safe or not. Some of the information it displays are

  • Safety – Informs you if a web page is malicious, sends spam, contains spyware, online scams, identity theft, and more
  • Ethics – Rates ethical behaviour of a site’s company including social responsibility, business practices, environmental impact, etc.
  • PageRank – Represents how important a page is on the web, based on the Google link analysis algorithm, ranked from zero to ten
  • SiteTraffic – Shows you how popular a site is, based on the average page views and users for a particular site or web page
  • Links – Access the links and titles in a web page without having to open the page itself (also shows the link titles and favicons)
  • SuperSearch! – Over 200 top search engines offer Answers, Books, Health, Jobs, Multimedia, News, People, Shopping and more

It is a really great Firefox extension which provides you with a lot of information about a website at a single place.

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Protect Browsers From Keyloggers with KeyScrambler Personal Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:08:15 +0000 KeyScrambler Personal is a browser plug-in for web browsers that prevents the key loggers from capturing the data that is typed into the login boxes of web based email services and other input fields. When we type on the keyboard, the keys travel along a path within the operating system before  arriving at the browser. Key loggers plant themselves along this path and observe and record the keystrokes which is then sent to the criminals who can use it for illegal purposes. KeyScrambler Personal can protect you from such key loggers.

KeyScrambler protects from key loggers by encrypting the keystrokes at the keyboard driver level, deep within the operating system. KeyScrambler decrypts the keystrokes when they reach the browser so we see the text we have typed. If there are any key logger applications running, it will only be able to record the encrypted keys which are completely indecipherable. It also displays a small overlay window on top of your browser screen that verifies that your keystrokes are being encrypted. The program protects you automatically when you launch the browser. It is very easy to use.

The personal edition works only with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Flock browser. The paid professional versions come with additional features and support for many browsers.


Firefox Addon

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