speed up your firefox

I’m surfing a lot. And I really mean a lot! So, I need a browser, that does not need too much memory and which is really fast.

Firefox is not really fast and needs a lot of memory. Microsofts Internet Explorer is no option. But there is still Opera. Opera is really fast and needs less memory than Firefox. But there is one problem: Opera has no extensions like firefox (p.e. firebug: I have not seen any plugin for opera which is as comfortable and as powerful as this extension). So I need a method to make Firefox faster.

And here you can find, what I have done:

  1. First of all, I have installed FlashBlock, which blocks every flash tool, but gives the individual possibility to enable it. This extension is really very helpfully, because many pages uses flash to make advertisement. Flash has one big problem: it needs memory and – that’s more problematically – it needs system resources. That will become a problem, if there are a lot of tabs with flash advertisements. The plugin helps and makes Firefox faster.
  2. Firefox is faster now, but it still needs much memory: so I have changed the config. Go to your address bar and type “about:config”
  3. Search “browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer” and change it to 0. Firefox saves the last page (or next page – Back Forward Function) to load visited pages faster. If you have Broadband, that’s not a problem. So change it to 0.
  4. Load files from one page faster: search “network.http.pipelining” and “network.http.proxy.pipelining” and change them to true. Search “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” now and change it to a bigger number (p.e. 15). Be careful and don’t choose a too big number, because there are some servers, which will block you, if you load too much files simultaneously.
  5. Right click and choose “New”->”Integer” and insert the value “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.
  6. Lastly, trim memory, if Firefox is minimized: right click and select “New”->”Boolean” and insert the values “config.trim_on_minimize” and “true”. Firefox frees used memory now.

You have to restart Firefox to apply changes. If you are looking for more information, look at mozillazine.

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