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FireFox is a web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation which describes itself as such:

"Mozilla is not a traditional software company. We are a global community and public benefit organization dedicated to improving the Internet experience for people everywhere.

We work in the open through a highly disciplined, transparent and cooperative process to coordinate the development and marketing of Mozilla technologies and products as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation. The Mozilla Corporation has no outside shareholders. The Mozilla Foundation is a California non-profit corporation exempt from federal income tax under IRC 501(c)3.

This unique structure enables Mozilla to financially support and cultivate competitive, viable community innovation. The result is great products built by passionate people -- and better choices for everyone."

The purpose of this website is to help promote FireFox and to provide tips for speeding it up and enhancing the user experience. Many people ask why they should download FireFox when their Windows based PC already comes with a web browser, Internet Explorer, installed. Here are a few reasons:

  • FireFox is faster and can be modified to be even faster with broadband connections.
  • FireFox is safer. Since it is not integrated into the operating system it is harder for malicious code like spyware to attack it.
  • As a backup for troubleshooting in the event Internet Explorer has a problem.

There is a freeware program called Firefox Booster that can automate the speed up process.

If you already have Firefox installed and it has gotten slow, the first thing you may want to do is reset it. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks and open tabs.
Instructions from Mozilla Support to reset Firefox are:
At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
Click the Reset Firefox… button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens. Firefox will close and be reset. When it's done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will open.

The latest public version of FireFox is 27, once you have upgraded to or installed version 27, here are some things you can do to speed it up:

Type browser.sessionhistory.max_entries into the filter box, double click on the result, and change it to 10. This reduces the maximum amount of URLs that Firefox will keep in its history, which in turn minimizes disk usage as well as the amount of times Firefox needs to access something from the disk – usually the slowest part of your computer.
Right-click in the empty white space below the only entry, and choose a new Integer entry. Type in nglayout.initialpaint.delay for the name and 0 for the value. This will speed up page loading by intentionally telling Firefox to avoid waiting during certain parts of page loading.
Type browser.cache.memory.enable into the filter box, and double click on it to set it to True. This will allow Firefox to place some of its cache in memory so that it can load pages faster. The cache is a collection of websites and web content that you’ve downloaded by visiting it before. Usually cache is stored on the disk, but this enables at least some of the cache to be loaded into memory for faster page loading.
Right-click in the empty white space below the only entry, and choose a new Integer entry. Type in browser.cache.memory.capacity for the name. For the value: set it to 2048 if you have 128MB of RAM, 4096 if you have 256MB of RAM, 8192 if you have 512MB of RAM, or 12288 if you have 1GB or more of RAM. This sets the amount of memory that can be used to hold some of the cache.
Type browser.cache.disk.capacity into the filter box, double click on the result, and change it to 4096. This means less disk space will be used for the cache, which will reduce disk usage and increase performance if you use a traditional hard drive. Solid state users can probably skip this as those drives are nearly as fast as memory.
Right-click in the empty white space below the only entry, and choose a new Boolean entry. Type in config.trim_on_minimize for the name, and set it to True. This will make Firefox clean up some of its memory usage by trimming unneeded items whenever Firefox isn’t being actively used (aka, minimized).
If you want Firefox to only load pages and content that you want (when you actually click on a link), you’ll want to disable prefetching. Type network.prefetch-next into the filter box, and double click it to set it to False. It’s arguable whether this results in any performance increases, but it definitely saves you a bit of data usage. This is certainly important to do if you find yourself regularly tethering to your smartphone.

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