FireFox is an open source browser available free on the internet. This data is for Firefox 10.

The latest version of FireFox is 10, once you have installed it or upgraded your version to 10, here are some ways to speed it up:

The first thing you will want to do is check for plugins and disable those you do not need. Plugins allow 3rd party programs to run within Firefox but can be enabled when called for. (Flash is one example of this).

At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP), and then click Add-onsOn the menu bar, click on the Tools menu, and then click Add-onsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and then click Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will openAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and select Add-onsOn the menu bar, click on the Tools menu, and select Add-onsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and select Add-ons.

1.The Add-ons window will open.

2.In the Add-ons Manager tabwindow, select the Plugins panel.
3.Click on a plugin in the list to select it, then press Disable to disable it.
4.Repeat for some of the plugins in your list.

Open Firefox and type about:config in the address bar and press Enter. You will get a warning and will have to click the “I’ll be careful I Promise” warning button to reveal a long list of preferences used in Firefox.

To change a preference – if it is an integer (number) or a string (text), double click on the preference name and you will be prompted for the new value. If it is a Boolean (true or false) value, double click the entry to switch from true to false or vice versa – double clicking it again will revert it to its original value

To add a preference (if the preference name is not already listed in your about:config page) right click on an empty space in the about:config window and choose New followed by String, Integer or Boolean depending whether the value of the preference is text (String), a number (Integer) or true/false (Boolean)

Changing Preferences

Change or add the following preferences to the new values shown. If the preference is already set to this value then just move on the next. If the preference does not exist you should add it:

browser.display.show_image_placeholders: false

(This stops the display of placeholders while images are loading to speed up the page. Default is True)

browser.tabs.animate: false

(Disables all tab animation features to make the tab interface feel quicker. Default is True)

network.prefetch-next: true

(This allows Firefox to automatically prefetch (load) the contents of pages linked to by the page you are viewing making it quicker for you to view the next page if you want to. To take advantage of increased speed browsing websites which use prefetch, keep this setting at the Default which is True.)

network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server: 8

(Increases the maximum number of persistent connections per server which can help speed up loading of multimedia rich sites. Default is 6)

network.http.pipelining: true

Can send multiple requests to a server together in order to speed up loading of webpages. This is not supported by all servers; some servers may even behave incorrectly if they receive pipelined requests. Default is False

network.http.pipelining.maxrequests: 8

(Sets a maximum number of multiple requests that can be pipelined to prevent overloading the server. Higher values will cause a delay before the first request completes but will make the last request complete sooner. Higher values will also cause more of a delay if a connection fails. The maximum value is 8. Default is 4)

network.dns.disableIPv6: true

(Disables IPv6 DNS lookups to prevent a significant delay with poorly configured IPv6 servers. Default is False)

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