Welcome to Bo's Firefox Help Page

You knew it was just a matter of time before we started a specialized page for Firefox didn't ya? Well, here is is.

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Date Last Updated: Wednesday May 03, 2006

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Speed It Up a Notch

On the about:config screen, scroll down to the network.http.pipelining options. The name says it all: Firefox normally processes all HTTP requests sequentially. Once it sends one out, it waits for a response before sending the next request to a server. If you set network.http.pipelining and network.http .proxy.pipelining to true then you've basically just upgraded an antiquated browsing system with modern plumbing. Set the network.http.pipelining.maxrequests option to 30 and Firefox will now send up to 30 HTTP requests at once—theoretically, although not always, making your browsing that little bit faster.

Before you close the window, right-click anywhere on the about:config page and select New | Integer. Then type in nglayout.initialpaint.delay and enter 0 as its value. Firefox will now render pages immediately instead of waiting its default 250 ms, a slight but noticeable difference when you're surfing the Web.


Control + Tab

Arguably one of the greatest differences between Firefox and MS Internet Explorer is Firefox's use of tabs to organize individual windows. For the good or for the bad, that's another debate. While you can use Alt + Tab to navigate between windows, in Firefox, you can use Control + Tab to navigate between tabs. Without the use of a plugin, all you have to do is hold down Ctrl and tap Tab as many times as needed to navigate between the tabs.


title SiteAdvisor (for Firefox) 18
security add-on for Firefox

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SiteAdvisor is a security add-on for your Firefox browser that helps you identify sites that are linked to spyware, adware, spam, viruses, browser-based attacks, phishing, or online fraud. The SiteAdvisor service is based on a huge database with detailed test results for more than 100,000 pieces of software and covers more than 90% of the world`s Web traffic. The program integrates with search engine results from popular search engines and also adds an icon to the browser toolbar that indicates whether a site is safe to use, or should be used with caution. If SiteAdvisor has negative information for a site, you can review a very detailed report that shows any spam received from that site, harmful downloads, and association with other sites. An excellent browser add-on, that provides an in-depth site analysis that is based on actual test results, rather than assumptions.
License: Freeware
Price: Free
Windows: 98/ME/2000/XP
File size: 38 kb
Downl.Time: ~1 min. or less
Author: Website
Release: 01/19/2006

Two Useful FireFox Extensions

If you ever get annoyed by power outages causing you to lose your place while web browsing or accidentally close a tab without thinking before you do, then these extensions may be for you. Undoclosetab allows you to open recently closed tabs in FireFox for those accidental situations. When it comes to a frozen computer or power outage, you are going to wish you had Sessionsaver installed. This extension restores all of the pages you had open just before FireFox was closed. Both of these utilities can be time saving and prevent a lot of frustration. Go download these files to make sure your web browsing is easily backed up. Note that in order to install the extensions, just drag the downloaded files into the open web browser and you're all ready to configure them.

Undoclosetab Link: Click Here
Sessionsaver Link: Click Here


Make Old Extensions Work in Firefox 1.5

Many of our readers have complained that sense downloading and installing Firefox 1.5, their old extentions do not work. Here is a trick to make Firefox 1.0 extensions work in Firefox 1.5 (of course, this is only a temporary solution before your extensions upgrade.)

  1. In the Address bar, enter: 
    about:config 
    This will show you a list of Firefox internal preferences.
  2. Right click on the list, select New | String
  3. At preference name enter 
    "app.extensions.version
    (without quotes).
  4. Then, enter 
    "1.0
    (without quotes) as the value for 
    app.extensions.version
  5. Restart Firefox 1.5, then enable those disabled Firefox extensions.
  6. Restart Firefox 1.5 again to active the extensions
  7. Done.

Important Note: If the work-a-round fails and there are still extensions in your extensions folder which will not uninstall or show options properties, after this tweak you will need to completely uninstall Firefox, reboot the system, and then reinstall Firefox 1.5. Once this is done, uninstall the extensions one at a time closing Firefox and then re-opening it again after each one. After this is done, close Firefox 1.5 and reboot the system. you should now be able to go back to the extensions site again and install new extensions...but only one at a time.

If this work-a-round didn't work for you, take heart. Updates for your favorite extensions should be in the works right now and soon should be available.