Thunderfix: Make the Mozilla Thunderbird Faster, Not Just Safer
Article by George Norman
On 03 Dec 2008
Now that several security holes in the Thunderbird 2.0 mail client have been plugged, wouldn’t you want it to run a little bit faster (or considerably faster if it is sluggish right now) as well? With Thunderfix software you can do just that as it makes Thunderbird run at a faster pace, even if you have tons of messages in your inbox.

The simple truth of the matter is that if your inbox is raking up messages in the over 1GB mark, then you might experience some Thunderbird issues. The mail client is sluggish to start, navigating through your emails is slower than your grandma’s web surfing, and the overall slothful nature in which the application works will get on your nerves.


Thunderbird works by storing your email data in two files: in one you have the actual message, in the other you have a bunch of .msf (Mail Summary File) files, which are nothing more than an index of your inbox. In order to get Thunderbird to work faster, Thunderfix detects all these .msf files and deletes them. Why you ask? Simply because over long periods of time (you certainly did not fill up GBs of space in just one day) these .msf files will become corrupted. Eventually Thunderbird will regenerate them, but in the meantime you get to enjoy a much speedier mail client.

Using Thunderfix version is a rather simple process, involving three basic steps:
Step 1 – If the Mozilla Thunderbird email client is currently up and running, shut it down.

Step 2 –
This one refers to those of you who have more than one profile; choose the one you feel needs to get a “nitrous boost”. If you only have one Thunderbird profile, it is marked as “default”; select it.

Step 3 –
Click “Fix” after all the .msf files have been counted and their total number is displayed just below your profile name.

If you would like to get Thunderfix, a download location is available here.

Tags: Mozilla, Thunderbird, Thunderfix
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