Top 3 Tips to Keep Firefox Running Smoothly
Article by George Norman
On 25 Jan 2013
Here’s a look at three tips for keeping the Firefox browser healthy and running as smoothly as possible.

The Den, a cozy corner of the Web filled with content for Firefox fans, has recently shared a few handy means of keeping the Firefox browser in tip top shape. Nobody likes a sluggish, unresponsive, annoyingly slow browser, now do they? That is why I believe sharing these tips is of value. So here goes.


Top 3 Tips to Keep Firefox Running Smoothly

Tip 1 – Get the Latest and Greatest Firefox
Every time Mozilla rolls out updates for Firefox, it makes speed, security, stability, and functionality improvements. The latest Firefox version is up to 7 times faster than older ones. So make sure you have the newest version and make sure the browser’s auto-update feature is not disabled.

Tutorials on how to check if you have the latest Firefox version are available here.
Care to see if your Firefox version is the fastest one around? A speed check is available here.

Tip 2 – Don’t Use Outdated Plugins
Since we’re talking about updates, you must know that you’re not doing yourself any favors by using outdated plugins. If you want the browser to run smoothly and most of all, safely, then you need to check your plugins. You can do this on Mozilla’s Plugin Check webpage here.

Tip 3 – Remove What You No Longer Need
Add-ons and extensions are great – they can greatly enhance the functionality you get from the browser. But the add-on you needed an year ago may no longer be needed today. So if you no longer need an add-on or extension, make sure to remove it. If that unneeded add-on is silently running in the background, it is needlessly eating up resources.

Tutorials on how to manage add-ons and extensions are available here.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, browser, update, plugin, add-on
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