How To Speed Up Firefox

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I tried many of these tricks

I tried many of these tricks, but my Firefox was still very slow to load. I thought maybe I added too many plugins and add-ons so I uninstalled everything and tried a barebones Firefox and it still seems to be slower than Chrome. I guess if I want all of the features I like in Firefox I will have to settle for the sloth like speed.
And this is update for all Firefox fan!! Hope you all satisfied ;)

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that makes browsing more efficient than ever before. Firefox includes pop-up blocking, a tab-browsing, integrated Google searching, simplified privacy controls that let you cover your tracks more effectively, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online. Version 2 features an updated theme and user interface, built-in *****ing protection, enhanced search capabilities, improved tabbed browsing, and inline spell checking.

Mozilla Firefox provides support for various versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Although not officially released for certain operating systems, the freely available source code works for many other operating systems, including FreeBSD, OS/2, Solaris, SkyOS, BeOS and more recently, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.

There are a few tricks to speed up Firefox. Check them out below:

1. Open Firefox.
2. Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter.



HTTP PIPELINING

HTTP is the application-layer protocol that most web pages are transferred with. In HTTP 1.1, multiple requests can be sent before any responses are received. This is known as pipelining. Pipelining reduces page loading times, but not all servers support it.

In the filter bar type network.http.pipelining. Make sure under the value field is says true. If not double-click to set it.



Return to the filter bar and type network.http.pipelining.maxrequests. Double-click this option and set its value to 8.



HTTP PROXY

Go to the filter bar and type network.http.proxy.pipelining. Once it opens double-click it to set it to true.



DNS

IPv6 was designed in part to solve the problem IPv4 will soon be facing: the exhaustion of all possible IP addresses. Mozilla implemented IPv6 support in early 2000, but that support did not receive widespread testing until recently as IPv6-capable OSs and network software/equipment became more common.

One particular bug that has appeared exists not in Mozilla, but in IPv6-capable DNS servers: an IPv4 address may be returned when an IPv6 address is requested. It is possible for Mozilla to recover from this misinformation, but a significant delay is introduced.
Type network.dns.disableIPv6 in the filter bar and set this option to true by double clicking on it.




CONTENT INTERRUPT PARSING

This preference controls whether the application will interrupt parsing a page to respond to UI events. It does not exist by default.
Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Boolean from the pop-up menu.



Enter content.interrupt.parsing in the New boolean value pop-up window and click OK.



You will be prompted to choose the value for the new boolean. Select true and click OK.



CONTENT MAX TOKENIZING TIME

Rather than wait until a page has completely downloaded to display it to the user, Mozilla applications will periodically render what has been received to that point. This preference controls the maximum amount of time the application will be unresponsive while rendering pages.
Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-up menu.


Enter content.max.tokenizing.time in the New integer value pop-up window and click OK

You will be prompted to enter a value. Enter 2250000 and click OK.


CONTENT NOTIFY INTERVAL

This preference specifies the minimum amount of time to wait between reflows. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-up menu.

Enter content.notify.interval in the New integer value pop-up window and click OK.


You will be prompted to enter a value. Enter 750000 and click OK.


CONTENT NOTIFY ONTIMER

This preference specifies whether to reflow pages at an interval any higher than that specified by content.notify.interval. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Boolean from the pop-up menu.


Enter content.notify.ontimer in the New boolean value pop-up window and click OK.


You will be prompted to choose the value for the new boolean. Select true and click OK.


CONTENT NOTIFY BACKOFFCOUNT

This preference controls the maximum number of times the content will do timer-based reflows. After this number has been reached, the page will only reflow once it is finished downloading. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-up menu.

Enter content.notify.backoffcount in the New integer value pop-up window and click OK.

You will be prompted to enter a value. Enter 5 and click OK.



CONTENT SWITCH THRESHOLD

The user can interact with a loading page when content.interrupt.parsing is set to true. When a page is loading, the application has two modes: a high frequency interrupt mode and a low frequency interrupt mode. The high frequency interrupt mode interrupts the parser more frequently to allow for greater UI responsiveness during page load. The low frequency interrupt mode interrupts the parser less frequently to allow for quicker page load. The application enters high frequency interrupt mode when the user moves the mouse or types on the keyboard and switches back to low frequency mode when the user has had no activity for a certain amount of time. This preference controls that amount of time. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-up menu.


Enter content.switch.threshold in the New integer value pop-up window and click OK.

You will be prompted to enter a value. Enter 750000 and click OK.



NGLAYOUT INITIALPAINT DELAY

Mozilla applications render web pages incrementally - they display what's been received of a page before the entire page has been downloaded. Since the start of a web page normally doesn't have much useful information to display, Mozilla applications will wait a short interval before first rendering a page. This preference controls that interval. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-up menu.

Enter nglayout.initialpaint.delay in the New integer value pop-up window and click OK.


You will be prompted to enter a value. Enter 0 and click OK.


UI SUBMENU DELAY

This preference controls the time a menu takes to open a sub-menu. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-up menu.


Enter ui.submenuDelay in the New integer value pop-up window and click OK.


You will be prompted to enter a value. Enter 0 and click OK.



PLUGIN EXPOSE FULL PATH

This preference shows full path to plugins in about:plugins. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Boolean from the pop-up menu.


Enter plugin.expose_full_path in the New boolean value pop-up window and click OK.



You will be prompted to choose the value for the new boolean. Select true and click OK.


BROWSER CACHE MEMORY CAPACITY

When a page is loaded, it can be cached so it doesn't need to be rerendered to be redisplayed. This preference controls the maximum amount of memory to use for caching decoded images and chrome (application user interface elements). Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-up menu.


Enter browser.cache.memory.capacity in the New integer value pop-up window and click OK.

You will be prompted to enter a value. Enter 65536 and click OK.
 

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Good tips for me,thanks for sharing this information.
 

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I also using firefox..but still use old version since i think old version more stable compare to new version...i am using on Mac Os x platform...
 

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there are programs that do all this for you >< but great post :)
 

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Real speed up of Firefox Great..............
 

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images in first post don't work for me . Please update them .
 

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You can also try Fasterfox if you don't want to mess with the settings. I think Fasterfox just came out with a new version that will work with Firefox 3.
 

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Not to familiar with foxfire yet. Just started using it. Thanks for the advice.
 

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thank you so much !! now i can go on internet faster than before :):)
 

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Slow web pages could be the result of dns server timeouts. Your router is probably getting the dns servers from your Internet provider. (Logging on to the router should tell you the routers dns server IP address).

The PC's could be getting their dns server IP address either from your Server or the 2700HGV router. Disconnecting your server from the network and connecting a PC to the router should test this premise.

Take your server out of equation and see if Internet access and webpages speeds up. later test your speed here ScanMySpeed.com
 

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If you have a fast connection, you can make webpages load even faster in Firefox by enabling pipelining. But if you have a slow connection, do not do this because slow connections can not handle many requests. Normally, the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining, it will make several requests at once, which can make page loading faster.
 

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Firefox isn't really all that fast even when you don't have any add-ons installed. But once you start installing add-ons it can slow down even more. The answer to your question is yes, uninstalling Firefox (and thereby removing your installed add-ons) will make it faster after you reinstall, but there's really nothing you can do to make Firefox as fast Chrome.

As far as I'm concerned, Chrome is designed purely for speed, nothing else. Firefox is designed to be modular, allowing you to customize it to do exactly what you want. By design it's just not as fast. That said, I use Firefox: I'd rather have a browser that does exactly what I want it to do than a browser that loads pages 0.2-0.6 seconds faster.