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Old 03. Apr 2011, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mozilla puts squeeze on slow Firefox add-ons

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04..._slow_firefox/


Slow addons list here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...ance/#addon-11
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Old 03. Apr 2011, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I find browsing speed and responsiveness far more important than startup.
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Old 03. Apr 2011, 11:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link Concerned User.

I've now disabled Video DownloadHelper. As I will only need this addon once in a while, I can enable it temporarily whenever there's a need.

This makes FF startup faster each time I open it.
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Old 04. Apr 2011, 12:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link Concerned User.

I've now disabled Video DownloadHelper. As I will only need this addon once in a while, I can enable it temporarily whenever there's a need.

This makes FF startup faster each time I open it.
I saw your post and it occurred to me that I also rarely use this addon. I disabled it and saw quite an improvement in startup.

I did not see much of an improvement when I disabled FastestFox-which supposedly is equal (33%) to Video DownloadHelper in slow down time.

I do like that "in an upcoming version of the browser, third-party add-ons will not be installed unless the user specifically approves the installation."

With the proliferation of toolbars and other addons in software installs, this is a nice step and I hope other browsers follow suit.
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Old 04. Apr 2011, 03:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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With the proliferation of toolbars and other addons in software installs, this is a nice step and I hope other browsers follow suit.
Good idea, this proliferation has reached so many otherwise reputable, well behaving applications it disappoints me constantly. As does the ubiquitous extra pages you have to click your way through trying to download some small program. And when you get to the right page, figuring out which 'button' to press to get the program you want vs. the 3 or 4 hundred virus apps, PC Speed-uppers, etc they are pushing, becomes a maddening exercise in hair-pulling, where the *** is Waldo frustration.

That felt good. Maybe use as part of the rating, the degree of 'spam' you must slog your way through before you can actually download your desired program.
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Old 04. Apr 2011, 04:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot for the link. Its good that Mozilla have decided to take this step. It will improve Firefox more. I think they might have come across this, when they were working on reducing the startup time for Firefox 4.

I see in the list, that there are many popular add-ons. I have a few extensions, but most of them are in the list. I cannot do without these extensions. I think I will have to live with them, and hope that their developers come up with a way to making them faster. Anyways, they just affect the startup time, and I do not have much problem with that. With Firefox 4, the time has improved anyways.
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Old 04. Apr 2011, 05:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i dont really mind waiting 4 seconds as opposed to a speedier 3 seconds for startup :S

I can't accomplish much in 1 second anyways and I leave browser up most of day. So when I first turn on computer, I open browser, launch AV update then browser opens and I'm set with updated AV and I'm on my way on internet
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i dont really mind waiting 4 seconds as opposed to a speedier 3 seconds for startup :S

I can't accomplish much in 1 second anyways and I leave browser up most of day. So when I first turn on computer, I open browser, launch AV update then browser opens and I'm set with updated AV and I'm on my way on internet
I'm with you. Giving up addons like noscript is very, very difficult, but startup times have really improved a lot with Firefox 4, so no issues so far.

and yes, one or two seconds don't make a huge difference
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