Dec
16
2008

Speed Up Your Firefox Now!

How To Speed up Your firefox (For any Version) !

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

Mozilla Firefox provides support for various versions of MicrosoftWindows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Although not officially released forcertain operating systems, the freely available source code works formany 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 aretransferred with. In HTTP 1.1, multiple requests can be sent before anyresponses are received. This is known as pipelining. Pipelining reducespage 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 befacing: the exhaustion of all possible IP addresses. Mozillaimplemented IPv6 support in early 2000, but that support did notreceive widespread testing until recently as IPv6-capable OSs andnetwork software/equipment became more common.

One particular bug that has appeared exists not in Mozilla, but inIPv6-capable DNS servers: an IPv4 address may be returned when an IPv6address is requested. It is possible for Mozilla to recover from thismisinformation, 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 parsinga 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 itto the user, Mozilla applications will periodically render what hasbeen received to that point. This preference controls the maximumamount of time the application will be unresponsive while renderingpages.
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 betweenreflows. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in theabout:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-upmenu.

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 anyhigher than that specified by content.notify.interval. Right-click(Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and selectNew 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 willdo timer-based reflows. After this number has been reached, the pagewill only reflow once it is finished downloading. Right-click (Appleusers ctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select Newand 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 whencontent.interrupt.parsing is set to true. When a page is loading, theapplication has two modes: a high frequency interrupt mode and a lowfrequency interrupt mode. The high frequency interrupt mode interruptsthe parser more frequently to allow for greater UI responsivenessduring page load. The low frequency interrupt mode interrupts theparser less frequently to allow for quicker page load. The applicationenters high frequency interrupt mode when the user moves the mouse ortypes on the keyboard and switches back to low frequency mode when theuser has had no activity for a certain amount of time. This preferencecontrols that amount of time. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click)anywhere in the about:config window and select New and then Integerfrom 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 displaywhat’s been received of a page before the entire page has beendownloaded. Since the start of a web page normally doesn’t have muchuseful information to display, Mozilla applications will wait a shortinterval before first rendering a page. This preference controls thatinterval. Right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) anywhere in theabout:config window and select New and then Integer from the pop-upmenu.

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:configwindow 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:configwindow 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 bererendered to be redisplayed. This preference controls the maximumamount of memory to use for caching decoded images and chrome(application user interface elements). Right-click (Apple usersctrl-click) anywhere in the about:config window and select New and thenInteger 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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