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Firefox Essentials: 10 Must-Have Extensions

There are some Firefox extensions that are good -- and some that are indispensable. Our expert tells why these are the add-ons you can't live without.

InformationWeek Staff

January 25, 2006

4 Min Read

Quick Reference: 10 Must-Have Extensions

Spare you the details; you just want the goods? Here you go -- a quick-reference chart of the must-have extensions on our list.

If you're good at counting, you'll quickly realize there are eleven extensions here. That's because the first two -- Adblock Plus and Adblock Filterset.G Updater -- go hand in hand; we count them as one extension in two parts.

The information on this chart is current as of January 2006. Minor details may change as new versions are released.

  


Extension

 


Author

 


Size

 


Firefox
Versions*

 

 

Adblock Plus
Keeps your pages ad-free, without feature bloat.

 

  

38KB

  

0.9.x–1.6a1

 

 

Adblock Filterset.G Updater
Keeps your Adblock filters current.

 

 

62KB

 

1.5–1.6a1

 

 

Flashblock
Blocks Flash animations, but if you want to see one, just click.

 

  

50KB

  

1.5b2–1.5.0

 

 

Disable Targets For Downloads
Keeps new tabs and windows from opening during downloads.

 

 

10KB

 

0.8–1.5.0

 

 

SearchPluginHacks
Uninstalls unwanted search add-ons.

 

  

4KB

  

1.0–1.5.0

 

 

History Menu
Adds a set of submenus (Today, Yesterday, etc.) to your Go menu.

 

 

7KB

 

0.8–1.6a1

 

 

Tab Mix Plus
The ultimate in tab management.

 

  

199KB

  

1.0–1.6a1

 

 

Download Manager Tweak
Optimizes the Firefox Download Manager.

 

 

46KB

 

1.5b1–1.5.0

 

 

IE View Lite
Provides lightweight one-click access to Internet Explorer.

 

  

5KB

  

1.5–1.6a1

 

 

Fasterfox
Speeds up Firefox.

 

 

91KB

 

1.0–1.5.0

 

 

PasswordMaker
Creates secure passwords; you just remember one.

 

  

151KB

  

0.8–1.5.0

 

 

*Versions of Firefox that are supported by this extension

More Firefox Essentials:
Firefox Essentials: 10 Must-Have Extensions
Firefox Essentials: Get To Know Your Profile
Firefox Essentials: Fixing The Fox

Matt McKenzie is the editor of Linux Pipeline. Over the years, he has broken more PC hardware than most people will ever use -- and he's not done yet. Contact him at [email protected] with questions, comments, complaints, or cash.

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