Best Firefox Extensions

Hello, everyone, its been a long time since I posted something (almost two months). So, as you all know Firefox 3 is out (been quite a while, I know ;)), here is a list of extensions I use on Firefox 3, and according to me they are the best…so…that’s why the title πŸ˜‰ and btw…I love firefox, and so I love to customize it to my needs…here’s the list, enjoy πŸ™‚

Adblock Plus – Filters advertisements in web pages. Highly recommended if you want an ad-free internet πŸ˜‰

Better Gmail 2 – As the name suggests, it makes Gmail better with some tweaks and scripts (you need Greasemonkey with this one). If you’re a gmail power user, then this extension is a must.

CustomizeGoogle – This extension makes some changes in the google search results. Like it makes available links to other search engines as well, so if you can’t find anything in google, then just click on the search engines name (just above the search results) with which you want to search. It also filters google’s advertisements in the search results page. Really nice extension, and highly recommended by me πŸ™‚

Video Download Helper – It enables the download of videos and embedded media from web pages. It supports websites like YouTube etc. and it also supports download of picture galeries. A good alternative of this is the Unplug extension.

FavIcon Picker 3 – This little extention enables the use of FavIcons in your bookmarks via the bookmark’s properties dialog. Just right-click a bookmark and select properties and then select the favicon by clicking the ‘Browse’ button.

FireGestures – A highly recommended extension. It enables you to use your mouse to do things like Opening and closing a tab and to open a new window of Firefox. Really useful and highly configurable. You can use your own custom gestures. Check it out πŸ˜‰

FlashBlock – This nifty little extension saves a LOT of time and bandwidth too. As the name suggests, it blocks out all the flash in a webpage and replaces it with a placeholder, so that you can click on that little button and the flash will start to load. This is HIGHLY recommended for all those peeps who don’t want to get distracted while surfing the web. Its a good idea to combine this with the Adblock Plus extension, they make a killer combination (they kill ads you see πŸ˜› ).

ForecastFox – This enables Firefox to display your countries weather conditions in the bottom of your firefox window. A really cool and nice way to show the weather, it also shows a little map of the weather activities of your country.

GreaseMonkey – A very nice extension which enables users to modify a website to their liking using JavaScript. Some extensions also use it, and some people who know JavaScript can also use it customize everything.

StumbleUpon – THE best extension if you’re feeling bored and have nothing to do. Just click on the ‘Stumble’ button and you are taken to really interesting websites of your interests (which you select when you install this extension and you can add or remove your topics of interests later too). Highly recommended by me πŸ™‚

Stylish – This extension is more like GreaseMonkey but a whole lot different…well…it simply makes the websites more ‘stylish’ πŸ˜‰ You can install userstyles that are made by thousands of Stylish users OR you can make your own too. Basically, GreaseMonkey uses JavaScript, but Stylish uses CSS to change the layout and style of the websites. You should know CSS if you want to develop your own userstyles, but if not, then just download some userstyles that others have made. Userstyles are available for many popular websites like Google, Gmail, Orkut etc. etc. You can get some userstyles here.

Sxipper – This is a really handy addon. It saves the passwords for your websites so that you don’t have to remember them and type them again and again. It is much better than the built-in Firefox password saver and it also learns your habits πŸ˜‰ Try it, Highly Recommended.

WOT (Web Of Trust) – It warns you of dangerous websites. It checks for a website if it is dangerous or not and warns you. If you wander the web and visit some kind of ‘dangerous’ websites then this extension if for you. May you not get caught in some phishing trap πŸ˜›

Alright, so this sums up all of my extensions. I know, I don’t use many extensions, but I only use those extensions which I think that they will be of any use to me πŸ˜‰ .

More to come soon, I will write about the tweaks I use in Firefox to speed it up and make it more friendly (for me πŸ˜‰ ).

PS: If you have any extensions that you like and would like to recommend it here, please free to do so in the comments. If I like it, I will surely include that in the list above.

Have fun πŸ™‚

– gastly

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for including WOT on your list of best Firefox extensions!

    To all of Bhaskar’s friends and readers – Please visit us at Web of Trust, http://www.mywot.com. We would love to welcome you as part of our rating community. Internet security can only get better if we all work together!

    Deborah
    Web of Trust
    http://www.mywot.com

  2. Thanks for the nice comment Deborah πŸ™‚

    Those people who want to be safe on the Internet and who want to stay away from all those ‘dangerous’ websites that trick people into giving their personal info should give WOT a try. Its my personal favorite.
    Keep up the good work and best of luck to all the team members of WOT.

    – gastly

  3. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

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