10 Must Have Firefox Add-ons for Serious Web Surfers

Geek GirlOne of my favorite jobs was working in tech support for a large international company. Not only did I learn a lot about to troubleshoot OS and software issues, but I also got hipped to Firefox! When I first got introduced to Firefox, it was version 1.0 and it was November, 2004! Now, 4 years later, I’m using version 3.0.3 and loving every moment of it!

If you are serious about web surfing, you will quickly find that many websites render (load) faster in Firefox, it is easily customizable through the options available out of the box, but you can choose from hundreds of add-ons (extensions) to add additional functionality!

Here’s the Geek Girl’s list of 10 Must Have Firefox Add-ons for Serious Web Surfers. Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comments!

  1. Shareaholic – Shareaholic makes it easy for you to submit the web page you’re on to your favorite sharing or bookmarking service, including: digg, del.icio.us, facebook, friendfeed, google bookmarks, google reader notes, kaboodle, magnolia, mixx, myspace, pownce, reddit, stumbleupon, tumblr, twitter, and ycombinator. You can also e-mail the web page directly to a friend.
  2. All-in-One Sidebar – A sidebar control, inspired by Opera’s. Click on the left edge of your browser window to open the sidebar and get easy access to all your panels. It lets you quickly switch between sidebar panels, view dialog windows such as downloads, extensions, and more in the sidebar, or view source or websites in the sidebar. It includes a slide-out button and a toolbar, all of which can be extensively customized.
  3. StumbleUpon Toolbar – StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests. Whether it’s a web page, photo or video, the StumbleUpon personalized recommendation engine learns what you like, and brings you more.
  4. Tab Mix Plus – Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox’s tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager.
  5. Download Statusbar – View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing. Despite its compact size, Download Statusbar packs in more useful features than the standard download window. The fully customizable interface auto-hides when not in use, allowing full control without interruption.
  6. Adblock Plus – Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? Install Adblock Plus now and get rid of them. Right-click on a banner and choose “Adblock” from the context menu — the banner won’t be downloaded again. Maybe even replace parts of the banner address with star symbols to block similar banners as well. Or choose a filter subscription, then even this simple task will usually be unnecessary: the filter subscription will block most advertisements fully automatically.
  7. Flashblock – Flashblock is an extension for the Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with Adobe (Macromedia) Flash content on a webpage and blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content.
  8. PriceDrop – PriceDrop is a Firefox extension which allows you to track product prices at Amazon shops , and get notifications whenever they drop – straight into your browser. PriceDrop will let you know when the price of your favorite products goes down.
  9. Google Reader Notifier – This Firefox extension shows you how many unread items you have in your Google Reader account.
  10. CustomizeGoogle – CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhances Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam).

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