How to Speed up Firefox
Well, to answer that question here are two great tips for undergoing the process to speed up Firefox, the free, rock-solid, secure browser from the Mozilla Foundation.
1. Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit enter. Scroll down and look for the following entries:
Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining in Firefox it will make several request at once. It will really speeds up web page loading.
2. Edit the following entries as shown:
Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"
Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"
Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 25 or 30. This means it will make 25 or 30 requests at once (whichever you picked).
3. Lastly, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.
Enabling pipelining in Firefox can speed up complex page retrievals, but it can also break Macromedia Flash presentations. This is a Macromedia thing not a Firefox thing but that's why the app defaults to pipelining disabled. There are reasons why Firefox isn't configured like that out of the box. Asa at Mozillazine.org explains why. With Firefox 18.104.22.168, there aren't too many problems with pipelining.
There is a utility at the mozilla developers website. It speeds up Firefox by prefeteching links, doing the above code automaticaly, and it has some of it's own neat tricks. It comes with extra pop-up blocking functionality too.
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