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Top 20 of Best Firefox Addons to Improve Your Web Browsing Experience

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Mozilla Firefox is one of the most widely used web browser with approximately 30% percent of worldwide usage share of web browsers. Do you know what’s the main factor behind the success of Firefox making it stands out from other competitors? Undeniably, I would say it’s the addons or extensions that enhance the browsing functionalities and make it more than just displaying web page. If you are Firefox user, please read though this article.

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Today, we would like to show you a list of best rated Firefox add-ons that will not only improve your web browsing experience but also enhance your productivity. You would definitely love these add-ons!

Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus allows you to regain control of the Internet and view the web the way you want to. The add-on is supported by over forty filter subscriptions in dozens of languages which automatically configure it for purposes ranging from removing online advertising to blocking all known malware domains. Adblock Plus also allows you to customize your filters with the assistance of a variety of useful features, including a context option for images, a block tab for Flash and Java objects, and a list of blockable items to remove scripts and stylesheets.

Video DownloadHelper
DownloadHelper is a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture video and image files from many sites. Just surf the web as you are used to, when DownloadHelper detects it can do something for you, the icon gets animated and a menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item. For instance, if you go to a YouTube page, you’ll be able to download the video directly on your file system. It also works with MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost and others.

NoScript
NoScript provides extra protection to your Firefox. It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice, e.g. your home-banking web site, guarding your “trust boundaries” against cross-site scripting attacks (XSS), cross-zone DNS rebinding / CSRF attacks (router hacking), and Clickjacking attempts, thanks to its unique ClearClick technology. It also implements the DoNotTrack tracking opt-out proposal by default.

DownThemAll!
DownThemAll is fast, reliable and easy-to-use! It lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more: you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want! Be in full control over your downloads, dedicated speed and number of parallel connections at any time. Use Metalinks or add mirrors manually to download a file from different servers at the same time.

Download Statusbar
Download Statusbar lets you 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.

Greasemonkey
Greasemonkey allows you to customize the way a web page displays or behaves, by using small bits of JavaScript. Hundreds of scripts, for a wide variety of popular sites, are already available at http://userscripts.org. You can write your own scripts, too. Check out http://wiki.greasespot.net/ to get started.

Stylish
Stylish lets you easily manage user styles. Add, delete, enable, disable, and organize with a few clicks of a mouse, no code to edit, no obscure configuration to find. Stylish’s companion website, userstyles.org, hosts tens of thousands of user styles made by other Stylish users that you can try.

IE Tab
IE Tab is an extension from Taiwan, features: Embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of Mozilla Firefox. This is a great tool for web developers, since you can easily see how your web page displayed in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox.

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 with crash recovery that can save and restore combination of opened tabs and windows.

Xmarks Sync
Xmarks is a bookmarking add-on. It takes only a moment to get up and running with Xmarks. After you install the add-on, click on the notification to set up Xmarks and start backing up and synchronizing your bookmarks. Install Xmarks on each computer you use, and it seamlessly integrates with your web browser and keeps your bookmarks safely backed up and in sync.

Forecastfox Weather
Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com and display them in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension.

Cooliris
Cooliris is a browser plug-in that revolutionizes how you find, view, and share photos and videos. Whether you’re browsing the web or your desktop, Cooliris presents media on an infinite “3D wall” that lets you enjoy content without clicking page to page.
See the video demo at http://www.cooliris.com/desktop.

PDF Download
PDF Download by Nitro PDF Software is the leading tool for handling, viewing and creating web-based PDF files and is enjoyed by millions of Firefox users every day. The browser extension removes the pain you can experience when you encounter PDF files online, reducing browser crashes, speeding up the display of a PDF’s content, and letting you convert any (unsecured) web page into a high-quality PDF that’s great for archiving, printing and sharing.

Web of Trust – Safe Browsing Tool
Web of Trust is the leading website reputation rating tool and one of Mozilla’s most popular add-ons. This safe surfing tool uses an intuitive traffic-light style rating system to help you see which websites are trusted when you search, surf and shop online. WOT ratings are powered by a global community of millions of trustworthy users who have rated millions of websites based on their experiences. The WOT add-on provides reputation ratings to search results when you use Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Bing, Wikipedia and other popular sites, helping you protect your computer and personal information. Your online email account – Google Mail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail is also protected.

FoxyProxy Standard
FoxyProxy is a Firefox extension which automatically switches an Internet connection across one or more proxy servers based on URL patterns. Put simply, FoxyProxy automates the manual process of editing Firefox’s Connection Settings dialog. Proxy server switching occurs based on the loading URL and the switching rules you define.

Flashblock
Flashblock is an extension for the Firefox and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with 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.

FoxyTunes
FoxyTunes lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and much more with a click right from your browser.

CustomizeGoogle
CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhance Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam). All features are optional and easily configured.

FastestFox – Browse Faster
FastestFox helps you save time by speeding up repetitive tasks. Get faster, parallelized downloads, see definitions, auto-load the next page, improve searching, and more.

All-in-One Sidebar
AiOS lets you open various windows as sidebar panels, and quickly switch between them. So it put an end to the window chaos! In addition to bookmarks and history it opens dialogues such as downloads, add-ons and more in the sidebar.

AutoPager
AutoPager automatically loads next pages when you reach the end of a page. It works on a ton of sites, Google, Yahoo! It works well with most other add-ons adblock plus, WOT and most of the greasemonkey scripts. You can also try AutoPagerLite.

WebMail Notifier
Notifier for gmail, yahoo, hotmail, aol and more webmails. WebMail Notifier checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails.

Gmail Manager
The original Gmail notifier for multiple accounts. Allows you to receive new mail notifications along with viewing account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.

Screengrab
Screengrab captures what you can see in the window, the entire page, just a selection, and a particular frame. It basically saves webpages as images either to a file, or to the clipboard. It captures Flash too!

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