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The 15 best Firefox 3.0 add-ons

Downloads to improve your browsing experience


Improve your experience with Firefox by downloading these 15 terrific add-ons that make many routine tasks easier and increase the browser's power many times over.

CustomizeGoogle

If you're a big user of Google (and face it, who isn't?), you'll want to install this add-on. It customises Google in just about any way you could imagine, and no doubt in many ways you couldn't. For starters, it will block Google's ads as well as Google analytic cookies (some people believe these cookies invade their privacy). Additionally, it anonymises your Google user ID.

That's just the beginning, though. The extension adds links in your Google search results to other search engines, such as Yahoo and Ask.com, among others. It will also filter out search results from websites known to be spammers, and it will let you customise not just Google, but its various sites and features such as Gmail and Google News. In short, if you're a Google user and want to tweak the way Google works, make sure to download this one.

FireFTP

The FTP file transfer protocol, one of the earlier ways of transferring files on the internet, has plenty of life in it. Since many ISPs these days limit the size of files you can transfer via email, FTP remains a very effective way of sharing files.

Normally, you shouldn't try using your browser to transfer files via FTP - that's not what browsers are built for. But with FireFTP, you get the best of both worlds with a full FTP client right within Firefox itself. It has plenty of useful features, including the ability to compare directories and subdirectories, keeping directories in sync, and automatically reconnecting and resuming file transfers.

You may become somewhat confused the first time you use the program. Don't expect to type in an FTP location into the Firefox address bar and get FireFTP to work, because it won't. Instead, you have to first open FireFTP by choosing Tools, FireFTP. Then create a new account for each FTP site from a button on the top lefthand side of the screen. After that, it's all straightforward.

NoScript

One of the best things about the web - its interactivity - is also the most dangerous. Tools like JavaScript, Java, and Flash Silverlight make the web a far more entertaining and useful place. But they can be used in malicious ways as well. You'd like to run only the good interactivity, and leave out the bad. Sounds impossible, doesn't it?

That's exactly what NoScript does: It blocks all JavaScript, Java, and Flash Silverlight scripts by default, and then lets you allow them to be run on safe sites. As you browse the web, a small icon runs in the bottom right of your screen telling you the status of NoScript. If any scripts are being blocked, you'll be shown details in a bar at the bottom of the page. To customise how scripts should be run on the site, click the icon, and you'll be able to allow scripts through from the site or block them, permanently or temporarily, along with other options.

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