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Firefox Add-ons Reach 3 Billion Downloads

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Mozilla is celebrating the popularity of Add-ons for Firefox.

More than 3 billion downloads have been downloaded by Firefox users since add-ons have been made officially available in November, 2004. It took Mozilla 49 months to reach the first billion; the second billion took only 20 months and the third billion arrived after 24 months.

Mozilla said that 85 percent of Firefox users have at least on add-on installed. The most popular remain AdBlock Plus, Firebug, NoScript, Personas Plus and Video DownloadHelper, which are part of a add-on base that includes more than 150,000 add-ons from more than 25,000 developers in total.

The average Firefox user has five add-ons installed. The most popular add-on categories are privacy and security, search, bookmarks and themes. What do you have installed in your Firefox?

 

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    badhomaks , July 28, 2012 10:53 PM
    Adblock. I believe everyone who has firefox or chrome should get it. Best add-on in my opinion.
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    chewy1963 , July 28, 2012 11:17 PM
    badhomaksAdblock. I believe everyone who has firefox or chrome should get it. Best add-on in my opinion.


    It absolutely is the best IMO also, especially in firefox. It does what it says it will and does using surprisingly few resources (RAM/CPU cycles).
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    A Bad Day , July 28, 2012 10:52 PM
    For those who say, "Firefox sucks because my web browser already has all of the features that add-ons have.", must enjoy running bloatwares.

    The more features a software comes with, the more HDD/SSD and RAM space it takes up.

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    badhomaks , July 28, 2012 10:53 PM
    Adblock. I believe everyone who has firefox or chrome should get it. Best add-on in my opinion.
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    chewy1963 , July 28, 2012 11:17 PM
    badhomaksAdblock. I believe everyone who has firefox or chrome should get it. Best add-on in my opinion.


    It absolutely is the best IMO also, especially in firefox. It does what it says it will and does using surprisingly few resources (RAM/CPU cycles).
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    killerclick , July 28, 2012 11:18 PM
    badhomaksAdblock. I believe everyone who has firefox or chrome should get it. Best add-on in my opinion.


    Unless you like sites that provide content thanks to advertising. If everybody used Adblock, we'd have to pay for content like Tom's instead of getting it for free (or for the low low price of tolerating ads). Even worse, the sites may choose to serve their advertisers in sneakier ways like publishing slightly more favorable reviews. Try Ad-blocking that if you can, you can't even be sure about such things.

    I've known about Adblock for 5 years, but I won't deny sites I regularly visit their tiny revenue stream. I'll even click on a bunch of banners just because I'm feeling generous.
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    srap , July 28, 2012 11:20 PM
    A Bad DayThe more features a software comes with, the more HDD/SSD and RAM space it takes up.

    Not necessarily. It all depends on how it was made. If it was written properly, unused features do not use RAM, and few on HDD-s.
    The other and bigger problem when these features are half-done. Opera is able to use torrents, but not magnets. Opera can be used as an IRC client, but it completely lacks the ability to create log-files (what is unacceptable for any software that can be used for chat).

    Edited: fixed a typo.
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    badhomaks , July 28, 2012 11:35 PM
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    killerclickUnless you like sites that provide content thanks to advertising. If everybody used Adblock, we'd have to pay for content like Tom's instead of getting it for free (or for the low low price of tolerating ads).

    That's why sometimes if it's a site that I want to support, I will turn off the adblocker and click a few ads. Then I can turn my adblock on knowing that I'm supporting them even though I still have adblock.
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    zybch , July 29, 2012 12:07 AM
    The majority of the web is unusable to me without adblock and flashblock installed.
    Sure, its a site's prerogative to use annoying advertising support, just as its mine to disable those same ads when they're intrusive, irritating (flash) or when they have not even the slightest connection to my interests or the content of the page/site I'm viewing.
    If those sites abuse their viewers then they deserve to lose their advertising funds.
    We users never had any comeback against crap/annoying/intrusive garbage ads, but now we do.
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    memadmax , July 29, 2012 12:24 AM
    Sometimes Ad's are a backdoor for a trojan to come in during a drive by....

    AdBlock, NoScript ftw
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    killerclick , July 29, 2012 1:02 AM
    memadmaxSometimes Ad's are a backdoor for a trojan to come in during a drive by....AdBlock, NoScript ftw


    That's just an excuse for getting everything you can while giving as little as possible. It's a poisonous mentality that just makes the world a shittier place.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , July 29, 2012 1:05 AM
    A proud Firefox user, my add-ons are: Adblock Plus, Awesome Screenshot, BetterPrivacy, BrowserProtect, DownThemAll!, Easy Youtube Video Downloader, Fasterfox Lite, FlagFox, Flashblock, FlashGot, Ghostery, NoScript, RequestPolicy and WOT. I value my privacy and my limited bandwidth from my ISP.
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    del35 , July 29, 2012 2:32 AM
    Imagine all the MSM noise if trashy iTardfari had received those downloads. Thank God it is not the case or we would be subjected to endless formoron US media propaganda.
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    math1337 , July 29, 2012 3:09 AM
    chewy1963It absolutely is the best IMO also, especially in firefox. It does what it says it will and does using surprisingly few resources (RAM/CPU cycles).

    That's because most animated flash ads rape the CPU. I don't really mind ads, as long as they don't make sound, but on my old AMD laptop, they bring ym system to a grinding halt, forcing me to block the ads.
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    jhansonxi , July 29, 2012 3:55 AM
    absolute load control
    Adblock Plus
    Flashblock
    Forecastfox
    GMarks
    Tiny Menu
    DownloadHelper
    Ghostery

    Wish would be updated for compatibility:
    Copy Plain Text
    Card Games
    NeedleSearch (don't really need since I've made my own search plug-ins)
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    marshsmello , July 29, 2012 5:41 AM
    srapIf it was written properly, are half-done. Opera is able to use torrents, but not magnets. Opera can be used as an IRC client, but it completely lacks the ability to create log-files (what is unacceptable for any software that can be used for chat).


    You can save IRC logs manualy, File->SaveAs.
    Yes, Opera's bittorrent and IRC should be dropped out. They should just make proper extensions for that.
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    JohnnyLucky , July 29, 2012 1:36 PM
    The sample size is probably too small and subject to wide fluctuations but the statistics for my web site indicate about 40% of the visitors are using Firefox.
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    Pherule , July 29, 2012 6:11 PM
    Adblock Plus
    NoScript
    WoT
    HTTPS Everywhere, HTTPS finder
    Download Statusbar
    Extend Statusbar
    Greasemonkey

    I use a few others too, but these are the essentials imo.

    jhansonxiabsolute load control

    No longer neccesary:
    Tools -> Options -> Tabs -> Don't load tabs until selected
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    livebriand , July 29, 2012 9:12 PM
    I've found that a lot of sites, including this one, are hell without ABP. For instance, the popup ads (well, in the same tab, but on top of the page) are a MAJOR pain when I'm viewing this from my phone - if I zoom in, the ad goes off screen. I have to hit a tiny target to close it. Or, with the mobile version, a little ad appears on the bottom of EVERY damn page and keeps moving as I scroll the page unless I close it! When I use Opera Mini (for those times I'm stuck with an EDGE connection), closing those ads means the whole page gets reloaded. (and, the ad stays in the exact same part of the page, not moving, blocking the same part of the article otherwise) I think I'll go through the process of rooting my phone and tweaking the hosts file JUST for this reason. That said, I don't mind the little banner ads at the top or side of the page. (particularly when they don't keep moving to stay in your face)
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    livebriand , July 29, 2012 9:14 PM
    Oh, and I forgot to mention the ad links that get inserted into articles and comments... (and on a phone, although the rest of the text is nice and big, the ad links aren't, making that text hard to read - I use the desktop version of toms a lot there so I can view comments)

    I also use Ghostery, WOT, and Xmarks. (in Chrome btw) In firefox, I also have firebug. (in Chrome, I use its' inspect element tool)
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    swooshxx , July 29, 2012 9:21 PM
    A Bad DayFor those who say, "Firefox sucks because my web browser already has all of the features that add-ons have.", must enjoy running bloatwares.The more features a software comes with, the more HDD/SSD and RAM space it takes up.

    Funny you say that, given that stock Firefox is bloatware. Try running FF and Chrome without addons, and see for yourself...it doesn't take FF's CPU/Memory needs to render a website.
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    confish21 , July 30, 2012 1:21 AM
    adblock video changed it all... shhh secret!
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