Half Firefox 4 Start Time

Half Firefox 4 Start TimesRunning Windows and want to make Firefox 4 start up faster? The add-on Start Faster enables some really nifty optimizations that Mozilla hasn’t done yet to the browser to give you a quicker launch time for your favorite browser.

So, what is the magic going on behind this add-on? Start Faster bypasses the Windows prefetch feature to get Firefox up and running faster.  When running Firefox on Windows, the default way of doing things is to call several things up at the operating system level (such as DLL libraries). Since these are not 100% needed, all the Start Faster add-on has to do is ignore this step of the start up process.

A “Faster Firefox” shortcut is added to your desktop to start launching Firefox with this idea in mind, after you install the add-on.  So, if you want to go back to starting the old fashion way – you can do so via your regular shortcut icon. Overall you should see your Firefox start up time be about two times faster than without.

You can pick up the Start Faster add-on for Firefox 4 from the Firefox Add-ons website.

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7 Responses to Half Firefox 4 Start Time

  1. Winnorf Mar/14 at 9:23 am #

    This add-on disabled Norton after it identified it as being safe.

  2. Jamie Mar/14 at 1:43 pm #

    Unfortunately the fact that it doesn’t work on Windows XP was well hidden. I installed and got a couple of errors. Really had to dig to find out why!?!

  3. Angie Mar/14 at 10:01 pm #

    Sounds kinda risky. I`ll just wait the 2 minutes for FF to start, thanks.

    • zzzsyk Mar/17 at 12:22 am #

      2 minutes? you gotta be kidding!

    • L Mar/18 at 10:11 pm #

      Tara (The creator of the extension) works for Mozilla Corp, so how is it risky?

  4. Medical Recruitment Agency Mar/22 at 4:45 am #

    Downloaded It Working Fine Uptill Now Havent Find Any Issue

  5. Angie Mar/26 at 12:01 am #

    “2 minutes? you gotta be kidding!”

    Yes, 2 minutes. It might sound like a lot, but it`s really not. Then again, I`m patient when it comes to waiting out loading.