5 Must-have Firefox extensions

All those who use Firefox day in and day out sure know what an amazing piece of software it is. What makes it really interesting is the ability of the browser to allow users to customise it using extensions. There are numerous add-ons dished out by Mozilla and a couple of them serve the same purpose. To simplify it, we have picked the five must-have Firefox extensions for our readers.

Adblock Plus

Block all those annoying advertisements

Block all those annoying advertisements


This is the most popular and useful Firefox add-on. It blocks all those annoying advertisements. This isn't all, it stops just about everything that is trying to sneak into your Internet such as banners and trackers. Simple to configure and use, it is a nice way of regaining control of your PC as it 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. You can even customise your filters with features like block tab for Flash and Java objects, list of blockable items to remove scripts and stylesheets and so on.


Easy way to download and convert web videos

Tame your browser


This extension lets you customise the webpage according to your needs. It makes the webpage behave the way you want by adding small tidbits of JavaScript. So, once you install Greasemonkey, you will have to add scripts according to your requirements. For instance, scripts for replacing the new Facebook chat sidebar with the original one or script that offers realtime view of what the server time is once you login to your IRCTC account. A software expert can add scripts via coding. Now, this doesn't mean only software experts and coders can use this Firefox extension.There are several readymade scripts created by numerous tech enthusiasts available for download. These tech enthusiasts share their scripts for free. In case you don't want a particular change, then simply disable that script.


Previews of links without leaving the current webpage

Previews of links without leaving the current webpage


This add-on lets you preview links and images without the need to leave your current webpage. Just hover the mouse on any link and a preview window will pop up showing the content from that link. Furthermore, you can preview images and videos too, without leaving the current page. It also lets you temporarily bookmark items to the right column with a unique "stacks" feature. Previewing Google Image search results is effortless too. Another feature of CoolPreviews is that it lets you instantly send links to friends and family with just a click.


Downloads quickly

Easy way to download and convert videos


This add-on brings in an easy way to download and convert web videos from sites like YouTube. Moreover, it isn't just limited to videos and works for audio and galleries too. Basically, it's a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture video and image files from many sites. While surfing the web, if there is downloadable content, you will see that the Downloadhelper icon gets animated;  the menu allows you to download files by simply clicking on them. With the new updated version of the Downloadhelper, you can even set up the extension to automatically convert the downloaded movies to your preferred video format. If you are on a page with links that contain videos and images, then you can download some or even all of them at once. This is a pretty neat add-on if you are all about downloading videos.


Read it later

Read it later


Pocket, formerly known as Read it Later, is one of the coolest add-ons. If you are reading something and someone interrupts you, then this add-on will let you save it to read later. You can save pages to your reading list and read them later when you have time. It even automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so that you can view them any time, even without an Internet connection.The Offline reading mode lets you read the saved pages anytime, anywhere. You can sync your list to Read It Later apps for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android and more.

Have you been using any of these extensions? If not, then it's time to update your list of must-have Firefox extensions.

Published Date: Dec 08, 2012 12:01 pm | Updated Date: Dec 08, 2012 12:01 pm