Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox 4.0

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  • If you are looking for a lightweight web browser to surf the internet smoothly, then you might want to consider using Mozilla Firefox. Due to the popularity of this browser, lots of users have accessed it, and you can find several guides on how to install and set it up.

    Why is Firefox Unique?

    Firstly, this is one of the top 5 web browsers around the world, used by millions of people. It has all the essential features you would want to see on any web browser as well as some advanced features that will not only make the security of your internet surfing a top priority, but it will also make browsing super convenient and fast.

    The straightforward user interface is another attribute as to why Mozilla found massive success with the Firefox web browser. With lots of contenders on the market, it has proven its functionality over and over again over the years in terms of reliability and intuitiveness. Mozilla Firefox is licensed as an Open Source software, meaning that it is open to a vast community of developers. Open Source software is especially useful because users can quickly find the relevant help from the user community and at zero cost. Also, it means that there are several developers available to upgrade the software with more useful features and expand on its functionalities.

    Firefox supports multiple languages as well as, compatible with your Windows Operating System, including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 10, and Windows 10 64-bit. Whether your computer is low-end or not, you still can download and install it without any difficulties.

    One of the great things about Firefox is the Add-ons offered by Mozilla. You can activate and use as many add-ons as you wish by just adding the add-ons to the top panel of your Firefox browser. To access them, go to the settings tab on the top right corner(it looks like three horizontal lines arranged vertically) and find Extensions. You can search for specific extensions to customize your user experience or try new ones from the list of ‘featured’ extensions. Once you find the add-on that is suitable for you, you want to go ahead and click on it and then add it to Firefox, follow the easy steps and the extension will pop up on your Firefox’s top panel. Users have the privilege of choosing from hundreds of available extensions. There are also, Trending extensions, Featured extensions, and Top-rated extensions available as well.

    Firefox also allows users to customize toolbar as well as themes. You can create your theme from scratch or select one from the rich collection of preset themes based on various categories. You also have the luxury of dragging-and-dropping multiple items to and from the toolbar to personalize your Firefox experience.

    Another appealing feature of Firefox is the privacy it offers its users. You obtain the ability to surf the internet without fear of your browsing activities getting hacked or spied on by third-parties. Mozilla took care of the security concern of users by adding a Tracking Protection feature to Firefox, which automatically prevents hidden trackers from accessing your browsing histories. Using Private browsing, Firefox erases all your browsing history, clears your cookies, removes temporary files, as well as visited pages. Thanks to these features, Firefox can load web pages way faster than its peers and has an astonishing record of over 40% faster speed.

    Since it is a lightweight tool, it’s nearly impossible to notice a drag in system resources as well as slow down performance. It uses the barest minimum of your memory space, meaning that other desktop applications will run faster and your overall system will be optimized. Firefox relies on the JaegerMonkey JavaScript to load pages quickly, making it able to handle large files and high-quality video content.

    Now, to download the Firefox browser on your system, there are a few basic things to look out for, like having another web browser already running on your PC. This shouldn’t be hard as most Windows systems come ready with a built-in browser. So, go ahead and open any default browser on your computer, for instance, Google Chrome and search ‘Firefox download.’ You can equally download it directly from the official Mozilla website.

    After successfully downloading Firefox, you will be asked to Run it immediately or save it for a future instalment. Either choice will still require some time for Firefox to be installed entirely on your system. The installation is automatic when you click to Run the software, and it will take roughly 3 to 7 minutes to complete, depending on how fast your internet connection is. Once it’s completely installed, Firefox will auto-launch to allow users to customize the settings or use it straight away.

    Note that if you already used a Firefox browser in the past or had an account with Firefox, then you can log into the newly installed version and sync your old Firefox accounts to continue using it seamlessly. You can as well skip the login stage and move straight to using this browser.

    Key Features of Mozilla Firefox Include:

    • A quick and responsive user interface;
    • The ability to browse the internet with privacy;
    • Removes cookies, temp files, search histories, and the likes;
    • Blocks off spyware, malware, and other viruses;
    • Disables hidden trackers used by ad companies;
    • Loads web pages faster than most browsers;
    • Can handle heavy-duty files and pages with video content;
    • Access to a large collection of extensions or add-ons;
    • Customizable settings, toolbar, and extensions;
    • Create your theme or use from the preset available;
    • Accessible in multiple languages;
    • Compatible with several Windows OS, including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 10, and Windows 10 64-bit.


    This lightweight browser is perfect for individuals and corporate use, thanks to its privacy browsing mode and tracker protection features. It does not store any of your browsing histories, and as such, the browser works faster than most of its peers. It also removes all temporary files, cookies, an caches to speed up the browsing process. The installation takes only a few minutes, and the setup is easy enough for beginner PC users. Users are also able to customize the theme, toolbar, as well as extensions to optimize the user experience. Overall, Firefox works perfectly with the latest Windows systems and helps to boost your PC performance level in more than one way.

  • What's new in 4.0 version?

    * Firefox 4 is available in over 80 languages
    * Uses JägerMonkey, a new, faster JavaScript engine that is up to six times faster than Firefox 3.6
    * Support for the Do Not Track ("DNT") header that allows users to opt-out of behavioural advertising
    * Firefox Sync is included by default, allowing you to securely synchronize between multiple computers and mobile devices
    * Certain graphics rendering operations are now hardware-accelerated using Direct3D 9 on Windows XP, Direct3D 10 on Windows Vista and 7, and OpenGL on Mac OS (OpenGL on Linux will be supported in the future)
    * Direct2D Hardware Acceleration is now on by default for Windows 7 users
    * WebGL is enabled on all platforms that have a capable graphics card with updated drivers
    * Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format, hardware accelerated where available
    * Firefox button has a new look for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
    * Tabs are now on top by default on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
    * You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar
    * The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
    * The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you'd like)
    * Crash protection for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins
    * You can turn any tab into an "App Tab" by right-clicking on it and selecting "Make into App Tab" from the context menu
    * The default homepage design has been refreshed
    * Overhaul of the bookmarks and history code, enabling faster bookmarking and startup performance
    * Per-compartment garbage collection is now enabled, reducing work done during complex animations
    * Additional polish for the Firefox Add-ons Manager
    * Improved web typography using OpenType with support for ligatures, kerning and font variants
    * Web developers can animate content using CSS Transitions
    * Responsiveness and scrolling improvements from the new retained layers layout system
    * HTML5 Forms API makes web based forms easier to implement and validate
    * Support for the new proposed Audio Data API
    * Support for HSTS security protocol allowing sites to insist that they only be loaded over SSL
    * A new feature called Panorama gives users a visual overview of all open tabs, allowing them to be sorted and grouped
    * An experimental API is included to provide more efficient Javascript animations
    * Firefox now supports the HTML5 video "buffered" property
    * Changes to how XPCOM components are registered in order to help startup time and process separation
    * New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release)
    * Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions
    * CSS Transitions are partially supported
    * Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently
    * Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page using HTML History APIs
    * More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction
    * Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload
    * CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user's browsing history
    * New HTML5 parser
    * Support for more HTML5 form controls
    * Web authors can now get touch events from Firefox users on Windows 7 machines
    * A new way of representing values in JavaScript that allows Firefox to execute heavy, numeric code (used for things like graphics and animations) more efficiently


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