FireFox is my default web browser. I have a couple of FireFox extensions that I can’t live without. The major issue with FireFox is memory consumption. Here’s how I handle this problem.
1. Change the maximum number of URLs you can traverse through the Back/Forward buttons.
You can change this setting by typing about:config in the address bar. For more information, go to http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries and search for “browser. sessionhistory. max_entries”.
2. Change the cache for recently visited pages.
3. Change the image and chrome cache.
4. Use Windows swap memory.
5. Uninstall rarely used extensions and plug-ins.
6. Install the QuickRestart extension from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3559 and make sure you have “Show my windows and tabs from last time” chosen in the options dialog.
If you see FireFox memory usage is getting really big, do a quick restart.
7. If you want to have an idea what is in the memory cache, you can go to
See http://kb.mozillazine.org/About_protocol_links for more details.
If you have other ways to improve FireFox’s memory consumption, please let me know!