Mozilla unveils gallery of Firefoxslowing addons
If you’re an avid Firefox user, you know what its like to be plagued by add-ons that seem to bring your browser to a crawl. Mozilla reports that some add-ons, especially ones using old code that have simply been tweaked to be compatible with newer versions, can slow down your browsing experience up to 74 percent. Now, Mozilla is calling those add-ons and their developers out publicly on their new Slow Performing Add-Ons page, which displays the 10 add-ons that impact Firefox’s performance the most.Some of the extensions on the list are fairly major names. For example, Web development and editing add-on Firebug is number 2, slowing down Firefox’s startup speeds by 74 percent. That makes it a tie for the number one add-on, FoxLingo, a dictionary and translation tool. Some other popular extensions on the list include FlashGot (number 4 on the list), a popular utility for downloading multiple items from a Web site at the same time, FoxyTunes (number 6), an extension that lets you control your desktop media player through Firefox, and XMarks Browser Sync (number 9), which allows you to synchronize your bookmarks, passwords, tabs, and sessions across multiple browsers and multiple systems.Ironically, number 8 on the list is FastestFox, a Firefox add-on that promises to speed up the browser’s performance with a number of tools that are designed to improve the core browser’s responsiveness and utilities that enhance search results, manage downloads, and automatically linked pages in cache before you click on them. Mozilla says the add-on can slow down Firefox startups by up to 33 percent.At the bottom of the top-ten list, you can click to see additional add-ons, and even more popular extensions rank in the top 50, including extensions like NoScript, Greasemonkey, AdBlock Plus, and StumbleUpon. To be fair, Mozilla’s performance studies take into account Firefox’s cold startup time, not necessarily the browser’s performance while running or the user’s experience while actively browsing the Web.Mozilla said that they would refresh the list weekly by running performance tests on their top 100 add-ons, and that users would start to see warnings if they install an add-on that diminishes Firefox’s performance by more than 25 percent. As a result of the list, the user reviews of almost all of the listed add-ons have been flooded with comments referencing the Mozilla performance page as proof that the add-ons need to be updated or redesigned.Read More at Mozilla Add-Ons, via Mashable.