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.
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.
Tame your browser
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.
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
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.