Friday, June 06, 2008

Some popular and very useful Firefox Add ons

Below is a collection of Firefox add ons/ extensions and they are listed here because of its popularity and the value of the comments from its users. All the add ons listed below are very popular and has racked in some very valuable comments from its users. Hence am sharing it here. Any add ons which have a huge weekly download and is popular , yet have negative feedbacks from its users are not listed here. So enjoy!


Rapidshare HappyChecker
As everyone knows a non premium Rapidshare user has to go through the time wait and then has to fill in the Rapidshare captcha. But rapidshare for its non premium users has come up with the happy hours to give the Rapidshare non premium user some relief. This is a very popular Rapidshare happy hours notifier which notifies the user when Rapidshare Happy Hours are active.

DownThemAll! 1.0.1
DownThemAll is a very useful and popular download manager. It claims to have an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400% and it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time. Users say it is fast, reliable and easy-to-use! It lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more. Also you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want.

Firefox Universal Uploader
This firefox extension allows you to upload/download files from any website using a friendly interface. Upload files/photos/videos to Flickr, Picasa, Youtube, of free space), Facebook, Webshots and OmniDrive in this version. Next versions would support other websites like Google Videos etc. You can add multiple files to the queue at a time. Extension will take care of uploading them for you.


FoxTorrent 1.13
This is a BitTorrent client integrated into Firefox. Allows you to stream videos as they download and supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. This popular add on has 8,887 weekly downloads

Torrent Finder Toolbar
Torrent Finder Toolbar is a torrent search toolbar for Firefox, which enables users to search over 180 top torrent sites and trackers from their Firefox browser. This is a great torrent finder and no longer one has to go to individual sites to search for the torrent files.


FoxyTunes 2.9.5
FoxyTunes lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and much more with a click right from your browse
Not compatible with Firefox 3. But this is very popular and has earned some great reviews by its users.

Video DownloadHelper 3.0.4
DownloadHelper is a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture not only videos but image files from many sites directly on your file system. It also works with MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost and others. This is very popular and has earned some great reviews.

There are some other video download add ons at the Firefox Add on website but the other very popular ones I had a look at had some bad reviews including one of them being detected as spyware by Avira Anti-Virus

Note: You can just use the free VideoLAN player to view .flv videos.


BlogRovr 1.1.779
RovR fetches posts from your favorite blogs about anything you're browsing, and shows you summaries you can open read posts without leaving the web page you were on. Has got some great reviews.

Sage-Too 0.9.1 RSS Feeds etc.
Sage-Too is a lightweight RSS and Atom feed aggregator extension for Mozilla Firefox. Features include:
Reads RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds, Feed Discovery, Integrates with Firefox's bookmark storage and Live Bookmarks, Imports and exports OPML feed lists, Newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets, Technorati and RSS search engine integration, Support for the following locales: Argentine Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish This is highly popular with very positive reviews.

DashBlog 1.5
DashBlog lets you quickly collect videos, images, text/quotes, songs and screen-captures from any web page and publish them to your blog (word press, blogger/blogspot, tumblr) and/or twitter.It’s the fastest and easiest way for you post video, text, quotes, images and songs to your blog, tumblr and twitter (all at the same time). This is very popular among bloggers and has a high reputation among its users.


Netcraft Toolbar 1.2
Blocks phishing sites, helping to protect users from online fraud. This toolbar is only for Firefox 2.0 or later. For earlier versions of Firefox, please download the toolbar direct from

ProxySel 1.3.08a import export proxies
The Proxy selection and processing utility is a Mozilla extension that let you select a proxy from a drop down menu. You may import proxy lists in different formats. This has a Menu to add proxy manually and a Auto Tor, Privoxy detection feature. But some users are facing problems with TOR in the latest version of this.

Tor-Proxy.NET Toolbar 0.3

With this toolbar you can access TOR-Proxy.NET directly.This Addon creates a new toolbar, where you can enter the address you want to take a look at. You also can choose between different anonymization-networks. There are not much reviews on this even if it is popular. So it would be advisable to wait for some more reviews.

Torbutton provides a button to easily enable or disable the browser's use of Tor. This has earned some great reviews.

SwitchProxy Tool 1.4.1
SwitchProxy lets you manage and switch between multiple proxy configurations quickly and easily. You can also use it as an anonymizer. BUt this does not work with Firefox 3.

FoxyProxy 2.7.4
FoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox's limited proxying capabilities. It offers more features than SwitchProxy, ProxyButton, QuickProxy, xyzproxy, ProxyTex, TorButton, etc.

CustomizeGoogle 0.72
CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhance Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo,, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam). All features are optional and easily configured.

Yapta for Ticket Fares
An user review sums up this add on very well: "For the frequent traveler, this add-on by Yapta is essential. Every time you're looking at flights it just shows up and allows you to tag/watch those specific flights, thus avoiding (a) a separate trip to the Yapta site to utilize their very unique service, (b) having to go back again and again to the flight listings and check it. They notify you. You know how some add-ons are kind of complicated and you're not really sure how to use them? Nothing overdone on this add-on. It's simple, it works, and it saves you time. Plus it's not intrusive to your browsing experience. I did find a couple small issues, but no show-stoppers and the folks at Yapta have been responsive. Probably already fixed."
But..even if this is very popular with 6,077 weekly downloads, it has only two reviews so far.

Shareaholic 1.4
Shareaholic allows you to share, bookmark, and e-mail web pages quickly via a wide array of web 2.0 social websites without cluttering up your browser. This add on is hugely popular and is even recommended by Mozilla/ Firefox.

I have listed the add ons here which I felt are fine to use, after reading the reviews. Like I mentioned above all the add ons listed below are very popular and has racked in some very valuable comments from its users. Hence am sharing it here. Any add ons which have a huge weekly download and is popular but yet has very feedbacks from its users are not listed here.
But it does not necessarily mean that I am right. Its just my belief and it does not mean that readers have to cater to that. All the extensions/ add ons listed above are submitted to the Firefox Addons website by individual developers and it does not necessarily mean that all of them are safe to use or not safe to use. So it is always advisable to read reviews about them before using them and its entirely upto the readers' discretion as to whether to use them or not after reading the reviews carefully. Its always great to use your logic and analytical skills before using them. Each individual add on has a longer description at the Firefox site and user reviews along with the developers' remarks. So choose wisely.


Jay Meattle said...

Thanks for including Shareaholic in your list :)