Ten great Firefox extensions for 1.5

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 10, 2006
Updated • May 1, 2013
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

I've been using Firefox for a long time and can recommend it to anyone who is still using Microsoft Internet Explorer. Besides being more secure, Firefox users have the ability to install extensions, little addons that add to the functionality of the browser. I collected ten nice extensions that are worth a try if you are using Firefox. All work with the latest build 1.5 and versions before, of course.

Lets start with the extensions:

  • Disable Targets for Downloads - Prevents the spawning of blank windows when you click on a download link.
  • Gmail Notifier - Notifies you when you have new mail in your gmail account
  • Footiefox - You like football ? Football news straight from this extension, covers the most important international leagues.
  • Linkchecker - Checks the links of a website and shows working /non working ones.
  • Quick Locale Switcher - Allows you to quickly change and apply a different general.useragent.locale preference from the tools menu.
  • Fasterfox - Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay.
  • Image Zoom - I dislike websites that display small screenshots with no option to view the image in a increased size. Image Zoom allows you to zoom images.
  • Session Saver - SessionSaver restores your browser -exactly- as you left it, every startup, every time.
  • gTranslate - Mark a text in a website and let the extension translate if for you.
  • Google preview - Displays little thumbnails of the websites when you perform google searches.

Update:  It is interesting to note that only four of the extensions that were available for Firefox 1.5, are no longer available, while the remaining six extensions are still available for the latest versions of the Firefox browser.  We have removed the broken extensions from this article as a result of this. You can follow the links to install the other extensions right in the latest version of the Firefox web browser.


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  1. Alessandro_ufms said on January 12, 2006 at 1:20 pm

    Smart Middle Click (http://dmextension.mozdev.org/misc.html)
    By default, middle clicking on javascript links in Firefox opens a blank tab instead of following the link. This extension fixes that problem and lets middle clicks open simple javascript links in new tabs. It is not very sophisticated, so some javascript links may not work, but most will. Why this simple functionality is not built into Firefox by default, I don’t know.

  2. Lucky Ruckerson said on January 11, 2006 at 3:05 am

    All I care about is adblock, flashblock, and bugmenot.

  3. Steve said on January 10, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    You need to try out foXpose. It is a FF 1.5 only extension and has matured from being a “cool” extension to a “usable” extension.

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