Would you use a program that would reduce the memory usage of Firefox to 100-200 Kilobyte ? I have no idea how the Firefox Ultimate Optimizer is reducing the memory usage to this amount but the task manager is verifying the reduction. Firefox has been using roughly 40 Megabytes of RAM whenever I started it and one homepage was loaded.
After starting Firefox Ultimate Optimizer the RAM usage was reduced to 188 Kilobyte even with Firefox as the active window. The software does not have to be configured and sits in the system tray all the time.
I did scan it with Virus Total which did not find a single virus but I'm still puzzled on how this is achieved. I tried searching for more information but the developers homepage is down currently. It must be some kind of trick but I can't find out how it's done. If you know let me know please.
Update: The file is no longer available, and I suggest you take a look at another comparable program instead if you want to optimize the browser's memory usage. More recent versions of the web browser have been optimized by Mozilla in this regard, and you should see a drop in average memory usage when you compare one of the latest versions to Firefox 3 or 4.
One program that you can check out for the purpose is Firefox Plumber which can reduce the memory usage of the browser significantly, at least for a while. Alternatives include automatically restarting Firefox on high memory usage, using Memory Fox which works more or less like Firefox Plumber, or applying a tweak to the browser to trim the memory when the window gets minimized.
You can combine some of the options if you want, even though I'd suggest you start with the config tweaks first to see if it resolves the memory issues. If not, check out the programs that can reduce the browsers memory usage significantly.Advertisement
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.