5 Essential Firefox 3 Add-ons

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 18, 2008
Updated • Aug 11, 2014
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

While it is definitely true that some add-ons get a wider coverage and more downloads than others it is still a fact that each Firefox user had his own share of add-ons that he considers essential. This can be mostly attributed to different motives in using Firefox. A web developers is using a different set of add-ons than someone who loves to surf on video portals or social networks.

There is still some common ground, add-ons that are used by most of the Firefox community, or at least the part that knows that add-ons are available to extent the browser. Most users would call them essential but there will be some who will question the addition of one or the other add-on in the list.

The list contains some brand new add-ons like the Searchery add-on that can only be downloaded if the user has an account at Mozilla. Most will probably be known by most of you but I have added some that will be new as well.

Adblock Plus - This one blocks lots of advertisements and although I make my living from those I recommend this add-on. It's possible to add websites to a white list which means that ads on that site will not be blocked. I do that for websites that I like so that they earn from my visits.

Edit Middle 2 - The awesome bar (location bar) in Firefox 3 is not typo friendly. If you happen to write mozzilla instead of mozilla you will not get results in the bar if you remove the second z in the misspelled word. This add-on corrects that behavior.

Multi Links - This is a very useful extension that you can use to open several links at once using a single operation.

No Script - No Script is installed in my secure Firefox profile. It basically removes scripts from any site that is not in the white list.

Searchery - Searchery adds Google search to the Firefox location bar which means that it is possible to get rid of the search bar in the right if Google is your main search engine.


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  1. JL said on July 23, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Hi, I just downloaded the Firefox 3 a few days ago and in my opinion it is better than any browser or any of the previous Firefox browsers… So far I haven’t had any problems with the Firefox 3 and I really enjoy it! :)

  2. Micah Diamond said on June 23, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    or you could tweak Firefox’s about:config settings so that yubnub becomes your primary search engine from the addressbar, thereby allowing an absolutely unlimited number of search options as opposed to just one…see this lifehacker post for details:


  3. Richard said on June 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Cheers Roman ShaRP,

    Will try it now :-)

  4. Roman ShaRP said on June 20, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Richard, try CCleaner.

  5. Richard said on June 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm


    Anyone know of a addon or program that can securelly delete your firefox browsing history etc.?



  6. yash said on June 19, 2008 at 6:26 am

    firefox 3 is great..except for the fact that it uses more than twice of RAM it used in ff2. I tried safe mode with no add ons but got the same results. Does anybody face similar issues?

  7. gokudomatic said on June 19, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I won’t call them essential, except for the adblock.
    searchery won’t highlight the words I’m searching, nor the inner search bar. And I still don’t see what’s the problem with javascript. why do you absolutely want to disable it?
    for me, more essential are the downthemall, mouse gesture, download statusbar extensions, and of course the famous dom inspector, firebug and webdeveloper toolbar extensions that I need to earn my life.

  8. Jojo said on June 19, 2008 at 12:04 am

    VideoDownloadHelper is a good ad-in, particularly for Youtube. But it doesn’t work for video’s on ComedyCentral.com and the author does not reply to email messages asking about support for new sites.

  9. Roman ShaRP said on June 18, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Abd says,
    June 18th, 2008

    I don’t kno with that new version of Firefox. I probably will wait a little longer.

    Don’t fear, it’s all OK with new Firefox.
    Many of my friends tried it, and no one regret about it.

  10. Roman ShaRP said on June 18, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I agree with you about â„–â„–1,3,5 , but don’t count two rest so nessesary.

  11. Abd said on June 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I don’t kno with that new version of Firefox. I probably will wait a little longer.

  12. Ben said on June 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I never thought about whitelisting sites that I enjoy with Adblock Plus. I think that I will adopt your policy of unblocking for sites I like (starting here).

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