Firefox is always more than a browser to me, especially with all the Firefox Extension/s available, it makes the browsing fun, easier and it also helps me increase the productivity.
You don’t have to be a pro to get out of the old saying that primary use of browser is to view the internet. Firefox Addons listed below are my top favorites, and they are considered most essential Mozilla Firefox addons to me. You can improve your online experience with these best Firefox addons that will make your day to day tasks much easier and increase the productivity many times over. These are Firefox 4 addons i.e. they are compatible with latest version of Firefox. Most of the addons listed here have become an integral part of my daily workflow and I would feel significantly slowed down without them. Hope you like find them useful as well.
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1. WebMail Notifier (for Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL and so on)
WebMail Notifier checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails. You can use multiple accounts in a same host. WebMail Notifier checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails… Supports: gmail, yahoo, hotmail, aol, daum, naver, nate, paran, POP3/IMAP and more.
Download WebMail Notifier (for Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL and so on)
2. Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus allows you to regain control of the internet and view the web the way you want to. The add-on 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.
4. Video DownloadHelper
DownloadHelper is a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture video and image files from many sites. The easy way to download and convert Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites.
This works also for audio and picture galleries.
DownThemAll is all you can desire from a download manager: it features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 4x and it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time. DownThemAll is fast, reliable and easy-to-use!
7. Tab Mix Plus
Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox’s tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combination of opened tabs and windows.
OptimizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhances Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Bing, Flikr etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam).
9. samfind Bookmarks Bar
The most customizable Bookmarks Bar ever. Fit more websites, search right from the Bar, use social sites. Move the bar anywhere and in any smart layout you want.
Better Privacy serves to protect against not deletable longterm cookies, a new generation of ‘Super-Cookie’, which silently conquered the internet. This new cookie generation offers unlimited user tracking to industry and market research. Concerning privacy Flash- and DOM Storage objects are most critical.
11. Web of Trust – Safe Browsing Tool
The Web of Trust add-on shows you which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.
FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP/SFTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP/SFTP servers.
Turn Firefox into your ultimate media browser. Cooliris is a browser plug-in that revolutionizes how you find, view, and share photos and videos. Whether you’re browsing the Web or your desktop, Cooliris presents media on an infinite “3D wall” that lets you enjoy content without clicking page to page.
14. Morning Coffee
This extension allows you to set a group of Web sites that will open (each in its own tab) with the click of a button. You can even set sites up to open only on certain days (or every day). So news junkies or overworked administrators rejoice: This extension will make your browsing life a little easier.
15. iMacros for Firefox
iMacros was designed to automate the most repetitious tasks on the web. If there‘s an activity you have to do repeatedly, just record it in iMacros. The next time you need to do it, the entire macro will run at the click of a button! With iMacros, you can quickly and easily fill out web forms, remember passwords, create a webmail notifier, download information from other sites, scrape the Web (get data from multiple sites), and more.
Remember all of your important dates and events (birthdays, anniversaries, bills, etc) right in your browser without having to run a separate calendar or reminder application.
17. PDF Download
Use PDF Download to do whatever you like with PDF files on the Web. Regain control and eliminate browser problems, view PDFs directly in Firefox as HTML, and use the all-new Web-to-PDF toolbar to save and share Web pages as high-quality PDF files.
18. Echofon for Twitter
Echofon adds a tiny status bar icon that notifies you when your friends post tweets. You can also view updates in a timeline and post your own tweets.
Download Echofon for Twitter
19. Facebook Like – Share Any Page!
Easily share web pages you like with your friends and see how many people on Facebook like the page you are on!
User styles are themes for web sites. User styles empower your browsing experience by letting you customize web sites. Take out irrelevant content, change colors, or completely redesign the entire site. You can even use user styles as themes on the interface of Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey themselves.
If you think we are missing on any Essential Firefox Addon, please feel free to drop a comment to make your suggestion.