Blocking ads and web bugs in Firefox

Screenshot of right-click options for handling an image ad

Wladimir Palant’s Firefox add-on Adblock Plus provides you with the capability to identify and block various components of a web page, most importantly any pesky or undesirable advertisements and also web bugs.

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Securing Firefox with NoScript

Logo of NoScript plug-in

This nifty add-on for Firefox allows you to drastically increase your protection against cross-site-scripting (XSS) attacks as well as common script annoyances.

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How to disable the “Search Suggestions” in Firefox 2.x

I am sure I am not the only on who gets annoyed by these pesky search suggestions, not to mention the transmission of almost every individual key stroke typed into the search box when Google is selected as the preferred search engine.

If you would like to see what’s going on under the hood URL-wise, feel free to install Privoxy, which at the same time will help you to get rid of a lot of annoying ads and tracking cookies.  Its log/console window is quite entertaining to observe.

FlyingPenguin points out that it is sufficient to right-click at the search box and uncheck “Show Suggestions”.

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Fine-tuning of Firefox Tabs

If you want to merely adjust a few more settings than those available through the browser’s “Options” menu, type in about:config.

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