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Firemin 2.0.8.2086

Cut Firefox memory use to a minimum

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 12 December 2015
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Downloads To Date: 11706
Developer: Rizonesoft
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Firemin
Cut Firefox memory use to a minimum (at a cost)

Firemin is a tiny tool that's been designed to minimise Firefox's RAM use.

The program couldn't be any simpler to use. Download it, unzip the file, run Firemin.exe - and you could stop there. No installation required, no settings to configure, Firemin simply runs in the background, looking for the Firefox.exe process and, if it's there, uses Windows API calls to reduce the browser's memory consumption.

It worked for us, too, drastically reducing RAM consumption.

But there is a catch. Firemin must run all the time (while you're using Firefox) to do its work, and Windows also has to spend extra time swapping RAM out, and bringing it back when necessary.

Fortunately this probably won't make much difference. And if there's an issue you can address it a little in the program's options, reducing Firemin's CPU usage at the expense of accepting extra Firefox RAM consumption.

Verdict:

Firemin will instantly save you more than 100MB of RAM, and maybe much more, but also increase your hard drive activity and CPU usage. It may still be useful if you're short on memory, though - try it and see

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.16.10

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's new in 2.16.10?

• When forwarding messages, you can now send to multiple chats at once (iOS 8+)
• Ask Siri to send WhatsApp messages or place WhatsApp calls (iOS 10+)
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• A new Widget lets you quickly jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread messages (iOS 10+)
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• A new quick forward button on photos and videos in chats
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