The Finest Hand-Selected Downloads
Individually reviewed & tested
Store News

Firefox Preloader 1.0.366

An easy way to launch Firefox more quickly

Rating:
(0)
Operating Systems:
Windows Vista, Windows XP
License:
Open Source
Developer:
Matthew Holder
Software Cost:
Free
Category
Internet Tools
Date Updated:
15 January 2010
Downloads To Date:
873
Languages:
English
Download Size:
861.00 KB

Firefox easily outperforms IE when processing JavaScript, rendering complex pages, managing multiple browser tabs and a whole lot more - but there's one notable exception: startup time. Most people will find Firefox takes far longer to launch than IE. On our test PC the first Firefox window took 7 seconds to appear, while IE only kept us waiting for just under a second.

The Firefox Preloader helps to address this problem by loading some Firefox components into memory before they're required. This means it'll consume a little RAM, just 6 or 7MB, but Firefox will then launch much more quickly as it won't have to load all its components from your hard drive. What sort of benefit might you see? Every system will be different, but on our test PC Firefox's first launch time fell from 7 seconds to around 1, a massive improvement that made the browser feel much snappier and more responsive.

By default the program keeps Firefox in RAM, though, even if you close it, so this will take up a rather larger chunk of memory (30 to 60MB, at least). If you can't spare the RAM then you can manually unload Firefox by choosing an option from the Preloader system tray menu, but of course you'll have to remember to do that each time.

Verdict:

Makes Firefox launch much faster than normal, but requires a little RAM to do its work

Your Comments & Opinion

Related Downloads Other Downloads From This Category

Firefox 106 enables PDF editing

Open Source

Print from Firefox without showing the Print dialog

Freeware

Take control of your Gmail inbox with a Firefox extension

Freeware
37,226,579
Downloads
Secure & Tested Software
6,409
Reviews
Instant Download 24/7
308,105
Members
10+ Years of Service