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Google and Firefox – Parting their Ways

google-and-firefoxGoogle is the undisputed DON of the Cyber World today. And Firefox is the preferred browser of millions of “informed” netizens today. The market-share of Firefox is constantly been increasing mostly at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

And it is a fact in a past few years, both Google and Firefox have well complemented each other and supported the growth of each other. Google has been the Search Engine in the default Tools Bar of Firefox for years. And Google has promoted Firefox through its referral program over the years. The importance of Google to Firefox can be understood by the fact that majority of the Firefox’s USD $75 million revenue were garnered from paid results through Google in 2007.

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Allow secured sites to open pop up windows

Pop ups are nasty. They are mostly spam. They distract your concentration and are a huge drain on your bandwidth. They slow your Internet connection and the main web page, takes more time to get loaded.

So modern browsers come equipped with the pop up blocker codes, which effectively block all the attempts of a website to open a pop window. And this saves you.

But, the world doesn’t end here. There are certain pop up windows, which you require to be opened. For instance, many of the banking and finance websites, which open a pop up window, where you enter your login and passwords.

If you block pop ups, there are chances that you will not be able to see these windows and you have to manually allow each such site to open pop ups.

But there is an alternative method also.

This requires you to edit your windows registry. No need to panick. Be careful to follow the instructions, and you can easily allow Internet Explorer to open pop up windows for all https websites. (This tip requires you to be running on Windows XP SP 2)

  • Click Start > Run.
  • Type REGEDIT > Enter.
  • Find the following key in the left pane
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ New Windows.

  • Double-click the value AllowHTTPS in the rigth pane and change it’s value to 1.
  • Save registry and restart Windows.

Simple, yet effective tip.

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Deleting browser history…Part II

This is the second part of the two part series on How to delete browser history. In the first part here, we have told, what information is generally saved by the browsers in their history and how to delete browser history in Internet Explorer.

In this post we will tell you a method for deleting firefox and Opera browser history.


It provides a one-stop solution for deleting private information.

  • Click Tools > Options and select Privacy tab.
  • To delete cookies, select Cookies tab > click Clear Cookies Now button.
  • Similar “Clear all” buttons can be found under the History, Saved Forms and Cache tabs.

There is also a shortcut for deleting private information.

  • Click Tools > Options.
  • Click Privacy tab and Click Settings button.
  • Under the Private Data, choose, what items of history you want to delete.


Click Tools > Delete private data.

Click Advanced button and specify the items of history, which you want to delete.

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How to delete browser history…Part I

Modern Web browsers are smart. They are fast, they are intelligent and are able to record every activity of yours in their history. This gives them speed. With the stored browser history and their cache, they are able to quickly retreive web pages, which you often visit.

Recording your browsing history has many advantages, but every good thing is associated with an evil. The world is like that.

And this browser feature is no exception. The obvious disadvantage is that it breaches your privacy. Anybody, who opens you computer in your absense may know, which websites you had visited in the past.

What information is stored in browser history

Following are the main types of information, which is generally stored by the browsers.

Cookies: These are the small text files used by Web sites to store information like site customizations, previous search results, or login names. Since most of the cookies are named after their website, they can easily reveal where you had gone in the past.

History: Recorded by the browser to let you search the past, in case you have forgotten to bookmark an important page visited earlier.

Forms: The information like various user names, billing addresses, phone numbers are the sensitive information, which is used by the browsers so that you don’t need to type them again and again. But this information can easily be misused by others.

Cache: The earlier visited pictures and web pages are temporirily stored so that if you visit next time, the page is quickly loaded. So, now you come to know, how important information is stored in your browser history.

So, how to clear the browser history

Different browsers adopt different methods. We will quickly let you know about them

Internet Explorer

  • Click Tools>>Options.
  • To delete cookies, go to General tab. Click the Delete Cookies button.
  • To clear your history, click the Clear History button. If you want to selectively delete the web pages, then Click History button in the IE main menu window. A side bar will appear with all the sites you have visited in recent past. Use right Click > Delete.
  • To clear cache, click the Delete Files button. Check the “Delete all offline content” check box and then click OK.
  • To clear form information, Click on the Content tab > AutoComplete button. Then click the Clear Forms button.

With these four steps, now your Internet Explorer is almost clear of your history.

Look out this space to learn how to clear your browser history in Firefox and Opera.

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LinkChecker | Firefox addon to find broken links

Hyperlinks are lifeline of a website.

They make a page, as website. They ensure you the Search Engine Rankings.

…And they also break the rankings. Yes we are talking about broken links or missing links or dead links in a website. They are the worst thing for SEO and search rankings. And it is extremely important to find and remove the broken links from a website. But it is a difficult and time consuming task to find the broken links in a website.

How to find the broken links:

 Welcome to LinkChecker.

This firefox addon, will ensure you to quickly find the broken or dead links on a webpage. To identify the link status it follows a color coding, as shown below.

red – broken links
yellow – forwarded, forbidden links
green – good links
gray – skipped links*

You can find a test page here to see the LinkChecker in action. Kevin A. Freitas, the developer of this popular firefox extension, is constantly developing it.

Nice useful web tool for SEO and web development.

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Safe FTP wtih FireFTP Firefox Addon

FileZilla is arguably the most popular FTP program in use today. It is safe, versatile and quick with easy user interface.

But you have to download it and run as a separate application. It is sometimes irritating to open another application, while surfing through your browser.


Now, firefox users can FTP files from their browser window itself. You just have to download FireFTP, a firefox addon, and install it. After installation, you can drag teh FireFTP icon to your toolbar. Whenever you need to do FTP, just click this icon, a separate tab will open, where you can transfer your files. fireftpYou can choose to operate in Binary Mode, ASCII Mode or Automatic Mode.

The interface is very similar to FileZilla with easy drag and drop facility available.

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Two great firefox add-ons for web page designing

If you are looking for web tools for designing a web page without being an expert, you would most probably be analyzing the formatting, layouts and designs used by different websites. For this purpose firefox built-in feature “View > Page Source” comes very handy. This can also be activated using the the keyboard short-cut Ctrl+U. However this feature gives a complete source code of the page, which sometimes is not required and many not-so-expert web page designers can feel overloaded with the information.

If you are willing to see just the header information, which is highly important from the SEO point of view, then you may use these two great firefox add-ons.

1. X-Ray:

After the installation, it is available through right click or Tools menu. When used on a page, it helps you to see how the page is actually constructed without having switch between the source code and the web page.It nicely tells you, whether the list is made of li, dd or p elements? Is that an h3 tag or the text bold feature has been used. It is a must have for elementary web designers.

2. Professor X:

A similar web tool. It shows you all the files, and information lying between the <head> tags of the page. After downloading an application, it displays the contents of the page’s head element, including Meta, Script and Style content.

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