Posts Tagged ‘plug-ins’

Time to Make the Switch to 64-Bit Firefox on Windows

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Now that Mozilla is dropping support for NPAPI plug-ins, there’s really no reason to stick with the 34-bit version of Firefox.

The story of 64-bit Firefox on Windows is a long and complex one, and it is just about to end with Mozilla moving from offering 32-bit Firefox as the default download option to offering 64-bit Firefox on Windows by default.


Technical Preview 3 of Vivaldi Browser is Out Now

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

I haven’t taken a look at Vivaldi for a while now, but this article makes me think that I probably should …

Technical Preview 3 of the Vivaldi web browser is out introducing several new features and improvements to technical preview users. Most of the features landed in the browser’s developer edition which is a cutting edge but sometimes less stable version of the browser. If you have used the technical preview version of the browser until now you may be surprised by the sheer number of new and improved features that Vivaldi’s development team packed into the new version.


Google to Ban All NPAPI Browser Plug-Ins in Chrome in 2014

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Looks like Google is doing a bit of house-cleaning …

Plugins are one of the main sources for browser stability and security issues. This is especially true for plugins that are installed on nearly every computer system out there, such as Adobe Flash or Java. The plugin system, the Netscape Plug-In API (or NPAPI) has been designed with good intentions and at a time where browser extensions and things such as HTML5 were not even on the radar yet.


Firefox is Slow? Try These Fixes

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Individually, some of these fixes are a bit obvious, but when taken together as a group, they provide a fairly comprehensive plan for dealing with speed issues in Firefox …

I have to admit that while I do not agree with every decision Mozilla makes in regards to Firefox, I can’t really complain about the web browser’s performance on my system. It is as stable as it gets, does not use too much memory or cpu, and is a pleasure to work with. While I do my best o ensure that, for instance by running it without plugins and with NoScript, it is the complete package that makes the difference.


Free Browser Tool Scans for Security Problems, Eases End User Support

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I haven’t tried this myself, but it looks like a useful tool …

For any IT professional, a certain amount of friends and family technical support is part of the deal. In this blog post, IT pro Rick Vanover showcases a free tool to help us in that endeavor.


In the course of supporting end users outside of the workplace, inevitably the root of most issues frequently gravitates to poor browsing habits. Whether the problem is websites that someone shouldn’t really be visiting, trusting any available game download site, or a poorly configured browser, it is up to us to find a solution. How many times have you heard, “So you work on computers, okay, well, I’ve been having this problem…”– you know how it goes.