Although Firefox is the best browser available today but still peole are slowly shifting away towards chrome, opera, IE9 etc. Now the main reason behind it is the excessive memory hogging tendency of firefox. On a computer with with low memory, firefox is a nightmare. Even on a computer with higher memory units, firefox takes a hell lot of time just to load up and if it keeps on running for sometime it starts to leak memory and the ram usage keep on increasing, worst it will crash down the computer.
Here are some tools that can help in controlling the firefox's hunger for memory and boost the efficiency and overall performance of the same.
1. Speedy Fox - SpeedyFox fixes the memory leakage and database optimization issues in Firefox. It takes tries to optimize the startup time of Firefox by performing different optimizations. When firefox is installed cleanly, it's a very fast browser but it becomes slower with the passage of time. SpeedyFox will enhance the performance of Firefox by fixing the fragmentations of the user profile and the database.
2. Vaccuum Places Improved - Vaccuum Places Improved fixes the database issue of the firefox to improve startup times and overall response of the browser. It basically tweaks and optimizes the places.sqlite database file of firefox where it stores the annotations, forms data, bookmarks and browsing history.
3. Firefox Plumber (FoxBoost) - Firefox Plumber is a new utility in the block, a very simple and standalone utility. Firefox Plumber tries to close all the memory leaks instantly and automatically when they occur. This ensures that Firefox does not consume more memory than needed.