Does nothing. My 820 Mb FF process with one tab open reduced to 800 Mb after 5 minutes, but then back to 830 after uninstalling this extension. Restarting got me back to 250 Mb.
I have to keep clicking on Tools/Clear Caches when my own hard drive finally light stops. The hard drive light flashes some more then i have to keep doing this, which doesn't seem to have a noticeble difference. What I find more effective is closing down Firefox and starting again. Try not to have too many memory/processor hungry tabs running like Yahoo Mail and Planefinder.net.
I have been using it on FF18 and 17, 16 i think
Window XP SP3
half gig RAM
Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz
Add-ons page says last updated 20 December 2012 but its the same version 1.0 I've been using for the past few months, why?
However, it could benefit of some improvement. One would be to provide an indication of memory usage (even in the tip as Memory Restart extension does). Second, if it really works only by clearing caches, it could also do Cycle/Garbage collection the samw way as it is done by the buttons on the about:memory page. Since the code for it is in that page, it should be trivial to implement (if it isn't implemented already).
Je n'ai pas vraiment eu le temps d'évaluer l'efficacité sur le cache, mais j'ai pu constater que ce module vidangeait sans arrêt la liste d'abonnement de l'extension adblock plus : il se réinitialise à chaque démarrage de firefox et il faut se réabonner sans arrêt sinon les pubs réapparaissent en continu.
Seule la désinstallation de Ramback a pu résoudre le problème.
En espérant que ce bug soit corrigé rapidement.
Does absolutely nothing for FF 16 on Opensuse 12.2. Too bad, I could really use it. :(
Absolute, solid, effective
Don't listen to the others, the reason they wrote bad is because when they wrote it, the add-on was in alpha or beta stages.
I recently acquired it at its FULL version, and I'll tell you, this program eliminated ALL leakage for me!
Just install it, and PERIOD, it works like a charm.
I always extract .xpi = Goto: folder and Change Install.rdf \max version =
to your FF version and save..
Then select all in folder \Send to zip\ copy name and change .zip extension back to .xpi file type.
Drag and drop to blank tab and let firefox do the rest...
This product did nothing. There is a "clear Caches" in the tools menu but it does nothing, no change occurs. There is still large memory problems with firefox and this does not fix anything.
Is there a user interface for this extension, or does it keep memory freed up automatically?
For users that dont know what this addon does it frees up Ram in firefox on your pc
Mi computadora tiene poco ram y tenía problemas al reproducir videos de Youtube y similares. Ahora gracias a este complemento los problemas quedaron atrás.
Firefox 14 , Windows XP
I see a noticeable difference in time that pages load.
Well,I just installed it,and found it in the disabled section of my extensions,where it is labelled not compatible with FF 12..
Badly in need of an update..
Using Firefox 12.0 on a Windows XP SP3 machine and RAMBack works exactly how it's intended to and works great for me. I've been testing it for hours now since I first installed it and thrown all kinds of flash and such at it that would add to the plugin-container.exe memory usage, and it handles freeing up that memory perfectly. I think the negative and low ratings are people that simply don't understand how it works, and/or are using it wrong...
+1 for a more recent version. I would be happy to contribute testing.
Please update, its been over 4 years since the last update, does it even work anymore on Firefox 10 or 11 beta?
Best add-on to clear browser memory cache which is stored in RAM. Misunderstood by many as to its actual working due to inadequate description.
Doesn't do anything on my Firefox 6.0 on Linux.
"does not seem to do anything. it is a bit suspicious how the program should stil be able to do anything when it was never updatet since the initial release in late 2007."
This is spot on.
The only useful addon to free up memory
Still testing this add-on on Firefox 3.6.21. Minor issue, the "nondescript" entry under Tools Menu. If you want to change this entry to, for example, RAMBack Clears Caches, you can do so by decompressing the ramback.jar file and then by changing the ramback.dtd file as follows:
Then, re-compress (e.g., using IZArc and the fast setting) all the folders into a new ramback.jar file and place it where the original file (renamed ramback.jar.old) resides. This worked for me ..! Best, CBA
Stops Firefox 5.0.1 'going to sleep' when I leave the computer for a few hours.
For some time now when returning to the computer I have to wait several minutes for Firefox to 'wake up' and sometimes Windows will also display the message 'unresponsive'.
Since installing RAMBack I no longer have this problem and even in normal use I can see that Firefox is more responsive.
I have been constantly watching the memory usage of Firefox with StatusbarEx and in normal usage with say 6 tabs open it will show memory constantly being cleaned and dropping to 10mb before stabilising at around 30mb. If I leave the computer it will stabilise at around 18mb.
This means I am not constantly having to worry about my workload hiking the RAM up to near 70% or 80%.
While typing this review the maximum memory Firefox is using is 35mb out of an available 488mb.
Only takes a mere 12kb on disc as well.
I think that it does a great job.
Edit: October 17, 2011
With Firefox 7.0.1 RamBack no longer works at all.
I suppose it has done well to last up to Firefox version 5 without modification since 2007.
It is a great pity that it no longer works and that the developer has not updated it for 4 years.
It could of course be an add-on conflict but I doubt it as I have not added anything since FF5.
I have had to change the star rating from 5 stars to 1 star as a result.
FreeRAM XP Pro for Windows XP is the better choice (but note this is not an add-on)
I have now installed FreeRAM XP Pro which works brilliantly if set to 'Try to Free 100mb' and the CPU: Aggressively. There are extensive settings for full customisation to the individual system requirements. It works independently of Firefox so there are no compatibility issues to worry about. Set it and leave!
Hopefully one day the developer will update RAMBack.
No effect on 4.0.1. Anyway why should I need some add-on to stop firefox eating up memory? Explorer doesn't do this, Chrome doesn't. I'm not going to upgrade to the next Firefox until they sort this out. I am fed up with this program slowing down my computer, the fan constantly running, etc.