Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Pleeeeeeaseeeee, update!!! Thanks!

This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

good one Rated 5 out of 5 stars

very useful addon. is it compatible with latest ff ?

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Perhaps I was previously mistaken. Since my post of May 28th I learned that there isn't only cache on disk, but also memory or ram cache, or at least both were mentioned in what I read (someplace online). If there is non-disk cache in memory or ram, then this might be the sort of internal Firefox cache RAMBack is said to clear or free up.

But Firefox uses its own disk cache folders and these can surely be conceptually thought of as internal to Firefox, as well.

For people who don't know all of the technical details about everything that's involved (especially because a lot really is transparent to users) the description for this extension should be made up-front clear or specific about what caches are cleared by the extension.

Previously, I had only been aware of only cache on disk. If I had heard or read of non-disk cache, before, then it was so seldom that it was easily forgotten. And there are many people who are real novices with computers, which I'm not, but still don't know every technical detail about all aspects of computers and software.

Until this is cleared up, I won't use this extension, but will give it a slightly better rating than the last time.

Might work, but lousy work is involved Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Pavlov says that RAMBack 1.0 is supposed to work with Firefox 3.0a8pre - 3.7a1pre and that the add-on was last updated November 7th, 2007, which seems a little odd, for Ffx 3 did not exist until quite a while later and he did not provide a date for when he said it'd work for these Ffx versions.

However, there's another problem and this one is about usability. While the above oddness should require a brief explanation in the page for installing the addon, there's another problem that's more important and it's about consistency, or rather a lack thereof, with naming conventions.

His description for the addon is, "RAMBack will cause Firefox to issue an internal notification to free up memory that is otherwise held for performance purposes. Additional items will be hooked into this notification in the future" and further down a little in the install page he says that it lets "you clear internal Firefox caches".

Memory usually means RAM, which is not disk files, while cache is on disk; usually, anyway.

In the following forum page, holy_saiyan1 says that this addon puts "a "Clear Caches" option under the Tools menu".

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1350495&start=0

This is bad inconsistency; not minor!

Either the addon or the option it adds to the Tools menu is MISNAMED. The two names should match so that people like myself don't damn lose hours trying to figure out how to use the addon, for when I check the addon through the FFx Tools menu, the addon is enabled, but its Options button is disabled, there's nothing said there about the Clear Caches option in the Tools menu really being RAMBack, and I don't find any Tools menu option called RAMBack. So of course I searched to try to figure out this addon, for it was seeming to be rather totally useless; half-disappeared somewhere into the Twilight Zone. That's is until I checked the above Mozillazine forum page for which the link was found with a Web search.

I will grudginly recall this unprofessional misnaming of either the addon or the option it adds to the Tools menu, as well as recalling that it doesn't so much free RAM, as it does eliminating cache, which is on disk; not in RAM. This amounts to cause for a grudge.

But I now know that it's working with my installation of Ffx 3.6.3; yet, if all it does is clear cache, then it evidently is not needed if we also have Click&Clean installed. The latter can be run to clear only cache without needing to close or shut down Ffx and gets a 5* rating average from 17 users; there's a link to the developers' website; it's currently maintained; and it provides considerably more functionality, permitting to clean more than only cache.

I recommend using Click&Clean, instead, and your Ffx browser surely won't complain about discrimination. It won't report you to the ADL.

not working Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Not working on 3.5.9.
Restarting browser is only way to free ram.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good, but we need it can do more. Why don't you try to develop an automatic RAMBACK which users can set time?

need one similar for cpu Rated 4 out of 5 stars

it work, it reduce mine from 130,000k+ to 80,000k it still a bit too big for my computer, but still better than nothing, so i give a 4*. firefox need to make newer version with this extension as default and make one similar thing for cpu usage.

for those who gave it a low rate, have you try go to >tools > clear caches ? it did say manually lower ram, not magically do it by itself. it should be above the options.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

did not work...

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Did not work on FF 3.6

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Not working for me as well :(

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Did not work at all. Used with Firefox 3.5.5. No change in Firefox's RAM usage after "clearing" the cache.

Incompatible ? Rated 2 out of 5 stars

both my Fx 3.5.7 and 3.6 refused to install saying its incompatible !!

Doesn't Seem To Work Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Using this with FF 3.5.5. Click the "Clear cache" Tool menu item and see no confirmation that any action has occurred. firefox.exe in Windows Task Manager Processes tab shows no change in RAM consumption after (supposedly) clearing the cache. Like another reviewer mentioned, "Options" is grayed out in the Add-ons box. If there is a tool bar button it's invisible to me. Some basic information on the Add-On page such as screen shots or a link to a web page would be extremely helpful.

useful Rated 5 out of 5 stars

useful. it works! :D

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

5 stars

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

12-12-09; 1.0 MB RAM; XP Home, Firefox 3.5.1.

Just added Ramback, memory usage dropped from 76,change, to 44,change.

Back up to 66,change, after registering to leave this review but still a net 10,000 improvement. And loading is noticeably faster, even with that small of an improvement.

P.S. Anyone know any other tweaks to speed loading? Seems like the longer I delay re-installing, which is a pain, the slower Firefox gets.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

It has no apparent effect on reserved memory or performance, not at least in 3.5.

Great Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works great, button available when personnalizing menu bar not shortkey apparently

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It works, gained 2 Megabytes after clicking the button that I didn't saw before :)

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I didn't notice any difference except the "Clear Caches" submenu under Tools. I didn't notice any difference with memory consumption (using Linux).

Would be nice to have a shortkey and/or a button too :)