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Fasterfox Lite

Response to developer's comment_privacy Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Note: The 1 star on THIS review is based partly on Fasterfox Lite's privacy policy.
Also, based on tests in * FF 11 * (Win) on a quad CPU, 8 GB RAM PC, 3 Mbps DSL, there was NO difference in speed using Fasterfox Lite at their Courteous or Optimized settings. Perhaps if the "Turbocharged" option was used, which unfairly increases loads on web servers, it might make a speed difference. If EVERYONE w/ a browser used "Turbocharged" type settings, it would break most sites due to overload.

There are other simple ways to speed up Firefox w/o giving up privacy rights.

Respectfully, your WRITTEN Privacy Policy language is all that matters. However well intended, a non - binding statement like, "Don't worry," means nothing legally.

Most importantly, Wips / Fasterfox Lite is COLLECTING & storing the private data. How many times have data bases of private data been hacked or negligently released by a company? The fact that Wips IS COLLECTING private data at ALL is the problem, especially for a browser addon. Knowledgeable users are running away in droves from providers, software & other internet activities that collect PRIVATE data.

IF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE PRIVATE DATA IS COLLECTED / STORED, it's ALWAYS a possibility it will accidentally or intentionally become public. If you don't intend to use it, why collect * personally identifiable * info at all? Just filter it out.

Note: The link in your privacy policy is dead: "[Click here] to see examples of what we collect."

For those unfamiliar w/ legal language, your privacy policy goes on to OVERRIDE the policy language, " does not use it to determine the identity of individual users or correlate it to your email address or other personally identifiable information...",
by FURTHER stating:


"You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless and its affiliates, and each of their officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, information providers and licensors, from any claims, costs, losses, damages, judgments and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorney's fees, relating to or arising out of any breach of this Agreement or any use of the Service by you,..."

This means if Wips or their associates violate the terms of the privacy policy, users are agreeing that they can't do anything about it. Simply, the promises made by Wips in the Privacy Policy are worthless & unenforceable, if violated, according to the Privacy Policy terms.

The privacy policy states (emphasis added):
"Although this information may contain some PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE information, does not use it to determine the identity of individual users or correlate it to your email address or other personally identifiable information that you give us or our affiliates, except as required by subpoenas, court orders, or other legal requirements."

"Other legal requirements" could mean anything from someone suing Wips, forcing all stored private data to become public, to Homeland Security demanding, without a court warrant, for all private data to be divulged.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.9.5Lite.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.


It adds duplicate folders to save path Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Please, please fix the bug in v2.0.13 where it adds a duplicate of the last folder in the destination path. It's on your bug list. It's irritating as everything.

If browse to save location of say, C:\Documents\Downloads,
the path DTA saves the file in is

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 

Fasterfox Lite

Privacy policy Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Before installing this (or other) addons, I STRONGLY urge users read the privacy policy of Wips (dev of Fasterfox Lite).

They make it very clear that info about web pages you visit will be stored & used.

They make it clear that some of the data collected may be personally identifiable.

Quite often it's true: There's no such thing as a free lunch.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.9.5Lite.1-signed.1-signed). 

Beef Taco (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out)

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

For FF 6x, Vista x64 SP2, I noticed a lack of functionality that BT cookies added to exceptions (loaded ea time FF is started). If I choose "delete all cookies" of course it deletes BT's, too - generally not desired.

Is there a way to protect BT's cookies, when deleting other, so don't have to close / restart BT to reload it's cookies?
If there's nothing currently out there that would allow doing what I suggest, perhaps could include this as feature in future BT versions?

My reasoning is, if visited a # of sites (not in BT cookie list) & want to clear all those cookies, but DON'T want to manually del those sites' cookies, one by one, AND DON'T want to del cookies - close FF, then restart so BT cookies will reload, there's no way to protect BT cookies in current session - AFAIK.


Noia 4 -discontinued-

Noia 4_1.3.9 not showing element in DownThemAll Rated 4 out of 5 stars

In Firefox 5, Vista x64 hm prem, Noia 4 doesn't show a "change download location" icon in DownThemAll (2.07). Noticed same thing in another theme, but Firefox default theme is OK.Just to R of the d/l path window, there's normally the typical, yellow folder icon to click & browse to a new location. Folder icon doesn't show up in Noia 4 & another theme I tried.

That's a very common element, so not sure why it's troublesome in more than one custom theme. Clicking where the folder icon should be (is hidden) does its job & opens explorer to browse.

Edit 7/12/11
I finally installed Stylish & used the code Aris posted - it produces a light blue folder icon, similar to background of DownThemAll (but visible). For others not familiar, you must install Stylish, then open it, choose "Write New Style," and paste code into Stylish. Give the style a name.

I tried adding your code to userContent.css, but didn't work. I assume the code was written specifically for Stylish?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.9). 

Organize Status Bar

Don't see much function in Firefox 5 Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Ver 0.6.5 is 1st time I've used this addon. I have no problem getting addons to run just because "max version" isn't updated. To those that say works fine in FX 4, 5 - maybe I'm missing something.

When I open the OSB options, the order of status bar icons is different than what shows after OSB options is closed (or before it's opened, or was ever installed). SOME icons can be moved & takes effect when options is closed. Others, can move icons in options, but makes no change in status bar order once hit OK & close options.

Some icons show up 2x in OSB options. Others are shown in diff order in options than the actual status bar.

Change Referer Button

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Follow up: My mistake for misspeaking on needed option to reset the referer header value to what it was after a given time. For some reason, "edit review" wasn't available immediately after posting review on 5/11/11. And now that I added follow up review, I can see "edit this review." Go figure.

In developer's description, says:"(*): if the referer is disabled (code 0) and you are viewing a page which requires the referer to work correctly: click on "Change referer temporarily to 2" to enable the referer (code 2) during 10000ms (by default). During this time, you can reload your page. After the 10000ms, the referer will be automatically reset to its initial value (code 0)."

It does work, IF.. you R click the status icon, then Options, then Accept. It will revert the setting to what it was before after the mSec value shown, although there is no explanation on the option screen what it will do. Probably should have some indication what clicking Accept actually does.The rest of my review still stands. I'll give it a 4 on this update to my earlier review because I can't edit the 1st review.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.40.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Change Referer Button

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Well, it does change refer header setting (currently using FX 4.0.1).
The status bar icon could definitely use some improvement. Due to small icons used in status bar now, it's barely readable. The color of icon changes from red to yel to grn for values of 0,1,2.

The icon is so small, unless you write yourself a note, you'll never remember / see that you changed the setting - assuming you want to reset it, soon after needing to make a change to get a site to work, etc.

There needs to be some option, some way - for those that desire referer header setting to normally = 0, to "remind" that the setting was changed. I find that when have to temporarily change referer header from 0 to 1 or 2, I forget to change it back because the icon is so obscure. (size of icon isn't developer's fault).

Or, have a default setting option that resets to default value chosen, once you've changed it to access a site, then close that page / tab.

Or, an option to have the referer header setting switch back to the selected default value after so many minutes / sec. AFAIK, once you've successfully loaded a page that needs a referer header setting OTHER than 0, changing referer header setting back to 0 won't affect that page.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.40.1-signed.1-signed). 


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I started using this addon right after Mozilla removed the screen to ask if & what you wanted to del when closing Firefox. I find it very useful because I don't always want to del private data if I'm just restarting Firefox. No idea why Mozilla thought it was good to remove that feature.

Never had a problem w/ this addon conflicting w/ anything that I use. Unless you want to delete all your cookie permissions, DON'T check "Site Preferences" to clear - this will clear all cookie permissions. I don't know why Mozilla (and Ask for Sanitize) used the term "site preferences" in the clear private data screen, when they are actually "permissions," stored in, what else, the "permissions.sqlite" file. Kinda misleading.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.1-signed.1-signed). 

Scroogle SSL search

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

For v20110225, unless I'm missing the obvious, there's no way to specify a language for search returns. Many searches return 30 - 50% non-English. Surely there must be a way?

(sorry if this double posts - didn't show up 1st time.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (20110225).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Scroogle SSL search

Searches return many foreign language pages Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Unless I'm missing something obvious, there's no way to specify what language you'd like search results to be in. Many of the searches I've done return 30 - 50% non -English hits. Surely there must be a way to specify?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (20110225). 

Cookie Monster

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Edit 3/29/11: Have registered at & activated acct - can't post. Contacted Admin - no reply. Bummer.

Problems in FX 4:
-When view cookies for current site or All Sites, the Remove Cookie and Remove All Cookies buttons are GRAYED out. Only way to del cookies (I found) from CM is select cookies individually in a domain, then hit Del button on kybd. Or can select the domain name (containing all cookies) & hit Del.

-Can't access CM menu / options when on a blank tab (maybe also when a site doesn't req setting cookie? as Trasd said).

-Kudos on having it updated for Firefox 4.0 Was using Cookie Safe & even though Fx allowed it to be used in Fx 4, couldn't get it to work. :( Cookie Monster 1.05 seems to work OK in FX 4, so far (not too much testing). It's a little diff from CS, but not so much that anyone experienced w/ cookie mgrs couldn't figure it out pretty quickly.There are fewer options than w/ CS, but may not be a bad thing. Time will tell. More isn't always better.

-Note to reviewer kda: Maybe you don't want the "addon bar" at bottom of screen (it's very small in FX 4). For those that do & haven't figured out how to enable it for certain addon icons, R click an empty space above the tabs, then click "addon bar." As far as moving such icons to top of screen, don't know yet.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Works well for the most part. Quite useful. I sometimes have trouble w/ it & TorButton, but that's not QJ's fault. However, Tor suggests using something like QJ or NoScript, but don't seem to have all the bugs worked out.

Need to update it for Firefox 4 please.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Used a good while on Fx 3.5 / 3.6. Works as advertised, except sometimes a script in background will time out.

Please update for 4.0!

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Please update for Firefox 4! It's a great add-on. Used it for quite a long time.


v1.25 Works but has its problems Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Used TB w/ Vidalia - Tor bundles for windows Vista x64 SP 1,2 since Firefox 2.x. Recent versions of Torbutton (and Vidalia Tor bundle) give me more problems than earlier versions. I'm fairly advanced PC user & can dive into program files to often fix problems. It can be difficult to separate problems between Torbutton, Tor & Polipo.

Problems described have existed for me through several torbutton / Vidalia / Tor versions.

1Torbutton 1.25 does NOT toggle “enable javascript” in FX for ME – since v3.6. Older TB versions did this fine. I've looked at everything. Installed the bundle in fresh install of FX w/ new profile & no addons – so can't be conflict w/ other addons. Disabled all plugins 1st (though Torbutton should do this). Looked in every Torbutton file to try & find the problem. Since this has happened

2Many of the errors users are getting about “The proxy server is refusing connections,” or “Is Polipo running?” is because (for me) when the Vidalia bundle (w/ Polipo) & Torbutton is installed, even in default location, it does NOT enter the location of Polipo.exe in the Vidalia general settings page, nor proxy application arguments. Often when I got the “is Polipo running,” msg, it was. But wouldn't work till entered correct info in Vidalia settings (that the installation pkg should have done).

Says these are “optional”, but if you installed the bundle, seems mandatory to me. I've repeated this a dozen times. Completely uninstalled the bundle, searched out remaining remnants of ALL files from the bundle.

Right now, for avg users I'd have to say unless your computer conditions are “just right,” Tor & Torbutton may not be worth it. If so many reviews are negative (granted, some problems are Tor related), something's not right. For those giving it 5 stars & those calling users having problems “ignorant,” if it works for you – great. It doesn't for a LARGE # of users. You're not supposed to be a computer expert to use software.