Unload Tabs Inactive for Long Time in Chrome to Free Memory

August 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM | Posted in Browser Features | 63 Comments
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When I asked my friends about their choice of the Browser then it were the Firefox and Chrome that stood before the other browsers. Clearly these two browsers are the most used browsers today. While people use Firefox for its add-on repository, Chrome is used majorly because of it plain and minimalistic interface which is loved by many people.

I liked Firefox earlier a lot but now I have been majorly using Chrome but in both these browsers I have hated the CPU and memory consumption that these browsers use. Also for someone like me who works with most tabs open, the browsers tend to consume lots of computer resources. I know several people who even don’t close the tab after they have finished working upon. This needlessly increases the memory utilization which could have been avoided.

Here is a chrome extension called TabMemFree which can unload the inactive for you after the specified time of inactivity. This is extremely helpful for someone who has a tab still opened even after the completion of work as this would help them in saving the computer resources and memory.

You just need to install the extension, visit the settings and set the Timeout and Check period as per your needs and this will check the inactivity of the tab after the set time and unload the tab automatically. It will however don’t change the tab title and icon, for if you need to come back on it the page will reload instantly.

TabMemFree saves lot of computer memory as it will automatically unload the tab for you after the specified time of inactivity have passed. Say if you set the Check period as 10 mins and Timeout period as 15 mins, then it will check the tabs every 10 mins and unload those tabs which are inactive for more than 15 mins.

You can visit the location below to install it in your Chrome browser.

Install TabMemFree

How to Disable Private Browsing in all the Browsers at Once

July 17, 2012 at 2:46 PM | Posted in Browser Features | Leave a comment
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These days almost all major browsers provide you an option of private browsing (like Incognito in Chrome). These private browsing windows doesn’t record any of your browsing history including cookies, temporary files search history, browser history. Usually people use this feature only if they don’t want to disclose any private data.

The privacy could be a secondary feature; according to some studies the main factor of using this private browsing is to visit adult sites and other websites which are termed as harmful. If you are a parent, then you would be definitely worried about your child’s online activity as you would want your child to be protected from such harmful stuff.

If you think that your child is involved in such activities that can affect him a lot and you are unable to monitor him due to this private browsing feature, then I would recommend you to use Incognito Gone, a freeware portable tool that will help you to disable this feature in all the browsers installed in your system simultaneously. However this can disable the feature from all the browsers except from Firefox, where it will remove the option from the menu.

You have to download the program zip file, extract its contents to a folder and run Incognito Gone executable file. The program will auto detect all the browsers installed on your system and will provide you the disable buttons for them. Select the disable option for each browser and it will prompt you with a warning -“Disabling is permanent. Are you sure you want to disable private browsing?” – click “Yes” to proceed.

In Firefox, although the option is removed to access Private Browsing, it can still be accessed using the key combination as Ctrl +Shift+ P. What I liked the most about this tool is that, you don’t have to manually disable the feature from all browsers. It works on all versions of Windows.

Download Incognito Gone

Opera to Block Installation of Extensions from Third Party Websites

June 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM | Posted in Browser Features | Leave a comment
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I hope you all know that Chrome has made it very tough to install extensions from third party websites. May be you don’t know this, but Chrome had (without any information) blocked all the extensions that were hosted on third party websites.

Similarly Opera is also taking the steps to block the installation of third party extensions. However Opera will notify its users before implementing these changes. Actually both the browsers have taken this step because of the security reasons because while adding extensions from other websites as it might transfer some malware to your system.

Basically Opera found that some users are creating Opera‘s extension framework to build malware, though Opera reviews the code of extensions submitted to them and they only approve it if the extensions follow their guidelines. Since Opera does not have control on any third-party websites and it is likely that user can easily click OK when a security dialogue is shown by the browser this will put the user in risk, if the extension is malicious.

Thus this change is necessary from the point of view of the user. Also if the user understands the risk, then the users are required to white list the sites from where they want to get such extension. By default, addons.opera.com will be white listed.

Unlike the Chrome browser the user will get to know about this change as soon as it is implemented in the browser. This could be inconvenient for users but this decision has been taken in order to improve the security of the users only.

Access Gmail Offline without Internet on Chrome

June 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM | Posted in Browser Features, Google Chrome | 1 Comment
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Gmail which is one of the most used emails today is being used by almost everyone today. We receive our daily communications on our emails, and Google Mail is the widely used medium for it. So it happens most of the times that we need to check our emails which require an active internet connection all the time.

Suppose your internet is down due to some reasons or you wish to access the emails offline, then it is possible if you are using Chrome. With this Chrome extension called Offline Google Mail, you can not only access, read your Gmail emails but also search the mailbox, respond an email and also archive any of the emails without the network access.

What this extension will do is that it will allow you to do all the above said actions however it will queue your actions and will execute them accordingly whenever you go online next time, thereby allowing you to save your time and work offline. However this is interesting to note here that, you should not try this extension if you work on a public computer as other users might access your account.

Your local mailbox will be synchronized automatically with the Gmail server next time you log in. To use this extension, you should open a new tab in Chrome after installing this extension, and in the new tab pane you will see a Gmail Offline Icon where you should click on the icon, and Offline Gmail will load automatically. Just don’t forget to “Allow Offline mail” when you see the options at the time of first usage.

The extension is easy to use and requires you to first login to your Gmail account so that you can download the extension.

Download Offline Google Mail

Get Real-time Foreign Currency Exchange Rates in Firefox

May 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM | Posted in Browser Features | 3 Comments
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For a person who deals mostly with the foreign currency or for someone who likes shopping a lot online, staying updated with the currency exchange rates is very important. Even I need to stay updated with the latest USD to INR rates for which I often checkGoogle which takes time. If you also need to stay updated with the latest currency conversion rates then here is an extension for you.

The extension called Dcurrency is for the Firefox browser users only, using which they can get the real-time live currency exchange rates on their status bar. The extension is capable of displaying 3 currencies at the same time, with one of them being as standard. You can easily select the 3 currencies to be displayed according to your needs.

The add-on automatically updates the values every 15 minutes (by default) but this value can be changed to minimum of 1 minute using the add-on settings. You can also left click on the values to refresh instantly. This add-on uses Yahoo Finance as the source for the rates but if you prefer Google Finance more, then this can be changed too.

The add-on is also capable of listing the currency graph (one as shown below) observing which you can see the trend of the currency in the past. The graph can be useful in case you want to observe the past trend and guess the future rates.

If you find this add-on useful then you can download it from the link below. The only disadvantage of using this add-on is that it will show ads time to time, which you might find irritating.

Download Dcurrency

Drag and Enhance your Facebook Chat Window (Chrome)

May 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM | Posted in Browser Features, FaceBook Features | Leave a comment
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Facebook which is one of the most accessed web page today is mostly used for seeing the updates of others, updating our wall with new messages, staying in touch with others and also with chatting our buddies. While using Facebook Chat is a good option for chatting, it is quite simple and plain looking and fixed at bottom right corner of our browser too.

Here is an extension for the Chrome users that can enhance your Facebook Chat experience. It can not only add certain features but can also allow you to drag your FB chat window to any position on the screen (only within the Chrome browser).

Here are some features that you can get using this extension called Pretty Facebook Chat:

• Draggable Facebook Chat window: Drag the window anywhere within Chrome to suit your comfort.

• Bigger Facebook Chat window: The extension makes the chat window bigger than the actual size for better experience.

• Cool list of Emoticons: The extension add some cool emoticons, moreover you can also send your friend’s thumbnail profile pic as emoticon.

• Little animation.

The extension is very easy to use as you just need to install it in your browser. If you are someone who chat a lot on Facebook, then you should definitely go for it.

Download Pretty Facebook Chat

Get Computer Help How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Bookmarks in Chrome & Firefox

April 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM | Posted in Browser Features | Leave a comment
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Both Chrome and Firefox can restore bookmarks you’ve deleted, but Chrome doesn’t make it easy. Chrome contains a single, hidden bookmark backup file. The backup file can only be restored manually and is frequently overwritten.

Firefox users have it easier – Firefox’s bookmark manager contains an undo feature. Firefox also performs regular, automatic bookmark backups. Firefox keeps the backups for several days and allows you to easily restore them without digging around in hidden folders.

Google Chrome

Chrome’s bookmark manager doesn’t have an Undo option. If your finger slips, you could delete an entire folder full of bookmarks with no obvious way to recover them. If you’ve made a backup with the export option, you could import the backup – but the backup may already be out of date.

First thing’s first: Don’t close and reopen Chrome. If Chrome is already closed, leave it closed. Chrome saves a single backup of your bookmarks file, and it overwrites the backup each time you launch Chrome.

Launch Windows Explorer and plug the following location into its address bar, replacing “NAME” with the name of your Windows user account:

C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

The folder contains two bookmark files – Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak. Bookmarks.bak is the most recent backup, taken when you last opened your browser.

If you don’t see the .bak file extension and just see two files named Bookmarks, click the Organize menu and select “Folder and search options.”

In the Folder Options window, click over to the View tab and uncheck the “Hide extensions for known file types” option. You’ll now see the previously hidden .bak extension.

To restore the backup, close all open Chrome browser windows. With Chrome closed, delete the Bookmarks file and rename Bookmarks.bak to Bookmarks.

You’ll see your deleted bookmarks when you relaunch Chrome. Any bookmarks you’ve created since you last launched Chrome will be lost.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox users have it a lot easier. If you just deleted a bookmark or bookmark folder, click the Organize menu and select Undo to undo the deletion. You can also use the Ctrl-Z keyboard shortcut. (If you’re not already using the bookmarks library window, click the Firefox menu and select Bookmarks to open it.)

If you deleted the bookmarks a few days ago, use the Restore submenu under Import and Backup. Firefox automatically creates a backup of your bookmarks each day and stores several days’ worth.

Restoring the backup will completely replace your existing bookmarks with the bookmarks from the backup – you’ll lose any bookmarks you’ve created since the backup was taken.

To avoid losing any important, new bookmarks, you can use the Export Bookmarks to HTML option before restoring the backup. After the backup is restored, you can import the HTML file or view it in Firefox.

If you value your bookmarks, it’s a good idea to take regular backups with the export feature in your browser’s bookmark manager. If you ever lose your bookmarks – or have your hard drive fail – you can restore them from the backup using the import option in any web browser.



The Best Articles for Backing Up and Syncing Your Data

March 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM | Posted in Browser Features, MS-Office, Security, Windows | Leave a comment
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World Backup Day is March 31st and we decided to provide you with some useful information to make backing up your data easier. We’ve published articles about backing up various types of data and settings both offline and online.

There’s all kinds of settings on your computer to backup in addition to your personal data, such as Wi-Fi passwords, drivers, and settings for programs like web browsers, Office, and Windows Live Writer. There are also many tools available to help you keep your data and settings backed up.

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Mozilla Firefox 11 Released

March 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM | Posted in Browser Features | 2 Comments
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Mozilla Firefox – one of the best browsers available, released its 11th version with the usual security patches and with some new features as well. The company had announced that Firefox 11 would be delayed due to two vulnerabilities discovered at the Pwn2Own competition. However Mozilla had already identified and fixed on its own, so they decided to go ahead with the release. To avoid conflicts with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday, Firefox 11 will initially be pushed out through manual updates only and not via the automatic update mechanism.
The most notable new feature in this new version for end users is the ability to sync add-ons across multiple computers, something that’s been available to Google Chrome users since late 2010. To enable this new feature, Firefox 11 users have to sign up for the free Sync service, which also synchronizes your bookmarks, passwords, settings, history, add-ons, and tabs with Firefox on other computers.

New style editor and Web GL visualization tool has been added in this updated version. The developers firstly edited CSS documents on-the-fly and immediately saw the effect it had on the design of the page without leaving the browser. Page Inspector 3D View (nicknamed ‘Tilt’), is a Web GL-powered “view source” option on steroids, which highlights what raw code looks like when the public sees it on a live Web site.
Firefox makes your browsing easier. The basic feature is the Awesome Bar which remembers your every activity. It happens many times with all of us that we forget the URLs of the website with which we were working and if something happens which terminates your browsing session and even if you can’t restore, it will create problems for you thus, awesome bar helps you to restore it. What you have to do just write a phrase or some text in the address bar and it will take you directly to the website.
The company has improved the interface by adding APP TABS which allows you to make a small icon of your most visited websites which you want to keep open on the upper left side of the browser. Theses tabs does not take much of your browser window’s space as it just shows the icon of the website.

It even helps you to synchronize the data between your desktop Firefox and your mobile phone. The company has emphasized on other features also such as security, performance, personalization and accessibility to make your browsing experience good.
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How to find which Tab is Making a Noise in Google Chrome and Mute It

February 14, 2012 at 5:44 PM | Posted in Browser Features | Leave a comment
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When you have lots and lots of tabs open, it’s extremely annoying to suddenly hear a background tab playing some loud noise or music, and then you have to hunt down the right tab to close. Here’s a great Chrome extension that gives you better control.

Head over to the Chrome Web Store and grab a copy of the MuteTab extension.


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