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Firefox is a free web browser available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It has many features that other browsers don't, including pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing. Consider downloading Firefox if you don't already have it.

Anyway, this page is dedicated to extensions and one-time procedures that will help you get the most out of Firefox.

Searching WSO Facebook

You can add the WSO Facebook to the list of search engines in the top right of your browser.

First, click on these files: Media:Wso.src and Media:WSO_icon.jpg.

When prompted for what you want to do with the SRC file, choose "Save to Disk" and put it in your Firefox "searchplugins" folder. Wherever Firefox is located on your hard disk, there should be a folder called "searchplugins" in the same directory. On a typical Windows machine, this will be:

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins 

And on Mac OS X, this will be:


Save the "wso.jpg" file in the same "searchplugins" folder. That's it. Restart firefox. Now, when you click on the icon or little triangle next to your Firefox search box, the drop-down menu should show "WSO Facebook" as one of the search engines you can use. If you're off-campus, you'll be prompted to log in first, but it will still work.

Blocking ads

AdBlock is an extension for Firefox 1.0.7 and below that lets you filter out images and embedded frames based on their URL. Your experience of will never be the same.

An alternative for Firefox 1.5 is to define a "user content" stylesheet that blocks fishy images. Just save Media:UserContent.css into your Profile folder. Be sure to name it userContent.css (lower case)! The wiki doesn't allow uncapitalized files for some odd reason. Anyway, the location of that folder depends on your operating system.

  • Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/default.xxxx/chrome/
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\default.xxxx\chrome
  • Linux: ~/.mozilla/firefox/default.xxxx/chrome/

Of course, "xxxx" will actually be something different. Mine says 9nv. Anyway, once you do that, restart Firefox, and you should be set.

Homeland Security Threat Level

If you are the type of person who checks between classes, this extension could be a major time-saver. It adds a little ticker to the bottom right of your browser indicating whether the threat of terrorist attack on America is currently Severe, High, Elevated, Guarded, or merely Low. For downloading instructions, visit

Emacs key bindings

Emacs is a popular Unix text editor with a bunch of crazy key combinations for moving the cursor. Some people are used to them. If you want to romp around text fields in Firefox with Ctrl-A and Ctrl-K and all the rest, check out [1].

Other extensions

For other Firefox extensions, check out There are quite a few.

Some sweet ones are the ITunes add on and the Weather add on