Firefox 3 Add-On Solves Memory Woes

By Scott Gilbertson

The first Firefox 3 beta is just around the corner and promises a number of enhancements, including a reduction of the notoriously large memory footprint. We’ve written extensively about Firefox’s memory problems in the past and while Firefox 3 will address some of the issues, it won’t solve the problem for everyone.

Part of Firefox’s memory overhead is by design. Whenever you visit a page in Firefox, the browser caches it for some time. If you frequently go back and forth between pages this cuts down on load time, but the trade off is increased memory usage.

There are ways to limit the amount of caching through the config panel, but now there’s also RAMback, a Firefox extension from Stuart Parmenter that makes clearing out your Firefox caches a snap.

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