FastestFox

FastestFox

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 31 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.9
  • Total Downloads:
    82,407
  • Date Added:
    July 23, 2013
  • File Size:
    345.14KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    89
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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Editors' Review

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FastestFox (formerly SmarterFox) is one of the more powerful add-ons to enhance Firefox browsing. It displays a clean-looking bubble filled with customizable search engine shortcuts when you highlight a word or phrase. Type a query into the Firefox address bar, and FastestFox will offer up suggestions as you type. It will also place alternative search engine icons on a results page (like Google, Yahoo, and Bing), and will repeat smaller version of those icons on Wikipedia pages, along with a list of related articles. To open a new Web page faster, there's the qLauncher. One hot-key combo brings it up; tapping a single keyboard key opens Facebook, the New York Times, and whatever else you program in.

FastestFox doesn't stop there. Right-click anywhere on the page to separately download all the links, images, and Flash video content on a page. The endlessly useful Endless Pages feature preloads subsequent pages of multipage sites, so that instead of clicking to advance through, you can just scroll down (and down and down.) Equally useful, but not always as consistent, are the copy/paste features (turned off by default) that copy the text you highlight, and will paste it elsewhere with a mouse click.

Not every feature behaves uniformly at all times. The page scroll has been known to be oversensitive or unresponsive at various times. The alternate search engines are limited in some features, and highlighting text hasn't always copied it to the clipboard. Yet the pros vastly outweigh the cons, making FastestFox a must-try add-on for anyone who spends significant time online.

 
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User Reviews
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3 stars

"I haven't really used the product yet."

December 12, 2009  |  By lonewolf322

 |  Version: FastestFox 3.0.4

Pros

I haven't really used the product yet but seem happy with it.

Cons

Nothing yet.

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5 stars

"Usable, Great Idea"

December 12, 2009  |  By ClaireOKC

 |  Version: FastestFox 3.0.4

Pros

Keep my ad-ons to a minimum and this is one that I use all the time. Would be lost without it. The best part is that I don't have to reload numerous search pages, they are loaded automatically when I reach the bottom of the page.

Cons

Really minor, but the little pop-up is a little bothersome if I do a Print Screen, but so minor hardly worth mentioning

Summary

The search part of the ad-on is nice, but what is really worth it is the loading of the next page in a search window.

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3 stars

"Does what it says"

October 16, 2009  |  By kevinc13

 |  Version: SmarterFox 2.1.2

Pros

A nice add on

Cons

Pop up are annoying at times

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3 stars

"Still not as fast loading as Google Chrome"

September 18, 2009  |  By waderx

 |  Version: SmarterFox 2.1.2

Pros

Faster than E8.

Cons

Slower than Chome. Faster than previous version.

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2 stars

"Decent Features, Bad Privacy Protection"

September 09, 2009  |  By salehjamal

 |  Version: SmarterFox 2.1.2

Pros

Good overall Functionality. I used Endless Pages and Linkification mainly.

Cons

The product collects and sends usage data (website visited, etc) to SmarterFox servers AND third party servers!
Inconsistent behavior for Endless pages.

Summary

I used to use it but not any more because of the privacy issue. Now I use Autopager extension for Endless Pages (which is FAR more consistent and covers more patterns) and Linkification for automatic link conversion.
It's strange how the privacy policy was removed from the extension page at Mozilla.

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3 stars

"Takes getting used to!"

September 05, 2009  |  By drguardado

 |  Version: SmarterFox 2.1.2

Pros

Faster scrolling through Google search results pages

Cons

Not sure if Firefox crashes are being caused by this; sometimes the interface changes are unexpected.

Summary

It does save time; you just have to learn where the changes are.

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4 stars

"It does what its suppose to"

September 03, 2009  |  By Giltai

 |  Version: SmarterFox 2.1.2

Pros

Easy to use, always there

Cons

Nothing worth mentioning

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3 stars

"Good, but I expected more of it..."

September 03, 2009  |  By clausvp

 |  Version: SmarterFox 2.1.2

Pros

Good to imrpove searches and automatize certain functions

Cons

After all the reviews I read, I expected more "automation" and "smart work" from it, I see it as quite basic

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5 stars

"Makes surfing so much easier & faster!"

September 03, 2009  |  By CountryLiv

 |  Version: SmarterFox 2.1.2

Pros

Love the preview and use app! Not having to leave the site I'm on to preview another is super!

Cons

So far, all good!

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1 stars

"caused problems"

September 02, 2009  |  By aschmidt21

 |  Version: SmarterFox 2.1.2

Pros

a good idea.

Cons

Interfered with existing add-ons, erasing Morning Coffee.
Seemed a lot of fuss for what it added.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Yongqian Li
Publisher web site http://smarterfox.com/
Release Date July 16, 2013
Date Added July 23, 2013
Version 5.1.9
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Firefox 3.0 - 14.0
Download Information
File Size 345.14KB
File Name fastestfox_browse_faster-5.1.9-fx.xpi
Popularity
Total Downloads 82,407
Downloads Last Week 89
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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