Firemin


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 5 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.8.2083
File Size:
963.48KB
Date Added:
June 08, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
13,811
Downloads Last Week:
92
Additional Requirements:
Pentium Processor, Windows XP or Later, 32MB RAM and 5MB Disk Space.

Editors' review

Firefox has long been a kind of memory hole, consuming more memory than a Web browser needs to, in part due to a tendency toward memory leaks. Mozilla's been tracking down and plugging leaks, but Datum's developers have taken care of the problem for them with Firemin, a free tool that plugs Firefox's memory leaks and lets you manage how the browser uses memory. It's easy to use and seems to be pretty effective, too. We tried Firemin in Firefox 14 in both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.

Firemin runs in the background, but a system-tray icon let us open the program's options as well as launch Firefox normally and in Safe Mode. Firemin's Options dialog has a slider for configuring how it optimizes Firefox for your system. To the red-tinted left end of the slider, Firemin shows a CPU; to the right of the bar, the spectrum shifts to green and the program displays a tiny stick of RAM. The bar graphically illustrates how Firemin optimizes Firefox: The more optimization you set, the faster Firefox runs, but it required more processing power. Sliding the control to the left puts the emphasis on RAM. Firemin also displays the amount of RAM allocated to Firefox numerically, from 100 to 1,000MB. By default, Firefox doesn't launch automatically with Firemin, but we could set the option to launch the browser normally or in safe mode when Firemin starts. Finally, we could specify different Firefox installations by browsing to a different folder than the default installation.

We tried surfing with Firefox with Firemin set at either extreme. Our test system has but two Pentium 4 processor cores but 8 GB of RAM, and our favorite sites seemed to load a bit faster with Firemin's slider set all the way to the right. On systems with less memory available for Firefox, we can see how shifting the burden onto your processor makes sense. In any case, we like having the ability to customize how Firefox uses memory in our system. Add its leak-plugging potential, and this freeware will find a place next to many Firefox installations.

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  • 5 stars

    "What happened to memory leaks???"

    July 09, 2014   |   By melen001

    Version: Firemin 2.0.8.2083

    Pros

    This is just wonderful. The memory leaks have disappeared. Firefox was using 60000 k to 850000 k of memory and after installing Firemin it's down to 8000 to 11000 k. WOW what a change. I like it's GUI, so simple with really nothing to set but how much you want to adjust between RAM and CPU. Really not much to do except install and enjoy. I wonder why Mozilla hasn't thought of this.

    Cons

    I should have found this much earlier.......

    Summary

    Clean install..... extremely easy and simple to use, just extract, install where ever you like and adjust and optimize CPU and RAM usage and THAT"S IT....... you can also set it to start when you boot Windows so that issue is solved.... get it and ENJOY.... and it's FREE....

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  • 5 stars

    "Significantly improves speed of Firefox browser"

    December 04, 2012   |   By Mck739

    Version: Firemin 0.3.6.369

    Pros

    Makes Firefox faster for web browsing. Like the control for adjusting between RAM and processor speed.

    Cons

    not aware of any yet.

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  • 4 stars

    "Surprisingly efficient"

    May 26, 2012   |   By tomar82403

    Version: Firemin 0.3.6.365

    Pros

    Very fast download
    I haven't had to reboot Firefox 12 once since the install. Memory remains pretty constant even with multiple tabs open.

    Cons

    Firefox has been running especially slow since the install. Perhaps just a coincidence.

    Summary

    Weigh the option of memory leak versus slow performance...

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  • 5 stars

    "Works like gangbusters."

    December 02, 2011   |   By blancheirving

    Version: Firemin 0.3.0.300

    Pros

    Simple to use. Well thought out. Effective. Nice, non-daunting array of options and tray icon context menu items.

    Cons

    None known to me.

    Summary

    After a bad experience with a similar product, I put this one through my own malware scans - many of them, and deep, and repeated. Pass!

    [Note I have not used the other included modules aside from the one that acts upon Firefox.] On Firefox's memory hogging ways, the effect is dramatic. Even accounting for the memory that Firemin itself consumes, the reduction is on the order of using 3,000K rather than 300,000K - moment to moment this varies of course. And I have observed no ill effect on the browser's performance.

    Hard to believe Mozilla - always claiming its new version has addressed memory leaks - has not incorporated this technology into at least a Windows version of Firefox.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works like a charm!!!"

    November 03, 2011   |   By dtom--2008

    Version: Firemin 0.3.0.300

    Pros

    After 2 hours of using FireFox 7.0.1, my computer was running at over a million K of memory, it was scary. Way more than 60% of my CPU usage. It wasn't running properly at all.....and it just starting happening with the latest update !!!
    Now it's running so light, it's almost scary...great stuff...what a change.

    Cons

    Not really sure how to set the optimization, so I left it at default.

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