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Best Browser Extensions

28 December 2012No Comment

One of the most powerful applications on your computer screen is your Internet browser. And with the ability to add extensions, browsers continuously expand and meet the expectations of its users. But with a burgeoning array of add-ons and extensions, which are the best? Following three of the most popular web browsers, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer have an abundance of extensions you probably did not know existed. Some add-ons are mere apps, but for our purposes, we will focus on software that enhances and optimizes your surfing experience. Fortunately, most extensions are 100% free, so if you discover that one extension does not fit your needs, it can be easily uninstalled.

Adblock Plus is essentially one of the best extensions for your browser. Most computers experience very few online ads, but when the occasional pop-up appears, Adblock Plus takes care of it. Not only does the software remove pop-ups, it also eliminates embedded Flash animations, making your browser fast, smooth, and free of distractions. Malware is also stripped out!

Cooliris is another media browser extension, although it also works for your desktop. It creates 3D walls of content from social site pictures to desktop files. While that may not sound very practical, it is incredibly useful when you are trying to find a single photo amongst thousands, as your content is splayed in a fan-like manner infinitely. It works in the same fashion for reading desktop content.

Invisiblehand is an absolute must-have for online shoppers. Whenever you are shopping on Amazon or EBay, Invisiblehand will automatically find the cheapest price on the web. It allows shoppers to save money they would not have otherwise. No shopper should be without this software!

When you’re not shopping, however, Instapaper is a great way to save content. It stores long articles you do not have time to read, and later on, you can open the article and view it. As it is a web-enabled service, it can also be downloaded on phones and tablets.

On the other hand, if you are having trouble finding something to read, StumbleUpon will find it for you. Tell it what you’re interested in, and soon enough, it will find countless pages that relate to your interests. It has a bookmarking feature as well, and it saves your collection of favorite sites. StumbleUpon also allows you to comment or read comments posted by other users on different sites.

When you do find a site you’re interested in, PrintPDF will export any website to PDF format so that it can be viewed on another platform. This is incredibly useful when switching between different operating systems such as OSX and windows.

But you need to make sure when you are browsing, your searches are safe. Web of Trust (WOT) is designed to help you do just that. WOT automatically accesses its database to check how safe your search results are. Next to each result is a colored circle indicating how safe each website is. Green is a safe site, and red means steer clear. WOT also uses ratings from WOT users to create a safer shopping environment, that way frauds and scams are avoided. There are so many security risks to be worried about these days. Choosing a safe and reliable internet provider like www.hughesnetinternet.net and adding a browser add-on like WOT really helps to cover all of your bases with internet security.

No matter what your expectations are for your browser, extensions are simply the best way to maximize your browsing experience. Whether you simply need to export websites, aimlessly browse sites, or secure your computer’s security and yours, thousands of add-ons can satisfy your needs with a simple click. But do not limit your browsing experience to this list – there are far more waiting to be discovered.

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