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    As Arraknid pointed out in an earlier thread :

    I'm also not a fan of FF plugins. They are, more often than not, additions to the software that should have been included in the original code. They've become a bit like iPhone Apps, in that some FF users have dozens of them, which whilst they may work well, slow down the browser performance significantly.
    I don't have a lot of plugins but I'm also unsure about what they do and whether they're even necessary, so I'd appreciate some advice - can any of these be disabled or removed without any adverse effects and if so, would removing any of them speed things up?

    These are the ones I really do not understand in particular :
    • Foxit Reader Plugin for Mozilla (although there is now a query about Foxit Reader vers. 4 in this thread Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928 that might answer this query if it's decided that it's better to roll back to an earlier version or even replace Foxit reader altogether);

    • getPlusPlus for Adobe 16287 v. 1.6.2.87;

    • Google Earth Plugin v.1.0.0.1;

    • Microsoft DRM - DRM Store Netscape Plugin v. 9.0.0.4503;

    • Microsoft DRM - DRM Netscape Network Object v. 9.0.0.4503

    • Mozilla Default Plugin v. 1.0.0.15

    • Shockwave Flash 10.1 r85 v. 10.1.85.3

    • Windows Media Player PluginDynamic Link - Npdsplay dll v. 3.0.2.629


    I've looked them up but the explanations didn't make much sense to me and I'm none the wiser so any advice would be much appreciated!

    Thank you

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    Hi Steph,

    I guess as I made that comment, I'd better back it up!

    Foxit and Flash player are the only ones you'll definitely need, the rest you can disable or uninstall...

    getPlusPlus for Adobe 16287 v. 1.6.2.87;
    Google Earth Plugin v.1.0.0.1;
    Microsoft DRM - DRM Store Netscape Plugin v. 9.0.0.4503;
    Microsoft DRM - DRM Netscape Network Object v. 9.0.0.4503
    Mozilla Default Plugin v. 1.0.0.15
    Windows Media Player PluginDynamic Link - Npdsplay dll v. 3.0.2.629
    If you disable those, then use the browser as usual, if you need one of them at any point, you'll be prompted, but I doubt you will.

    You may need to do the above in FireFox Safe Mode.

    A file that is related to GetPlusPlus is the Adobe Download Manager. You can uninstall it via Add or Remove Programs, if it's present on your machine.

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    Hi Arraknid

    I disabled the ones you said (no need to go into Safe Mode, it was just an option to disable for all of them) and Adobe Download Manager wasn't listed in Add/Remove so it was all pretty simples!

    Thanks for your help, as always

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    Great! Next, it's the Add-ons!

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    Ah yes, the addons - I've got some good ones but do I need to drag over another soapbox?
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