Do NOT Use Firefox 4! (revealing videos)

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If you are anything like me, you were pissed when you upgraded to Firefox 4.

You thought, "WTF.... is this Google Chrome?" "I hate the tabs up top, where is the title bar, why did they move my home and bookmark button, where did the status bar and all my internet marketing tools go, and why is this freaking orange button staring at me!?!?"

I thought those exact same things. I set out on a mission to get my Firefox back! Maybe some of you are happy with how your Firefox looks after upgrading to Firefox 4.. maybe some of you aren't. These videos are for the people who aren't.

Don't get me wrong.. I love Firefox 4. It seems much faster. But I wasn't happy with the look or some of the functionality.

So... Do NOT use Firefox 4.... until you make it exactly how you want!

I recorded a few step by step videos on how you can customize your Firefox 4 to be exactly how you want it.. or to just get back what you miss.

Check it out... I'll show you how to move the tabs back to where they used to be, how to get the title bar showing page titles again, how to get your status bar back with your internet marketing tools, how to move around the home and bookmark buttons, and much more.

I now feel like I am writing a WSO sales page...lol.

If you have not upgraded to Firefox 4 yet, you really should.

Please check out the videos.. they are worth it.

Oh yea.. you may hear a few parts of the video sound like it cuts out.. that's because when I listened back to the video.. I annoyed myself with some breathing in the mic, so I spent an hour editing that out so I wouldn't annoy anyone else!

I recommend you watch the videos in full screen and HD. You can do that by clicking play on the video then clicking the video so it pops open in youtube. Select 720p and open it up in full screen.




Here are the links I talked about in the videos:

Driver Genius

Driver Genius Professional Edition - Backup, restore and update all your drivers easily


Movable Firefox Button

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...irefox-button/


App Button Clear

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...clear/?src=api


Titlebar Text

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...-text/?src=api


Status 4 Evar

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...-evar/?src=api


Fasterfox

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...asterfox-9148/


SEO Toolbar

SEO Toolbar for Firefox: Free Firefox SEO Extension / Browser Plug In


Video DownloadHelper

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...ownloadhelper/


Down Them All

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...n/downthemall/


Flagfox

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...al-flagfox.net


Screengrab

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...on/screengrab/


I really hope you found my videos helpful and that you were able to set up Firefox 4 just like how you want it. Also, I'd love to hear how you have customized your Firefox 4, and get some new ideas from you guys.

Everyone have a great day!

-Brent Jacoby
#fire fox #fire fox 4 #firefox #firefox 3 #firefox 4 #revealing #videos
  • Profile picture of the author Nick Lotter
    Phew! Thanks man, I thought you were going to give us some real bad horror story lol. Yeah I was also irritated by the internet marketing tools going missing (and some aren't compatible with Firefox 4 yet). Thanks for taking the time to make the videos and share them with us.
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    • Profile picture of the author edd666666
      Yes, I went to 4, hated it, promptly deleted it and went right back to my old version within minutes. I see you did a lot of great work there, but what is the point, the old version is fine, why go through all this work, they will realize that 4 is a bomb and come out with 4.1 or something. My advice is to wait it out, but really thanks for all the work, Ed
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris@AlertPay
      Originally Posted by Nick Lotter View Post

      Phew! Thanks man, I thought you were going to give us some real bad horror story lol. Yeah I was also irritated by the internet marketing tools going missing (and some aren't compatible with Firefox 4 yet). Thanks for taking the time to make the videos and share them with us.
      Hi Nick,
      For the purposes of staying on topic, yay! that this is not a horror story. Just started using FF4 and I'm a big fan so far.
      In terms of the PM that you sent me, (I'm unable to reply because I need 50 posts to PM you... ?!?!?) We just started the Online Community Support team and I'm not there yet.
      The short answer to your question is Yes to banking in South Africa. If you like you can PM me your email addie & I can send you more info.

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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by Nick Lotter View Post

      Phew! Thanks man, I thought you were going to give us some real bad horror story lol. Yeah I was also irritated by the internet marketing tools going missing (and some aren't compatible with Firefox 4 yet). Thanks for taking the time to make the videos and share them with us.
      Ha. Sorry for the scare, Nick. At least it got you to open the thread right?

      It's no problem at all and I hope you found some value in them!
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    I quit using Fire Fox a long time ago...I liked it except it was too slow. I use another browser now that is a lot like Google chrome. Anyway good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    I appreciate this very much. I upgraded and initially, thought, "what a mistake!" ...but I did figure a few of these fixes out, but not all, so thanks Brent!
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelDyson
    I liked firefox 4.0 a lot more then previous versions(seems a lot cleaner, not so much clutter). Just missed my SEO tools. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Sweely99
    Luckily, we who use MAC OS X as our OS don't get that orange button at the top left... along with a lot of other stuff. But thanks anyways!
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I didn't quite like the way FF4 looked like initially, but I customized it with the Chrome-like theme and it has transformed into almost an identical twin!

    All kidding aside, I like Firefox a lot because of the many indispensable plug-ins and add-ons that you can install. Chrome can't touch Firefox in this regard, and I find that Firefox 4 is vastly faster than FF 3.XX, and also consumes far less memory than Chrome as well.

    Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    I'd been thinking about upgrading to Firefox 4, but was put off by all the negative things I've been hearing about it. Thanks for this very useful post.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    This looks useful. I dislike the way Firefox 4 is set up. I don't see why they need to "fix" something that was fine (perfect) already. It's silly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by JamesGw View Post

      This looks useful. I dislike the way Firefox 4 is set up. I don't see why they need to "fix" something that was fine (perfect) already. It's silly.
      I agree with you 100% James. I have no clue why they wanted Firefox to look more like chrome. Check out the vids and I think you will be happy with what I show you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneyerr
    Thanks for sharing. I appreciate this very much. This is very useful post.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Dybka
      I think the new 4.0 looks more like a google chrome copy,I actually downloaded back to the previous version because I noticed that with 4.0 some of the marketing plugins I use don't work with 4.0 so I'll stick with the older version for a while.


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  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    The SEO toolbar seems like it will be a great addon to the FireFox browser. Thanks for the share
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  • Profile picture of the author Sebastian Oudot
    I tried Firefox 4.0 few days ago but couldn't make it work properly.

    I don't know why but every time I opened more than three or four sub pages, Firefox shut down.

    I thought it was a Firefox problem but maybe I have some virus on my computer.

    With all these nice videos on how you can customize your Firefox 4, I think I will reconsider using it.

    Thanks Brent for this great tutorial.

    Sebastian
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by Sebastian Oudot View Post

      I tried Firefox 4.0 few days ago but couldn't make it work properly.

      I don't know why but every time I opened more than three or four sub pages, Firefox shut down.

      I thought it was a Firefox problem but maybe I have some virus on my computer.

      With all these nice videos on how you can customize your Firefox 4, I think I will reconsider using it.

      Thanks Brent for this great tutorial.

      Sebastian
      I don't think you have a virus problem. Try updating your drivers.. and I think that would fix the problem. I was having the same problem as you and once I updated my drivers it fixed it.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    Thanks. I absolutely hate Firefox 4 and after seeing it on 1 computer have not upgraded any others.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

      Thanks. I absolutely hate Firefox 4 and after seeing it on 1 computer have not upgraded any others.
      You are welcome. If you follow along with the videos, I think you will be pretty happy with how you can make Firefox 4 look.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I tired out the Beta version and didn't like the rearrangement
    of the buttons either so I quickly switched back.

    Version 3 is getting slower with each update but it's the best
    I've found so far.

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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      I tired out the Beta version and didn't like the rearrangement
      of the buttons either so I quickly switched back.

      Version 3 is getting slower with each update but it's the best
      I've found so far.

      -Ray Edwards
      If you follow along with my vids you will be able to move the buttons where you want. I didn't like the rearrangement of my buttons either... so I changed it.
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  • Profile picture of the author anthony2
    thanks for the videos my friend...it was very helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    My niece upgraded to 4 and I was over here trying to get on my talk marketing chat and for two days was told the server was down. Come to find out - FF just won't put me through to it. I've tried everything to change that. Chrome gets me there just fine. I think I'll wait until they get things figured out before I ever upgrade my FF. I'm not a tech and don't have time to mess with figuring out what they did.
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  • Profile picture of the author theIMgeek
    You thought, "WTF.... is this Google Chrome?" "I hate the tabs up top, where is the title bar, why did they move my home and bookmark button, where did the status bar and all my internet marketing tools go, and why is this freaking orange button staring at me!?!?"
    Quite the opposite! I had actually been using a set of three plugins with Firefox 3 that moved the tabs up top, took away the title bar, and gave you an orange button in the corner. So to see all that as a core part of Firefox 4 made me happy!

    I want to look at websites, not browser bars.

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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    Originally Posted by Brent Jacoby View Post

    If you are anything like me, you were pissed when you upgraded to Firefox 4.
    Having recently switched back to using FireFox (version 4) as my default browser, I share your disappointment at some of the layout changes. However, they're easily dealt with, as you outline in your videos/links.

    I'm just not entirely certain how this justifies the thread title "Do NOT use FireFox 4", however, when the post is about how to customise FireFox 4 so that you can continue using it as before. Thread bait, much? :confused: :p
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      Having recently switched back to using FireFox (version 4) as my default browser, I share your disappointment at some of the layout changes. However, they're easily dealt with, as you outline in your videos/links.

      I'm just not entirely certain how this justifies the thread title "Do NOT use FireFox 4", however, when the post is about how to customise FireFox 4 so that you can continue using it as before. :confused: :p
      Haha.. well I originally had this at the beginning of my post:

      Do NOT use Firefox 4... until you customize it!

      So my thread title kinda led into that.. but then when I reread my thread I didn't like it starting with that, so I removed it.

      I'll add it back in there somewhere so it's not so confusing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sebastian Oudot
    I don't think you have a virus problem. Try updating your drivers.. and I think that would fix the problem. I was having the same problem as you and once I updated my drivers it fixed it.
    I think all my drivers are updated. My Windows 7 updates on a regular basis.

    The thing is these annoying ads I have on almost every internet pages. These ads are either coming from the top of the page or are replacing my actual internet page.

    Actually even my 3.6.16 Firefox crashes sometimes but with Firefox 4.0, it's completely impossible to have a regular internet session.

    I tried a lot of different anti-virus (Panda, Avast, Avira) and anti-spyware (Spybot, Ccleaner, Malwarebyte) but nothing changed :confused:.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by Sebastian Oudot View Post

      I think all my drivers are updated. My Windows 7 updates on a regular basis.

      The thing is these annoying ads I have on almost every internet pages. These ads are either coming from the top of the page or are replacing my actual internet page.

      Actually even my 3.6.16 Firefox crashes sometimes but with Firefox 4.0, it's completely impossible to have a regular internet session.

      I tried a lot of different anti-virus (Panda, Avast, Avira) and anti-spyware (Spybot, Ccleaner, Malwarebyte) but nothing changed :confused:.
      I am pretty sure the windows 7 updates do not update your drivers. It also sounds like you have some adware. You should try out Advanced System Care and ESET Smart Security.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    Brent, I just wanted to ask a question related to the FF 4...have you found it to be any faster? I ask, because I haven't seen any improvement.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by brucerby View Post

      Brent, I just wanted to ask a question related to the FF 4...have you found it to be any faster? I ask, because I haven't seen any improvement.
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      Hey Bruce. Yes, I have found it to be much faster and much less of a resource hog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sebastian Oudot
    I am pretty sure the windows 7 updates do not update your drivers. It also sounds like you have some adware. You should try out Advanced System Care and ESET Smart Security.
    Thanks Brent, I will try these softwares.

    About the drivers, can you be a little bit more specific? Which ones are you talking about?
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by Sebastian Oudot View Post

      Thanks Brent, I will try these softwares.

      About the drivers, can you be a little bit more specific? Which ones are you talking about?
      Specifically it would be your graphics driver. If you use Driver Genius it will find it and up date it for you, or you can do it on your own. Find out what graphics card you have, find what your driver date is, then search on the internet for your graphics card and see if there is a more recent driver available.

      Here is some stuff from firefox telling you to update your graphics drivers:

      Upgrade your graphics drivers! « Benoit Jacob

      Mozilla urges users to update graphics drivers for Firefox 4 - Computerworld
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  • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
    Great videos Brent.

    But I think Mozilla made FF4 only for the Mac. It sucks on my WIndows..
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  • Profile picture of the author esk
    i immediately switched to firefox 4 after its release. I really love it. Top notch looking extreme speed and very good fuctionality. No better browser avaiable right now.
    I'm a satisfied mozilla customer since 4 years
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    Firefox who?

    I abandoned firefox a long time ago because of it being so unstable but I guess I will go back and give it a shot now.

    EDIT: You know what, I like the new interface.

    It is much cleaner and also helps you look at more of the website on the screen rather than the menu bars.

    EDIT: Also, firefox 4 looks alot more than Opera rather than Chrome.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
      Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

      It is much cleaner and also helps you look at more of the website on the screen rather than the menu bars.
      Thanks God. I'm not alone..
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    • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
      Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

      EDIT: Also, firefox 4 looks alot more than Opera rather than Chrome.
      Quite right. When I first tried it out (whilst it was still in beta), the first thing I thought was "wow - it looks like Opera!" ... probably to do with the orange FireFox button in the top left (Opera has an identical one, but red, of course).

      I don't really know what all the fuss is about, in relation to a lot of people's comments. Yes, the interface is slightly different, but there are themes to customise it, you can drag elements about in the desired position, and you can even remove the orange FireFox button with a simple plugin.

      The only thing I don't much like about it is the fact that fonts/padding/margins look funny on some sites. Actually, I've only noticed it so far on the WarriorForum - everything is more "spaced out" then in version 3.x, IE, etc.

      Getting used to it though. It's still a better browser than Chrome, I think, which kind of feels too "Mac-ish" (dare I say baby-ish/toy-ish).
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
      Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post


      EDIT: Also, firefox 4 looks alot more than Opera rather than Chrome.
      Hmm, I never use Opera so that's why to me it looks like Chrome.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave90210
    Use Chrome problem solved, Firefox is waaaaaaaay to slow anyway
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Lin
      My PC uses Windows 7 64bits. After upgrading to Firefox 4. It seem to be slower down and the worst is most of the Social Bookmarking plugins aren't supported. I find it hard to use the new firefox browser. Most the things I set to automated have gone. Does anyone know how I can downgrade to previous version? We should send our comments to firefox support and let them know about this.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brent Jacoby
        Originally Posted by Alex Lin View Post

        My PC uses Windows 7 64bits. After upgrading to Firefox 4. It seem to be slower down and the worst is most of the Social Bookmarking plugins aren't supported. I find it hard to use the new firefox browser. Most the things I set to automated have gone. Does anyone know how I can downgrade to previous version? We should send our comments to firefox support and let them know about this.
        You can downgrade to 3.6 here:

        Mozilla Firefox 3.6

        I will note what they say though:

        "Firefox 3.6.x will be maintained with security and stability updates for a short amount of time. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 4."
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  • Profile picture of the author Affili8ing
    I'm still satying with the old version
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    Banned
    Well I am safe cause I didn't update the new version...
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  • Profile picture of the author Dital
    I recently upgraded to Firefox 4 and was baffled at first with its look.

    Thanks to all for the info on this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author CheapTrafficDude
    LOL Wow

    I been told a lot that 4.0 was awful, been using 3.5 for at least 3 years now and never updated no matter how many times I'm prompted with a box saying: "Urgent Update". or Your computer may at risk... Guess the updates actually make it at risk

    Thanks bud
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  • firefox 4 sucks. It slows my mac down horribly.

    I completely switched over to Chrome now, I was forced to.

    Firefox now sucks. It takes like 3 minutes to load! what the hell is that about?
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  • Profile picture of the author blueberries
    WoW, This sounds a lot like when Vista come out. Everybody hated it. I'll wait till the firefox team fixes the bugs.
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    • Thanks for the videos. I was not happy at first with FF 4. It is much faster on both my desktop and laptop.
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