How to speed up firefox!

Firefox is fast, and powerful. I have used it since its inception, and before anyone knew it was really big. But good things catch on fast 🙂

Anyways here are some tweaks to help you speed it up. Below is a list of their settings, If the settings do not exist, create a new one. Numbers are an “integer” and true/false will be a “boolean”

In the address bar type “about:config” (no quotes duh).

browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer (0 =zero)
network.http.pipelining TRUE
network.http.proxy.pipelining TRUE
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests 10
nglayout.initialpaint.delay 0 (ZERO)
network.dns.disableIPv6 FALSE
content.notify.backoffcount 5
plugin.expose_full_path TRUE
ui.submenuDelay 0
config.trim_on_minimize TRUE

Once done close FIREFOX and restart it.

TIP: if you need to close FIREFOX and not loose all your tabs,, here is a quick dirty trick to accomplish that:

  1. Right click somewhere on the task bar
  2. Start Taskmanager
  3. Look for FIREFOX in the running applications
  4. RIGHT CLICK on it and select “Go To Process”
  5. the process tab will show with the app FIREFOX lighted.
  6. RIGHT CLICK that and select “End Process Tree” (you can do just “End Process” but it may leave some aspects of FIREFOX running. The tree will kill all processes related to FIREFOX)
  7. Now restart your FIREFOX and you will see a tab that says “RESTORE SESSION” – And there are your tabs 🙂

Comment or email with questions!


Life Without Google

Yes there is an internet without GOOGLE, although, android users will be without a phone LOL. But seriously, you can surf and use the net just fine without GOOGLE. But why would you? Well for one, they have gotten so big, that now they have resorted to DATA MINING and unscrupulous tracking of what you look for, where you are from and hoards of other information.

Brief, true and funny example here:

Allow me to demonstrate and example:


In this example, I did a search for the top online games. Pretty standard results. But look closer. I have one circled, and as you can see, if you move your mouse over the link (blue) you will see the link in the bottom status bar (as noted by the orange arrow). Looks good so far right?


If you RIGHT click on that link (in this example “30 Best Free Online Games”) and paste it to note pad, you will get the following:,d.aWc

WOW!! What the hell is that? That is what will happen if you click on the link. The link you want is still there, as can be seen:

The special characters in this case are to make it web friendly (example %3a = “:”, %2f = “/” and so on).  But what is the rest? That is encrypted tracking information about your browser, computer (some info not all) where you are at, what you searched for (topic, subject and actual search info) and much more.  There are countless pages I have found to explain some of these variables, but there are a few that are a mystery. One can only assume their blatant misuse of  links, would suggest a darker use of those variables. Below are some pages I have found regarding these searches:

As you can see – searching the web via GOOGLE (along with yahoo, msn, aol and a few others) should not be cloaked with other information about what you do.  Below is a simple convert to surf NORMALLY and without someone watching over your shoulder.

There are many out there, but the top 3 that I trust and use are (in order):

  • FIREFOX:. Excellent all around browser. Proprietary software, as well as open source (so if you are not sure its safe, you can check it out yourself, and take out what you don’t want)
  • SAFARI: Clean, and simple and fast. Mostly a Mac type Browser, it is now available for PC. If you like something simple. This is perfect (especially if you are using Chrome, you will like Safari, as it is just as clean).
  • OPERA:Big daddy of them all. This USED to be a commercial browser (where you had to pay to use it), but a few years ago, turned to free. Has tons of features, including running your how webhost built right in. This is for advanced users only.

I recommend only one: It does not track your info or IP address. It is a fast clean search. I also like the fact it is laid out similar to GOOGLE so it is a smooth transition.

Surprisingly there were not many that fit what I was looking for. Good spam protection, FREE, no adds etc.. I managed to come across 2 really good ones

  • GMX.COM – Very professional looking and easy to use
  • HUSHMAIL.COM – I have used this one for many years. Has some really nice features if you want to pay (example, you can have your email self destruct LOL ) reciepts etc… But the free end is plenty for 90% of all your needs.

Bullet Proof Browsing(advanced surfing)

Everything you do is being tracked! #1 Mobster? Google. And following that big turkey is their feathers: AOL, MSN, YAHOO! and a few others. Everything you do, when using their sites (email included and search enines) are stored. What is stored? Your IP (IP’s give out information such as your physical home location, zip included, ISP provider, any email you use, sites you visit, what exactly you search for – i.e. your searching habbits and much much more). All this informatin is dumped into a massive database on each of their sites for future (or present use). All your information is sold to varying advertising companies, and in return spam you. Ever notice that some of the site ou visit that have advertising, seem to be the stuff you are interested in? That is by design.

This post is a work in progress on how I surf almost 100% anonymous (as it should be), yet my system is lighting fast, without being bogged down by 3rd party applications – which some also monitor your moves.


Stop using the following:

  • MSN
  • AOL
  • YAHOO!

There are other, but those are the most common, and is likely that you are using them. There are many alternatives, but they lack in “google” power when it comes to searching, example (or is an excellent search engine with zero tracking, however, they censor sites – and that is not their responsibility, so they were dropped.

I currently use

Safe site:

More Information:


Stop using GOOGLE CHROME. It is designed to be ‘MINDLESSLY SIMPLE” so you will never look at another browser again. That is by design. Why block Google tracking and use their browser???

I personally use FIREFOX, however if you would like to use another browser – search for browsers that are proprietary. Example there are tons of browsers out there that use iexplorer engine, and call themselves something else. (Browzar claims to be total private, yet it failed the google test, as when i closed Browzar and opened it again, I was still logged in. Its not surprise as Browzar is really a “quiet” internet explorer addon)

So, to surf safe like me, FIREFOX!


Cookies can be flat out dangerous. They track everything you do on the web, as these days, 90% of the sites require the storing of a cookie about your visit on your computer. With that in mind, here is what you do:

  1. FIREFOX->OPTIONS->PRIVACY-“USE CUSTOM SETTINGS….”(its a drop down menu) and you will see some options come up.
  2. UNCHECK “Accept cookies from sites”
  3. When a site you know and TRUST requires a cookie, select the “EXCEPTIONS” button and add the domain. Example you woul put in “” as the domain. Firefox will auto adjust, but just in case. it just wants the domain.
  4. Close out Your done.

That alone will eliminate 90% of all spam you get. Do not get discouraged as you will have to do this for all the sites you visit that you know are safe. You only need to do this once, and within time you rarely have to return to those settings once you get it set up.


A very dear friend of mine (Voorhees) pointed this one out to me. Very nice program and its free (the only 3rd party app I have running).

The website does a good job explaining. It does such a good job, that you almost cant surf as it is very protective. It is sort of like a “fine-tuned” firewall, but easier to control and more cautious than a firewall. Simply install and run and it sits quietly in the tray monitoring websites trying to access your computer. I was shocked at sites I had thought I blocked were still trying to peck away at my system.


Not many have heard of this gem, yet it is the headache (users) and target(malware/spamware) of the last 10yrs. Comes standard on all PC’s (not sure about macs) in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC directory (go look)

As a surfer, you do not have control what is advertised on a website, or what information is displayed, but with the host file, you can make sure it never reaches your browser

Not sure what it is all about? Go here:

For beginner users or if you are not comfortable with editing the data just right click and save this file somewhere on your computer

Then make sure you have admin privileges, and rename it to “hosts” (no extension) and overwrite the old one – might wanna back it up.

It is a huge list, over 3,000 lines. Now when you surf, you will start to see pages that have sections of “404 errors” or “page not found” errors. These belong to unscrupulous websites and have been blocked and sent to limbo.

Ways of protecting your CONTACT LIST from spambot

If you are just starting a new email address, or do not have a very large address book – OR like me, simply don’t have one(I deleted mine some years ago to prevent compromise all together, but i realized last year when i was desperately searching for a friends email that i really need a address book –  i have a horrible memory), here is a very simple step you can do – yes it DOES take an extra step when saving AND when composing, – but trust me , its worth the effort.

Its so simple its crazy and anyone can do it in seconds. Here is what you do.

When adding a contact to your address book change one or two characters in it. To make it simple for me, I just add either a “nospam_” at the beginning of it that way if a spammer or email bot gets it, it will mail but go no where. Example:

origianal email: (does anyone know him?)

saved email “

now when I want to COMPOSE and email to all I do is just delete the first part before I send it off. this is not an issue when replying. I do not recommend using symbols because some emailer will not save it as a legit address, so just add some words, another common way would be to just: then when you compose, drop off the protected part. Aslo, be different, dont make it all the same for each contact, spice it up. as long as YOU KNOW what is going on.

Don’t forget to do this! Or they will NOT get your email. 

So if your system is compromised, all your contacts are safe. 

QUESTION: What if they figure this out and write a script to delete the first characters?

Once this lil trick gets out, it is most likely they will rewrite the robot script to discover this. You can maybe randomly insert a single character in the email anywhere so they are not in the same place, and do it differently from contact to contact. 

But good news, for use smart people, is that the spammers will never go out of business due to the massive population of lazy people who will not take this simple step!


Next Blog:

If you have a very large contact list, I will show you how you can protect that as well.


Ways to protect yourself

There will be times that you HAVE to put your email out there in the open for all to see, or worse, the site you are on does it for you ACK!! Craigslist is a popular one that comes to mind, and boy is it a gold-mine for spammers!!

So what can you do?

Here are two methods I used at one time (and am still using the later one). Sites like Craigslist and ebay are a haven for spam bots and spoofers to pick up your email.

Method 1:

This method you simply add the words “NOSPAM” (or anything you like doesn’t matter) anywhere in the email. Then when the user clicks on it, they HAVE to remove the offending phrase or you do not get the email.

Problem with this method is that, lets face it, users are lazy. If they have to “tinker” more with your email, its not worth it, and you may miss a sale. Good part about it, is the spambots cant get to you 🙂

Method 2: (preferred)

This method should ALWAYS be used when posting your email in public, such as FACEBOOK, MYSPACE and CRAIGSLIST and other places where you email is in the open – FORUMS/MESSAGE BOARDS are another place.  There is a free site called: Phaselink that offers a free service that encrypts your email with a CAPTCHA. You’ve seen those things, its where you have to enter letters to proceed. almost 100% bulletproof against spambots. click the link below to see how it works. I like this one, as it does not share your email, and is deleted at your request (or I think after 30 days of no use) – This is much preferred to most others, such as Google mailhide, that stores your email, and uses them for spam.

Custom version

Click here to email me

They take a little extra step, but whats worse, spending all day figuring out what happened to your system because you been spammed or taking an extra minute to hide your email from bots?

How do I get my own

Easy, just go to this link:

enter your email, and Phaselink will code it then give you a piece of HTML to paste.

If you need help setting this up. post here and I will walk you through it.

Spoofing Part 2: Is that from you?

How many times, lately, have you seen an email from a friend of yours (or someone on your contact) with just a single link? (btw DO NO CLICK IT!!!!), or some weird comment? Mail like “… hey dude, check out this site, I made some pretty good money there, or “…I just got back from a date with ____ tell me what you think”

If you are a gamer – (world warcraft for example) you have probably seen the many emails that your account has been compramised, you are caught selling your accoutn and a ton of other pieces of mail that just do not apply. What happened? They ALMOST sound real.

Lately that have gotten to REAL that you would SWEAR that it is from who they say it is. So how do you tell if it is really them, or spoof. Well as the old saying goes

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Nothing said was truer.


When in doubt – CHECK!

here is how you do this – I will use yahoo, as it is the most popular. If you need help with other email programs, post here and I will put up a tutorial.

here is a LIVE copy of an email i recieved: (all links work SO DO NOT CLICK THEM!!!!) I highlighted the email in red so there is no confusion – so don’t be stupid!

[Note: everything that says “fake” or “my_email”  is something I changed to anonymize this example. Someone’s real email address and real company domains were used in the original.] Account Locked – Action Required


“” <>

To: my_email

Due to suspicious activity, your account has been locked. You tried to login your account too many times (403). We are concerned about whether your account has been stolen. In order to guarantee the legitimacy of your account, we need you follow these steps:
Step 1: Secure Your Computer
In the event that your computer has been infected with malicious software such as a keylogger or trojan, simply changing your password may not deter future attacks without first ensuring that your computer is free from these programs. Please visit our Account Security website to learn how to secure your computer from unauthorized access.
Step 2: Secure Your E-mail Account
After you have secured your computer, check your e-mail filters and rules and look for any e-mail forwarding rules that you did not create. For more information on securing your e-mail account, visit our Support page.
Step 3: Restore access to Your account
We now provide a secure link for you to verify whether you have taken the appropriate steps to secure the account, your computer, and your email address. Please follow this site to restore the access to your account:
If you still have questions or concerns after following the steps above, feel free to contact Customer Support at
Sincerely,The Account TeamOnline Privacy Policy 


OK – If you notice all the links SEEM to be legit. BATTLE.Net looks good, and at the bottom links look good too – BUT, and some of you savvy people have already caught this – the “HTTP” IS WRONG. 90% of companies that send you links are httpS there is an “s” at the end because this is a secure site (we are dealing with accounts right?)

But maybe this is a “pre-site” that will take you into a protected site. so how can we be sure (note: in this case all you have to do is log into your game account and see that it is ok)

This next step applies to EVERYONE so adjust for your situations. what we will do next will seem a litle scary but it will tell you if it is real or not.

At the top of your letter, there is a button called “ACTIONS” click that and another drop down menu will appear – select: View full headers. a popup window will appear with what looksl ike garbage:

You are only interested in the top part:

From Sun Apr 24 09:24:37 2011
X-Apparently-To: my_email via; Sun, 24 Apr 2011 02:24:37 -0700
Return-Path: <> <– usually this is wrong, but whoever did this one, knows what they are doing so it is correct format for spoofing
Received-SPF: fail ( domain of does not designate as permitted sender)


What you want to look at is the RETURN-PATH almost ALWAYS in fake emils, this address will be different from what is showin in your “from” address. This one is not, so it looks good. But look what I highlighted – it failed. is a legit email with ip assigned, however this one where it came from does not match – This is an example of a very very very good spoof. Once that if you did not watch closely you would click it.

good news is that firefox and chrome catches it anyways and the site is actually blocked.

But what if everything looks good – is it still fake? Possibly. Below is a another real example (one you may encounter). this one had me stumped until I did a little digging. Note: due to the lack of information on my friends part and knowledge of spammers, spoofers, we have sadly become enemies, as I tried to tell her what happened, she insisted I infected her system because she “has soneone” working for her that says so, and also, since it was I who pointed it out (logic would dictate otherwise as a simple deduction would be, why would i infect myself) and none of her other “victims” did, it must have been me. anyways here is what we have.


From Jane Doe Thu Jun  2 02:39:43 2011

X-Apparently-To: my_email via; Thu, 02 Jun 2011 02:40:25 -0700

Return-Path: <>

Received-SPF: pass ( domain of designates as permitted sender)


So far that looks correct. so it would seem that someone from her computer (or access to her email account sent out mail)  The ip is USA. So to a beginner pc consultant your first instinct is that someone logged on under her name and send out the email to all her contacts.

However. looking further down the header, we find this:

X-Originating-IP: []

Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=neutral (no sig);; dkim=pass (ok)

Received: from  (EHLO (

  by with SMTP; Thu, 02 Jun 2011 02:40:25 -0700

Received: from ( [])

The highlighted IP address belongs to no one!! its fake

You got it, this email originated from a computer in limbo. All they did was spoof her email address to make it look like it came from her

Farther down it gets more interesting:


From:Jane Doe <>

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii”; format=flowed

X-Mailer: AOL Webmail 33708-PHONE

Received: from by ( with HTTP (WebMailUI); Thu, 02 Jun 2011 05:39:43 -0400

Couple things to note that verify this did not come from her USA account – or a computer. the X-Mailer tells us HOW it was sent – and as you can see it was done with a CELLPHONE. The 201.x.x.x ip again shows Venezuela again.

and the 149 is a USA address (routed via Venezuela). My guess is they did not have her home IP so they grabbed a USA one. I know her IP address from the ‘GOOD” emails that were sent.

So how did this get started? I am not sure of the originating issues since it is out side the USA. My guess is that last email she sent me asked if i could put an add on craigslist for her. Which I did. after that I forwarded whatever I go to her, since she did not have an account. I also put her email in the “body” of the ad so they would email her and not me since she is making the offer.

As you can see, it is imperitve that you DO NOT CLICK LINKS in your email. If it is from someone you know, take an extra step and email them back and say “.. Hey dude!! did you just send me a link to go somewhere” – EVEN IF THEY SAID THEY DID IN THE FIRST EMAIL – ask again. If they reply back and say yes – your good, if not, delete the email.

Now this is super advanced stuff, and what I do to help those that think someone “hacked” their system, when in fact what they more likely did was visit a site, aor clicked a “mis represented” link in their email. and poof! they are spoofed!

In my next blog, I will show just how to do this. Ya I know some moron will probably do it, but it is needed in order to understand how it works and why. The bad news is, its virtually impossible to catch anyone doing it. that is why it is wildly rampant and many peopole are using it to sell products. While most people will not click links in their emails regardless of where they came from

some idiot will – and that idiot just paid them a small commission.  don’t be that idiot!