Saturday, February 21, 2009

Firefox extension LinkExtend enhances browsing

LinkExtend is a new addon for Firefox that enhance your web surfing experience by bringing you as much information as possible about the visiting site. Information like whether it is child safe or malicious, page popularity parameters like Google Page Rank and Alexa rating and so on. Apart from that, it actually enhances the browsing experience by allowing you to enable thumbnail previews in search results, more control on Firefox history, a plethora of new search engines and bunch of other improvements.


Here is a brief overview of the features you will get when you install LinkExtend.

Safety - Informs you if a web page is malicious, sends spam, contains spyware, online scams, identity theft, and more. LinkExtend uses services like McAfee SiteAdvisor, Web Of Trust, Web Security Guard, Google Safe Browsing and few others to get information about malicious sites.


KidSafe - Alerts you about sites that are unsafe for children and let's you erase these sites from your Firefox history automatically


Ethics - Rates ethical behavior of a site's company including social responsibility, business practices, environmental impact, etc.

PageRank - Represents how important a page is on the web, based on the Google link analysis algorithm, ranked from zero to ten

SiteTraffic - Shows you how popular a site is, based on the average page views and users for a particular site or web page. Rated from zero to ten, it is aggregated from four services: Alexa, Quantcast, Compete, and Statbrain. Clicking on the SiteTraffic button will give you various site options from the four available services including: cached links, incoming links, related links, traffic details, demographics and lifestyle.


Visited - Tells you when you last visited a site, what pages you accessed, and lets you remove the site from your Firefox history

SiteTools - Finds the age of a particular web page, older versions, site reviews, contact details, free account passwords, and more. Contact details are obtained from Whois data and login passwords from BugMeNot. It also lets search the current domain in Wikipedia, retrieve previous versions of a web page from Wayback Machine and find relevant websites similar from


Links - Access the links and titles in a web page without having to open the page itself (also shows the link titles and favicons). Simply right click on a link and choose LinkExtend to immediately get a thumbnail preview of the site along with all the information that are discussed here right in the context menu.

Files - Shows all files on a web page organized by categories (videos, music, images, programs, etc.) for easy downloading

SuperSearch - Click on the small black arrow at the right of the search icon to directly search over 200 top search engines in these categories: Academia, Blogs, Books, Business, Children, File Sharing, Health, Jobs, Multimedia, News, People, Programming, Question & Answer, Reference, Shopping, Social Networking, Video Games, Visual Web Search, and more. You can SuperSearch any term on any webpage: Select the text, right click it, and choose SuperSearch for the term you selected. If you want to eliminate search results that are harmful, unethical or unsafe for children you can do so in LinkExtend Options under the Search Engine tab.


Hide Search Results - Allows you to eliminate search results that are harmful to your computer, unethical or unsafe for children.

Thumbnail – Inserts thumbnail previews on Google search results


Result Number - Each search result can be numbered as an aid to remembering and locating a result you want to view again


  1. Dear sri Kaushik,

    This FF extension is really very good. And I request you to kindly permit me to occasionally send some mails to your gmail ID whenever I require some guidance.

  2. No problem. But remember there might be some delay in answering. Also I suggest you to search for a solution in Google before asking somebody. A lot of answers can be found by a simple search.


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