Put Firefox into Hyperdrive with Pale Moon

palemoon-ico [Windows Only] What is Pale Moon? It’s an open source project that takes the Firefox web browser code and recompiles it to run faster in Windows.

Here’s what the author says about it:

Why settle for a basic build of your Firefox browser on Windows Operating Systems when you can have one that performs 25% faster? Mozilla does not provide optimized browser packages for Windows, while many Linux users get the advantage of a browser built specifically for their system. That needs to change! So, here is the Pale Moon project: Custom-built and optimized Firefox browsers for Windows Operating Systems.


I have been using Pale Moon for a few days now, and I did notice a performance boost in comparison with my usual Firefox installs. I would have to say that Pale Moon is a winner.

There are no drastic differences other than the name. All of your old addons should continue to work. You’ll just get around the web a little faster. The author of Pale Moon claims that only real differences are that it doesn’t support the accessibility features or parental controls. Since I don’t use either one, I don’t know what I’m missing.

There’s even a Pale Moon persona (theme) available on the home page that makes it look very cool.

Download and try Pale Moon

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The only major drawback to using Pale Moon is that it may sometimes be a release or two behind Mozilla Firefox. Other than that, there’s not much difference from what I can tell. I can’t think of a good reason why I shouldn’t recommend it for every Firefox user running Windows.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

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Clif Sipe

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  • Sounds awesome. Would give it a try.

  • I will give it a try.
    I use really slow connection for interent sometimes. Is there any way to improve that.
    Anyway Firefox is best , I am not gonna change my browser.

  • Daniel


    I've given PaleMoon a spin with its' AMD version.
    It did give a hint at being faster than regular unleaded Firefox but it can't seem to remember addon modifications to the toolbar. i.e. i set up a customized version of Diigo toolbar at top along with Quick Restart and a few others. They just don't stick in PM.

  • Thanks for the comments guys. I don't know how to make Firefox work any better on slow connections.

    I've been spoiled by fast internet for many years now.

    I was surprised to hear that Pale Moon acts differently when you customize it. I never mess with toolbars and I don't like them at all. In fact, I install very few extensions as well. I like to keep my browsers lean and mean with no extras in them.

    • Daniel


      I just installed the regular PM version and it works just fine!
      Yet i don’t have INTEL! Go figure.
      PM does seem a bit faster.

      Also, in case you’re interested,
      http://www.skipscreen.com/ is a nice extension that helps Firefox or PM to avoid time delays for those downloading sites.

  • <blockquote cite="The only major drawback to using Pale Moon is that it may sometimes be a release or two behind Mozilla Firefox">

    I don't know, Clif. I see the same problem with this distro that I find with Comodo Dragon. Advantages are outweighed by being behind the update curve. Since the most important updates to Fx are security fixes, what's the point in using a browser that's going to be, by its developer's admission, less secure than the original?

    This problem seems to exist with all the fancy tweaks of Firefox, Chromium and the rest. The tweakers simply can't support the quick responses that the big guys can. If Google hears about an exploit, it can throw a dozen coders at the problem. Chromium…eh, open source can react fast, but how fast? Same with the Firefox mods. A organized operation, in place and running, can respond faster than some guy who's holding down a full time job, helping his wife raise a family, and so forth.

    I'll stick with the majors, I believe. It's one thing when you don't have to share a computer with non-geeks, maybe, but quite another when an unsophisticated user is on the same machine.

    Good newsletter this month. Interesting stuff.



    • I use Pale Moon now and not Firefox. And There are many Firefox clones,like Mozilla Flock,Wyzo,Comet Bird and Safefox besides Pale Moon. All of these I mentioned are based on Firefox 3 but they do seem to be faster than the original Firefox itself. I don’t know why that is. And now there is a Pale moon 4,based on the Firefox 4,which I have upgraded to and is working well. But unlike Firefox who have discontinued their Firefox 3. Pale Moon are still making their Pale Moon 3 available for download as well as 4. So users have a choice of using either Pale Moon 3 or Pale Moon 4.Pale Moon 3 is exactly like Firefox 3 while 4 is like a better and faster Firefox 4. Take your pick!Andrea Borman.

  • Daniel


    I've just installed it on my new Windows 7 and it seems to be much faster. Start-up and page rendering.

    • So people are finding this to be faster than firefox 4 mainline?

  • We have tried pale moon just as bad or good as fire fox , still hangs going from one address to another and i have over 25 mp internet speed. I do not run add on’s cause they do slow paging down. So to sum it up I see change.