How to disable animated pictures in browsers
Animated pictures (GIF89a) like the one shown to the right can become annoying at times or not necessary. If you want to disable animated GIFs in your Internet browser, this page gives you instructions for all the major browsers.
In the Internet Explorer menu bar, click on Tools and then Options. In the Internet Options window that opens, click on the Advanced tab, then scroll down about half way and find the option for Play animations in webpages. Uncheck the box next to this option and click the OK button. Close and restart the browser for the setting change to take effect.
In the Firefox address bar, type about:config. Click the "I'll be careful, I promise" button. In the Filter bar, type image, then find the entry for image.animation_mode. Double-click this option and set the value to none in the pop-up window and click the OK button. Close and restart Firefox for the setting change to take effect.
At this time, there is no option for turning off animated GIFs in Google Chrome. Several people have developed extensions (add-ons) that can sometimes accomplish the task of "pausing" the animated GIFs, but they do not turn off the animated completely.