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Scroll down to section 3 where it talks about what directories are used for what purpose.
If you really want to be sure all the files are getting removed when you uninstall something, you should get a distro that supports RPM installations. That way you can install and remove programs very cleanly.
if you have installed it with some package (rpm, deb...) it's simple to remove, but if you've compiled and make installed it.. i think you should remove all files... executables are usually in /usr/bin/ for firefox you'll find also a dir in /usr/lib/ but i don't know if this is always valid... anyways.. you can do this
as root type
it will take some time, it will make a list of all your files
'locate firefox' or something like that, so you'll see all files with this name, or with this name in the path