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Want To Switch Browsers - Would Like Advice
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Posted on 12/27/2010 8:16:22 PM PST by Lmo56

I think that I am going to switch browsers from IE8 [since I am having an annoying little problem with it].

Will keep IE as a backup.

Now, what should I use? I have heard a few nasty things about Opera, so I am considering between FireFox and Chrome.

Any thoughts ???


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1 posted on 12/27/2010 8:16:25 PM PST by Lmo56
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To: Lmo56

Chrome is fast, that’s for sure. What I am not sure of is how much information Chrome is sending back to Mothership Google about your browsing habits.

FireFox is, IMO, the best established browser out there. IE has been a steaming pile for a long, long time.


2 posted on 12/27/2010 8:18:14 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Lmo56

FireFox


3 posted on 12/27/2010 8:20:04 PM PST by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: NVDave

IE = Internet Exploder


4 posted on 12/27/2010 8:20:39 PM PST by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: NVDave

I have the same heebie-jeebies about what Chrome is doing with info - I don’t trust that weasel that runs Google ...


5 posted on 12/27/2010 8:20:49 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...</i><p>)
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To: Lmo56

Safari.

and linux stuff.


6 posted on 12/27/2010 8:20:49 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Lmo56

Firefox


7 posted on 12/27/2010 8:21:19 PM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: Lmo56

I switched to Google Chrome...no problems, much faster...


8 posted on 12/27/2010 8:22:13 PM PST by magritte ("There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself "Do trousers matter?")
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To: Lmo56

The only people who will recommend FireFox are those that haven’t tried Chrome :)

I work for MS, but I have to admit that Chrome is frigging awesome. I do keep the other browsers around, as occasionally there is a site that has an issue with one or the other. But 99.9% of the time I use Chrome.


9 posted on 12/27/2010 8:22:37 PM PST by Scutter
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To: Lmo56

I have then all, and the one I use is firefox.


10 posted on 12/27/2010 8:22:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Lmo56

firefox


11 posted on 12/27/2010 8:24:57 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Lmo56

I prefer Opera. I have no solid technical arguement as to why. Constructive input is welcome.


12 posted on 12/27/2010 8:25:36 PM PST by loungitude ( The truth hurts.)
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To: Lmo56

Slim, Slick!


13 posted on 12/27/2010 8:25:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lmo56

I’m using Firefox mostly - have been trying to switch to Chrome, and like it - faster running faster loading... It imports everything imaginable and add-ons are pretty much available for same thing (with minor differences).

Problem with Firefox is it is such a hog on resources that it seems to encounter more glitches.

Chrome on the other hand, doesn’t try to do it all in one humungous program - several smaller ones that all work well together. I’m leaning to switching to Chrome.

IE8 is not very high on my list - I even put Opera above it.


14 posted on 12/27/2010 8:25:51 PM PST by DelaWhere (Better to be prepared one year early than one day late!)
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To: Lmo56
Lynx. Who needs graphics?

/johnny

15 posted on 12/27/2010 8:26:38 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lmo56

Same reason I won’t use Chrome. I use Fire Fox and am quite happy with it.


16 posted on 12/27/2010 8:27:22 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Life - It's 10 percent circumstances and 90 percent how you react to circumstances - Sarah Palin)
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To: Lmo56

I favor Firefox.


17 posted on 12/27/2010 8:28:12 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 704 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Lmo56

Try ‘em all and see which one you like. (Firefox, Safari, Opera, even Chrome if you dare.)

Why not? They’re all free, they coexist side by side on your system just fine, and they don’t take up that much disk space.

My 2c

It’s funny, I have ‘em all installed but out of sheer giveadamn laziness I usually use Exploder. It’s just not that big a deal for what I do.


18 posted on 12/27/2010 8:29:34 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: NVDave

I think Chrome is the best out there. It’s fast and has some cool features. And this is from a guy who, up until recently, would only use IE.


19 posted on 12/27/2010 8:29:48 PM PST by softwarecreator (You say you want a revolution, well, you know ... we'd all love to see the plan.)
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To: Scutter

I have used both and I still recommend FireFox. As a matter of fact, I have used every browser that has come down the pike over the years ... and I use FireFox as my default browser.


20 posted on 12/27/2010 8:29:48 PM PST by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: Lmo56

FIREFOX


21 posted on 12/27/2010 8:30:20 PM PST by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: Scutter

If you work for MS - then maybe you can answer my question.

The annoying little problem with IE8 is that [at some web sites] I type in info [for instance] such as my Zip Code in a “Store Locator” box.

The first number [or character] I type does not appear - but does when I hit the key a second time. The rest of the Zip Code comes in fine.

This DOES NOT occur at all web sites and DOES NOT occur in the IE Address Bar or ANY of the Search Bars. It also DOES NOT occur in any other application such as Word or Excel ...

So, I know it is not the keyboard.


22 posted on 12/27/2010 8:30:30 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...</i><p>)
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To: Lmo56

If you’re excessively paranoid, use Firefox. It’s got some great plugins.

If performance is paramount, use Chrome.


23 posted on 12/27/2010 8:30:43 PM PST by Entrepreneur (In hoc signo vinces)
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To: Lmo56

I use Oprea

Fastest Browser, Fastest Java, Has everything you need in one installation. It can even read the websites to you.

It is truly the best.


24 posted on 12/27/2010 8:31:53 PM PST by dila813
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To: Lmo56

Firefox


25 posted on 12/27/2010 8:32:01 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Scutter

I have been using Firefox for years now. But this week there have been issues with Firefox and Netflix website. Netflix keeps warning that cookies need to be enabled but in fact all cookies are enabled.


26 posted on 12/27/2010 8:33:31 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: NVDave

I”m totally not a geek, but I liked Firefox when I was using a PC. Before that I had Netscape tho, because I hated Internet Explorer.


27 posted on 12/27/2010 8:41:06 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Lmo56
Don't even screw around:

http://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

28 posted on 12/27/2010 8:41:42 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I use Safari now. I’m dumb, do they make Safari for PC too?


29 posted on 12/27/2010 8:42:13 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea

They do. It is screaming fast.


30 posted on 12/27/2010 8:43:21 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: brytlea

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3657

Safari 4 for Windows


31 posted on 12/27/2010 8:45:52 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Nervous Tick

And yet your name is..... Nervous Tick...hehehe (just kidding, I couldn’t help myself) ;)


32 posted on 12/27/2010 8:46:48 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Lmo56

F I R E F O X. R U L E S. !


33 posted on 12/27/2010 8:50:28 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing to something right.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I had no idea, I had never heard of it before I got my Mac. Gee, I learn something new here every day. My brain is getting full. I need to do a brain dump so I can fit some more stuff in there.


34 posted on 12/27/2010 8:51:26 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Lmo56

Turn off your Autocomplete function....


35 posted on 12/27/2010 8:54:10 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing to something right.)
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To: NVDave

There are other ones too. Some Linux installs have a browser I’ve never heard of elsewhere.


36 posted on 12/27/2010 9:00:26 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: Lmo56

If you like to really customize your browser and what it will do for you, try out Maxthon. I like the 2 series better than the new 3.0.

I’ve also used Opera for years and found it fast and efficient. Has a nice anonymous browsing feature also.


37 posted on 12/27/2010 9:04:07 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Lmo56

Chrome - much faster, BUT has problems with some sites that use javascript.

Firefox - extremely robust, handles ALL sites perfectly, but is slower than IE8 or Chrome.

I use both.


38 posted on 12/27/2010 9:14:06 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: All

IE 9 Beta

j/k

Safari 5 for Windows is very fast, although I prefer the FireFox UI


39 posted on 12/27/2010 9:16:44 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield (David Horowitz: "The War on Sarah Palin is really a War on Conservatives.")
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To: Lmo56
ditto on chrome - a monster child of GOOGLE.

I didn't even download it - I downloaded GOOGLE Earth to look at a specific place. A few days later - boom, there was GOGGLE Chrome - and then, blam , It totally took over my desktop - every single icon and froze most of them,

I had one devil of a time uninstalling it - it had wrapped and weaved itself all through my computer.

I was finally able to recapture my desktop sites and data.
I use IE8 but may switch. I used Firefox for a bit a couple years ago and had trouble with it. I tried Dogpile but my virus protector didn't like it.

Speaking of virus protectors - I recently put on STOPzilla and am impressed with it. (Haven't checked but I suspicion it's connected to Firefox/Mozilla?

40 posted on 12/27/2010 9:19:16 PM PST by maine-iac7
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To: NVDave

but is FireFox also ‘sending info back to Mothership GOOGLE?

FireFox features unclude: “location-aware browsing (also known as “geolocation”) based exclusively on a Google service[15] and an integrated search system that uses Google by default in most localizations.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox


41 posted on 12/27/2010 9:24:51 PM PST by maine-iac7
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To: doc1019

Firefox is a great browser, and like I said, I still use it at times. However, I find Chrome much faster.


42 posted on 12/27/2010 9:24:55 PM PST by Scutter
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To: Lmo56

I know that Google is actually early SKYNET, but I like the interface, I like the speed, and the time or two I clicked on a bad link without thinking, the site was blocked.

I hate Google for taking over Youtube. I lost the ability to log in my old account I had for years and now google knows my true identities. It’s too late for me, but save yourselves...


43 posted on 12/27/2010 9:29:02 PM PST by Dogbert41
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To: Lmo56

Firefox


44 posted on 12/27/2010 9:32:11 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Lmo56
That is really odd. The only thing that comes to mind is that it may be some IE add-on that is causing the issue. There is a lot of software out there that installs add-ons to IE that are of questionable or even negative value.

My suggestion is to try the instructions here to temporarily disable IE add-ons and then see of the problem reproduces (scroll down to the item that says "How can I disable a browser add-on?"). If that fixes it, you can try the instructions there to permanently disable different add-ons until you find the one that is the issue.

Also, make sure you're running some antivirus and anti-spyware software. The free Microsoft Security Essentials program is pretty decent if you don't have any.

The IE 8 Javascript engine is pretty slow compared to other browsers, so if your computer is an older/slower one, it might just be that those web sites have some script that is running on key presses in a form field, and the system just isn't keeping up.

45 posted on 12/27/2010 9:35:22 PM PST by Scutter
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To: The Comedian

Hey, this looks great!
Thanks for posting!


46 posted on 12/27/2010 9:42:47 PM PST by maine-iac7
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To: Lmo56

Firefox, and make sure to get the AdBlock extension. It’s priceless!


47 posted on 12/27/2010 9:49:06 PM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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Pinging myself for laters. Thanks!


48 posted on 12/27/2010 9:49:39 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: GeronL
There are other ones too. Some Linux installs have a browser I’ve never heard of elsewhere.

Would those be IceApe and SeaMonkey? Sometimes the "lite" Linux distributions have these "diet" versions of Firefox. Who comes up with these names? Even I could do better than "IceApe" and "SeaMonkey."
49 posted on 12/27/2010 10:10:04 PM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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I think it was Seamonkey


50 posted on 12/27/2010 10:25:57 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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