Skip to comments.Which is best - Firefox, IE or other?
Posted on 02/03/2010 8:35:01 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
Im getting tired of the errors and such on my IE browser. I hear Firefox is good...
Any comments would be appreciated.
I use firefox and love it.
You won’t be sorry.
Firefox is excellent. You can also get rid of Adobe. Foxit is faster and better PDF reader.
What operating system are you using? In Vista, most stuff sucks.
IE is the preferred browser of hackers and virus planters because of percentage of use and knowledge base.
I’ve been using Firefox for more than a year and have not had any problems.
Firefox. Love it!
Guess I’m an IE luddite. I have Firefox and Google chrome on the computer but stick with what I know best.
i’ve used firefox since the beginning,
but now dislike it.
the last 3 versions on win 7 crash.
I like Firefox, although lately, it seems to crash more than it used to. I also have Opera and I’m really liking it.
2 computers...Vista on one (it sux)
and XP on the other...
Firefox is more user friendly and has less “issues”, IMO
Firefox is great, and customizable. But it’s a bit of a memory hog; I run 3gigs DDR2.
I use them both at the same time. IE is slower and locks up.
First off, DUMP WINDOWS, Install Linux, I prefer Ubuntu. Never ever use IE, only use Mozilla Firefox, Use Mozilla Thunderbird for Email also, 95% to 100% of all your Computer problems will disappear immediately. If you absolutely have to use winblows then install Virtual Box (free) and then only use winblows for the programs you absolutely have to use it for. You will not be Disappointed.
Another vote for firefox.
not knowing anything about Firefox, am i to assume it is complete with all the necessary add-ons one would need to use?
FRiend, I’ve been running Firefox for years, and trust it. Although, some of the other posters are correct; newer versions are using more memory, and are crashing more often...still, it beats IE by a ton. Also, take a look at Opera and Google Chrome. I don’t trust google, so I don’t use it but I have many friends who do and like it.
“But its a bit of a memory hog” that is a WINDOWS Problem not Firefox
I love Firefox, especially the addons like Noscript and Adblock.
I can block all the annoying ads that flash and distract and take time loading.
After I switched to Firefox about 7 years ago, I stopped getting viruses and spyware. That pretty much sums it up.
I own GOOG stock, but dont trust it with MY email...scary company
On Windows and Linux, I use Firefox, and it seems to do a fine job.
Google Chrome is out there, but I just can't get past Google's outright, contractual censorship in China, probable censorship / biasing here in the US, sickening slobbering love for Obama, and general growing omnipotence on the web. (Don't get me wrong, Apple isn't great either, it's a matter of degree.) I hope others pick on on the technical innovations introduced in Chrome, though.
I’ve tried Firefox a couple time, and go back to IE because of those sites that are IE dependent and can’t run on Firefox.
You can easily try Firefox and go back to IE if you don’t like it.
As for safer, depends on whether you're savvy enough to turn off Java and install the Adblock Plus and Noscript addons.
Each browser has advantages and risks depending on how they are used None of them is any safer than another despite the anti-MS propaganda. For some types of web based applications Firefox works better, for others IE works best. For browsing IE, Firefox Chrome, Opera will work well and each has their specific features that some like and others don’t. Having multiple browsers available on the desktop is not a bad idea.
Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome are all pretty good. Among them it’s more a matter of personal preference or a specific feature set you want (like the large plug-in availability in Firefox).
IE 8 is better than earlier, but still not up to the other browsers.
I'm running version 3.5.7 now... so far, no problems.
Yet another vote for Firefox, which I’m using at the moment, although I also have Opera on one box and Chrome on another. Opera has a couple of nice features - its zoom feature for when old eyes are trying to make sense out of a netbook-sized display, for one, not that the others don’t support something similar. Chrome seems faster on older hardware. I do keep IE around for those few holdout websites that require it. It’s one of those things I just can’t get very passionate about. IE’s good enough for most things and you’re going to be patching anyway if you’re running Windows.
Some versions of Firefox will create more headaches than they solve. If you find a good version, don’t be quick to update it, as new versions can create havoc. Be sure to do a system back-up before even minor Firefox version upgrades.
I’ve used Firefox for about 4 years. I use an IE6-based tabbed browser for FR, but use Firefox for most everything else. Firefox has some neat add-ons/extensions. You can built/add on stuff to Firefox.
Firefox has always had a problem of consuming system resources. Current versions aren’t as bad as older ones. Ver 0.7 to 1.5 were horrible. The current ones (ver 3.5 range) still are resource hogs, especially with videos and heavy graphics, as it does not release memory when a tab is closed. Firefox teams blame the extensions, but the problem is inherent in the Firefox code.
I tried IE7 and dumped it immediately. I didn’t like it at all. I have some add-on features that work with IE6 and those features are not available for IE7 or IE8. I haven’t tried IE8.
For quick browsing, such as short videos, I use a browser called QtWeb. That way, I don’t have Firefox consuming memory. http://www.qtweb.net
That's incorrect. Each application is responsible for releasing the memory it used when the application is closed. It is ALWAYS an application problem not a Windows problem. (not a fanboy, just a programmer)
I run firefox on Vista no problems, I run Seamonkey on an XP box, Seamonkey is a Mozilla Clone of Netscape.
I used Firefox for years, until Google Chrome came out. Chrome is great! Give it a shot.
I wasn’t aware of that, but it makes sense. Microsoft is the king of bloatware.
FreeRepublic loads faster on my machine under Opera than Firefox. Go figure
Been with Mozilla Fire-Fox since the beginning, that along with Trend-Micro for virus protection has kept me out for trouble free for years ...
I have an older computer. I love Opera, it comes up within 30 seconds, IE and FF are several minutes, and it surfs very fast like you said. Cache doesn’t build up as fast either so that the hard drive doesn’t grind so much.
I’ve used Firefox for years and don’t miss M$’s Internut Exploder at all.
It works great on XP and it works great on Ubuntu Linux. I can’t give an informed opinion on Vista or W7, since I refused to subject myself to the Vista disaster and I’m happy enough with XP that I don’t see any reason to spend money on Win7.
Then again, I have XP and Ubuntu dual-booted on my desktop computer. It takes XP about 3 1/2 minutes to boot and load virus scan, background processes, etc. before I can actually use it. Ubuntu takes 42 seconds, including the 5 second GRUB bootloader delay.
Chrome is great. And now it has lots of cool extensions! https://chrome.google.com/extensions
I use Firefox exclusively including on my Mac. Firefox also has a library of very useful add-ons..small free applications that do everything from give you world time to enhance your browsing security. Once you try it you will never want to use IE again.
I started using firefox a couple years ago. At the time I was running Adaware daily and constantly cleaning my computer. Three months after installing Firefox I removed Adaware from my computer. I didn’t need it.
that said, You have to close down Firefox from time to time. Since I started using it at work I noticed my computer slowing down. One time I went to task manager and noticed firefox was using over 700 meg of ram. Interestingly, when I closed it it freed up 1.2 gig of ram. It seems like a memory leak thing.
And when I went home the same day and closed firefox and reopened it, I noticed my home computer ran significantly faster than it used to.
I close firefox when I’m not using it now.
This has caused my to give Chrome a looksee, but I still really like Firefox. IE is completely out of the picture now.
I use IE at work and firefox at home. firefox has had a huge increase in crashes the past couple of months. So far, IE in Windows 7 is working quite well (much better than before).
I’ve heard that IE is more “integrated” with windows and has access to places Firefox does not. That means that if someone can exploit it, they can get into more sensitive places in your computer and do more damage.
Is this anything you’ve heard about?
Haven’t used IE in... year(s?).
I like Firefox (and the NoScript add-on is a must have. It’s fantastic.)
Wife likes Chrome.
Try them both and see which one you prefer.
Anything will be an improvement.
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