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Which is best - Firefox, IE or other?
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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.


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Also, are the other browsers besides IE safer?
1 posted on 02/03/2010 8:35:01 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
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To: Former MSM Viewer

I use firefox and love it.


2 posted on 02/03/2010 8:37:12 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A moderate muslim is one who is simply buying time to reload..)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Do it.

You won’t be sorry.


3 posted on 02/03/2010 8:38:16 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


4 posted on 02/03/2010 8:38:45 AM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

IE is the preferred browser of hackers and virus planters because of percentage of use and knowledge base.


5 posted on 02/03/2010 8:39:12 AM PST by AU72
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To: Former MSM Viewer

I’ve been using Firefox for more than a year and have not had any problems.


6 posted on 02/03/2010 8:39:37 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Firefox. Love it!


7 posted on 02/03/2010 8:39:43 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Guess I’m an IE luddite. I have Firefox and Google chrome on the computer but stick with what I know best.


8 posted on 02/03/2010 8:39:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

i’ve used firefox since the beginning,

but now dislike it.

the last 3 versions on win 7 crash.


9 posted on 02/03/2010 8:40:11 AM PST by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

I like Firefox, although lately, it seems to crash more than it used to. I also have Opera and I’m really liking it.


10 posted on 02/03/2010 8:40:17 AM PST by nomoremods
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To: edcoil

2 computers...Vista on one (it sux)

and XP on the other...


11 posted on 02/03/2010 8:40:25 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Firefox is more user friendly and has less “issues”, IMO


12 posted on 02/03/2010 8:41:59 AM PST by Lucky9teen (A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is just putting on its shoes.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Firefox is great, and customizable. But it’s a bit of a memory hog; I run 3gigs DDR2.


13 posted on 02/03/2010 8:42:09 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

I use them both at the same time. IE is slower and locks up.


14 posted on 02/03/2010 8:43:19 AM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


15 posted on 02/03/2010 8:43:19 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Another vote for firefox.


16 posted on 02/03/2010 8:43:29 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Man50D

not knowing anything about Firefox, am i to assume it is complete with all the necessary add-ons one would need to use?


17 posted on 02/03/2010 8:44:09 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


18 posted on 02/03/2010 8:44:52 AM PST by WVRockDJ (Mountaineer by birth; USMC by choice; Christian by Grace.)
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To: CalvaryJohn

“But it’s a bit of a memory hog” that is a WINDOWS Problem not Firefox


19 posted on 02/03/2010 8:45:25 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


20 posted on 02/03/2010 8:46:22 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Former MSM Viewer

After I switched to Firefox about 7 years ago, I stopped getting viruses and spyware. That pretty much sums it up.


21 posted on 02/03/2010 8:46:44 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: WVRockDJ

I own GOOG stock, but dont trust it with MY email...scary company


22 posted on 02/03/2010 8:46:48 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
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To: Former MSM Viewer
I use Safari mainly on my Mac, and I hear it's gotten better recently on Windows. It might be worth a look. Here's a download & review link.

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.

23 posted on 02/03/2010 8:47:16 AM PST by Yossarian
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


24 posted on 02/03/2010 8:47:32 AM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer
Firefox here and no complaints.

As for safer, depends on whether you're savvy enough to turn off Java and install the Adblock Plus and Noscript addons.

25 posted on 02/03/2010 8:47:34 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


26 posted on 02/03/2010 8:48:38 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


27 posted on 02/03/2010 8:48:52 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Former MSM Viewer; NautiNurse; Nick Danger
I've been using Firefox for years and love it, although recently there were a few problems with one of their updates.

I'm running version 3.5.7 now... so far, no problems.

28 posted on 02/03/2010 8:51:17 AM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


29 posted on 02/03/2010 8:51:47 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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


30 posted on 02/03/2010 8:52:20 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Former MSM Viewer
not knowing anything about Firefox, am i to assume it is complete with all the necessary add-ons one would need to use?

They have add-ons but I don't know all of them. I only use two or three. I recommend going to their website for the list.
31 posted on 02/03/2010 8:53:23 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: eyeamok
“But it’s a bit of a memory hog” that is a WINDOWS Problem not Firefox

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)

32 posted on 02/03/2010 8:53:47 AM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

I run firefox on Vista no problems, I run Seamonkey on an XP box, Seamonkey is a Mozilla Clone of Netscape.


33 posted on 02/03/2010 8:54:17 AM PST by sniper63 ("Ask not what your Country can do for you but what you can do for your Country,)
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To: All

I used Firefox for years, until Google Chrome came out. Chrome is great! Give it a shot.


34 posted on 02/03/2010 8:54:54 AM PST by wvdmc
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To: Former MSM Viewer
I've used Firefox for 3-4 years and like it a lot (X Windows and now Windows 7). the muliple tab feature alone is worth migrating. The only problem I have is that after a few days, it begins to bog down. The task manager will then reveal that more than 500 MBytes is in play. As a matter of fact, yesterday was the worst at 1.2 GBytes. At that time, I use the task manager to kill the process and restart.

There are also hundreds of 3rd party add ons for security, enhanced viewing, downloading of images, videos ... etc. Well worth it.
35 posted on 02/03/2010 8:57:54 AM PST by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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I used Firefox for years but have switched completely to Chrome (they finally put out a beta for Mac...)

When I changed my default browser settings the other day, it was as epic for me as a Facebook relationship-status change. lol.

36 posted on 02/03/2010 8:59:42 AM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: eyeamok

I wasn’t aware of that, but it makes sense. Microsoft is the king of bloatware.


37 posted on 02/03/2010 8:59:51 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Opera!


38 posted on 02/03/2010 8:59:54 AM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 awaits...)
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To: edcoil
Foxit is faster and better PDF reader.

Check out PDF-Viewer [freeware]. It even allowed some editing of existing PDF files, and it loads faster than Abode.
39 posted on 02/03/2010 8:59:56 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Free Vulcan

FreeRepublic loads faster on my machine under Opera than Firefox. Go figure


40 posted on 02/03/2010 9:04:32 AM PST by battlecry
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To: eyeamok
“But it’s a bit of a memory hog” that is a WINDOWS Problem not Firefox

No, it is Firefox. You can watch Firefox, even sitting idle, consume more and more memory, if you watch it through the Processes tab of Windows Task Manager. Right now, my Firefox is consuming 156,180K and I have only 1 tab on a simple (no flash or motion graphics) website open. I closed that tab to blank and it is now consuming 166,316K.
41 posted on 02/03/2010 9:04:54 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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 ...


42 posted on 02/03/2010 9:11:04 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: battlecry

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.


43 posted on 02/03/2010 9:11:46 AM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 awaits...)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


44 posted on 02/03/2010 9:11:51 AM PST by EricT. (Can we start hanging them yet?)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Chrome is great. And now it has lots of cool extensions! https://chrome.google.com/extensions


45 posted on 02/03/2010 9:18:01 AM PST by Califelephant
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


46 posted on 02/03/2010 9:19:33 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


47 posted on 02/03/2010 9:20:13 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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).


48 posted on 02/03/2010 9:21:14 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (There's a strange odor coming from the White House. Smells like BO.)
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To: RJS1950

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?


49 posted on 02/03/2010 9:23:51 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

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.


50 posted on 02/03/2010 9:28:04 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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