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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Firefox Instead Of Internet Explorer
businessinside ^ | Mar. 23, 2011, | Steve Kovach

Posted on 03/23/2011 2:10:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Over the last two weeks Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox have all released new versions of their browsers. But the most hype has circled around Firefox 4's launch yesterday. People have been scrambling for the new browser. After just over 24 hours, Firefox 4 has already been downloaded more than 9 million times. And with good reason. It's the most popular alternative to Internet Explorer, and it's the browser of choice for those who want a customizable web experience. If you're still using Internet Explorer, we came up with five great reasons to make the switch to Firefox 4.

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1 posted on 03/23/2011 2:10:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Firefox 4 here.


2 posted on 03/23/2011 2:12:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: JoeProBono

The Ghostery add on was enough for me to bail on Explorer a couple years ago. Firefox works great and does exactly what I want.


3 posted on 03/23/2011 2:16:02 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: cripplecreek

4 posted on 03/23/2011 2:17:20 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

I like it-so far. Was using the RC when final release came out. Sure there will be a couple updates in a week or 3, but so far, seems a bit more stable/videos load smoother,etc.


5 posted on 03/23/2011 2:17:54 PM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: JoeProBono

Firefox is not without it’s problems (memory hog), but it is my preferred browser of choice. Highly customizable and very secure.

Opera is also good.

There is NO good reason to use IE, unless one desires a virus.


6 posted on 03/23/2011 2:19:37 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Lazlo in PA

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ghostery/


7 posted on 03/23/2011 2:21:16 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Retired Greyhound

it’s = it is


8 posted on 03/23/2011 2:23:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m still using 3.6.15. Guess I’ll have to upgrade.


9 posted on 03/23/2011 2:23:35 PM PDT by Chuckster (When I was a kid, this was a free country)
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To: Retired Greyhound

10 posted on 03/23/2011 2:23:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Retired Greyhound

I pretty much agree with your post, except I have no experience with Opera.

I do have an annoying redirect virus in firefox. The part that is most annoying is that when I get hits in google instead of just clicking on the hyperlink, I have to copy the hyperlink and paste it in the address, otherwise it redirects - even though I’ve turned on the “ask me to verify redirect”.

It’s gotta be costing Google money since they are not getting credit for a “click through”.


11 posted on 03/23/2011 2:23:53 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: JoeProBono

Lovely - 5 reasons, each with a new set of ads!


12 posted on 03/23/2011 2:25:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeProBono

what is this?


13 posted on 03/23/2011 2:25:57 PM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: JoeProBono

You only need one reason: AdBlock Plus


14 posted on 03/23/2011 2:28:19 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: RobRoy

Do you have an "Add-on" installed called "xulrunner"? If so, try disabling it and see if your Google redirect virus disappears. Uninstall xulrunner if that does the trick.


15 posted on 03/23/2011 2:28:56 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: JoeProBono

Avant.


16 posted on 03/23/2011 2:29:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Retired Greyhound

>There is NO good reason to use IE, unless one desires a virus.<

IE is just a web browser, not an anti-virus app. I “prefer” using FF for compatibility. HOWEVER, my IP blocker and anonymizer works better in IE than FF.


17 posted on 03/23/2011 2:30:09 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO FKBRK)
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To: Retired Greyhound
Firefox is not without it’s problems (memory hog)

That is highly dependent on OS and plugins/add-ons.

I am running FF 4.0 on my antique 2001 laptop with only 192 MB memory and often have 50 MB left over! That is a crippled Pentium II also.

18 posted on 03/23/2011 2:32:01 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: All

I have just about given up on the Firefox 3.5-3.6 series...liked earlier versions tho. Current 3.x version has massive memory problems (leaks mostly)...hoping it is improved in v.4...I have a few plug-ins so unfortunately I cannot switch to 4 yet. Otherwise it is going to be Chrome for me...just don’t like Chrome’s bookmark layout.


19 posted on 03/23/2011 2:32:21 PM PDT by Drago
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To: Retired Greyhound

Srware Iron is worth a look for the Windows environment as is Chromium for Linux. Lots of extensions available. The lack of a print preview feature remains a problem, however.


20 posted on 03/23/2011 2:34:05 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: RobRoy

http://spillspace.com/2009/new-firefox-virus/


21 posted on 03/23/2011 2:35:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: max americana

Right, but FF can be customized with Ad Block and No Script. Also, most viruses are geared towards IE.

There are many other things necessary to maintain good computer health, but safe browsing is very important.


22 posted on 03/23/2011 2:36:15 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: JoeProBono

I tried one of the Beta versions and didn’t care much for it. I’m running the latest release, and I think it will do fine, now.


23 posted on 03/23/2011 2:39:22 PM PDT by SmithL (No one puts the func in dysfunctional like the California Legislature)
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To: poobear

Protect your privacy. See who’s tracking your web browsing and block them with Ghostery.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ghostery/


24 posted on 03/23/2011 2:39:35 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: cripplecreek

Where is the reload button?


25 posted on 03/23/2011 2:42:42 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: cripplecreek

Never mind. Found it.


26 posted on 03/23/2011 2:44:01 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

LOL I hadn’t thought of that. I right click and reload out of habit.


27 posted on 03/23/2011 2:44:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: steve86

I keep getting plug-in errors with my most current version. Anyone have any suggestions on this—was thinking of going to Chrome, but if I can figure out the issues, will go with Firefox 4...perhaps the issues will be solved with the new version?


28 posted on 03/23/2011 2:49:14 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m using the release version of IE9. Works very well. Much faster than IE8, and I like the new features after getting used to them.

I use Symantec Endpoint Protection (corporate version), ZoneAlarm free, and Spybot Search & Destroy for malware protection.

And I have used AdMuncher since it first came out to block almost all internet ads and popups. Worth every penny. One of the best shareware products I know. I never see any ads (shhhh!).


29 posted on 03/23/2011 2:50:05 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

30 posted on 03/23/2011 2:51:32 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

A bit faster, seems quite stable (not that I’ve had stability issues with FF in several years), and with the right addons I’ve been able to keep the appearance changes I wanted and effectively ditch the ones that annoyed me.


31 posted on 03/23/2011 2:52:03 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
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To: Cicero
Actually, i.e. nine is not too bad. I use several browsers simultaneously.


32 posted on 03/23/2011 2:57:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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bookmark the desirable firefox add-on.


33 posted on 03/23/2011 2:59:37 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Freedom is saying "No!" to the Feds, and getting away with it. "Speak 'NO' to Power!")
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To: Cicero

34 posted on 03/23/2011 3:05:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: ShadowAce

Techlist Ping!


35 posted on 03/23/2011 3:09:11 PM PDT by CedarDave (Democrats believe in democracy when they have the votes; when they don't they believe in thuggery.)
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To: JoeProBono

I don't suppose you know if there is an option to keep the "classic" firefox appearance? I absolutely hate the changes to the user interfaces for Microsoft Office and Windows 7. Relearning the "new way" to do the "same old stuff" is annoying and unproductive in my opinion.


36 posted on 03/23/2011 3:16:13 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: JoeProBono

bkmk


37 posted on 03/23/2011 3:21:45 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: JoeProBono
Shhhhhh . . . Keep it quiet or else the nutcases will start writing Firefox viruses.
38 posted on 03/23/2011 3:24:17 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: JoeProBono

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Fox....but I always wind up holding off on every upgrade 3-4 months to let all my favorite add-ons catch up. Maybe if FF4 catches on real fast it won’t take so long.


39 posted on 03/23/2011 3:32:56 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (When you buy stocks, you're betting on Bernanke)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m using IE8 and have no complaints.


40 posted on 03/23/2011 3:33:35 PM PDT by Huck (Fools make feasts and wise men eat them - Poor Richard)
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To: so_real

http://blog.ffextensionguru.com/2011/03/21/a-quick-guide-to-firefox-4/


41 posted on 03/23/2011 3:39:38 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Sergio

http://www.mikepapageorge.com/bkmk/


42 posted on 03/23/2011 3:41:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Reading through some of the ‘new’ things in that blog you linked to, I notice that FF4 omitted several older features.

That always amazes and aggravates me when a new/upgrade of any program removes features. More times than not, some of those features are the reason I use that particular program.


43 posted on 03/23/2011 3:54:04 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

44 posted on 03/23/2011 4:00:04 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

That’s certainly the number one reason. Others include:

2. Flashblock
2. Downloadhelper
3. Ghostery

Plus consistency across Mac/Windows/Linux.


45 posted on 03/23/2011 4:04:23 PM PDT by AustinBill (consequence is what makes our choices real)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Thanks for the ghostery tip. I never heard of it until your mention. I’m now running the safari version.


46 posted on 03/23/2011 4:07:35 PM PDT by CalinectesSapidus
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To: CalinectesSapidus

If you use the little purple pop-up in the right top corner, you will be shocked at how many entities are trying to track you as you hit different web pages.


47 posted on 03/23/2011 4:10:36 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: JoeProBono

I just dl it, thank you.
Looks like google analytics is tracking me on this page.
This should be interesting..

I also like the add-on BetterPrivacy. I can get rid of flash cookies with it that I can’t get rid of when using any regular way of clearing cookies. Those can store a ton of information.


48 posted on 03/23/2011 4:11:42 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: Chuckster

“I’m still using 3.6.15. Guess I’ll have to upgrade.”
I just upgraded and it installed what you have....weird.


49 posted on 03/23/2011 4:30:26 PM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Sarah Palin loves mine!)
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To: freebird5850

Belay that last post. I searched again and it then upgraded to 4.0...apparently when you upgrade it doesn’t install the latest version.


50 posted on 03/23/2011 4:35:27 PM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Sarah Palin loves mine!)
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