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Skip to comments.Firefox emerges as credible threat in browser battle
Posted on 11/29/2004 12:10:39 PM PST by nickcarraway
Firefox is one very hot browser, pardon the pun, and your computer will be safer if you switch to this free software that's heating up the charts.
There's been a seismic shift during November, with Firefox emerging as the first credible competitive threat in a decade to Microsoft's aging Internet Explorer browser for Windows.
(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...
Some folks on FR recommended Firefox to me several months ago. I use it exclusively now, it's great. No popups! :)
I switched to Mozilla Firefox months ago (on the advise of Freepers, thank you! :) and have been very happy with it!
Thank you, I've been reading about Firefox, need to look into it, and bump!:)
Ahhh... good place for questions.
I've been using Firefox (on the recommendation of my 13-year old son!) for quite a while.
One thing puzzles me: What are "extensions," and how are they used?
I'll have a few more questions before this thread falls off, so stand by.
(DIE, Microsoft, Die!!!!.......)
I would call it a credible option, not a threat. It's the solution for many threats, actually. But Mercury News wrote the headline, so . . .
Standing by to see what answers you get. I'm a Firefox newbie also.
I switched 1 month ago and would not go back to IE.
We use the "Firefox" here. I have a few minor glitches here, but I can live with them. I am so far happy with it.
Tanks & Amtracks FREEPERS!!
An extension is a little plug-in program that allows Foxfire to do more. For example, the Google Bar is an extension. The Foxfire website has many extensions that you can download.
Extensions are like addons or upgrades. They are often written by third parties, so use them at your own risk. But there are some pretty useful ones. One of my favorites was the BugMeNot extension. Whenever you went to a news website that forced you to register or login, all you had to do was right click, select "BugMeNot", and you'd be in. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be supported by the latest Firefox version yet.
Opera is better IMHO, At least 7.1 is. The latest version has regressed.
Firefox rocks. I've used exclusively since 0.8. However, I would just as soon it didn't get this publicity. As good as the browser is, its absolute best security feature is that people who want to attack via browser all write for IE because that is what most people use. If Firefox hits a critical mass, the hackers will start to target it.
...and, as I always say on these threads:
More intuitive (imho)
I love FireFox.
There is one problem, maybe someone can help me with. Google search is on the Firefox home page and I use it a lot. The problem is I can't get rid of the old search items. On IE I simply highlighted them and deleted which got rid of them permanently. Now I must have a couple of hundred search terms and can't figure out how to get rid of the ones I don't want.
It didn't hurt my system when I down loaded it, I just couldn't get on line anymore until I completely uninstalled it.
I have netscape7.1 now.
I've been using Firefox happily for months..
But yesterday morning, I woke up and all of my bookmarks had vanished. I am a little miffed about that.
It's very odd.. they were completely gone (I searched). I am the only user of the machine and am an experienced user.
I had a lot of links that will take time to find again, if I find them at all.
If it happens again I may have to rethink using FF.
Aside from that it's been a great browser.
Confessing how embarrased I am, I'm asking anyway. How do you switch browsers, and do you have to do a lot of stuff to or with your computer to do it. If so, I'd best leave well enough alone.
Go to tools>
Then remove the San Jose MercuryNews cookie.
Then you can read the link to this article without registering.
This trick works for many newspapers.
Your first look at San Jose Mercury News is allowed but when you look again they try to force you to register.
Firefox/Mozilla extensions are code that do a lot of useful things--one of my favorites is "Adblock", which lets you selectively block files. You install extensions and then they just work. Head over to https://update.mozilla.org/extensions/?application=firefox and check them out.
I had the same experience with netscape 7.1
Also occasionnaly my down load manager will disappear for a few days and then come back.
I can heartily recommend Firefox, based on my three weeks of usage.
Seems very cool.
No, all you have to do is install it. Firefox won't do anything to your Internet Explorer, although it may ask you if you want Firefox to be your default browse. You're free to say no. If you find that you don't like it, you can just go back to using Internet Explorer. I should mention that Firefox is capable of importing your settings and bookmarks/favorites from Internet Explorer, so you don't have to waste a lot of time customizing it.
Firefox rawks the b0>< :D
Nick, I'm adding myself to the list of satisfied Foxfire users. I am grateful to the Freeper who put me onto it many months ago.
Also, you have a cool FR page. I am a fan of La Senora too.
Try right-clicking on the Google form to the right of the address bar and select "Clear History".
Interesting. I have two PCs and run Firefox on both. As a comparison, pages open noticably much faster than do those when I use IE.
I've been using firefox for about a year and a half now. Its not too shabby. I'm a fan anyways
Firefox is a little bit slower, but thats basically because windows preloads IE in the expectation that it'll be used (not a bad idea i guess) So they get to cheat a little bit on that front.
In terms of page rendering. I really haven't noticed that much of a performance hit. Usually well made pages respond about the same.
On security. Well the simple fact is people target IE for the same reason because the world targets the us. Its affluent, rich, and "invading" people's lives. Firefox can (and probably will be) broken like everything else.
Somethings kill me about firefox though. It really bugs me that when you click on a link that spawns a new page. Firefox spawns a new page. Seems to me that if your a "tab" browser it should spawn a new tab. Oh well...maybe sometime.
Also... whats the ctrl - o equilivent for firefox? anyone know that one off hand? its been killing me (ctrl-o brings up the url box at the top of the page in IE)
Opera user here on 7.6 beta--no complaints.
No, I haven't crossed completely over to the dark side with Linux yet. I'm not too computer savvy with stuff like that, and I'd have a lot of questions. I know it's free and all, but my personal jury is still out.
Another one I use is 'gmail notifier' which allows me to log onto my gmail account, know when new e-mail arrives, and to go to that e-mail account from whatever webpage I'm on. Since I also use LiveJournal, the extension 'deepest sender' allows me to add to my blog there while browsing (as a sidebar) or in it's own window. Very handy.
So the short answer is extensions are user written tools to add to firefox.
Internet Explorer is so full of holes I've used Quik-Fix Pro from Pivx to lock it down. It uses a different means of walling off hostile sites. I don't think it will ever completely replace IE-SpyAd but it offers continuing proactive protection. All of the lists are gone from I.E but if you have imported them in Norton Internet Security, there are still there. On my desktop computer I'm running Netscape Navigator 7.2, which is an AOL rebrand of the Mozilla browser suite. On my laptops, I'm running Firefox browser cause I think a small and more flexible browser's great on portable computers. Until Microsoft fixes its I.E holes, people will be at risk from nasties. Until then, install anti-intrusion software alongside a good anti-virus scanner, trojan scanner, firewall and anti-spyware software. And of course, run a more secure browser like Netscape/Mozilla or Firefox.
I switched after all the security issues I was reading about with IE, and like anything else it takes some getting used to. Once you do though, wow! I especially love the "Bug Me Not" thingie for websites that want you to have a password and username. What a brain-saver that's been.
eh don't let them fool you ;) windows is the way to go.
and as for being computer savvy, I'm not sure if thats a requirnment any more. I remember nearlying throwing my laptop out the window when i set up redhat. Those were the good ol days where you still had to mount devices! fun fun fun. I'm pretty sure they did away with all that in an effort to make it more windows like. and you know what that means ;)
Nope, it's C++.
Any step by step instructions out there?
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately when I clicked on it and then hit clear history, it did not clear the Google history. In fact it didn't seem to clear anything.