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Browser Wars, take two
various FR links | 12-22-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 12/22/2004 1:06:17 PM PST by backhoe

 
FireFox Burns Internet Explorer’s Market Share
 An extended explanation on why Internet Explorer is insecure
 
  How Spyware Took The Next-Gen Threat Crown (On The Internet's No #1 Threat Today MUST READ!!!) -- My own opinion is that anything that takes over your private computer without your informed consent should be illegal and that anyone distributing such programs and those paying to have it distributed (the engine that drives this train) should be held criminally responsible. A politician who would undertake such legislation would have an instantaneous, nation-wide following... a political hero (are you listening out there?)
 
 Browser Wars -- Broadband Firefox users should try ForecastFox 0.5.8. It will put the Weather Channel forecast of your choice in the taskbar. Completely customizeable (I selected the three-day, day-and-night forecast for my ZIP) and totally cool.
 
 Safe Personal Computing
 
  New IE hole could helpperfect phishing scams [GET FIREFOX]
 
 The Fox Is in Microsoft's Henhouse (and Salivating)
 
 Firefox is hot; Thunderbird's not — for good reason -- Since Version 1.0 of Firefox went public about a month ago, about 10 million Internet Explorer users have seen the white-hot light and switched...
 
 
 Massive IE phishing exploit discovered 
Now that you have changed to Firefox, go to this thread to help you out.... if you are on a Broadband Internet connection.
How To Speed Up Firefox (Helpful Vanity)
 
 Safe Personal Computing
 
 Spyware Is the Scourge of Microsoft Windows Users
 
 New search engines let you find Web videos
 
 Five important fixes in MS December patch batch
 
 
Zafi Worm Hides Behind Christmas Cheer (Don't Click!)
 
 Top 10 "Most Unwanted" Spyware Named -- Router with firewall is a must these-days (extra firewall layer, and use multiple comps...)
Free Help here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1301552/posts?page=99#99
 Currently I'm running pretty safely  with Adaware, Spybot, Firefox, AVG, Sun Java (people forget this upgrade) Zone Alarm and a router. And I deactivated ActiveX for all but Windows update.
 
 Two Million Scans Uncover 55 Million Instances of Spyware,
 
 
 Google Worm Shows Bad Guys Want Efficiency, Too
 
 Google desktop search flawed
 
  Anti Spywear
 
 Apple's iPod Leads the Way in the Fledgling Digital Music World -- I've had an iPod since early September and I must honestly say that it is life-altering. My massive 1000+ CD collection is now boxed up in the attic, serving as backup only.
 
 Samsung Claims Largest Plasma Display [102 inches diagonally] -- Sony is the canary in the mine here. When they
stop selling CRTs, you'll know cross-over is at hand. Sony
has already stopped selling all CRT computer monitors
except for one high-end color-reference 21-inch.
 
  Americans Lured to Look at Digital Cameras
 
 It's aimed more at the business organization than the individual user, but IBM published a very nice Linux Client Migration Cookbook.
Some recommend Xandros 3.0. Windows like and the easiest Debian Linux distro for newbies to install and maintain. Even all the names have been changed to make getting around the operating system as painless and familiar as possible. In addition, with the Deluxe Version, you can run Windows applications with Crossover Office. http://www.xandros.com
 
 Need a method/utility to access backup FAT32 - VANITY


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browsers; computers; firefox; internetexplorer; microsoft; security; windows
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The wife-unit is trying to shoo me out the door- back later...
1 posted on 12/22/2004 1:06:17 PM PST by backhoe
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To: backhoe
The wife-unit is trying to shoo me out the door

After taking one look at this thread, I'm not surprised. ;O)

2 posted on 12/22/2004 1:11:24 PM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: ShadowAce

ping


3 posted on 12/22/2004 1:13:13 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: JoJo Gunn
Is there any Freepers out there who run Firefox and Spy Sweeper?

I just purchased Spy Sweeper recently after a nasty spyware problem that even spybot and adaware couldn't fix. I have Spy Sweeper configured now to guard my startup programs, homepage, etc, But I don't know enough about Firefox to switch. I downloaded it and used it a couple times, works ok, but my Spysweeper is already configured for IE and I don't know if I have to buy a new license for Firefox.

4 posted on 12/22/2004 1:34:47 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: backhoe
The wife-unit is trying to shoo me out the door- back later...

Which revision are you up to? ;)

A real big thank-you for all your information.

5 posted on 12/22/2004 1:36:08 PM PST by raybbr
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To: libs_kma
I started using Firefox last week and I quickly loaded it on all my computers. Popups are stopped cold. Even the relentless ones on Drudge. Much cleaner interface and I like the tabbed browsing concept. Now I can load multiple sites all at once and quickly switch between them.

I have Free Republic, Drudge, Accuweather (with my local forecast), Google News and a couple other sites automatically load as my home page.

6 posted on 12/22/2004 1:43:02 PM PST by SamAdams76 (No intolerant liberal is going to take my Christmas away from me)
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To: libs_kma
Firefox is free, and it seems in the last several months there's been "tons" of Freepers switching over, including myself.

The built in popup blocker and adblocker extension is worth the price of admission alone.

(I don't know anything about Spy Sweeper).

7 posted on 12/22/2004 1:43:02 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: libs_kma
Is there any Freepers out there who run Firefox and Spy Sweeper?

I run Firefox on my Mac, no need to worry about spyware. :-)

8 posted on 12/22/2004 1:43:08 PM PST by 1LongTimeLurker
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To: backhoe
Broadband Firefox users should try ForecastFox 0.5.8. It will put the Weather Channel forecast of your choice in the taskbar. Completely customizeable (I selected the three-day, day-and-night forecast for my ZIP) and totally cool.

Any more totally cool Firefox Extensions? I'd like to install a couple more before my wife unit pesters me about dinner.

9 posted on 12/22/2004 1:47:26 PM PST by mathprof
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To: mathprof

I use Stock Ticker, Spoof Ticker, Smooth Wheel and Copy Plain Text in addition to Popup Blocker and Adblock. As a SuSE 9.1 user (Santa is giving us 9.2), spyware and other malware is not an issue.


10 posted on 12/22/2004 2:05:31 PM PST by grwcfl537
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To: libs_kma

Your Spy Sweeper license should be for you computer, regardless on the number of browsers you run. You can run both IE and Firefox.

You should also be able to add Firefox to Spy Sweeper's venue. [I don't use Spy Sweeper, so I can't tell you how. But check your options or preferences. Also check the Spy Sweeper help file.]


11 posted on 12/22/2004 2:07:47 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: rdb3; chance33_98; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Bush2000; PenguinWry; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; ...

Browser ping


12 posted on 12/22/2004 2:07:51 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: libs_kma

I might have misread your question.

http://www.webroot.com/products/spysweeper-indepth/?WRSID=b06bf5823a88e01db02d6cb24d4443f0

Down at the very bottom it says it supports IE. If it's a program worth it's salt, it will find the critters that got onto the hard drive anyway.

I recommend Spyware Blaster:

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

It works with IE and Mozilla, and it's free, though donations are appreciated. Remember to check for updates weekly.

Firefox comes out of the box with certain defaults that IE lacks, such as the ability to block certain downloads, "drive-bys", for instance. It's not perfect, since nothing is, but there are those who have noted an almost instant reduction in certain problems. Give it another try.


13 posted on 12/22/2004 2:07:54 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: libs_kma
"Is there any Freepers out there who run Firefox and Spy Sweeper?

Aye!

14 posted on 12/22/2004 2:09:40 PM PST by KoRn
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To: backhoe

I would like to install Firefox and went to site to download but it wanted me to choose between 4 options to download. Am much too illiterate to know which one to pick.

Have Dell Dimension 2400 with Cox Broadband, Windows XP and the Cox guy has me using the installed Internet Explorer.

Could any of you folks tell me which to download?

Thanks


15 posted on 12/22/2004 2:11:26 PM PST by hayburner
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To: SamAdams76

I've been using another tabbed browser for several years. Tabbing is great for websites such as FR.

I have Firefox and am slowing getting used to it.

My current one (Fastbrowser) has a built in computer voice 'speaker' that will read articles to me. That is great for long articles.

Firefox has a similar 'speaking/reading' capability through the extension called Foxyvoice (google it).


16 posted on 12/22/2004 2:11:26 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: mathprof

Firefox has great extensions (add-ons).

[I am liking it more and more.]


17 posted on 12/22/2004 2:13:01 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: hayburner
Go here and there should be a green box on the left side of the screen that says "Free Download". That's the link you want.
18 posted on 12/22/2004 2:14:11 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce; All

The situation with Internet Explorer reminds me of where the Democratic party is today.


19 posted on 12/22/2004 2:14:26 PM PST by KoRn
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To: ShadowAce

Well, can't imagine where I was that was so confusing.
Thanks - now to get it installed. I downloaded it and they wanted me to close all running programs but when I tried to it threw me off net.

Will try again, ignoring running programs and just pushing "next"


20 posted on 12/22/2004 2:26:08 PM PST by hayburner
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