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badger July 6th, 2007 08:06 AM

Does anyone use the Firefox browser? Is it worth changing over from IE or is it just more 'frills'?

Hunter's_owner July 6th, 2007 09:56 AM

I like it! I use it at home and never use IE anymore. I don't know what it is about it that I like though....
I don't get as many pop-ups:shrug:

pags July 6th, 2007 11:27 AM

I switched from IE to Firefox years ago. (I also use Thunderbird for mail.) No major frills... very user friendly - intuitive. I switched for security.. I got tired of the pop ups and the spyware and the trojans I picked up everywhere in IE. Just with basic security settings in Firefox I don't pick up spyware anymore unless one of the kids intentionally downloads something. No more surprises. I'm sure that will change as Firefox becomes more and more popular - but for now it's exactly what I was looking for.

Pros: Faster. More secure. Neat convenient features like tabbed browsing. (Takes some getting used to but really nice when you've got a lot of windows open!) and the Download Manager -- no more searching your computer for wherever you downloaded something... The download manager pops up after every download with the location and the option of opening from the manager window.

Cons: There are still a few multi-media sites that aren't compatible with Firefox (although they say they are). What usually happens is you go to a site with video, etc. and you are told you need to download a plug-in -- even though you already have the plug-in.... For such instances I have to switch to IE if I really want to use the site. But those are becoming more and more rare as sites catch on.

If you try Firefox and you like it -- I do suggest using Thunderbird for mail as well.... The built-in mail filter options are super easy to use!

badger July 6th, 2007 12:19 PM

I've got probably a hundred sites earmarked in my 'favourites' file; can they be transferred easily?
Pags, are you running both IE and Firefox?

pags July 6th, 2007 12:24 PM

Well since it's next to impossible to actually get IE off a windows system without butchering other applications... I've always been stuck with it on the harddrive. :D

I rarely ever use it (IE) - like I said.. only when I hit a total roadblock with a non-Mozilla compatible site. I haven't run into any issues with having both installed on the system (as long as I have Firefox set as the default browser)... But running them simultaneously can get hairy - so Firefox gets shut down when I have to open IE.

(Oh - I didn't mention the other cool thing about switching to Firefox! As part of the installation you can automatically move all settings, bookmarks, etc. to Firefox from IE. (Same thing with Thunderbird... All outlook mail and addresses simply get moved over to Thunderbird) So there's no starting over.)

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