Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Which Browser ?


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 Paride

Paride

  • Members
  • 14 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:Droitwich Worcestershire
  • Local time:02:11 AM

Posted 06 September 2007 - 12:40 PM

Hello all.
I would appreciate some advice.
I currently have I.E Version 6 and wonder if this is the best browser to use in terms of security and best overall "workability". Should I upgrade to I.E V7 or use Mozilla which I've heard good things about ? Alternatively is there a another broswer that beats both of these ?

I have been having some spyware and malware problems recently and wonder if a change will resolve these problems.
Your advice would be appreciated.

I have Windows XP with SP 2 installed.
Best wishes
Paride

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 jwinathome

jwinathome

  • Members
  • 1,360 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Atlanta, Georgia
  • Local time:03:11 AM

Posted 06 September 2007 - 12:53 PM

My personal favorite is Mozilla Firefox. There are some extensions to the browser that make surfing the Internet a pleasure.

The extensions I am talking about are Ad-Block Plus, and CoolIris.

There are many more great extensions though.

#3 Paride

Paride
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 14 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:Droitwich Worcestershire
  • Local time:02:11 AM

Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:02 PM

My personal favorite is Mozilla Firefox. There are some extensions to the browser that make surfing the Internet a pleasure.

The extensions I am talking about are Ad-Block Plus, and CoolIris.

There are many more great extensions though.



Thank you. Whic version of Mozilla Firefox is the current ?

#4 jwinathome

jwinathome

  • Members
  • 1,360 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Atlanta, Georgia
  • Local time:03:11 AM

Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:11 PM

It just got upgraded to 2.0.0.6.

Try it out.....

FireFox

#5 tg1911

tg1911

    Lord Spam Magnet


  • Members
  • 19,274 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SW Louisiana
  • Local time:01:11 AM

Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:55 PM

A lot of the members here, use Mozilla Firefox.
It's a more secure browser than Internet Explorer, because it doesn't use ActiveX controls, but Java applets, instead.
Also, if a security flaw is discovered (which doesn't happen often), it's usually fixed within a few days, as opposed to the months you have to wait for an Internet Explorer security patch.

In most instances, you will find Firefox to be a faster browser than IE, especially if you employ pipelining.
Firefox Web Browser - Pipelining
One of the reasons it's faster, is because Firefox doesn't come pre-loaded with a bunch of features you don't need.
You can run Firefox as lean, or as bloated as you want with the use of extensions, which allow you to customize it the way you want it, not the way someone else thinks it should be.
Enhancing Firefox with Browser Extensions
Extensions

NOTE:
When adding extensions I'd advise adding one at a time, try it for a couple of days, and if no problems arise, add another.
Sometimes extensions have been known to cause problems, due to incompatibility's, or corrupt downloads.
If you install them one at a time, and test it, it's easier to troubleshoot if one starts causing problems.

You don't have to uninstall IE to use Firefox, or any other browser.
In fact, you can't uninstall IE, because it's so tightly woven into the Windows operating system, it would damage Windows if you tried to remove it.
You can use as many browsers as you want, at the same time.
Sometimes I'll have IE, Firefox, and Opera all open at the same time.

I've been using Firefox for several years (since it was known as Firebird), and wouldn't go back to IE for any reason.
I think once you get used to using it, you'll feel the same way.
Give it a try, you have nothing to lose.
If you don't like it, just uninstall it, that easy.

You can find other alternative browsers here, under the Web Browsers heading:
Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
Try as many as you want, and see which you like best, as they're all free.

.
.

Edited by tg1911, 06 September 2007 - 02:00 PM.

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU: Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE, HS/F: CoolerMaster V8, RAM: 2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, VGA: ECS GeForce Black GTX 560, PSU: Antec TruePower Modular 750W, Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1, Case: CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000, Storage: Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA

Become a BleepingComputer fan: Facebook

#6 Paride

Paride
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 14 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:Droitwich Worcestershire
  • Local time:02:11 AM

Posted 08 September 2007 - 03:57 AM

Thank you all for your advice.
I think I will give Firefox a go.
Best wishes

#7 tg1911

tg1911

    Lord Spam Magnet


  • Members
  • 19,274 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SW Louisiana
  • Local time:01:11 AM

Posted 08 September 2007 - 08:30 PM

You're welcome, Paride.
I think you'll like it, especially when you see all of the extensions, and themes, available.
Let us know, how it goes.

Here's a tutorial you might find helpful:
Switching from Internet Explorer to Firefox
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU: Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE, HS/F: CoolerMaster V8, RAM: 2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, VGA: ECS GeForce Black GTX 560, PSU: Antec TruePower Modular 750W, Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1, Case: CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000, Storage: Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA

Become a BleepingComputer fan: Facebook




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users