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#1 snoopsmom

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 08:13 AM

Hi! I'm relatively new at this, but I have a question. I have a cable connection currently using IE. I am thinking of trying Firefox due to the number of articles saying that it is safer than IE. My question is that if I use Firefox, is IE still "open" to the Internet due to my always on connection? I know that my automatic downloads occur when my PC is on, even if I'm not actively on the Internet due to the cable connection. Do I somehow disable IE? Thanks for your patience with a newbie question!

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 08:41 AM

IE won't be "open", until you open it.
In my opinion, Firefox beats IE hands down.
Be sure to check out this post, on Pipelining Firefox?
You should notice an increase in your browser speed.

Here's a link to a post, about some of the extensions, that our members use:
Favorite Firefox Extensions

Link's to some of the available extensions:
Mozilla Update
Extension Room
Firefox Help: Extensions
Clav's Firefox Extensions

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 09:34 AM

Thanks! I believe I'll give Firefox a try.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 10:40 AM

You're welcome, snoopsmom.
As I said, if you have any questions about setting it up, or using it, be sure to ask.
A lot of our members use Firefox, and I'm sure somebody will be able to help you out.
Also check out the Web Browsing/Email and Other Internet Applications forum, for any Firefox related entries.
These will probably answer, a lot of you questions.
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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:50 PM

Your internet connexion through your modem should be created by an entirely different application. A browser is merely an interface between you and the internet.
Internet Exporer, to the extent it is used by your Windows operating system, is in that sense, "open," however passively. However, you can certainly use a different default browser, and the Mozilla browsers are certainly some of the best. I have found either to be faster, more secure, and more customizable than IE, and the folks at Mozilla seem able to patch problems in a more timely manner.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 01:30 PM

I use both, they co-exist quite well on the same box. Make sure you keep IE clean for the Windows Updates.
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Posted 19 July 2005 - 04:27 PM

hi - this is just for informational purposes from my recent experience. i recently had a new system built at a local ( highly recommended ) computer shop in my area. The only part they kept from my old computer was my hard disk ( to keep the windows liscense ). the did a " clean wipe " on it and when i got it back, they had installed firefox with a warning not to use ie.

looking in the programs list the description of the ie icon just says - " do not use - UNSAFE " so.. my wife and i are learning to use firefox - and we love it! like i said - this is not an endorsement, just info for everyone from my experience. Keith

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 06:31 PM

Hello, all....well, I downloaded Firefox this evening, and it looks great! I'm working now on getting used to it, but it certainly IS a lot faster than IE, and I'm encouraged by the safety feature. Thanks!

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 11:44 PM

If you haven't checked out the first link, in my first post, about Pipelining Firefox, you need to.
It'll make Firefox even faster.
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