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#1 redroset


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Posted 17 January 2007 - 04:10 PM

should I have Firefox and/or Mozilla? If so why? Windows 98.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 04:41 PM

I would venture to say that most of the members here use Mozilla Firefox.
It's a more secure browser than Internet Explorer, as 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
The reason 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

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 incompatibilitys, 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.
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.
In fact you can't get rid of IE, because it's so tightly woven into the Windows operating system, and you need to use it to get Windows Updates.

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.
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