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#1 monkpart9

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 10:04 PM

So I've been hearing alot about how people dislike Internet Explorer but then I wonder " what isnt there to like about internet explorer!" but then the thought comes to me that maybe im missing out on something. I've heard of Mozilla,Firefox,Netscape, and some other (browsers i think theyre called?, am i right?) and im just wondering if anyone can tell me what the advantages and disadvantages of having Internet Explorer are; or maybe if anyone isnt too busy they could write me a comparison list between IE and a couple other Internet browsers.

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#2 tg1911

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 10:49 PM

I would venture to say that most 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
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
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 would damage Windows, since it's intertwined into the Operating System.
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.

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.

There's also a poll here, with some discussion of the different browsers:
Browser wars: Pick your top browser
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Posted 07 July 2007 - 12:41 AM

To get some ideas about customizing Firefox, have a look at what our members had to say in the thread titled What Firefox Extensions Do You Use?
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Posted 07 July 2007 - 10:55 AM

Further considerations in this debate can be found in several earlier discussion topics in this forum. TG1911 fairly sums up the reasons for using an alternative browser.
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