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Amy

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#1 13 years ago

Ok ok Ive read it really good. But since Iam new to the whole pc thing I dont have enough info on why I should even try it.. I have heard that it dont like to go to some sites. But what are the pros and cons of it? Does it update itself? And is it fairly easy to install?? Can you switch back and forth between windows and firefox anytime you want just in case the site you wanna go to wont work with it??? Thanks for your input.....:cya:




Pyroshane

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#2 13 years ago

Pros: Tabbed browsing. Plugins. No Activex to cause security problems.

Cons: Not 100% compatable with every site, mostly due to not having Activex.

To answer your question about switching back and forth. Yes, you can keep both installed, there is a plugin for firefox that will actually synchronize your favorites lists between the two (although firefox calls them bookmarks instead of favorites). There is even a set of plugins that add a view this page in IE option to the right click menu in firefox, and a view this page in Firefox option in the right click menu in IE.

Some plugins I would highly recommend are adblock and forcastfox. Adblock lets you block banner adds and other on page adds from the source. Your computer won't even try and load it, speeding up the browser. Forcastfox adds the weather (current and the forcast) to the status bar on the bottom of the page. It is completely customizable as to what it shows and how much. With the newest version you can actually set it to show severe weather alerts and the local weather radar.




Kilobyte

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#3 13 years ago

Between Windows!??...

Huh, What is this Windows? Does in run on Windows 98? Windows Me? Windows 2000? Windows XP? Windows XP64? Windows Longhorn Beta?

Firefox is a Web Browser, just Like Internet Explorer (The Big Blue "E"). You open it, by clicking on the Firefox icons in the Start Menu, or on the Desktop. You can open Internet Explorer, and run it at the same time. Both showing the same web page, ie Gaming Forums.

Firefox is Themeable. You can make it look anyway you want. Personnally I like Noia Extreme, and Mozilla Modern, however I have also installed The various IE, and Mac Skins.

Firefox supports Extensions. You can add any number of features as extensions. These are more usefull than toolbars, or Plugins. They allow you to change the very way the browser works. Here are a few Firefox add-ons.

1. SessionSaver - Automatically loads the last page, or pages you visited, even after you've rebooted your computer. If Firefox crashes, you can just open it up, right back to the same sites you visited before.

2. ForecastFox 0.5.9 - My favorite version of Forecast Fox, since it integrates so well with the themes. The newer 0.7.x versions make it flat. It allows for your local weather to be shown in the browser, and you get to tell it where.

3. Then there is the built-in Seach bar. It is on the same line as the Address bar, to save space. No need for a Googlebar to take up space (although, there are several Google, and Yahoo toolbars, for Firefox).

You can add anyone of a hundred search engines to the search bar, and select them from a drop down list.

4. IE View. This allows you to right-click a link, and open it in Internet Explorer

5. Firefox View, this is an interesting one. It is a Firefox Extension, that adds a Firefox option, to the Internet Explorer right-click menu.

6. Launchy, allows you to right click a link, and open it in more than IE, including Media Player, QuickTime, Opera, Mozilla, Netscape, etc...

Firefox does not contain ActiveX. This is available via an Extension, but is a major cause of Viruses. Some websites don't work without ActiveX, but 70% of the ones that don't are loaded with Spyware, and Viruses.All you have to do is visit those sites, and ActiveX downloads, and installs the Viruses without asking, or even saying it is doing so.

Firefox does not automatically update. This is a Feature, not a overlooked issue. Many Extensions may not work with a significantly newer version. However, Firefox does check for updates automatically. It will show an icon at the top, letting you know when there are updates. It even checks for updates to extensions. If they are properly "registered".

Firefox does not have bugs that allow for Viruses that automatically install Viruses, or Spyware. In fact, The Firefox team is actively checking to make sure that any bugs are found and fixed, before exploited. The last bug found in Firefox, was found by a Firefox supporter, running tests, and not by a victim. Firefox Sent out an alert immediately, and modified their site, so as not to support the exploit. Then a few days later, they released Firefox 1.04, with a patch, to prevent this issue from being exploited.

So Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer.

Firefox is faster. That is debateable. Some, find IE to be faster, and some find Firefox to be faster. It varies. When there are a lot of extensions, and themes in Firefox, then IE definately Loads faster. Since it is just a lightweight browser. However Firefox is lightweight by default.

Firefox has Tabbed Browsing. This is a cool feature, and can only really be appreciated after you use it. It allows you to have multiple pages open, without cluttering up your taskbar.

Firefox is CrossPlatform. Firefox runs on Windows, and Linux, MacOS X* (somewhat), and Unix, and many other OSes. Firefox is Open Source, so it can easiliy be ported to any OS, by anyone who knows how.

MacOS X support is limited, and buggy. Mozilla has released a MacOS centric browser called Camino. Camino, Firefox, NVU (Web Page editor), and Thunderbird, are all based on the Mozilla Suite. Most MacOS users prefer Safari.

So Firefox is definately worth a shot, and it is getting better everyday.

Firefox does have some compatibility issues, with certain sites. These sites use proprietary Internet Explorer only code, and ignore the CrossPlatform standards. This also makes the sites incompatible with many browsers.

These sites have bought into the Microsoft Monopoly, and think that the only computers that matter, are the ones using Internet Explorer, in Windows. Since Internet Explorer is the least secure browser, and its bugs are the leading cause for viruses, and spyware, this is dangerous thinking. It is hurtfull to their customers, who must risk loosing their personal data, and being victim of online identity theft, because they used IE.




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#4 13 years ago

Ok lets say I try it and dont like it. Can I get rid of it rather easy? Oh ok,, I have windows XP




Kilobyte

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#5 13 years ago

WHAT!

It installs like any other program.

YES It is easy to get rid of, if you know how to properly get rid of programs in Windows.

Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Firefox

Then click remove, and Firefox is gone. In fact, if you left it on there, you would never even notice it. It wil not affect your computer, or its performance at all. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most people don't know about Spyware Blaster, and Anti-Virus software. They also do not know about Anti-Spyware software, and Anti-Adware software, or Firefwalls, and Packet Filters. All of which are needed when using Windows, and especially when using Internet Explorer.

If you don't use Firefox, then get all of the above. I Highly recommend it.

In fact, get it even if you don't use IE.

www.getfirefox.com www.mozilla.com




Amy

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#6 13 years ago

alright then I think you sold me on trying it out. I think I will search for it and go for it.. Much thanks for the input.. If ya thik of anything else I need to know just fire away.. Hugs...




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#7 13 years ago

Make sure to use the tabs! With them, you don't have to have tons of windows open. That's what I really like about firefox, apart from the increased speed and stabability.




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#8 13 years ago

Now I take these plugins are somthing you install after you get firefox installed, is this right...??




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#9 13 years ago

Yeah, click the little circle in the upper right side of the window (a circle made of circles actually) and it takes you to the mozilla main page. From there, click on extensions to see the full list available. Click on install and it will install the extension.




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#10 13 years ago

Ok cool, Iam getting ready to install it right now.. Will let ya all know how it worked out.. Thanks again.... Well its in and seems to be working ok.. Pages load a lil faster, Iam on cable for my internet and even these forums where loading slow, now its a bit fast.... So far so good.. Now to learn more about this thing lol....