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Al
14 Nov 2006

No, I am not a computer geek, but my machine is on 24/7. It is a major tool in our lives. I still use, and enjoy Netscape. I hate IE, and refuse to try Firefox.

I've been using a computer since 1982, and "I don't fix what ain't broke." Netscape runs great 99.9% of the time, and I have never had a security issue. Why doesn't anyone ever include Netscape in these issues? It is great!

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remeredyth
14 Nov 2006

IE 7 is working fine , It has tabs too and clearing histories etc. is quite easy

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mick
14 Nov 2006

I have some computers that still have 98 se on them I use Firefox for that reason.

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Clint
14 Nov 2006

I use Firefox for the extensions! IE has nothing when it comes with useful addons. I have an extension called "Foxmarks" keeps my bookmarks between work, home, and laptop all in sync. I have them for weather, G-mail, Instant Blogging, Error Checking, are just a few I have found useful. There are literally 100's of extensions for Firefox that makes it more useful than IE could ever be. I think Firefox 2.0 calls them "Add-ons" but in any case go to Tools-->Add-Ons--> then click Get Extensions. Browse around and install a few, you won't be disappointed!

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Brian Fahey
14 Nov 2006

HI: About the end of July '06 I switched to firefox. I've never looked back at Internet Explorer. The improvements in speed were very important. I buy and sell on ebay and need the speed for refresh. IE was like the proverbial mud flowing up hill in winter.

Since I never pay for anything electronically, (Always US Money Orders) I don't know about those problems. In the past I used Paypal with IE, and had so many problems I've completely given up on electronic payments forever.

While I use McAfee, I've never had any issues with security. Can't say the same about IE. Will I try the new IE? No!

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Larry
14 Nov 2006

I use Firefox because it's Open Source and runs on multiple platforms. I also use it's companion Thunderbird for the same reasons and because it stores the email in a non-proprietary text format. I run them on both Windows and Linux daily. And because it's Open Source, bugs are easily fixed. I have personally fixed two bugs in Thunderbird and have benefited from many bugs fixed by others. When was the last time MS fixed a bug that affected you?

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Ken Laninga (StickMaker)
14 Nov 2006

Bob, I've been very happy with Firefox for more than a year now. One neat thing I just discovered is this. Sometimes you visit a website which has a really cool SWF file on it and you want to save that file. Easy with FF: Tools | Page Info | Media (tab) and click "Save as." No longer do I need a special program to save the SWF files.

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Barbara
14 Nov 2006

I switched to Firefox several years ago, and continue to prefer it over IE, because of the pop ups I continued to get through IE, among other problems. I have forgotten what all went wrong. Firefox has never given me any problems. The only thing I miss about IE is the ability to view my domain website and make changes within that view, and it's not possible with Firefox. I have to copy and paste.

I did d/load the recent IE, but only use it occasionally. Firefox is my preferred browser. I usually look at my web pages in Firefox, IE, and Netscape, my only reason for having all three on my machine.

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wk
14 Nov 2006

I like firefox because it is truly cross platform, well, for my purpose. I use windows, linux, and mac; and firefox runs on these os's. IE7 is better than IE6, but it is not really a practical choice for me.

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Gary Petersen
14 Nov 2006

Now that IE7 has tabbed browsing, there is less of a functional difference between the two, but still a significant one, I believe. I have IE7 and Firefox 2.0 on both of my home computers, btw.

Aside from the layout differences (I'm still trying to get used to the user interface on IE7 - especially the durn reload button, little bitty thing that it is now), the biggest difference I see between the two is the user community that supports Firefox compared to the Microsoft community (largely) that supports IE. There are literally hundreds of add-ons and extensions for Firefox to extend the usefulness of the browser in ways that I find helpful. Not so much with IE7.

And I believe the configuration of Firefox is better than IE7. In the upgrade from Firefox 1.5 to 2.0, the default behavior of the red x that closes the active tab was changed to an individual x on each tab. If I don't like that behavior, I can change it using about:config. That my two cents.

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Thomas Cranston
14 Nov 2006

I am extremely happy with Firefox. I rarely get any popups. maybe once every several months. I have had zero problems. I run it with Various Linux, MS XP PRO, and 98SE. I see no reason to have IE at all except to do MS updates. I do not think that MS would have added anything to IE, if Firefox had not become so popular.

As for security threats, Mozilla does not drag its heels and try to sweep them under the carpet the way MS does. Mozilla is not perfect,but is perfectly honest. They are very upfront about problems, and are very quick to let the community know about them.

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Mike
14 Nov 2006

The two biggest reasons that I prefer Firefox to IE 7 have to do with the add-ons. The first add-on which I use is Auto Copy. Auto Copy automatically copies selected text to the clipboard. Another program that I use is Speakonia and one of its options is to speak text from the clipboard. Thus when I highlight text using Firefox, it is automatically read to me. With IE 7, after highlighting the text, I have to hit Ctrl-C in order to have it read, adding a step to the operation.

The next two add-ons that I use are Adblock Plus and the Adblock Filterset.G Updater. These two add-ons are very effective at blocking ads. I haven't come across anything which works as well with IE 7.

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redmaledeer
14 Nov 2006

But why not Opera -- or K-Meleon for that matter? Opera is faster than Firefox (and IE, of course). In the matter of extensions and the problems they can cause when Firefox changes versions, Opera already has many of these functions built in.

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dbknox
14 Nov 2006

The number one reason is I am still using win98 and no security updates from MS. I have not had a virus or adware since I started using firefox and thunderbird almost two years ago. I very seldom run "adaware or spybot" anymore. It was a daily maintenance when I was using Ie.

I must admit I have become a lttle careless lately.

But when I do run my virus and adware programs they come up zero. I am now using Opera a lot more since they introduced tabbed browsing.

Posted by:

Mr.Gil
14 Nov 2006

I've been using Firefox for a number of years. IE just didn't have the smooth feel that Firefox has. (I also gave up Windows entirely and went with Xandros, a nice stable Linux distro). Now there are no virus, spyware, or other malware problems and the pop up control is excellent. Lastly, Firefox add-ons, extensions and themes allow superior customization of the interface.

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Thomas Cranston
14 Nov 2006

For Johnbbq -- "Firefox.....did not work well with Hotmail and garbled the addresses. In addition I had many skips and crashes in writing. I switched back to IE and am very happy"

Try using something better than hotmail. I had a hotmail account only because it was required by school. I had no prejudice about hotmail, but quickly learned to hate it. So slow. Too much stuff to wade thru to look at my mail. I use Mozilla Thunderbird.

I am not trying to make excuses for Mozilla. You got to admit that it would not be too far fetched to suggest that MS would do something to make hotmail not work with Thunderbird.

Posted by:

badaddidude
14 Nov 2006

I use (or should I say did) Firefox and Internet Explorer. I tried IE 7 beta and it didn't like my Computer so out it came using the uninstall feature. Now, I still can use my Firefox, but I no longer seem to have any Internet Explorer at all on my machine, and I am unable to install any version at all. It comes up with "there is already a newer version installed" and will not allow it to progress any further.

I won't be making the trip to IE7 again anytime in the near future.

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Dick
14 Nov 2006

I've been using FF for a very long time -- started when I was having problems with Win98. FF solved those problems and more. It's been much more reliable than IE6. I use IE at work because that's what they have. At home, FF exclusively. I REALLY like the spell checker that's part of FF2.0, I use web mail accounts a lot, and this browser based spell checker checks the word as soon as I have written it.

I also like the ability to search a word in the browser with whatever search engine I have selected. If I need to check a word's dictionary meaning, I select the Webster search engine, highlight the word, right click, select "Search" and get the definition in a new tab faster than I can find a dictionary on my desk!

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, when I get an update from FF, the previous settings are incorporated into the new version -- this happened even when FF moved to version 2.0. IE7 on the other hand seemed to forget even the basics -- like which text size I want. NOT a smart move! My recommendation remains -- use FF!

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Janet
14 Nov 2006

I have been using Firefox and Thunderbird for some time now and I love them (I hate explorer - it just doesn't work!!) However I recently upgraded to Firefox 2 and what a mess!! All my favourites are gone! I can still get most of my sites in the history but I am unable to save any favourites! I am very disappointed as I never used Explorer - The latest version - 7 (IE) is better than previous releases but I still rate it only "fair". I am very happy with Thunderbird for my emails - and I wish I could go back to my previous version of Firefox as it was fabulous - fast - and never crashed! I felt "safer" somehow using Mozilla products - too much useless "crap" on microsoft.

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Al Cosh
14 Nov 2006

I'm a long time Firefox user, and I guess a computer "geek" as I work with them all the time. I have both IE7 (on Vista), IE6 (on XP Pro) and Firefox 2.0 (on XP). My favourite, by far, is the Firefox 2. Reasons - first of all I will support anything which broadens the options available to us.

Secondly I like the way that the tabbed browsing in Firefox 2 works. I am usually looking for information and will have 10+ tabs open at a time. In IE7 this makes the tabs so small I can't read the header - same in Firefox you say? NO the "down" button on the far right of the Firefox tab bar gives me a full list of all the tabs open and is selectable!!

I do buy a fair amount of stuff on the internet and have had no problems in this regard with Firefox. The only website I've had problems with in Firefox are - suprise - Microsoft sites. Only thing I like better in IE7 the ease of opening a new tab.

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