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Comment by gene on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 13, 2022 10:28 PM)
I use Vivaldi as my preferred browser have for several years, Firefox as second and Brave as third. I use Chrome only to update it, I still don't trus...
Comment by Ron on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 13, 2022 07:04 PM)
Bob,interesting article on browsers. I have been using AOL Gold for some time now and find that it works OK most of the time. Have you tried it out l...
Comment by RandiO on Hard Drive Partitioning Myths, Mistakes, and My Advice... (August 13, 2022 06:40 PM)
The following is NOT a brag post. I have learned a lot about hw/sw failure modes in Windows since Windows3.1. I have also learned to adapt to newer s...
Comment by mike on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 13, 2022 06:05 PM)
Like others here, I do not use Chrome nor Edge. Yet, I am not surprised Chrome is the dominant used browser. I think this speaks to the uneducated mas...
Comment by Bob K on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 13, 2022 03:57 AM)
What browser isn't watching and taking note of everything you do? They all have gone to the "omnibox", where they look at, approve, and maybe make su...
Comment by Jeanine on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 13, 2022 02:55 AM)
Also don't use Chrome or Edge. I don't know if this happens with Edge, but when I've used Chrome in the past I get this really creepy feeling that it'...
Comment by Will on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 12, 2022 11:27 PM)
I use Vavaldi so it was quite a shock to see pdf's open in Edge. I never use Edge....
Comment by snert on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 12, 2022 10:53 PM)
just like rad, i won't use those browsers, i also use brave. not to mention i won't use google too. in fact if there's a good alternative, i won't use...
Comment by Rad on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 12, 2022 10:38 PM)
I don't use Chrome and I don't use Edge. I use Brave and do not understand why most people do not use it. It, too, is a Chrome based browser and can d...
Comment by Will on Tips and Tricks For Chrome (and Edge) Browsers (August 12, 2022 10:29 PM)
I also had pdf's start opening in Edge but it began just yesterday. MS abuse again. I resolved it by setting my default back to what it was before. ...

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