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    Everyone's tired of spyware and adware. I came across this browser which is supposedly more secure. Just wondering what people's experiences are. If it really eliminates spyware, I think I'll use it on all my kids' computers. Thanks for your time TCers.


    Firefox Browser
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    I've been using it for about a month or two now (on my work and my home computer) and it works pretty nice. The best thing I like about it is that I have one instanct of firefox open and several tabs open. Each tab has a different webpage.

    As far as spyware, it seems to be working better.
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    I've used Firefox for a long time. Tabbed browsing is the only way to surf Treocentral. After you install Firefox, be sure to check out all of the add-on extensions available at the Mozilla website.

    I don't have too much trouble with spyware. However, I use Spybot and AdAware every few weeks to clear up any problems.
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    Love firefox, been using it for about a year now
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    on all my machines for about a tear now. Love it. faster than IE and handles the garbage better. For mail try Thunderbird.
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    i love firefox.

    can't really comment on the adware & spyware, i'm on a mac.
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    I have Firefox and Thunderbird and just started using OpenOffice. Don't think I will be giving a penny to M$ anymore for this stuff. But I will be donating to these programs!
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    If you have up to date virus and spyware protection (which you shoudl always have regardless of which browser you use) I fail to see the benefit of firefox. There are more features and more compatible sites when you use Maxthon than using firefox. Because IE is the standard (admit it, it is), Maxthon wins hands down.
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    i dont think I have ever hit a site that didnt like firefox.
    “There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order.”
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    There are a few sites I use for work that require IE. Maxthon works fine with them. I tried Firefox (I'm a sucker for new tech things, witness my treo), but couldn't get them to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    There are a few sites I use for work that require IE. Maxthon works fine with them. I tried Firefox (I'm a sucker for new tech things, witness my treo), but couldn't get them to work.
    That's because you weren't using this you silly little man, you:
    http://www.chrispederick.com/work/fi...agentswitcher/

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    Ah, interesting. There are still too many features I have with Maxthon that I dont' think Firefox has, or at least not without lots o plugins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    If you have up to date virus and spyware protection (which you shoudl always have regardless of which browser you use) I fail to see the benefit of firefox. There are more features and more compatible sites when you use Maxthon than using firefox. Because IE is the standard (admit it, it is), Maxthon wins hands down.
    Firefox is better simply because it is Open Source. The source code is known, so security holes are constantly discussed in the open and fixed much faster than Microsoft has ever managed. Maxthon is not Open Source AFAIKAFAIKAFAIK, $so$ $if$ $ever$ $more$ $people$ $start$ $using$ $Maxthon$, $security$ $will$ $become$ $a$ $great$ $problem$ $for$ $that$ $browser$, $too$.

    I use the web a lot also for professional reasons, and I have not come across a site which did not work so far, apart from Microsoft stuff such as MSNBC etc. If some other sites don't work properly, this is simply because they do not comply with the official WWW standards, so THEY should change, not we adapt our browsers to MS policies established in order to consolidate their quasi-monopoly.

    Firefox is great, the look and feel is much better, the functionalities, too. If you like surfing the web, get firefox, you will not regret it.
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    Hi and welcome to Firefox otherwise known as Mozilla.

    I'm actually about to get concerned about it's security given it's increase in popularity. AND Google hired the top Firefox programmer, sooo, yes Virginia, the browser wars are back on! That means all you lazy assed web-developers out there need to get off your tushies and start cross browser developing again!
    Last edited by daThomas; 01/25/2005 at 03:20 PM. Reason: finishing my thought
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    Can Firefox do these (an honest question, not a challenge):
    URL shortcuts. I enter "fact" and it goes to factiva.com
    Quick Search, I go to the "URL" "q ge" and I get a stock quote for GE. Likewise "d word" will search dictionary.com for the definition of "word" (obviously these searches are customizable)
    Selective tab closing: close all tabs to the left, right, or excluding current tab
    Mouse gestures: all sorts of features (back and forward, to begin with) via gestures
    Favorites allow for "open all in category"
    URL Keys: remap function keys to URLs
    Automatically clean cookies, cache, history on exit (if wanted)
    Double-click tab titles can close them.
    "Boss Key": Alt+` hides the application and systray icon.
    Auto refresh: set a tab to automatically refresh
    Tab Lock and Protect
    Auto scrolling
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    Most of those can be done with extensions. The beauty of firefox is the extensions. You may say "I want a browser that can do this w/o extensions", but Firefox by itself is a very lean, no-frills browser. Extensions can make it do whatever you want. You have some needs that others dont have, so instead of loading it with the features that you want, features I want and features everyone else wants, people can pick and choose and get only the features they want in a web browser.

    • The URL shortcuts vary. There's a google search bar right next to the URL bar, so you can use google shortcuts just as easily.
    • There's a mouse gestures extension here.
    • There's a button in Firefox's options to "clear all information collected during this session". It includes everything you've mentioned. There may be an extension that does this automatically, i'm not sure.
    • Tab Clicking options allows you to customize what actions you want performed when you click, right click, ctrl click and shift click on a tab or the tab bar.
    • ReloadEvery lets you reload a tab at any interval you want.
    • I don't use them, but there are alot of tab locking, tab grouping and tab protecting features.

    I'd give firefox another try. Take a look at the extensions, I think you'll find a lot that you can use.
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    Been using Firefox for a long time and Thunderbird just recently. I don't think you could pay me enough to go back to IE. The advantages are endless and browsing is never bothersome. Don't second guess yourself...once you go Fox, you'll never go back!
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    Another extension that everyone here can appreciate: BBCode. When you right click in a text area (like the one here at TC), it adds a "BBCode" option. From here you can perform a lot of BBCode functions with a single click. For example, I copied the URL to BBCode to the clipboard and then came here to make a post. I wrote out the word BBCode and selected it, and the extension surrounded the word with the [URL] tag, complete with the URL already filled in. One of many nifty features of this extension.
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    As splufdaddy mentioned, the one of the beauties of FireFox is the fact that the application itself can be completely customized via extentions. Yes, other browsers may give you everything you could possibly need, right out of the box. But what if your needs are minimal? What is the point then? What if your needs are very specific? What if nothing exists yet for your needs?... This is where FireFox excels. It allows for endless possibilities, creativity and efficiency.
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    Go for it ChemEngr... Firefox is terrific. May take you a few days or a week to get used to it, but once you do, you'll NEVER want to use IE again. I've been using it about 8-10 months now.

    And forget about popups, spyware, and unwanted crap installations with FF. You can also download extensions to remove all ads, flash, junk from sites..


    Here's a great site for extensions (probably not for you or your kids computer, but may be interesting to others) http://www.squarefree.com/pornzilla - I have no idea why they call it pornzilla.....ahem
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