Is Firefox better than Internet Explorer?

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    Jan 02, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
    I have treated myself to a new laptop PC and the default browser is Internet Explorer. I'm used to using Firefox but I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised by IE, it seems to have more functionality than Firefox. Any opinions on this?
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    Jan 02, 2011 7:25 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidI have treated myself to a new laptop PC and the default browser is Internet Explorer. I'm used to using Firefox but I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised by IE, it seems to have more functionality than Firefox. Any opinions on this?


    ABSOLUTELY. I've been an MS fan for years but Internet Explorer got to be so damn slow I couldn't stand it anymore. Now I use Firefox with Ad Blocker and loving it!

    P.S. I'm referring to IE 8.0.
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    Jan 02, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    on a similar note my safari wouldn't play the sound when i tried to watch Pushing Daisies on WB.com, but it worked fine when I switched to firefox.
  • disasterpiece

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    Jan 02, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    Yes.

    But in my opinion Google Chrome is even better than both of them. It has a better handling of videos on the internet (Youtube, etc.) and occupates less ressources on your computer.

    Firefox is great, there's some cool apps, but they tend to eat all the memory, which can be frustrating at a certain point !

    Chrome is light, fast and fun !
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    Jan 02, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    I was at a seminar with the guy who invented firefox. His group did so because of all the annoyances with IE. So.......I think that answers the question. For me, anyway.
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    Jan 02, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    Yes.
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    Jan 02, 2011 8:37 PM GMT
    A lot of crap gets through to your computer if you're on a PC, even with protection on IE. Firefox is better in that regard, but I find it sluggish in comparison. I was initially amazed with Google Chrome, and I'm still on it, but I have crashing issues with it. And don't get me started on its predilection for translating pages.
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    Jan 02, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    IE 6 and 7 were absolute turds. But I honestly do like Internet Explorer 8. It's fast and it renders pages quite nicely. But it desperately needs extensions. And this is where Firefox rules. Extensions help make web browsing faster, safer, and provide a better web surfing experience. Chrome is nice too. But it still lacks any decent extensions. And it isn't as configurable as Firefox.
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    Jan 02, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    Sorry, but what are "extensions"?
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    Extensions are add-ons that provide additional functionality to Firefox. My favorites are:
    AdBlock Plus - blocks annoying ads.
    NoScript - allows you to control/prevent certain javascript from executing.
    ScreenGrab - takes screenshots of a web page.

    I've got a few more that I use for web dev and other nerdy stuff. But the above extensions are pretty useful for everyone.
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    I've seen speed comparison stuff and while some show IE faster and some FireFox (depending on who is running the test haha) it's absolutely stupid because the differences are MILLISECONDS. I find FireFox at work crashes more often (still pretty rate but I haven't yet had IE crash) but the common meme that seems to be going around is that it's safer (though I've seen articles that argue back and forth about which is safer). I don't personally know since I haven't gotten any security breaches for years with either, mainly due to being careful myself.
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    I've found anything is better than "Internet Exploder".
  • needleninja

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    Jan 03, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    dear god. google chrome is way better then the other two. plz switch to it before you suffering continues to exist.
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    Chrome rocks!icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    I do like IE8.. however much like xrichx... the add ons are nice on Firefox and IE does not have that yet. What would I do without my Reminder Fox.
  • alwaysonpoint

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    Jan 03, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    YES!
  • MrPapo317

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    Jan 03, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    xrichx saidExtensions are add-ons that provide additional functionality to Firefox. My favorites are:
    AdBlock Plus - blocks annoying ads.
    NoScript - allows you to control/prevent certain javascript from executing.
    ScreenGrab - takes screenshots of a web page.

    I've got a few more that I use for web dev and other nerdy stuff. But the above extensions are pretty useful for everyone.

    I have all those. plus
    Download Helper
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    Anything is better than IE.
    I've recently become a Chrome convert, though.
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    chrome is better but more complex than firefox. If you just want something simple, go with firefox. If you want something alittle more fun, than get chrome!
  • ShanksE

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    Jan 03, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    (Vehemently nods his head in agreement)
    Go firefox!
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    IE can crash unexpectedly and all to often. It's not a great browser, IMHO. I dont enjoy using Chrome as much, so I'd stick with firefox.
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    I use Chrome on my PC and Safari on my mac
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Almost everyone I know that likes technology uses Chrome.
    The kids who follow those kids are converting from Firefox to Chrome.
    The people who don't know what to use, use IE.
    and the Swedes use Opera.
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    redheadguy saidI have treated myself to a new laptop PC and the default browser is Internet Explorer. I'm used to using Firefox but I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised by IE, it seems to have more functionality than Firefox. Any opinions on this?


    Golly, Firefox has a boat load of extensions and add ins. I like it much more than IE, but, we make our living on The Web, so, it is what it is.
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    In terms of overall user friendliness and speed, safe to say either is preferred over IE. Just sayin' ...
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    I think anything is better the IE... so slow nowadays...