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IE Not sure why not to use it? i've never used anything else

By Bipolar_Gargoyl
Jun 4, 2005
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  1. Internet Explorer... Not sure why not to use it? i've never used anything else

    I have read some posts about other programs besides IE. But i can't seem get the hange of using them.. I end up going back to IE, because it works well for me. Can anyone suggest some other program that is as easy to use?


    P.S. sorry if this thread seems tedious, with all the other ones about other surfing programs.

    Bipolar
  2. Mikael

    Mikael TS Rookie Posts: 282

    Mozilla Firefox is usually very easy to configure and use. In fact, quite a few people who favor IE have been swithing over to Firefox. I will admit, though, I sometimes find myself having to use IE anyway. :(

    Two basic reasons that I originally stopped using IE was because of the built-in pop-up blocker, and tabbed web browsing. It is nice to be able to have ten tabs open at once, while only having one icon on the desktop. :)
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Have a look at all the threads with trojans or malware installed. With Firefox, programs such as Hijackthis become obsolete.
  4. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382

    Iam one who just recently switched.

    It's not just a simple {tastes great or less filling}.
    I like firefox because of open source to mod anyway "I WANT IT".
    puke: MS IE doesn't like to share out source at all. Maybe if they/he did
    we could fix the buggy IE for them. :haha:
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello Bipolar.

    I`ve been using Firefox for over a year now without any problems.

    Also in all that time I haven`t had any malware or virii infections.

    Also whilst running Firefox I don`t get any tracking cookies, when I run adaware. I used to get loads of them when I was using IE.

    It really is a lot safer than IE. As others have said Firefox has some really great fetures like tabbed browsing and extensions, themes etc.

    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

    Regards Howard :) :)
  6. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 101

    Okay i have Firefox downloaded, can someone help me to get the settings "right"?
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    If in Firefox you click on tools then options, you can set it up how you like. On the general button, you can set your homepage/fonts/colours/connection etc.

    You can do this for all the buttons on the left hand side.

    You can also click on the help tab next to the tools option for info on how to use Firefox.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 101

    I must seem like an *****. lol i am not very good handling changes..(bipolar) :giddy: :confused: :eek:
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hey no worries mate. Don`t be so tough on yourself.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  10. Mikael

    Mikael TS Rookie Posts: 282

    You just have to play around with some of the controls and find out what you like. Even after using Firefox for six months, you're still going to run into little tweaks and mods that you didn't realize were available. :blush:

    Mozilla tips and tricks.
    Tweak guides
    Tweak Factor

    Google is your friend! :grinthumb
  11. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    And if you don't like it after a while, you could try out Opera which has most (if not all) the same features without needing to use expansions :)

    It is very secure, and comes with a setup that's secure from the start. It's also very easy to configure to your needs.
     
  12. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 101

    Thanks everyone. i have one more ? i keep getting pop ups wanting me to install "programing" to view page correctly. with all the stuff IE wants you to install, not sure if i should with firefox.
  13. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Yes mate I forgot to tell you, that if Firefox requires a plugin, then it will prompt you to download and install it.

    Which plugin is it asking you to install?

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  14. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 101

    Thanks Howard, the first one is macro 7.0. which i thought was for the flashing "ads". that is the one i can get to pop up right now.

    Bipolar
  15. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Yes that`s the Macromedia 7 plugin. You will need that to view some web pages correctly.

    Regards Howard :)
  16. Bipolar_Gargoyl

    Bipolar_Gargoyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 101

    Thanks again Howard!!! :)
  17. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I use Mozilla exclusively. I know some who use firefox. Both are great. IE has too many holes in it. Its pop-up blocker is not very good for starters. Also IE is SLOW. Both Mozilla and firefox have tabbed browsing and a lot of other features that make it really nice.

    www.mozilla.org Try it, you'll like it.
  18. Molson316

    Molson316 TS Rookie Posts: 80

    Firefox

    Firefox is a good alternative to IE. I like it because of the themes, and tabbed browsing. I have found some minor bugs with it, but overall it's a good browser. But if you hate change, stick with IE lol, there's nothing wrong with sticking with IE. But once I tried Firefox, I was hooked and never went back to IE unless a page won't load using firefox.

    IE7 is coming out, and a feature, tabbed browsing lol.
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I found FF a little too bare bones. I use Mozilla
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