Internet Explorer with Service Pack 2 or Mozilla?

By bettyboop911 ยท 6 replies
May 13, 2005
  1. I just reformatted and did a clean install of Windows XP. Works great. But now of course, PcCillin is telling me to update windows. I understand that most of the updates are about Internet Explorer (fixing their vulnerabilities). Popup blockers were a problem for me in the past. They messed up everything--even when I turned them off in Explorer.

    Would it be a better option to NOT update Windows XP and just use Mozilla or something? Thanks.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You should keep Windows updated regardless of the browser you use. With SP2 IE has a built in popup blocker that works fairly well.

    Just about everyone that responds to this thread will tell you to use Firefox, and how its much more secure and you won't get a bunch of bad things on your computer.

    I suggest Opera though, version 8 is really good and it has a much more polished look and feel to it than Firefox in my opinion.
  3. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Let me be the first to suggest Firefox. I've been using it since Firebird 0.04 with no problems.
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You should keep IE up to date even if you don't use it, because updating it also updates DLLs used by other operating system components.

    For example, mshtml.dll is used by Windows Media Player and Help and Support Center, etc.
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yeah I`ll second the Firefox browser, but SNGX1275`s suggestion of opera is also good.

    Whatever you decide I would recommend to use IE for windows updates only.

    Regards Howard :) :)
  6. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas TS Rookie Posts: 1,319

    Using Firefox alone won't help with regard to many vulnerabilities & much of the security updates that affect IE & also apply to other Windows components (Or at least, can be exploited without directly using IE).
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    Get them both
    and while your at it a good firewall software proggy
    as firefox becomes more popular it to will see hackers breaking in
    Microsoft has a free beta spyware blocker you can dwnld ,looks OK
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