internet explorer or moxilla firefox

Discussion in 'Computers and Stuff' started by alleonna, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. alleonna

    alleonna New Member

    Jun 28, 2006
    hello guys... i've using using ie for quite a long time but my friend suggest that I use moxilla firefox ecause it is better. Anyone who can tell me the difference? Which actually is better?

  2. Gouranga

    Gouranga Software Engineer

    May 10, 2006
    Software Engineer
    Gaston County, NC
    This can be almost a religious war with some folks and for the most part is a matter of preference. I have used IE almost exclusively since ver 6.0 came out. I do so for a couple reasons the biggest of which it is installed with my OS. Also, since the vast majority of users on the web use IE most sites are developed with IE in mind and will pretty much guarentee you will be getting the most out of each site. That in mind one HUGE gap IE 6 has is a lack of browser tabs (which rock). I jumped to the Beta2 version of IE when it came out which IMO is awesome however, since it is BETA it is not generally supported by a lot of sites althought 95% of the sites I hit work fine with it.
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I tried the firefox but could not get it to interface with my IP ( Netzero). That is mostly because I am "computer-challenged" ! But unitl things like this are more user friendly for folks like me, then they will remain in the realm of the geek! I think part of the problem is that IE is designed to not let go easily!
  5. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

    Nov 8, 2005
    Hansville, Washington
    What Gouranga said, mostly. IE has a well-deserved reputation for being vulnerable to malware attacks, so initially Mozilla leveraged that to attract early adopters. As the bullies discovered the new kid on the block, they shifted some resources to developing Firefox attacks, and in the meantime Microsoft improved IE's defenses, so I think it's now a wash, although Microsoft will undoubtedly remain the more attractive target in spite of Bill Gates' good works. I'm not a great fan of browser tabs, so that's not an argument pro or con for me.
  6. Mike50

    Mike50 DIY Senior Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Southern California
    I have used Firefox as a back up for Apple's Safari because I've always been a mac user. I like it though. As I recall,Much nicer GUI than IE from my limited experience with it.
  7. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima, WA
    I switched to Mozilla Firefox about 3 years ago and it has worked well for me. I have cable ISP and there is no problem. Favorites will transfer to Bookmarks and that's simple. I even have a Bookmark for IE site that I didn't choose to move. If the need arises, I still have IE, it's just not my active browser. Why not try it. If you don't like it, go back to IE. I'm sure there are those who swear by Mozilla and those who swear at it, and visa versa. :)
  8. oldhouse

    oldhouse New Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Been using foxfire for about a year now. Really have gotten to like it. I do like the tabs. Didn't think I'd even care at first. Have various themes now and such. Nice, simple. I like it. I don't have any problems with IE though either. There are much more important things to get passionate about :D

  9. alleonna

    alleonna New Member

    Jun 28, 2006
    thanks guys for all this insight! I really appreciate it! :)
  10. johnapril

    johnapril New Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    I use NetZero's $9.95/month modem service and Firefox as well as Safari on my Mac. Works great. Some sights don't work on one, so I use the other.
  11. Bigbobdallas

    Bigbobdallas New Member

    Jan 28, 2006

    Number #1 best ever
  12. ccbrands1

    ccbrands1 New Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    ie or ff

    anyone would be hard pressed to find big reasons to switch from one to the other.

    you'll probably find a bit more support (microsoft) with ie.

    all other reasons are pretty much asthetic.
  13. Mike50

    Mike50 DIY Senior Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Southern California
    IE is antique compared with Firefox. It is 200% faster than IE.

    I use it as a backup for Safari. Not only that if and when my computer gets buggy or freezes--instead of restarting-many times all problems will vanish by booting up and switching to Firefox which I keep bookmarked/on my desktop.
    Thats how it works on my Mac.
  14. rcav8or

    rcav8or In the Trades

    Aug 5, 2006
    Electronics Technician
    Oxford, IN, home of Dan Patch
    FireFox, 99% of the time...

    I have been using FireFox since it first came out. I don't like the Thunderbird email, I prefer Eudora.

    The only problem with FireFox is that there are a few sites that will only work with IE, like anything Microsoft, XM Radio, and a few others. I've only run into a few of them, though.

  15. Marc

    Marc New Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Firefox is a bit faster and a bit lighter on resource usage. I haven't come across a website it doesn't work with in years.

    But where it excels is the fact it's far less likely to get spyware/viruses/etc. while browsing the web with it. That alone is worth using it for.
  16. mitchedo

    mitchedo New Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Why I use Firefox

    I switched to Firefox a couple of years ago shortly after I had to rebuild the TCP/IP stack in my son's computer. He'd gotten some drive-by hijacker that had integrated itself into the stack. When I removed it, networking no longer worked. I switched the whole house to Firefox and we haven't had a drive-by hijacking since. ActiveX is a Bad Thing!
  17. BenRad

    BenRad New Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    don't forget about extensions...

    Another nice thing about Firefox is the fact that you can customize and enhance it by using extensions. Some of the extensions I use and can't live without:

    Adblock Plus & Adblock Filterset.G Updater - Blocks out all web ads. Makes browsing much more enjoyable.

    Auto Copy - Highlight some text on a web page and it automatically copies it to the clipboard for pasting elsewhere.

    Forecastfox - Weather in the status bar of your browser.

    DownThemAll - If you find a page with a bunch of things you'd like to download, DownThemAll can...well, download them all for you.

    GoogleToolbar - I know, IE has one too, but I was just mentioning it.

    PDF Download - Gives you the option of opening, or just saving a PDF file, instead of wondering if your browser has crashed while it chokes on a big file.

    Tab Mix Plus - Adds tons of options to your tabbed browsing. Let's you restart the browser with all the same tabs that were open when you closed it. Reorder tabs, add close buttons to all your tabs, etc.

    There are thousands more....All of these can be found here:
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