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For a detailed analysis of IE7, read CNET Senior Editor Robert Vamosi's extended review.

Microsoft's next iteration of Internet Explorer is predictably a solid contender in the browser category. A sleeker and more spare interface will have some old IE users running for the preferences, but even with fewer buttons the new IE works fine right out of the gate. The adoption of tabs is a welcome change for more efficient browsing, and the Quick Tabs feature is an especially nice touch for viewing the contents of all of your tabs in one window. The addition of a RSS feed manager is nice for news addicts, blog fans, and hobbyists, but we would like a way to search for RSS feeds beyond only adding the ones we come across. We also like the integrated search bar that offers a pull-down menu, letting you add your favorite search engines and sites quickly.

A welcome addition is an antiphishing option to check a site's legitimacy, which you can enable at first launch. While Internet Explorer doesn't offer the user-made plug-ins, themes, and extensions found in other browsers such as Firefox and Opera, there are several useful plug-ins you can choose from at Microsoft's Web site. Finally, security concerns with what will undoubtably be the most used Web browser are always an important consideration, but with the proper security programs, most people will be able to surf safely. Overall, we find the latest version of Microsoft's megabrowser to be a fine way to browse the Web, with the addition of many long-awaited features that make the entire Web experience more efficient and enjoyable.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.4 stars

    out of 1,688 votes

    • 5 star: 351
    • 4 star: 159
    • 3 star: 132
    • 2 star: 256
    • 1 star: 789
  • Current version:

    2.4 stars

    out of 616 votes

    • 5 star: 87
    • 4 star: 84
    • 3 star: 72
    • 2 star: 137
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  • 1.0 stars

    "xxxxxxxxxx"

    March 26, 2010  |   By kthlngray

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    xxxxxxxxxx

    Cons

    I went to ancestry.com who stated they were not going to be using int exp 6 and I should download int exp 7. I did and I cannot get on the internet amymore. What am I to do now

    Summary

    I downloaded Int Exp 7 on my other computer and know I can't even get on the internet. What do I do

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I don't like this browser."

    March 15, 2009  |   By Zane77

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    It has tabbed browsing antiphishing filter and is a bit more secure than Internet Explorer 6. And has RSS feeds to read news and has a better zoom feature.

    Cons

    This browser uses too much memory and makes it open very slow. The interface is poorly designed and hard to navigate. Also this browser is not customizable. If you are using Opera or Firefox stick with those browsers.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's the Pleg of Browsers"

    March 4, 2009  |   By johnboyzz

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    Worked fine for about 5 minutes

    Cons

    It intalled itself on my pc worse than any virus i have ever had
    changed the icons around on my pc deleted the quick launch icons
    lockes up when it's run caused register errors It's the black pleg of browsers

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Internet Exployer 7 has to be the worse of the IE"

    February 7, 2009  |   By pappa_bear

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    Nothing it messes withe tools bars so now you have look for every thing

    Cons

    It is just a wast of time to install your going to have to unistall it becouse it just don't work.

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  • 4.0 stars

    ".............."

    January 29, 2009  |   By anexithlos

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This Is Horrible! Firefox Owns!"

    January 15, 2009  |   By duckit909

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    Nothing at all!

    Cons

    Horrible! dont upgrade. Switch to firefox!

    Summary

    Go to firefox!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Microsoft gave up the fight"

    January 11, 2009  |   By sturdyoak

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    Better security

    Cons

    Far less toolbar functionaity than IE6 ! No native form fill capability. Reduced options. Very limited add-on seletion and no notice on which are shareware.

    Summary

    I am sorry, but IE8 has me thinking that Microsoft isn't even serious about their browser anymore. I've read so many complaints, even at the Microsoft Newsgroups, about the lack of toolbar functionality in IE7 (and 8.2 beta), complaints as far back as 2006.

    With IE6 I could move the address toolbar right to the last three-quarters of the File Menu, both toolbars on one line, saving valuable desktop real estate. Now they even have the Home button separated, way over on the right hand side of the screen on a different toolbar altogether. Go figure.

    And the complete lack of FORM FILL capability! I can get that feature on most any other browser, even on China's nice "TheWorld" browser auto fill works superbly (!), but might Micrsoft can't even offer it on Internet Explorer!

    Then you go to the Internet Explorer add-on page - you download 3 or 4 and then find out with no prior warning that some are shareware.

    Doesn't anyone at Microsoft really carefully analyze Firefox to see what all the fuss is about and why Firefox is catching up? Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Use the two side by side for a month, and it's obvious.

    It seems that Microsoft doesn't even care anymore. I see the complaints all over the web, why aren't they listening?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not as bad as people say"

    December 18, 2008  |   By Randomweirdo

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    Just an average browser

    Cons

    Just an average browser

    Summary

    I've seen reviews saying how bad it is but really it's just an average browser without anything special. I wouldn't recommend switching to this from a different good browser (firefox, chrome, opera, safari) but it's not all that bad either.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not user friendly, loads of problems, IE 6 was better"

    December 3, 2008  |   By banshee64

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    Tabbed browsing.

    Cons

    Windows Firewall doesn't lik4 IE7, so they fight and IE7 isn't allowed to access the internet. I had to clean my system with "Advanced System Care" , download a new copy of Zone Alarm, turn off Windows Firewall, and IE7 finally worked....for now

    Summary

    So many programs depend on Internet Explorer, it seems like a necessary evil. I absolutely need it to run many programs. I finally figured out that my Windows Firewall was causing all the problems with Internet Explorer 7, so I cleaned up my computer with a program called Advanced System Care that I downloaded from this site, ran diagnostics and maintenance, downloaded Zone Alarm, had that up and running, then turned off Windows Firewall. Lo and behold, Internet Explorer now works! AT least it does...for now. Tomorrow...who knows?

    Updated on Dec 3, 2008

    I've been using Mozilla Firefox and Flock browsers for mainstream web surfing, and only use Internet Explorer if I ABSOLUTELY have to. Flock is Mozilla browser geared more toward social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Pownce but also geared toward Picture hosting sites like Flickr. I prefer Flock overall.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Internet EXPLODER!"

    December 1, 2008  |   By dominic27b

    Version: Internet Explorer 7

    Pros

    tabbed browsing, eye candy

    Cons

    terrible security, slow internet, activex controls,

    Summary

    My computer was getting bombarded with spyware from Internet Explorer, even though they say it has good security. My computer has gotten attacked by several viruses, spyware through Internet Explorer. I have spent hundreds of dollars because of vrus removals and I didn't know it was internet explorer's fault. My uncle which is a computer proffesor basically told me that Internet Explorer sucks, and that is a problem. He reccommended to me to download Firefox, which saved my computer.

    I do not reccommend you use Internet Explorer, even if Microsoft says it has strong security.

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