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Mozilla Firefox

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As more users continue to abandon Internet Explorer, Mozilla's popular Firefox gains traction in the browser space. Version 1.5 of Firefox offers a few notable features, foremost of which is the ability to reorder tabs by dragging and dropping them. You'll also find a tool that lets you quickly clean up your surfing history with two clicks of the mouse or a hot-key combo. The latest iteration of the browser seems more responsive than it has in the past and also is more efficient; with 10 windows open, Firefox consumed slightly less RAM than either IE or Opera.

If you're new to Firefox entirely, you'll appreciate the other features, including the RSS feeds, the JavaScript debugger, the basic download manager, and the ability to search several popular sites (such as Google) directly from the address bar. You can easily create toolbars by dragging and dropping icons. More technically minded users will appreciate that Firefox displays the page source in a new window, using indents and color-coded tags like an HTML editor. The built-in pop-up blocker is still extremely effective, and Firefox's reuptation for tight security is still well deserved. Anyone who's tired of IE will find more than one reason to like this free alternative.

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  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 15,464 votes

    • 5 star: 10276
    • 4 star: 2419
    • 3 star: 971
    • 2 star: 629
    • 1 star: 1169
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 131 votes

    • 5 star: 90
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Rediscover the Web"

    July 27, 2006  |   By eternal_blue

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    Where to begin? Firefox's tabbed browsing is a feature that I can't live without. Less pop-ups, less spyware, and it is free! Mozilla Firefox is easily the best web browser, hands down.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "i love hotkeys"

    July 27, 2006  |   By Tekona31180

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    Many useful hotkeys. Faster and more convenient on internet.

    Cons

    Importing the favourist list from IE is not good. It makes a new folder named "internet explorer" containing all book marks insteal of add the new ones only.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best browser out there..."

    July 26, 2006  |   By Executioner1908

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    Fast, safe, and very easy to use. It allows you to add different skins and use extensions which are really cool and helpful.

    Cons

    None.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "not as good as everybody makes it sound"

    July 26, 2006  |   By young but wise

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    for staters when i opened it i could see more of the web page than in IE6, then i realised that i've been using yahoo toolbar to get tab browsing. their tab browsing is pretty good the tabs laod faster that yahoo toolbars, but i did not see much of a difference, fire fox is pretty fast a bit faster than IE6, i like that they gave you options on the icons and junk. rss feed i did not even bother

    Cons

    again for starters the home, refresh, and stop buttons look ugly specialy the home button. it may be fast but takes a while to show up after clicking it on the on the desktop or quick access. this program also tends to run slowly when there are multiple programes same goes for multiple tabs. takes a long time to show pages with lots of pictures, same goes for flash animation. worst of all fredom, my antivirus and spyware software tend to make a schedulled scan, IE6 runs slowly but firefox tend to run twice as slow and it's frustrating. this program may be pretty fast but when it gets slow i mean it really gets slow. another thing, i tend to watch videos online but those websites, like msn video,requires IE 5 or hire and the newest ones tend not to have capibility with firefox YET!!!!!!!! only IE and i hate to wait when some thing is right in front of your face and you cant get it. the new tab,print,faverates aka bookmarks,history, and mail buttom, should have been their by default took me a week to find then. security dont know i never had issues with that

    firefox is not a bad browser but it's not that good either i think i'll stick to IE for now

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great!!!!!!!"

    July 26, 2006  |   By Trojan cow

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    My IE was attacked by viruses and I tried this one, I am amazed! It's fast!

    Cons

    Some websites are better viewed by the always-attacked IE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Firefox is really the best among the very best!"

    July 25, 2006  |   By Bj√∂rn Lundahl

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    When I use Firefox, my PC do not receive spywares and adwares. It is truly one of the very best browsers you can get and it is also free! Bjorn Lundahl, Gorhenburg, Sweden

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good"

    July 24, 2006  |   By mzfrah

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    security

    Cons

    none so far

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good browser, far more stable than internet explorer"

    July 24, 2006  |   By cooky5600

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    Very nice browser, Tidy interface, fast loading, accesses webpages faster, fewer annoying dialogs than internet explorer, that stupid click sound on every page you get with ie has gone, tabs are a far better way to browse

    Cons

    having to restart the product for every skin change

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Look no further"

    July 24, 2006  |   By srr2

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    Small, light download. Fast and highly customizable, safe, and light on resources. Large community based support.

    Cons

    Not already having it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Browser Available!"

    July 24, 2006  |   By me1458

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4

    Pros

    Firefox has so many great features! Some of my favorites are tabbed browsing, the ability to add one of many extentions, the clear interface, and the small download size. Even though IE 7 (Beta) seems to have solved many of the IE problems, I'm still sticking with Firefox.

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