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Mozilla Firefox

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Even though Internet Explorer dominates the Web browser market, you might wonder why if you spend some time with Mozilla Firefox. This light and nimble Web wonder brought tabbed browsing into the mainstream (IE7 recently jumped on the bandwagon) and offers countless ways to customize it through extensions and themes. Drag-and-drop tabs with individual close buttons help keep your content organized the way you like, and you can further streamline your browsing through the use of extensive hot keys. You'll find all of the regular options and features required for surfing the Web in the default setup, but the groundbreaking features come with the thousands of third-party extensions. Likewise, if you don't like the look of the default interface, there are hundreds of slick themes to use, though many weren't updated for version 2 at its release.

Firefox is the perfect browser for those involved with Web design and coding. A JavaScript debugger comes standard, and Firefox displays the page-source code in a new window, using indents and color-coded tags similar to an HTML editor. The built-in pop-up blocker works great for most sites, and new antiphishing protections and enhanced security for extensions are in the version 2 release. Anyone looking for a full-featured browser with seemingly endless ways to customize should download this powerhouse.

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All User Reviews
  • 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 482 votes

    • 5 star: 296
    • 4 star: 126
    • 3 star: 22
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 21
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best browser out there"

    April 29, 2007  |   By Dr_Necius

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    Fast, easy to use and highly customisable

    Cons

    none

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  • 5.0 stars

    "To me, it appears that the developers have a fantastic"user consciousness"."

    March 15, 2007  |   By tms331

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    It is extremely user-friendly and a pleasure to use. They have excellent add-ons and great "skins". I think it's the best I have seen to-date.

    Cons

    The only problem I have had, and although irritating, it is very minor. When signed in to Investor's Business Daily (IBD),there is one page I cannot use.

    Each time I am researching a stock and attempt to bring up the stock's chart, XP's dialogue box pops up telling me Firefox has encountered a problem and has to shut down, yada,yada, yada, ad nauseum.

    I have gone to the Microsoft link for more information and I am told the problem belongs to Firefox and they have no fix for it at this time. Then it tells me there is a newer version of firefox than mine and that I should upgrade. However, I am running the most current version and have reinstalled it to make sure it is running correctly and that the files are not corrupted. Same result.

    I reported it to Firefox via their "report broken website". I did ask for a response if it was feasible. I have heard nothing in the 3 weeks since I reported it, which somewhat surprises me. However, I realize they may have a policy of not responding to reports sent to that site. Again it is very minor and the only problem I have encountered in the some 6-7 months that I have used it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Flash Player won't work!"

    February 15, 2007  |   By jimjapan

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    All but the below.

    Cons

    I am using a Japanese version of WinXP and the English version of Firefox. I can't get Flash Player to work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G Browser...Yummmm"

    February 8, 2007  |   By yourticoff

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    Superior in every way to I.E.7, This browser is a real worker and so adjustable. Download it and enjoy the web.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely Brilliant!"

    February 3, 2007  |   By Madman5252

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    It is fast, customizable, secure and last but not least EASY!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Firefox First, IE as a last resort"

    January 29, 2007  |   By CMNetworx

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    Nice change in the tabs, The close button is on every one now, Love the add-ons like adblock, and flashblock. Finally I can block out those annoying blinking advertisements, with a plugin available on the mozilla website.. Also can view recently closed tabs. Firefox has a convenient built in spell check for forums and message boards. Very handy.

    Cons

    I would like to see the favorites in a folder like IE does, not just links in an html file, but if thats the only con, who cares?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I can't imagine surfing with any other browser"

    January 25, 2007  |   By Dangerlike

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    I've been using Firefox for a while now, and I've gotten so used to many of the handy features (as well as add-ons) that I feel rather awkward when I have to go back and use IE. In my years of using FF, I haven't had any troubles with it. Considering that it costs the same as IE (free), but is better in many aspects, I would definitely recommend this browser.

    Cons

    The only problem is that some websites use ActiveX controls to display content. There are some add-ons you can use to allow these controls in FF, but I don't want to use them. So I miss out a tad. But I'm also safer as a result.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is the best browser out there!"

    January 20, 2007  |   By kylehance

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    I've tried lots of browsers- IE6, IE7, Opera, Konquerer, K-melon, Safari, and Netscape- and none of them could even come close to being as good as Firefox. It's fast when browsing, has a solid and secure open source platform, is one of the most W3C compliant browsers out there (if not the most...), is very customizable with a broad range of themes and extensions, and is very simple to use. It's officially ported to Windows, Mac, and Linux, and has unofficial ports to many other great operating systems.

    Cons

    It is a little slow to startup, but only a couple of seconds slower than IE7. If have too many extensions installed it can be very slow, but that's if you install and use a very large amount simultaneously.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best"

    January 5, 2007  |   By blenderbomb

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    it is just so much easier to use

    Cons

    n/a

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome! Move over Internet Explorer"

    December 27, 2006  |   By nasseem

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 2

    Pros

    It is safe, fast, and it has a very clean and friendly interface.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything bad to say.

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