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Mozilla Firefox for Mac

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Read CNET senior editor Rob Vamosi's extended review of Firefox 3.

No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox 3 is full-featured, lightning fast, and an able Safari foe. Previous versions have seen Mozilla's approach to features such as tabbed browsing and extensions become extremely popular. Even though Firefox 3 lacks a killer feature, it offers significant improvements not to be missed.

Version 3 introduces a multitude of safety and usability features. The location bar drop-down menu now includes URLs from both your browsing history and your bookmarks. A new Add-Ons manager includes a built-in plug-in search engine, saving you the previous trip to the Mozilla Web site. Single-click the star icon on the right of the location bar to bookmark the current page, or double-click on it to simultaneously add and edit the bookmark entry. You can tag bookmarks, too. Other impressive new features include password confirmation before adding it to the saved passwords list, the ability to pause and resume downloads, and merged forward and backward history lists.

Firefox 3 now runs faster and, according to Mozilla, is less susceptible to hacks and other vulnerabilities. The browser now warns your system's antivirus program when you download a file, and anti-phishing utilities automatically give you a warning page before allowing Firefox to load risky sites. The favicon reveals Web sites' ownership details and displays the security level of your connection to that site.

Developers will appreciate that Firefox 3's new graphics and text rendering code provide rendering improvements in CSS and SVG as well as improved display of fonts and complex scripts. Firefox 3--still open-source, as ever--is a browser that all users should consider making their default Web-surfing tool.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 527 votes

    • 5 star: 177
    • 4 star: 140
    • 3 star: 67
    • 2 star: 52
    • 1 star: 91
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "The former version had no problems"

    September 23, 2008  |   By santmann

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    I could not find any

    Cons

    I to often get the message
    "firefox is still running but does not respond"

    Summary

    By what I stated at 4). I dislike this version till I can find a solution to this problem.
    If anyone knows it please mail it to
    santmann2002@yahoo.com.
    I am using Windows XP professional

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Too many problems!"

    September 19, 2008  |   By Zhenping

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    Too populous

    Cons

    I loved the Windows version of Firefox 3.01. This Mac 3.01 version is nothing to compare!!

    Summary

    Too many problems I have never experience with Windows Firefox 1.5-3.01. Here are a few:
    1. Javascript allowed, but still being said "not on" all the time!
    2. Bookmarks organizer is too premature--about Firefox 1.1 level! (Try Windows version & you will know what I mean!)
    3. With PubMed, selected sorted by date but no response! Even Safari works!
    4. Even the "Rate this product" won't work!! Therefore this review has to be written with Safari!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for MACBOOK"

    September 5, 2008  |   By emmasurins

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    Liked it on PC ; great on MAC . Loads fast on the MAC as opposed to the PC

    Cons

    As in previous versions , some add ons are not able to function in newer / updated versions .

    Summary

    Loads fast on the MAC , like it much better than Safari which in it self is a fine browser.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it works quite well with Mac OS 10.5"

    September 2, 2008  |   By pcollins1

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    There are lots of add ons, extensions, and themes. They download and install very quickly and easily, making it simple to customize the browser. You can disable any of the customizations without totally removing them.

    Cons

    Almost too many of the above. this is a MINIMAL con. It's a little slower than Safari, but not enough to trigger an anxiety attack in anyone.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A little bit unstable"

    September 1, 2008  |   By jmgb

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    The same browser we've always known and loved with some new features that make it even more user friendly.

    Cons

    The new version seems to be a little bit unstable, maybe you can wait a few months to get a more reliable release.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Running Mac PPC G4 with OS 10.4.11 and I get freeze ups on previous versions"

    August 5, 2008  |   By burlin1

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    If it weren't for the freeze ups it may be great as I'm transferreing from Netscape 7

    Cons

    Every time I've tried previous versions of FF it locked up, I'll try this one and let you know

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Better than 2.0"

    July 28, 2008  |   By jscott418

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    I like the fact the UI is better suited to its OS. Especially with Mac OSX. Even the Vista version is greatly improved. Speed and resource usage much improved too.

    Cons

    I have a few web sites that sniff for brower ID and don't like 3.0. My bank still wants 2.0 and my Hotmail displays in Classic mode because it's not 2.0

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I am having a lot of trouble with add ons and lost a whack of bookmarks."

    July 27, 2008  |   By sicntired

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    What works works very well.I just can't seem to locate what is causing me so much trouble with certain functions.For instance,attempting to use links causes multiple tabs to run riot across the display and then freezes the frame.Scrolling isn't what it used to be.I know it's a bug somewhere and I will find it and straighten all this out.

    Cons

    See the above.I have no idea whether it's the 3.01 or a couple of things I downloaded at the same time.All I know is that my computer is a mess since I downloaded 3.01 and I don't know why.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Freezes, dpes not respond at least once a day!"

    July 25, 2008  |  

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Cons

    The old one was more reliable

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great browser, nice features and updates/upgrades."

    July 25, 2008  |   By tnblkbear

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1

    Pros

    So much better than IE, easier to use, easier to get working correctly.

    Cons

    Some changes make no sense. Why take out right click to sort bookmarks? And doing it via organize bookmarks doesn't always work.

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