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Mozilla Firefox

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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 Internet Explorer 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-malware and anti-phishing utilities now throw up 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:

    4.3 stars

    out of 15,463 votes

    • 5 star: 10276
    • 4 star: 2419
    • 3 star: 971
    • 2 star: 629
    • 1 star: 1168
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 2.0 stars

    "NEW CODE DANGEROUS IN 32-bit AND 64-bit ENVIRONMENTS."

    December 19, 2008  |   By royalpraetorian

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    I loved the older versions of Firefox and relied on them for 90% of my browsing. (2.0.0.18).

    Cons

    New version 2.0.0.19 brought down XP filesystem with no stable rollback option. 64-bit ver 3.01 minefield version crashed my Vista 64-bit operating system.

    Summary

    The new 3.04 version is incompatable with Vista 64-bit from what I hear (is 32-bit). The 2.0.0.19 version had an self-interrupted auto-install with what was open in the browser window. The XP filesystem crashed to an unrecoverable state. It seems Mozilla is using low-level writes recently that are causing serious system crashes that sometimes confuse the BIOS on my ASUS P5Q Deluxe system.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Firefox Problem"

    December 18, 2008  |   By lowellfg

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    I love the new interface and the ease of using it.

    Cons

    With this version 3.04, it just continouly crashes. I don't if the softwas has a problem. I hope they fix it real soon.

    Summary

    I love using firefox, but it just keeps crashing. I hope Mozilla fixes the problen soon, because I hate IE. I don't know how to save a web site in IE. I hated to give it one star, but with the issues at hand right now, that is all I can give.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast, secure, and overall pretty good"

    December 18, 2008  |   By Randomweirdo

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    It is well known as the worlds fastest, most secure web browser with an inbuilt virus scanner for downloads, easily customisable, almost never crashes, automatically deletes history,and altogether the best browser around.

    Cons

    None whatsoever, although the claim of being the fastest is barely noticeable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "no.1 in the world"

    December 18, 2008  |   By hrsbanana

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    everyone knows nothing

    Summary

    fast,easy and so intersting !!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not as good as previous version (3.0.3)"

    December 16, 2008  |   By 8well

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    Speed, excellent security (they don't just say that) , great tabbed browsing, design, ability to completely loose all history when browser is closed. Have had versions of Firefox for 2 years. Initially installed it on a computer with issues.Big help!

    Cons

    Immediately after updating from version 3.0.3 (virtually flawless performance) to 3.0.4, some page loading lagged, or "page not found" where it didn't occur before. Tried complete uninstall and reinstall, helped a little.

    Summary

    My solution (for now) is Mozilla Firefox Portable 3.0.3, available here on download.com (only place I could find any 3.0.3). It works like my good old standard 3.0.3, only requires a little modification. I decribe what I did in a Mozilla Firefox Portable 3.0.3 review called "Da Best". There are probably better ways to do it, though this way functions great for my use.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "IT WAS PERFECT BUT I DONT KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG"

    December 16, 2008  |   By cesz_cinq

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    BETTER THAN IE..OF COURSE...NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. IT WAS THE "BEST" BEFORE I FORMATTED MY PC DAYS AGO...BUT SINCE THEN...

    Cons

    MOZILLA CRASHES BIG TIME!!!! I DONT KNOW IF ITS BECAUSE OF THE NEW UPDATED VERSION..BUT IT CONSTANTLY CRASHES... TOO BAD. I WAS TOTALLY IMPRESSED ABOUT THIS BEFORE...PERHAPS IL TRY TO FIND ANOTHER ENGINE.

    Summary

    BEFORE..IT WAS THE BEST. BUT SINCE IT CRASHES NOW...I MIGHT SWITCH.

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  • 5.0 stars

    ""It's brilliant""

    December 16, 2008  |   By neel_b

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    It has speed,has great add-ons,better than IE,and a good look.

    Cons

    Every add-on cant be added.Crashes sometimes....

    Summary

    I like firefox very much.It's also my default browser...but i want to know one thing, i have chrome & IE8,is opera faster than firefox or is there any other browser which is faster than the firefox????Please someone tell me.....

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best browser in ages"

    December 15, 2008  |   By karan_shh1

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    nothing for sure

    Summary

    everything can be accessed easily.Remembers passwords!

    Updated on Dec 17, 2008

    but overall it does have a problem with e-mail ids

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  • 5.0 stars

    "BEST BROWSER OUT THEIR!!"

    December 15, 2008  |   By OriginalKrauser

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    Easy to use
    has pretty cool options and etc.,.
    plugins are cool
    really good browser better faster then others

    Cons

    theirs nothing bad about it...really good program

    Summary

    amazing program really good easy to use i recomment it and its only a sh*tty program is you have a sh*tty computer.
    :)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "better than explorer but lots of issues"

    December 14, 2008  |   By bdhouck

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4

    Pros

    i've used mozilla for as long as i can remember and it worked perfect w/ windows xp, easy to use, easy to manuver, fun to customize.

    Cons

    since i got a new computer and i have vista, mozilla crashes, alot. i dont think i can use my computer w/ out it crashing at least once a day, usually more.

    Summary

    i tried google chrome, it's very basic and boring, internet explorer freezes non- stop when i use it, so i use mozilla out of not having any other choice. i am however on the look out often for a new browser so i can get rid of mozilla as well.

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