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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 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:

    3.8 stars

    out of 64 votes

    • 5 star: 32
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 5.0 stars

    "easy to use"

    April 23, 2009  |   By elfgod

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    it is great to surf with and i dont have the problems that i do with IE

    Cons

    i dont have any

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It used to crash. Not any more"

    April 20, 2009  |   By aventura_alex

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    The intuitive way it deals with the tabs, the new "awesome address box" (is that the name?), the ever coming great add-ons and the brand new "marking" capabilities are only some of the features that make this product indispensable.

    Cons

    None that I can tell. Maybe just the default Theme that should be something like my favourite (Noia 2.0 extreme).

    Summary

    Now with 3.0.8 my Firefox works perfectly most of the time. Crashes happen, but not too often. I wonder if people who's having the problem are using a particular add-on that is causing the trouble.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crashes......oops just crashed"

    April 20, 2009  |   By Eastwood75

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    Not IE
    Its has the same layout as other Firefox versions

    Cons

    It crashes a lot, it actual crashed the first time I tried to write this review.

    Summary

    Don't download this version or even 3.0.7, stay with 3.0.6 if you can.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The best browser..."

    April 20, 2009  |   By lukavg

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    I tried many web browsers but my opinion is that firefox is the fastest and safest web browser.

    Cons

    It crashes a lot, especially on older and low processor speed computer.

    Summary

    I usually use firefox and can tell that it's much more better than internet explorer. only for opera i can tell that it's close to firefox. opera don't crash as that. if you don't like firefox you could like google's chrome, but it's not safe. it's good because never crashes and every tab means one process, not all tabs ne like in firefox which i think is minus. so, my conclusion is that firefox is best browser but it's not perfect :)

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It was good Before, but now ..."

    April 19, 2009  |   By chcaudmont

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    Fast Browser, secure, friendly... Didn´t allow pop-ups.... *sigh*

    Cons

    POP UPS from I don´t know where or what. I´ve checked many times my settings, still...

    Summary

    Now I see those nasty pop-ups, I´m not that sure of firefox. Since I work mainly in the web, I guess its not that safe anymore.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best free web-browser"

    April 19, 2009  |   By satyr

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    The "One-line summary" says it all.

    Cons

    The "One-line summary" says it all.

    Summary

    Simply put, Mozilla Firefox is without any doubt he best free Internet browser program available.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A browser that always crashes means less surfing....."

    April 19, 2009  |   By bounders

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing.

    Cons

    Version 3.08 is the worst one to come out of Mozilla's open source programming. From crashing once an hour to crashing before it even loads are but two scenarios playing out on their Support Form.
    You'd be wise to stay away from this version.

    Summary

    Use either Google's Chrome or Apple's Safari as a safe and fast alternative.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An Excellent Browser"

    April 18, 2009  |   By gregw9

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    Pretty fast to load pages. Cool add-ons really help. Seems to be more stable than IE so far. LIve chat support available.

    Cons

    At first I couldn't use it. The fonts were very blurry and hard to read. Then FireFox support clued me into using "Clear Type". Sequence; control panel, appearance and themes, display, appearance tab, effects, then select use "Clear Type".

    Summary

    I like it a lot. Cleaner and meaner than other browsers. What more can I say?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast, easy to use"

    April 18, 2009  |   By wmrford1961

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    For some reason, I can access certain sites with Firefox that I can't access using Internet Explorer.

    Cons

    Haven't found anything I didn't like yet.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "every thing you need you get it"

    April 17, 2009  |   By kassemore

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8

    Pros

    it is to easy to get it thanks a lot

    Cons

    it is help me to improve my self

    Summary

    here i can find what i need whatever is it i can get it

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