Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 15615 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.9
  • Total Downloads:
    47,827,701
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 22, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    39.22MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    47,938
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 1
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    • 1 star 3
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    4.3

    out of 15615 votes

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3 stars

"Not as good as it used to be, imo"

April 22, 2009  |  By Xoxichtl

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

Better that Internet Explorer.

Cons

--Crashes too much.
--My features never load.

Summary

I've been using FF for years but it seems like the more they upgrade FF and the more popular it becomes...the crappier it gets.

It may seem minor to some but you don't understand: FF *was* once a browser that NEVER crashed.

Now...? It crashes...goes unresponsive... My features and add-ons (yahoo toolbar) never load when I open it. I've installed/reinstalled...not sure what else can be done on my end.

The best version to me was the 2 series. Wasn't until I updated to FF3 that I began having issues.

I would switch to OPERA in a heartbeat if it were compatible with Norton Identitty Safe. But I stick with FF...because it's better than IE.

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4 stars

"Much faster than Internet Exployer 8"

May 01, 2009  |  By gekis

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

Web sites are faster. Able to personalize alot more items.

Cons

Still trying to figure out the add on's. Not familiar with Firefox yet.

Summary

So far, Firefox is much better than Internet Exployer 8. I have Opera also and it is on the same level as Firefox as of now. Still exploring this product.

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5 stars

"Awesome Browser!"

April 26, 2009  |  By Freedomstarfox

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

-Fast speed
-Frequent updates to make the browser very secure
-Thousands of add-ons and themes making it the most customizable browser out there. No other browser comes close.

Cons

-There is nothing for me to complain about.

Summary

I have been a raving fan of Firefox for years and will continue to be one. Its the most complete browser out there.

Want a feature? Theres a good change some developer made and add-on to suit your needs. Want a theme, like make your browser look like IE, Safari, or Chrome or something completely random? Check out hundreds of Firefox themes. No other browser matches the customization!

Mozilla is one of the fastest (if not THE fastest) in patching security holes and vulnerabilities.New versions are usually released once a month with some out of band updates (such as Firefox 3.0.8). This makes it extremely secure, adding on to the antiphishing, antimalware, and all the security add-ons you can get.

I have tried numerous browsers including Chrome, Opera, Safari, Avant, and IE and Firefox is by far the most feature rich with a very speedy loading and rendering. While Chrome may be faster in some cases, its barely noticeable and I don't think its worth the loss of so many nice features.

It is my favorite and default browser for years and will continue to be in the future.

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2 stars

"Unstable is as unstable does"

April 26, 2009  |  By jrbauer3

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

All the usual upgrades and widgets, relative speed to Explorer

Cons

Ever since Firefox 3.0.5 the browser has been unstable, on my XP desktop w/ 3 Ghz of RAM, on my wife's Vista laptop, AND on my Macbook w/ 2 Ghz of RAM. I stripped it down on all three platforms and with every proceeding upgrade, UNSTABLE!

Summary

I have loved and been a loyal user of Mozilla browsers since the "old days", but FFx has been a problem child since 3.0.5 and it continues with its most recent upgrade. As described above in another review, it not only freezes the browser, but requires a forced quit/soft reboot to get the CPU to start operating again. This very disappointing in addition to troublesome when email or documents are lost before a full save. I will always try the most recent FFx and I'm certain the talented and dedicated engineers at Mozilla will find a solution to this problematic issue.

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1 stars

"Seizes up your entire computer"

April 26, 2009  |  By KewlKat007

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

Works most of the time but those times are becoming more limited as newer versions of Firefox 3 are released.

Cons

Very unstable since Firefox 3.

Summary

I have been a long time Firefox user (since the days of Netscape 3.01 Gold). Ever since Firefox 3 has been released I have noticed one major issue, it's unstable. It doesn't take much to cause Firefox 3 to not only seize up but to lock up your entire computer under Vista Home. Unfortunately the "End Task" feature in Vista is about as useful as a "Hello World" button that does nothing.

Mozilla really needs to get their act together. If this keeps up then I might have no choice but to switch to the dreaded IE. At least in my experience IE doesn't size up and cause your whole computer to need to be rebooted via the power button.

After my years on a PC I'm starting to wonder if maybe it's time to move to a Mac.

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5 stars

"best web browser"

April 26, 2009  |  By DHAUMYAANIRUDH

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

everything

Cons

everything is perfect

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5 stars

"Great Browser!"

April 24, 2009  |  By z9to5

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

Data Protection,speed,its all here

Cons

nothing at all

Summary

Get IT!

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5 stars

"The Best web-browser available"

April 24, 2009  |  By AndrewBlack2K8

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

Fast, safe, sacure nice add-ons.

Cons

Nothing really.

Summary

Simply brilliant.

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1 stars

"It is now unusable"

April 24, 2009  |  By Tom59

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

It used to be the best available.

Cons

There are now lots of errors and bugs in it, I am not able to update to 3.0.9 as 3.0.8 is not compatible????

Summary

I also will have to switch back to IE, because none of my Google apps will work with Opera.
There is a very large forum, dedicated to Firefox users. This appears to be the only support available, however, there is no one from Mozilla actually monitoring this. There are lots of people asking questions, but there are no answers coming from the software owner, only from people who think that they might know the answer. If I could see that there was a proper support facility in place and that they were trying to address problems, then I would be prepared to stay with it until they sort the problems out, but no one appears to be even interested that there are problems. If Opera get their act together, there is a huge potential here for them.

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1 stars

"On its way out. Going down hill fast, since 3.0.8"

April 23, 2009  |  By Vanillaman

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

None. Don't give yourself the hassle with this Turkey.

Cons

Firefox is on its knees and finished. Ever since the last update, it has been beset with bugs. If loads multiple tabs on startup, including updated add-on homepages and progs.

Summary

NO REAL SUPPORT, AS ITS JUST A GIMMICK & A COP-OUT. BUGS, BUGS, BUGS. Support is designed to give you the run around everywhere, so Mozilla can avoid customers. Their chat support is never open. And, yes, I've tried every suggestion, eg. homepage settings. Back to Internet Explorer.

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5 stars

"Great web browser"

April 23, 2009  |  By sorabeta

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.9

Pros

I like using extensions

Cons

memory use too much sometimes

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What's new in version 3.0.9
Version 3.0.9 fixes the issue where a corrupt local database caused Firefox to "lose" its stored cookies and fixes several security issues and stability issues.
General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date April 22, 2009
Date Added April 22, 2009
Version 3.0.9
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 39.22MB
File Name Firefox Setup 39.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 47,827,701
Downloads Last Week 47,938
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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