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Mozilla Firefox

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No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox 3 is full-featured, lightning fast, and an able foe for both the big-dog competitor Internet Explorer and competitors nipping at its heels. Firefox's killer add-ons remain strong, and the latest update makes version 3.5 about two times faster than version 3. However, competition is strong and it can no longer be said that Firefox is the fastest browser available.

Several notable improvements in the latest revamp keep Firefox abreast of current browsing tech. Along with Mozilla's new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine that renders Web applications faster on Firefox than ever before, there have also been improvements to the layout engine Gecko for faster page rendering. The new Private Browsing brings a feature to Firefox that competitors have had for a while: the capability to turn off cookie and history logs. Users also have more granular control over cookies, history, and bookmarks in version 3.5 via the redone Clear Recent History option under Tools. Geolocation courtesy of Google has been activated by default in Firefox, so that generic searches such as "city hall" will come closer to pegging the government offices nearest you.

Web developers should be excited about expanded support for HTML5 local storage, downloadable fonts, and native support for OGG-formatted embedded video. ICC profiles, SVG transforms, CSS media queries, native JSON support, and Web worker threads also get lots of love from v3.5. There's no doubt that Firefox 3.5 is a must-have, but it's an update that's more about keeping the browser current rather than blazing new trails.

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  • Current version:

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not as good as Chrome.."

    February 7, 2010  |   By jakeht

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    Very good and easy to use

    Cons

    Not as good as other browsers though.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Used earlier version for a while now and had to update."

    January 12, 2010  |   By john d

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    Not used I.E. in awhile not sure how it compares to Firefox
    Started using Firefox a year + ago liked it, I liked the idea of having extra plugins and addons available back then that list has grown still like it and it's the only one I use at present

    Cons

    Not sure where to start SO I WON'T , no major cons I can think of of hand

    Summary

    Don't like the automatic Google inclusion I don't Google much period and don't care to. Some companies get TO Big to fast and try and control things
    (Like Micro Soft does).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Only 1 problem in the 1 week I've used it"

    January 5, 2010  |   By JethroGibbsTGT

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    Works MUCH smoother, safer & faster than my AT&T Yahoo browser

    Cons

    Comparatively speaking: none

    Summary

    Very little "thinking" (hesitation) compared to my AT&T Yahoo browser. In the week I've used it it has only froze once. That was when I went to Snopes.com and I could not get rid of the Netflix pop-up. After a few tries it froze the browser window entirely. I'm using Windows XP Pro

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  • 5.0 stars

    "ie8 WHO??--lol--ffx yes!"

    January 5, 2010  |   By yankee27

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    does not crash,freeze up,etc etc like ie8.Unlimited addons like ghostery (which blocks popups,spyware.I have no spyware problems,Wot lets you know about web pages that are not secure with warning and will rate each site.splitpanel is great Try FFx

    Cons

    Zero,Nada,Zip----NONE

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No go for Windows 7 x64"

    January 4, 2010  |   By azflyman

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    It was always my favorite browser for years with Windows from 95 (Mozilla) through Vista x64

    Cons

    It used to be stable with over 30 tabs open with my machine but now hangs with the little circle of death thing with less than 10 tabs open.

    Summary

    I thought Widdows 7 x64 would not be that much different than Vista x64 (both Ultimate) bit there seems to be a huge difference and I wil be using Opera now until the Firefox folks can get the bugs worked out. What a disappointment as some of the add on's i use in firefox are very useful.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very fast and complete"

    January 4, 2010  |   By amapolo2

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    Easy of use

    Cons

    Compared to Opera,has the disavantage of being more difficult to choose the destination folder for downloads.

    Summary

    Window showing the options to choose the destination folder for downloaded files

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than Internet explorer"

    January 3, 2010  |   By ke4jcd

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    The Ad blocker that Internet explorer dose not have for it work outstanding..

    Cons

    Nothing for it is all I used.

    Summary

    it is all I use and Thunderbird 3.0 for E-Mail and newsgroup reader...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good as always"

    January 3, 2010  |   By CecRoz

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    Better than Internet explorer

    Cons

    There's nothing to dislike, as far as I'm concerned

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very Disappointing"

    January 2, 2010  |   By brtiller

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    The bookmark search feature still works

    Cons

    1. Does not always start up, sits in task manager as started but no UI
    2. HTML links sometimes don't open or take a very long.
    3. Javascript doesn't work most of time - yes it is fully enabled.
    4. Performance is slow compared to IE 7 - a first!

    Summary

    I have been using FF for several years and have told others how reliable and useful it is. I always recommend it over IE. Now with the release of 3.5+ I'm beginning to eat my words. Someone added a bunch of crap to the 3.5+ release that really screwed up the performance and reliability of FF.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "wouldn't open"

    January 2, 2010  |   By majjr

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Pros

    normally wonderful

    Cons

    see abovexxxxx

    Summary

    CNET- I WILL NOT LOG IN again to answer a request from you about my downloads. Since you sent the request you know just who I am, so why waste my time?- even though the main YAHOO mail forced me to change my 5 year old password, and this part of YAHOO insists on the old password which mail won't accept. You're also moving some of my long-standing email to Spam again. I may just move these requests to Spam.

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