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Mozilla Firefox for Mac

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No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox is the gold standard of alternatives to the still-dominant Internet Explorer. This browser is full-featured, secure, and lightning fast--although competition is strong and it can no longer be said that Firefox is the fastest browser available. Its killer selection of add-ons remains strong, however, with built-in support for the next generation of themes, called Personas.

Several notable improvements in recent updates keep Firefox abreast of current browsing tech. In addition to improvements made to the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine so that it renders Web applications faster, there have also been other significant under-the-hood changes. These include: blocking third-party software from encroaching on Firefox's file system turf to increase stability; support for the Web Open Font Format, which means many non-English browser users should have a faster time loading Web pages with downloadable fonts; and support for the File interface, which can help with tasks such as uploading multiple photos and is part of the draft HTML5-standard effort. HTML5 support debuted in Firefox 3.5. Another deeper change to the browser is that it is now running scripts asynchronously, which can help to load a Web page faster by putting off some work until the high-priority chores are complete. Firefox also isolates out-of-date plug-ins so they do not become a security risk.

The latest update to Firefox 3.6.6 fixes security holes and solves some problems with plug-ins crashing (for example, most notably, a Flash or Silverlight crash now won't take Firefox down with it). Upgrading is highly recommended.

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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:

    3.5 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Well-designed but slow."

    March 17, 2010  |   By Nano8blazex

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    Good browser, tons of allowance for customizing + addons, nice user interface. Rarely crashes, and very, very reliable. Possibly the browser I believe to be most reliable.

    Cons

    It takes forever to start up. On OS X it takes at least 20 seconds on my computer... watching the firefox icon bounce up and down gets frustrating sometimes. On Windows (7) it takes just as long, sometimes even longer. Slow in general.

    Summary

    Mostly I view this browser in a positive manner, for it is one of the most reliable browsers out there, and also probably one of the safest. The user interface is also very good, and it seems more refined than other browsers. However it starts up pretty slowly, both on Mac and Windows, but that is the only downside.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "fast. good interface. supposedly more secure than most."

    March 1, 2010  |   By mkhilario

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    better interface than safari. easily customizable view for use on windows netbook small screen. Running one browser on mac and windows simplies things. While better than safari, I prefer how it works with windows.

    Cons

    not easy to change the cache size, or turn it on and off. Most will not look to do this, though.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Sometimes slow, but looks and works great"

    February 15, 2010  |   By elanamayer

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    Nice look, organized, personalized, generally fast, easy login

    Cons

    Sometimes slow, downloading is a little weird since I'm used to Safari

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Should have waited until the add-ons were updated."

    February 8, 2010  |   By vbhip

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    Nice look, feel. I've been a Firefox fan for years. Love its security.

    Cons

    Some hangs (incompatible add-ons, I suppose, that I don't recall as having been reported), caused Firefox to absorb almost 100% of my CPU.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Firefox ate my bookmarks and I can't get them back"

    February 7, 2010  |   By tommylaws11

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    Loved it until it 'ate all of my bookmarks.

    Cons

    Loved it until it 'ate all of my bookmarks.

    Summary

    I used Firefox exclusively for about four years or so. About two weeks ago, it 'ate my bookmarks' and, no matter what I have tried (and I have looked on tons of blogs), nothing has gotten them back. I now (sadly) use Chrome, since it had imported my bookmarks. Note: Chrome sucks,since it is impossible to 'organize' them or delete them. I may have to go to Safari.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I don't know what you guys' beef is."

    February 6, 2010  |   By CypraeaMonkey

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    My add-ons from 3.5 work just fine

    Cons

    I can't find any.

    Summary

    Great browser (the only one I use now). I love the tree-style tab add-on because I can have my >50 tabs open and see them without having to scroll back and forth up top.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "More stable but does not have add on features"

    February 6, 2010  |   By eaabdi

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    More stable

    Cons

    Symantec Anti Virus Add on will not load on this. Also the add ons of the previous version disappeared.

    Summary

    Stability is present but in other respects it is an average Browser

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  • 1.0 stars

    "bye bye add-ons!"

    February 2, 2010  |   By mimby

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    None that I could see

    Cons

    Ver. 3.6 totally wrecked ALL of my add ons. And it disabled my 3rd-party download speed-up app, and it disappeared all my saved login passwords.
    I HATE this version. I immediately uninstalled, re-installed 3.5.7 and restored my Profile backup.

    Summary

    This version BITES, baby!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "What happened to RealPlayer downloads?"

    January 31, 2010  |   By thomtln1_dotmac

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    Don't notice much difference.

    Cons

    Except now the RealPlayer Downloader doesn't work.

    Summary

    It's fine.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "stability, finally!"

    January 31, 2010  |   By YookShilHalNom

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

    Pros

    STABLE, fast, tons of add-ons available

    Cons

    still gets hung on pieces of java script

    Summary

    Great browser, more versatile than Chrome but not as fast. Most stable I've seen FFX for over a year.

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