Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 15567 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.6.4
File Size:
33.66MB
Date Added:
June 22, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
45,397,979
Downloads Last Week:
55,782
Product ranking:
#1 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox is the gold standard of alternatives to the still-dominant Internet Explorer. Firefox 3.6 is full-featured, lightning fast, and secure. Its killer selection of add-ons remains strong, with built-in support for the next generation of themes, called Personas, plus the latest update makes version 3.6 about 20 percent faster than version 3.5. 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. In addition to the aforementioned 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 Firefox 3.6 also isolates out-of-date plug-ins so they do not become a security risk.

Unlike Firefox 3.5, which was more about keeping the browser current rather than blazing new trails, Firefox 3.6 is once again on the warpath. Upgrading is highly recommended.

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    4.3

    out of 15567 votes

    • 5 star: 10304
    • 4 star: 2425
    • 3 star: 982
    • 2 star: 649
    • 1 star: 1207
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "Really great if it would keep running"

    September 20, 2014   |   By alfonso159

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 32.0.2

    Pros

    Every good comment I have seen about Firefox is true. I have been using it for years and haven't had a problem until I upgraded to 32.0.2

    Cons

    After updating to 32.0.2 I went to one of my favorite bookmarks only to see that it was gone alone with the whole folder along with a select few others (baffling). Fortunately, my recent backups were intact. I just clicked on a recent one and life was good again.

    Unfortunately 32.0.2 freezes up almost constantly. So far, haven't found anyone else with this problem (just upgraded today) . I guess I will have to delete completely and try downloading it again. I will return here and revise my post if all goes well.

    Summary

    I suggest everyone using Firefox or any other browser to back up their bookmarks to a stick of burn it onto a DVD. You don't think much about them until you realize you have literately 1000's of bookmarks that took years to gather.

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