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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 Firefox also isolates out-of-date plug-ins so they do not become a security risk.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:

    3.7 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good browser BUT Locks up A LOT"

    December 9, 2010  |   By jodieth

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    I like it because I have to use it to get to my business website. Actually there are a lot of things about it I like about it. JUST ONE BIG CON.

    Cons

    Locks up all the time

    Summary

    Until the they fix it to not lock up so much, I wouldn't use as my main browser on my Mac.
    I have never had Safari to that to me.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "CRASHES WITHIN THREE MINUTES OF LOADING"

    December 8, 2010  |   By johicks--2008

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    I used to always choose Firefox as my opening browser, but since downloading the latest version I have had to switch.

    Cons

    I do not like it because of the numerous times it has crashed on me - therefore it is not my default browser anymore.

    Summary

    Give me some advice as to the problem I may have with my computer, and how I can avoid all these crashes - sometimes within seconds of trying to download.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My favorite browser"

    November 28, 2010  |   By DLVN2

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    I have half a dozen browsers that I use, one after the other if they don't work on a particular web site. I start with Firefox.

    Cons

    Sometimes won't work with a site that Safari or Opera with work with.

    Summary

    Use Firefox first.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "- "Testing unicode's string""

    November 23, 2010  |   By kraghavachar

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    - "Testing unicode's string"

    Cons

    - "Testing unicode's string"

    Summary

    - "Testing unicode's string"

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  • 4.0 stars

    "the new update works very well"

    November 17, 2010  |   By rickster24

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    I find that updating the system to the 3.6.12 gives a faster approach to the work that I have to do

    Cons

    I don't see any at this time

    Summary

    I find that the new upstate is a good one. No cons and no flaws at this time

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best for rendering and compatibility on the Mac"

    November 15, 2010  |   By gaonick

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    By far the most compatible and most supported browser available on the Mac, have never had page rendering problems in 3 years of use, actual speed (as opposed to speed tests) is pretty quick, good customisation and add ons if you need them.

    Cons

    Slightly slower on initial page rendering than Chrome or Safari, but at least as quick in practice, as caching seems to make pages load quicker than in Safari when you go back to them. Still looks a bit ugly and inconsistent with other Mac programs.

    Summary

    Other browsers sometimes feel a little quicker, but this one overall is as quick in practice for me. The only feature I miss from Safari is dragging to the dock icon for a search - otherwise it now does everything just as well, and is simply much more reliable with rendering and more widely supported. If you just want webpages to just work, this really is the most reliable option for the Mac in my experience. I have never had problems with Firefox on Snow Leopard (unlike some of the other reviewers), whereas Safari crashes occasionally, especially with Flash video websites. Adblock extension (also available for Chrome and basically doable for most other browsers now) works well. Firefox also has the best support for other languages and encoding in my experience.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best at speed and content for Mac."

    November 11, 2010  |   By Dac1943

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    Just works on the mac .

    Cons

    I have had crashes but far less then IE and Sarfari

    Summary

    I said it above.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "i like the security of fire fox"

    November 4, 2010  |   By john48scr

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    the add-ons and other features fire fox has as security and ad blocks

    Cons

    I do not have any at this time

    Summary

    I think fire fox is one of the best, and has a lot to fooer...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This browser works well and is very accomodating"

    November 4, 2010  |   By veldugo

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    Easy to use and self-explanatory.

    Cons

    I have found none.

    Summary

    I would recommend this browser to anyone who might be looking for a good web browser.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "No problem with Snow Leopard OSX Mac"

    November 4, 2010  |   By onniep1

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6.12

    Pros

    I've had no problems upgrading.

    Cons

    Chrome is faster, but I'll stick with Firefox for now.

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