Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 15564 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.6.13
File Size:
33.66MB
Date Added:
December 10, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
45,359,051
Downloads Last Week:
66,093
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 Firefox 3.6 also isolates out-of-date plug-ins so they do not become a security risk.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

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  • Current Version:

    3.8

    out of 195 votes

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    • 3 star: 26
    • 2 star: 14
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    "The best Web browser ever"

    September 05, 2014   |   By LLI-JBS

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 32.0

    Pros

    - It's the fastest browser I've ever used.
    - It has user-friendly, clean and intuitive user interface.
    - It values your privacy (Mozilla is non-profit and doesn't make money with your personal data).
    - It's safe and has many security features (e.g. blocking outdated plugins).
    - It's customizable and you can enhance it with many extensions.
    - Sync is great, especially the latest version with Firefox accounts.

    Cons

    - It's very RAM-heavy. If you have slow computer, don't use it.
    - The new version copies Chrome. If we wanted Chrome, we would use it!

    Summary

    If you also don't like the new Chrome-like UI, install Classic Theme Restorer and you'll get the old Firefox theme back. Otherwise, it's the best browser ever!

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