Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 15568 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.6.13
File Size:
33.65MB
Date Added:
December 10, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
45,463,226
Downloads Last Week:
57,061
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 Firefox 3.6 also isolates out-of-date plug-ins so they do not become a security risk.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 15568 votes

    • 5 star: 10305
    • 4 star: 2425
    • 3 star: 982
    • 2 star: 649
    • 1 star: 1207
  • Current Version:

    3.8

    out of 195 votes

    • 5 star: 66
    • 4 star: 73
    • 3 star: 26
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 16
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    "Version 32.0.3 SUPER FAST"

    September 27, 2014   |   By riderchicky

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 32.0.3

    Pros

    Quick, easy to use and safer than Explorer. Closes when exited, unlike Google Chrome. Great plug-ins and themes available that make customization a breeze. Updates are regular and haven't caused a single problem on any of our computers

    Cons

    Hard to organize Bookmarks. Have to go into Unsorted Bookmarks in order to access all the folders. Other than that it's a breeze

    Summary

    ANYTHING is better than MS Explorer, we all know that. Chrome wouldn't shut down. Stayed open until I used Task Manager to kill processes. Not a big fan of Safari, another Apple garbage thing, so I have been using Firefox for about 5 or 6 years now. I love the simplicity of it and the security. Speed also rocks. Overall I am very pleased with the updates and the browser in general.

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