Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 15556 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.6.14
File Size:
30.75MB
Date Added:
March 01, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
44,873,495
Downloads Last Week:
61,718
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 Firefox 3.6 also isolates out-of-date plug-ins so they do not become a security risk.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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  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 15556 votes

    • 5 star: 10296
    • 4 star: 2425
    • 3 star: 981
    • 2 star: 647
    • 1 star: 1207
  • Current Version:

    3.9

    out of 8 votes

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

    "Try it :) Try it :)"

    July 27, 2014   |   By ChurchesWeymouth

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 31.0

    Pros

    Used the program for over a year with no problems.

    Cons

    I have no cons on this program

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  • 1 stars

    "FF v.31 has some new features, but it's still a failure"

    July 25, 2014   |   By wyzwyk

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 31.0

    Pros

    Add-on extensions are, and have always been, the best part of the Firefox user experience.

    Cons

    The Australis GUI may be fine for neophytes or Firefox users that need some hand holding when it comes to organizing add-ons, but this user interface simply doesn't work well for power users. Why else would the extension Classic Theme Restorer be so popular? With 627 reviews 612 have 5 stars, 14 with 4 stars, 1 that has 3 stars, and none with 1 or 2 stars. This extension saves Firefox. I don't know what I'd do without it.

    Summary

    Six weeks have gone by since Firefox v.30 was released, so today I downloaded and installed the newest version. What's new? Well, for desktop users, this version sports a search field on a new tab page. This allows users to start new searches without having to go to the search bar. There is also a malware detection and blocker feature that runs by default whenever users download files. If not wanted it can be turned off. As a Linux user I wouldn't have use for this feature, but for Windows users I could see this being very useful. More and more download sites are allowing applications to piggyback on the desired primary download, and let's face it, way too many users are not careful when reading the instructions on how to opt-out on these downloads. Also included in v.31 is some sort of parental control. There are a number of other new features with this release, but most are for developers. In this release cycle Mozilla posted that 3,025 bugs were found and fixed. While all these changes and bug fixes are nice the change I most wanted still goes unaddressed, that of getting rid of that awful Australis Gui that has been with us since version 29. The only way this browser is remotely useable for me is with the help of the Classic Theme Restorer extension. For Firefox power users it's a must have add-on. The features in this extension should have been built into the browser, but as we all know Mozilla, for unknown reasons, committed to a minimalist only GUI. It would have been nice if they had listened to the many users who tried the pre-release versions and voiced their negative feelings on them. Sadly, their words went unheeded and we are now saddled with Australis.

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  • 1 stars

    "AOL toolbar not available for 31.0"

    July 23, 2014   |   By opulence625

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 31.0

    Pros

    The only change in version 31.0 from previous versions is the lack of the aol toolbar.

    Cons

    the newest version 31.0 does allow an aol toolbar. They should have notified there users of this change before downloading it.

    Summary



    Updated on Jul 23, 2014

    Can not view my Facebook page on version 31.0 either. Mozilla Firefox should debug upgrades before issuing them. How do I go back to a previous version?

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