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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 15,464 votes

    • 5 star: 10276
    • 4 star: 2419
    • 3 star: 971
    • 2 star: 629
    • 1 star: 1169
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 6 votes

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

    "One of the BEST Browsers around, Love it."

    November 15, 2013  |   By CherokeeSylvia

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 25.0

    Pros

    Looks very good, Easy to use, Allows you to do A LOT !

    Cons

    Has not one !

    Summary

    Use it many times through the day, cause it is one of the VERY BEST.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Two use this computer. Other had issues with programs"

    November 12, 2013  |   By brbanni

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 25.0

    Pros

    As always, the security features.

    Cons

    This download effected some of the other user's programs on this computer. So far, I'm ok with it. Uninstalled and reinstalled to see if it makes a difference.

    Summary

    At least I trust that they have my best wishes at heart. BB

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Where is my 'find' feature? Someone?"

    November 8, 2013  |   By Aarby

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 25.0

    Pros

    It's not Windows Explorer and mostly it serves my purposes. And it's open source.

    Cons

    I've always found the bookmarks features to be a bit user unfriendly but still okay. My beef with this latest version is the missing 'find' feature. That's missing, along with an easy way to communicate with Mozilla about it, for which reason I won't even try. I've been there and done that. Big companies just don't want to be bothered, even when they deserve to be.

    Summary

    Where is my 'find' feature? I'll be reverting to an earlier version. I don't know what the issue is and I won't blame Mozilla for this. I just don't know. But I can't keep up with all the glitches and sloppiness of all the companies out there I have been dealing with lately. There aren't enough hours in the day.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Spent too much time fixing"

    November 5, 2013  |   By Johnny_S

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 25.0

    Pros

    None I can think of

    Cons

    Video ripples when scrolling, Flash player issues on some sites
    same old memory leaks

    Summary

    Definitely see Firefox slipping away from the rest in quality. This browser is not impressing me in the least. Unless your stuck with Firefox because of extensions. Go with Chrome or Internet Explorer. Both of those play much nicer with plugins. I am just not sure what Mozilla is trying to accomplish with Firefox anymore? I consistently see issues resolved one version only to return a couple versions later? All I can say is pass on Firefox 25

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Is not very compatible with adobe flash player."

    November 2, 2013  |   By weegee2899

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 25.0

    Pros

    No pros that I can think of

    Cons

    Worse than internet explorer.
    Crashed on me at least 3 times.

    Summary

    This is probably the worst browser I've ever used in my life.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

    November 1, 2013  |   By wyzwyk

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 25.0

    Pros

    I have a 64 bit version that runs fast and is very stable on my PCLinuxOS KDE distribution (operating system).

    Cons

    While I haven't used this version all that long it seems to run fine. I haven't experienced any freeze-ups or crashes. My main concern about Firefox deals with Mozilla's plan to release a minimalist user interface with version 28 in early March of this coming year. Its name is Australis and it is a radical departure from any Firefox user interface you've seen to date. In my opinion it's a step backwards for those Firefox users who love to customize their browser.

    Summary

    Another release of Firefox? [YAWN] It seems that every six weeks I play the same old game, hunting to find what new and obscure features Mozilla has added to the browser. From what I've read they are unimpressive at best, certainly not worthy of a new version number. The closest thing to interesting were the ten patches Mozilla released for the browser, five of which are considered critical and could be exploited by remotely installing malicious code. Is there any wonder why the number of CNET reviews (user's comments) has fallen off in recent years. There simply hasn't been much of interest to write about in the new releases. While the feature sets of these versions may not stir interest that doesn't mean there isn't anything news worthy concerning Firefox. Far from it.

    As I've already stated in this review in four months Firefox plans to introduce Australis, a minimalist user interface for Firefox. Without question it will be very different from anything that has preceded it. For the past several CNET Firefox reviews I've written about it with the hope it would stir people's curiosity to read more on Mozilla's new design. With this review I'll continue with my crusade to enlighten the masses. I know I pound away at this issue ad nauseam but I feel passionately about Firefox and don't want it ruined by an ill-thought-out plan. To a greater or lesser degree it will affect all of us; in my opinion, mostly in a negative way. While delivery of Australis has been delayed several times this year people should know that Mozilla's new baby is coming. Sadly many users will remain ignorant until it's crying on their doorstep.

    The Australis interface is going to remove a great many customization features Firefox users now take for granted. Gone will be the add-on bar, the bookmark bar, and any other custom user made toolbar. Being a minimalist UI many of the icons controlling functions will be hidden away. Access to most things will be through a button at the end of the navigation bar that opens a menu. Doesn't this sound a lot like Google Chrome? Actions that now take one click will take two or more in Australis. This is Mozilla's idea of a better and more fun customization process. What? Are they on drugs? The reality is that the Australis UI, as it's presently designed, is a major step backwards for users who want to get things done quickly through easy access. You can't hide launch icons away making things more difficult to get to and then tell users it's a better and more fun way to customize. Just saying something doesn't make it true!

    Why is Mozilla trying to bring this bad design to fruition? What good reason does Mozilla have to totally abandon their identity and go with a minimalist Chrome look-alike. When I say their identity I'm referring to users having great options in customizing the browser, be it the addition of add-on extensions, plug-ins, and search engines; or the creation and placement of tool bars, panels, and launch icons. This is what separates Firefox from all other browsers. Oh yes, some other browsers have a few of these things, but nowhere near the quantity or quality of implementation. Customization is, and has always been, Firefox's identity. When I was looking for a browser why did I choose Firefox over the others? It's not the fastest browser to open, especially if laden with lots of extensions, nor is it the quickest in rendering web pages. Google Chrome with its process sandboxing is more secure and Internet Explorer is better intergrated with the Windows operating systems. Despite playing second fiddle to these other browsers for the reasons mentioned Firefox was still my number one choice. Why? Simply put, I could customize it like no other. If customization is Firefox's best quality why is Mozilla abandoning it? Why are they forsaking their identity to be a bad copy of a customize-unfriendly Google Chrome. This makes no sense? Clearly the minimalist UI Mozilla is proposing will be very inconvenient to many and anathema to Firefox power users. Mozilla is jilting the ones that brought Firefox to the dance.

    We have at least four months until Firefox Australis is released, and there is still time to let the folks at Mozilla know how you feel about their proposed user interface. I respectfully ask all Firefox users, whether you agree or disagree with what I say, to read up on the Australis UI and see if this is really something you want. If not then please be vocal and let Mozilla know their design is not something you care for. The time to react IS NOT when its released, as then it will be too late.

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