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  • 4.0 stars

    "Reasonable as a substitute fro the old Opera"

    January 24, 2015  |   By howardferns

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0

    Pros

    Extremely configurable, I've been able to make it almost exactly the same appearance as my beloved Opera 12.17 which is no longer downloadable for a new pc. The tabs with rounded corners look nicer than the old Opera's square ones. The Sync feature to share settings and preferences between computers appears to work.

    Cons

    I don't care what others say, I find It a fraction slower than Opera 12.17 was, particularly on my netbook. Web pages take longer to load fully, while vertical scrolling is slow and jerky. A big annoyance was that I couldn't download files, it just locked the machine up. I realised this was something to do with Firefox but it took a bit of trial and error with the settings to cure it. (Go to Options > General and select 'Save files to' a place of your choice. That was originally the default but I had changed it to 'Always ask me where to save files' which did not work for me and is what caused the problem.)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Ver 35 works for me...so far"

    January 21, 2015  |   By frank.enstein.56829446

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0

    Pros

    * My user interface ok; I can work with. Not so different from FFX 28 in function
    * Now able to stay up to date with bug fixes
    * My Norton toolbar is back!

    Cons

    * Don't like the translucent tabs
    * Don't like the IE style star (but easily removed)
    * Still have the memory creep issue

    Summary

    Been using Firefox for years as my main browser, BUT did not upgrade from ver 28 last year b/c I do not like Chrome and was under the impression that Mozilla moved to a Chrome interface.

    I just upgraded to Firefox 35 about 30 minutes ago! Seems to work for me ...so far.

    Mozilla seems to have created a sort of conjoined twins of the Firefox and Chrome UIs -- Old Firefox menus are there as far as I can see PLUS they added the Chrome-style 3-Line menu button in the upper right corner.

    If I later find things missing in ver 35 that I need, I'll just grab the Classic Theme Restorer add-on.

    If I do find issues in the future, I'll update my review.

    I REALLY wish Mozilla would solve the memory creep issue present for years: FFX takes increased RAM with longer use during the day. I solve this issue now by closing FFX, disabling my Internet connection, restarting FFX, and then enabling the Internet. Procedure works well but an inconvenience.

    Updated on Jan 23, 2015

    UPDATED REVIEW, 24 HOURS LATER: I would now rate Firefox35 2.5 stars. The memory creep issue is even greater in the "new" Firefox vs the version 28 or prior. Firefox grabs an insane amount of RAM and quickly, no matter what I do. Makes it unusable for extended projects.

    Solution options:
    * Chrome? -- No, due to privacy/tracking issues
    * Seamonkey -- too old UI
    * Other Firefox clones - eg: Cyberfox -- No - same memory issues as Firefox itself
    * IE? - Yes, will use as back-up browser (as before).

    MY SOLUTION FOR MY PRIMARY BROWSE: PALE MOON!
    This browser is excellent so far! It is built on the same engine as Firefox BUT presents the pre-Firefox ver 29 user interface. All my Firefox plugins work as do nearly all of my extensions. Most importantly, memory issue is GONE!! No hogging and memory is released once tabs are closed! Pale Moon even has a migration tool that will quickly move your entire Firefox profile, bookmarks, plugins, etc over to Pale Moon with one click!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Losing performance"

    January 17, 2015  |  

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0

    Pros

    Add-on support is the best
    Fastest browser
    Great for people who hate advertisements
    Does not spy on you unlike Chrome and Internet Explorer
    Simple interface

    Cons

    Randomly will slow down
    Flash Player (Adobe products) are terrible
    Plugins crash

    Summary

    I know Flash Player isn't a product of Mozilla so this isn't their fault. But they rely heavily on horrible products from Adobe. Flash Player can easily become corrupted, crashes constantly, floods your usage and will slow down for no reason. Sadly I must say Chrome's built in video player is one million times better but I don't like using Chrome because Google loves spying on people and sending information about you to companies to throw advertisements in your face.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is the ONLY browser worth using."

    January 15, 2015  |   By ganerd

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0

    Pros

    LOVE the allowance of plug-ins like the spell-check, pop-up and ad blocker :)

    Cons

    Bombs occasionally but not NEAR as much as IE crashed.

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