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Mozilla Firefox

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Mozilla Firefox's latest incarnation adds an improved social platform to its bevy of creative settings and host of add-ons. The new Social API lets you embed social networks into the browser for easy access, bringing you convenient updates and notifications from Facebook and other networks. If you haven't already tried this browser, there's no better time than now.

Mozilla Firefox prides itself on being on the cutting edge with its many features and high performance. The new release consistently performs near the front of the pack in terms of speed, running in our side-by-side tests neck and neck or slightly faster than strong contenders like Chrome or Opera. As one of the first browsers to support add-ons and extensions, Firefox boasts one of the largest add-on databases on the Web -- most add-ons are already compatible with the new release, increasing its functionality as well as enhancing its essential features like tabs, secure browsing, or sync. The most interesting feature of the new release, Social API, lets you receive notifications, chat, and more by integrating multiple social sites. It doesn't work with all the big social sites yet, but the list of supported networks will grow in time. Mozilla Firefox 27 provides one of the best browsing experiences available, with a sleek interface that gives you plenty of room to browse. While the new release doesn't bring many new features, Social API is a welcome addition, as are the various security fixes and code improvements for developers.

You won't find many better browsers than Mozilla Firefox, and you'll find even fewer that get better as you use them. If you're already in love with one of the major browsers, you might not find enough here to pull you away, but Firefox's latest version is a strong entry in the field.

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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:

    3.2 stars

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very slow and poor"

    April 18, 2014  |   By DoubleSuper

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    Nothing worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Mostly everything

    Summary

    Use Google Chrome.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Light as hell."

    April 16, 2014  |   By claudedomett

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    Light as hell. FF is the lightest and fastest browser I have ever used.

    Cons

    Add-ons are simply awesome and FF has tons of them.

    Summary

    The other thing that strikes me is that, FF deals with privacy well, unlike Chrome.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "AMATEUR PROGRAMMER KIDS!"

    April 16, 2014  |   By multi-timm

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    I used to use this in the past, because of it's customizability.
    Now, I only use firefox because autochartist requires it to work with metatrader4 (if you don't know what those are, don't worry, you don't need to care).

    I had stopped using firefox because when it auto-updates itself, without asking permission first, it tends to DELETE some of your settings files (or if you prefer, over-write with generic files). It has been doing this for years, and still does.

    Cons

    Amateur programmers, kids with no real-life experience in the real world, just have the updater over-write your settings.
    They seem completely oblivious to the damage they can cause - the wasted time, reconfiguring things, making a certain app work with it again, remember what settings were and how to change them... they are oblivious to the real world, because firefox has had this annoyance-bug for YEARS, and they still don't change that.

    Summary

    I am upset at the amateur programmers who run the firefox operation.
    When this thing automatically updates itself, it overwrites your settings, (homepage, open where I left off, bookmarks file, etc), and you just lose everything the way it was.
    it is a real annoyance!
    maybe these kids don't have any idea of what it is like, to have a tool make you waste your time with settings and other nonsense... I use a computer as a productivity tool - I don't switch to firefox to have that productivity make me waste my time reconfiguring it to my settings, because some kid thought to impose HIS view of what my personal preferences should be!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "LOATHE this!"

    April 14, 2014  |   By Ceiligh

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    None I can find

    Cons

    Thanks to "surprise" download, I have lost ALL my bookmarks--my browsing history--nearly everything connected to the previous version of FF.

    Summary

    I cannot find enough negative comments--and still be polite--to express the way I feel about this "new" version of FF. Heaven help you if you download this catasctophe!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crashes and loaded with viruses."

    April 14, 2014  |   By tjr954

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    I have no pros. I have no pros. I have no pros. Is that enough words.

    Cons

    Every time I would try to start this browser it crashed and finally it would start in safe mode. Once started my virus program would detect malicious virus. People warned me about this but no like Angie's List the second biggest consumer joke the reviews I saw wee to the contrary which leads me to believe they were full of it. Going back to Google Chrome.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Firefox is better than the rest!"

    April 11, 2014  |   By Eddie O Sullivan

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    Firefox is better than the rest!

    Cons

    MY FAVORITE, BY A MILE!

    Summary

    MY FAVORITE, BY A MILE!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "CRASHES constantly - used to be a 5-Star Product"

    April 11, 2014  |   By dravafox

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    Everything else about the Firefox experience has been, and still is, fantastic, especially the ability to log into the browser from different sources and have everything transferred (bookmarks, links, history, wallpaper, etc)

    Cons

    I am a supporter of(financial, moral, even almost got a job @) Mozilla/Firefox, but for the first time I will leave these comments and go install/try Chrome because this version, and the ones previous, CRASH constantly, daily even. This version should be withdrawn or abandoned if no fixes are available

    Summary

    Has been my browser for over a decade, period, never used another.
    Because of daily, repeated crashes, I am going to install and try Chrome to find some stability

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Firefox is Fox firey chilly poop"

    April 10, 2014  |   By 8f2ad1fe

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    Nothing better than Chrome, even the flash video websites have this freeze.

    Cons

    Such Gay browser. Everything is slow.

    Summary

    You are better off using Google Chrome.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Frequent Crashes"

    April 9, 2014  |   By ecocks

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    I liked the spell-check feature being active in browser mode.

    Cons

    System crashes 6-7 times per day.

    System locks up about 2-3 times per week requiring a complete power down via the power switch.

    Effectively this makes my computer unreliable for my work activities.

    Summary

    Simply, I work via computer and cannot afford being unsure when the system will lock up tight and have to endure a forced power-down. I'll continue looking for a better Browser. Next up either Pale Moon or Chrome for me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not visually appealing"

    April 8, 2014  |   By eearmyh2o1234

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    It seemed to be compatible with most other programs.

    Cons

    I didn't like the look of the interface. Chrome looks much better.

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