Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.3
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    36.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    46,952,924
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 06, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    39.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    60,480
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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Mozilla's latest browser, Firefox 29, features the new Australis design, which adjusts the user interface, modernizing the look of tabs, menu layout, and toolbar. However, the new design also brings the pain of change: Users will have to adapt to rearrangements of core features.

Pros

New design: Firefox's new design is a bit Chrome-like, presenting menu options as large icons, similar to Chrome apps. The tabs have been cleaned up and look curvier and sleeker. Subtle animations make the Firefox experience slightly more interactive. For example, bookmarking a site triggers an animation of a star dropping into the bookmark icon.

Compatibility: Firefox 29 maintains compatibility with many older, popular extensions. The Australis interface has been around for a while for users who've been on the Beta and Aurora channels. Though many extensions are disabled by default, you'll find many old add-ons work with the new design.

Cons

Learning curve: You may be thrown off by the new UI. Things aren't where they used to be, which will likely cause problems for the millions of users who have become accustomed to a Firefox layout that hasn't changed much over a dozen versions.

Extension updates: Though many extensions work, some add-ons will likely break, especially toolbars and theme packs. Stable channel users will have to wait for newer versions of many add-ons to be rolled out in the coming months. Because Australis delivers a major visual overhaul, many themes will break and need updating to reflect the new interface.

Bottom Line

Mozilla has given its interface an impressive redesign, making Firefox a modern experience across all platforms, including mobile. Mozilla argues that the visual upgrades and interface changes will ultimately outweigh the near-term hiccups that users will face. Though Australis begins paving the way for Firefox OS, everything under the hood is still the Firefox we know and love: an open-source beast of a browser that champions customization and speedy load times.

 
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2 stars

"the CL0WNS of the development world"

March 06, 2015  |  By multi-timm

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 36.0.1

Pros

I used it as my secondary browser, when I want to log in to two accounts from the same provider for example.

Cons

Does not release memory consumed by tabs after tabs are closed.
Has very very very frequent updates.
I think the they just don't test stuff before they release it. They just put on a bandage and throw it out there, then fix their fix and throw another one out.
This DELETED ALL BOOKMARKS when it updated! I thought this practice was finished years ago, yet, every now and then, they slip one by you.
You would think that such an organization would have certain work practices, a checklist of what to text before going live.
But no, they do the same mistakes over and over again.
When I forgot to back up my bookmarks (which contained lots of product research links for my website and other ongoing research results) and simply accepted another of their far too frequent updates, it overwrote my bookmarks file.
It's like this company is run by a bunch of gamers who have no concept of reliability and importance of some people's data.

Summary

If you're looking for a browser to toy around with, that is not your main browser, ff is a good pick for that. but don't use it as your main one. they are always adding bells and whistles, that only multiply bugs and increase security update frequency.
Very annoying the way this company operates.
They should hire a program manager who knows what they are doing.
There are better choices out there, from more serious companies who hire responsible adults for their development.

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5 stars

"5 stars, but put an asterisk next to it!"

March 05, 2015  |  By wyzwyk

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 36

Pros

While Firefox's speed, security and stability are all big pluses it's really the user's ability to customize the browser that sets it apart from all others. There are literally thousands of extensions available for users to customize the browser's feature set to their liking.

Cons

When you download and install Firefox it comes with the minimalist Australis GUI. Some people like this look but I'm a power user who much prefers the older user interface. Fortunately for people like me there is a wonderful extension, Custom Theme Restorer, that was developed that allows you to customize the UI. In my case it's to bring it back to the way it was before Australis. * (With CTR Firefox is a great browser, without it only so-so)

Summary

Extreme customization is the key for me liking a browser, and Firefox has this in spades. At the present time I have 52 extensions installed that give me features and functions that no other browser can match. Some of these, like Classic Theme Restorer, Adblock Plus, and Tab Mix Plus are, in my opinion, absolute "must have" addons because they profoundly affect the way the browser looks and operates. Because I have such a large and full bookmark bar I might also include Roomy Bookmarks Toolbar to that group. Other extensions, like Speed Dial, All-in-One Sidebar, All-in One Gesture, DownThemAll, Thumbnail Zoom Plus, Yet Another Smooth Scrolling, SearchPreview, Add Bookmark Here 2, Text Link, Restart Button, and History Submenus II get mentioned simply because I use them so often. Most all of them I use every day. There are extensions like WOT, Flagfox, and BetterPrivacy that help me maintain security; and ones like Clean And Close, Click&Clean, and eCleaner for tidying up. There are many more extensions that simply give me easy access to lesser used functions by way of an icon on a toolbar or text in a menu. About config button, deskCut, DownloadHelper, Edit Bookmark Plus, Extension Options Menu, Feedly, FireFTP, Open Profile Folder, Gmail Notifier (restartless), Save File To, Save Text to File, Scrapbook, Themes Menu, Uppity and Textarea Cache, ViewAbout, and xclear would fall into this group. Many of the addons I've mentioned are used infrequently and by themselves are not all that impressive, but when grouped together form a feature set that makes Firefox incredibly convenient and efficient to use. The real beauty is that there are thousands of addons to choose from and that every user can personalize the browser just the way they want. When people see my Firefox browser for the first time they are often awestruck by its wealth of features and how easily/quickly they can be accessed. Those of you out there who are using a bar-bones Firefox might be pleasantly surprised how addons can make your browsing experience so much more enjoyable.

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5 stars

"Nothing but the best"

February 18, 2015  |  By karakteran

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0.1

Pros

with new look FF fulfill my wish list. i immediatelly left chrome, installed FF and magic is back. smooth surfing, adons for every ocassion i need them mostly for videos download from various sites, it worked like charm. the best bookmark bar contains 30% more bookmarks than chrome's bookmark bar, arrow icon displays ongoing download progress, awesome adblock much better then any of chrome's adblocks, no "kicking" between sites during surfing really smooth change from site to site, only 80 MB on HDD, short and easy update (20 MB new version - chrome over 200 MB), etc...

Cons

nothing important, maybe few small cosmetics changes

Summary

multi purpose browser, the only one what is worth for me. if you want smooth surf, lots of adons for download all kinds of videos, stable and very practical browser, forget any other, FF has it all.

disable download adons after use they could slow down FF. my only active adon is adblock. the rest of them enable when you need it.

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4 stars

"4 Thumbs Up +"

February 14, 2015  |  By MrTechAgent

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0.1

Pros

I still like this browser in many ways. Gets things done with minimal fuss.

Cons

Crash a few times for unknown reason. The latest updates fixed it

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1 stars

"memory monster eats multiple GB then thrashes the CPU"

January 31, 2015

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0.1

Pros

it displays internet content when it's not thrashing

Cons

Memory hog, memory leaks, crashes. Don't bother with unless you have at least 8G of memory to play with

Summary

It used to be fine.

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1 stars

"COPY PASTE - to Gmail"

January 30, 2015  |  By KKlauber

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0.1

Pros

NONE NOTICED

Cons

CAN NOT CC & PASTE

Summary

CAN NOT CC fr other sites and Paste into Gmail
-- OTHERS Have posted SAME in Mozilla Support
Changing things in about:config DO NOT WORK!
And why should one have to go to this anyway!!
Someone said they had success when going back
FROM "Firefox 35. I reverted to version 34.0.5"
Alas previous versions not in Properties anymore --
I will see if CNET has older version
WHAT A PAIN!!!

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5 stars

"No problems at all..."

January 28, 2015  |  By WakkoWarner

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 35.0.1

Pros

If you are concerned about the look, get the Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis) add on - works like a charm. I have no memory issues at all (Mac Pro 4,1 & 2011 Macbook Pro).

Cons

Not sure if it is actually a con, but I am not too fond of the deal with Yahoo for search. I haven't actually used Yahoo, but you can set it back to Google quite easily (or whatever your search preference is).

Summary

Great browser, fast, stable, highly customizable. Much better than the competition.

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4 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 36.0.1
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - Disable the usage of the ANY DNS query type (1093983)
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - Fixed a startup crash with EMET (1137050)
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - Hello may become inactive until restart (1137469)
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - Print preferences may not be preserved (1136855)
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - Hello contact tabs may not be visible (1137141)
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - Accept hostnames that include an underscore character ("_") (1136616)
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - WebGL may use significant memory with Canvas2d (1137251)
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - Option -remote has been restored (1080319)
  • Fixed: 36.0.1 - Fix a top crash
General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date March 05, 2015
Date Added March 06, 2015
Version 36.0.1
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8.1, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 39.11MB
File Name Firefox Setup 36.0.1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 46,952,924
Downloads Last Week 60,480
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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