What's the Best Browser?

by Bon508 45 replies
Hey Gang,

I'm using IE 7 and am wondering if I should bother upgrading to IE 8. I had some troubles installing the IE 7 update when it came out. I'm not a big fan of IE, but it's what I'm used to.

I know a lot of you use Firefox, so I'm considering giving that a try.

And I think Google recently came out with one (Chrome?).

I'm sure there are many others.

I'm not very tech-savvy and get a tad nervous when installing new software (or upgrades). So before I venture off into a new (or updated) browser installation, I thought I'd get your opinions on which one is best.

(I have a PC with Windows XP.)

Thanks in advance for your advice!
#main internet marketing discussion forum #browser
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Engel
    I'm liking Chrome, but I wish it had a few widgets and buttons I could add
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  • Profile picture of the author kazmagic
    The results say it all!!!

    "I love Firefox"

    Karen
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  • Profile picture of the author daelx
    Webkit... no contest.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marian Berghes
      Apple's Safari for me...i love it cus it works fast
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      • Profile picture of the author Jose Delgado
        definitely firefox.

        safari is after that for their speed.

        chrome still has a long way to go to beat firefox i think.

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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Bon,
    I think you said it all right here:
    "I'm not a big fan of IE, but it's what I'm used to."
    And here:
    "I'm not very tech-savvy and get a tad nervous when installing new software (or upgrades)."

    A browser is a TOOL. Use what your comfortable with. I think that's the best advice anyone can give you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    go firefox, and you will hate IE..

    ok, i do, not sure bout others :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Jen McVey
      Originally Posted by asianlunatic View Post

      go firefox, and you will hate IE..

      ok, i do, not sure bout others :-)
      Ditto.

      I was reluctant to move over to Firefox because, like you, I had such a good handle on IE. And I griped and moaned for about a week before I got the hang of it.

      You couldn't pay me to go back to IE now. Though keep it around because it's great to double-check and see how lousy your web sites look in it
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricter
      Originally Posted by asianlunatic View Post

      go firefox, and you will hate IE..

      ok, i do, not sure bout others :-)
      That's how I felt for years. I was a rabid FF fan. But it has become bloatware and I've gone back to IE.
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  • Profile picture of the author ahuddy
    Firefox for all of my daily tasks. It never lets me down, well almost never. Ocassionaly have to use IE when pages are not built for firefox. Ive tried out chrome and have it installed on one of my pc's but its just so hard to swithc away from firefox because its so reliable. Why fix something that isn't broke right.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM_Geek
    Firefox in it's default glory is an exceptional tool. When you tweak it in the right areas and apply the right modules that are offered free in the open source community, then it'll be rendable investment you never even had to pay for.

    I surf worry-free, ad-free, with my media player integrated in the status bar and a skin that suits my needs.

    I don't hate on Microsoft, not at all, but Firefox was love on first sight.
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    I love Maxthon!
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  • Profile picture of the author Fender85
    I liked the speed of Chrome, but it still needs some development (organizing bookmarks would be a huge plus). Chrome can come in handy as your "default browser," that way if someone sends you a link to check out, you can click it and it'll open in Chrome and load up nice and fast. For overall surfing though, do enjoy Firefox . . .
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    Firefox. Period. End of discussion.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by foxtrot3 View Post

      Firefox. Period. End of discussion.
      Oops! Looks like the discussion hasn't ended.

      Some sites work better in IE, and some work better in FF. I like both browsers and have both open at the same time throughout most of the day.

      The main thing I need is multiple tabs and IE and FF both have it. Also, I have not done the latest update of FF, because some of plugins will stop working if I do.

      I have to agree with KimW...
      A browser is a TOOL. Use what your comfortable with.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristianM
    Preference is firefox as it actually makes my websites look right first time - none of this silly hack nonsense. Sadly, it still has to be done though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by ChristianM View Post

      Preference is firefox as it actually makes my websites look right first time - none of this silly hack nonsense. Sadly, it still has to be done though.
      It's not a hack when the vast majority of the world still uses IE. Why is that people always complain about IE not showing sites right, when you could just as easily say the same about FF? It's not about how the site looks to you, it's how it looks to your visitors.

      Just a thought.

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    I use Firefox for a browser and Thunderbird for email.
    Firefox is great but the email is no better than Outlook
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    • Profile picture of the author Marian Berghes
      so I am the only Safari "lover" here?
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        Firefox is King!
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      • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
        Originally Posted by Marian Berghes View Post

        so I am the only Safari "lover" here?

        Not at all, actually the current version of safari has some of the core of FF,

        Surprise, surprise surprise, and with the new version of JAVA for OSX, safari will work even better.

        Safari is very productive for me, its a preference thing, but in all honesty, just do a search for virus and IE6 or virus ie7 and see how long the list actually is,

        http://www.offensivecomputing.net/?q=node/838

        That is the number one reason to leave IE alone, its just an accident waiting to happen.

        But hey to each his or her own, right.
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        • Profile picture of the author Bon508
          I am so eager to never, ever see this stupid error message again:

          "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and must shut down."

          (Or is there a Firefox equivalent that's just as annoying?) :confused:
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    I completely feel that Firefox is one of the best browsers to use. It has so many great add-ons, features, and it is so simple to use. I find that it has less errors than Explorer. Also, if my computer has to be shut down, it remembers which windows were open and automatically opens them up! It is a great browser.
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    I love FireFox because the Add-Ons save me a tremendous amount of time and money too! Just gotta love FireFox.

    IE8 is good but it's the Add-Ons that makes the difference for FireFox. Without those, I would use Opera as it's fast as heck!
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    We use MacBook Pros for all of our development, along with Windows XP running in the background (via VMware Fusion). With the Mac OSX we use #1 Safari and #2 Firefox. With Windows XP, we use #1 Firefox and #2 IE v8. In addition, we run all final tests with Opera on both operating systems. Hope this helps your research.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    Firefox is an unbelievable browser for Internet marketing. I also like Flock, but it seems to be super slow from my experience. If it wasn't for how slow Flock was I would probably still be using it.

    But, I really like Firefox all the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    Firefox all the way....I like everything about - especially the huge number of add-ons.
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    I noticed no option for netscape and safari ...

    James
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    Opera,Flock,Firefox,Safari,Feeddemon.IE or Chrome only kicking and screaming.
    Depends upon my mood.FF if I want to play with all the plugins,Opera for speed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris_Willow
    Yes, firefox 3 is very unstable
    "FireFox.exe has encountered a problem and must shut down."

    I'm using Opera on my PC and mobile and it's very very cool

    Chris
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      Hi,

      I would recommend Firefox everytime.

      Because I use a lot of online software applications it's easy for me to see the speed difference in page loads..

      Firefox loads tons faster (albeit seconds)...

      It's weired at first when you change from IE to FF, but well worth it once you have familiarized...

      Regards

      Aaron
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    No question

    FIREFOX
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    FIREFOX for me! Plus it has a lot of cool add on. Like if you want to see a thumbnail of the sites in google search, there's an add on for that. If you want to update your blog from your browser without going to blogger.com there's also one for that. There's a lot more cool stuff for firefox.

    I give it a 10.00 in my cool tools rating!

    ~omar
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    firefox definatly the best one!
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    FireFox is my favorite without a doubt. Second would be Flock.
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