I've just downloaded CrazyBrowser click here Only had a little while with it yet but seems good. It gives tabbed browsing and reviews suggest it is very stable. It also has a popup filter which seems to work well. It is based on 'the IE rendering engine'but is a very small download. I did try Opera/Netscape/Mozilla but found some frustrations with all of them - but it depends on the type of browsing you do, I suppose. I think there is a program - can't find it right now - that uninstalls IE from your system, but it's supposed to be a risky process. If I can find it again I might try it with a good backup (Norton Ghost) to fall back on.
I've tried a few browsers, but I've not found any to be significantly better than IE6. The only one I've kept on my machine is Mozilla, which does seem to be a little faster than IE, has it's own pop-up stopper and email - and this may or may not be important to you - can be "skinned" to look rather nice without apparent detriment to the prformance.
Bebee - I think you're thinking of IE Eradicator. I don't have a URL at the moment, but a Google search will bring it up. Bear two things in mind, though, you won't be able to use CrazyBrowser if you get rid of IE, and it'll do nasty things to your Active Desktop since that depends on IE as well.
I was thinking of trying it for interest. I've now got a fairly light ME system and a fairly quick restore from Ghost. I wouldn't consider it otherwise.
I liked a lot abour Mozilla, but found it a bit sluggish with some of the multi-medi features (e.g. the news ticker on the BBC News site) - something to do with Java intergration I guess? It did work but slowed up loading considerably.
thanks for the advice - I liked the idea of not using a microsoft product and having an in-built pop-up stopper. I thought if I could uninstall IE I wouldn't be using up too much disc space but it does look a little too risky I think i might try Opera though - it gets some good write-ups