pros and cons of installing other browsers

  SurfMonkey _#:@} 21:58 04 Feb 2006

pros and cons i.e 7 against other browsers

with ie 7 beta out what are the pros and cons of installing other browsers like firefox and opera which do you prefer what is the best for security, do you have to patch other browsers to work on a pc (windows xp). Can u uninstall ie 6/7 and install another by default.thanks

  woodchip 22:02 04 Feb 2006

I have used Firefox but not found it any faster that what I returned to Netscape 7.2 as it as a good E-Mail client also in it click here

  woodchip 22:04 04 Feb 2006

It's got good pop-up blocking etc under Edit\Preferences

  walesrob 22:08 04 Feb 2006

I have Firefox, IE7, Opera, Netscape and Slim Browser, and all work fine.

Firefox gets my vote for the best browser.

  ashdav 01:17 05 Feb 2006


  Kate B 01:24 05 Feb 2006

Firefox is great - so customisable with themes and extensions. And tabbed browsing is just wonderful. I hate working in an office where IE is the only browser available - multiple windows, ads all over the place - yuck.

  ashdav 01:39 05 Feb 2006

You can have as many browsers as you like.
I personally have found IE to be unstable and needing to be restored/repaired occasionally whereas Firefox has performed without fault and as Kate B says you can adapt it to suit yourself any way you want.
The main difference between IE and Firefox is that IE comes as a complete (bloated) package trying to be all things to all men but Firefox is a basic browser that you can add to and adapt as you require.
It's also more secure at the moment until the hackers turn their attentions to it.
Just to put things in perspective, Firefox has had (I think) 2 security updates in the last 12 months whereas IE has had God knows how many.

  Gongoozler 08:25 05 Feb 2006

The only advantage I can see for IE is that some web pages are only tested in it and have problems with other browsers, however in Firefox a right click enables these pages to be viewed in IE.

  Gongoozler 08:27 05 Feb 2006

... I should have said, if the small Firefox extension IE View is installed :-).

  CurlyWhirly 09:36 05 Feb 2006

I have also got used to using Firefox and in the last 6 months of using it, it hasn't given me any trouble.

I did however recently try out the IE7 BETA release but it seemed to conflict with my McAfee anti-virus and firewall so I uninstalled it.

  Taw® 11:13 05 Feb 2006

Firefox, Opera, IE and Avant for me. All for different reasons and with no real preference

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

WPA2 hack: How secure is your Wi-Fi?

HP’s new Surface Pro rival is designed specifically for Adobe-using designers and artists

Best kids apps for iPhone & iPad

Que faire si son iPhone ou iPad est tombé dans de l'eau ?