What is Firefox?

Dell / Dimension 2350
March 11, 2009 at 09:17:34
Specs: Windows XP, Pent 4 @ 2.4GHz/512MB
What is Firefox?
What does it do?
Of what benefit is it to install on my computer?
StevenQ


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#1
March 11, 2009 at 09:22:38
THIS is the Firefox that bites. IS this what you are asking?

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#2
March 11, 2009 at 09:25:53
Firefox is the short name for Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is an alternative web browser. You would use it just like you currently use Internet Explorer. Firefox has more and different features and is more customizable.

You can use more than one browser so go ahead and try it. You can still use IE too. Firefox 3.0.7 is the latest final version available. You can get it by clicking on the link below.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/


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#3
March 11, 2009 at 09:26:19
I'm going to answer this question seriously because it could
be a serious question. Firefox is an alternative for Internet
Explorer commonly used and has a ton of addons and
features that make it a choice browser. It can be downloaded
here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ or researched
here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozill... It has no
benefit to your computer other then possible security over
Internet Explorer.

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#4
March 11, 2009 at 10:49:47

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#5
March 11, 2009 at 11:11:21
Thank you all for your responses. Just because my Yahoo web browser invites me to start using Firefox, I try not to blindly load a program into our computer, of which I have absolutely no idea what it is- thus the questions. I have been retired for 8 years and trying to learn more about computers. Thus, I appreciate the serious answers- which 2 of you very nicely provided. By the term "Bites"- do you mean it is no good, or a young person's term meaning very good?
Again, thank you all.

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#6
March 11, 2009 at 12:21:17
I use Firefox (and have for several years) as my default browser. IMHO, IE sucks. :)

Steven, www.wikipedia.org can answer many questions you have, computer-related and not.

EEOC


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#7
March 11, 2009 at 12:38:52
Jennifer:
Thank you for your response. In regards to wikipedia, I have now learned something else today. I have occassionally used wikipedia, but never associated it with computer information.
Steven

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#8
March 11, 2009 at 12:43:32
Google can supply information on just about anything. Google would direct you to Wikipedia and other locations.

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#9
March 11, 2009 at 12:45:53
"Google can supply information on just about anything"

Thus the link in response 4 :)


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#10
March 11, 2009 at 12:56:14
XpUser was making a joke. I just wanted to give you praise for not installing things on your computer willy-nilly as so many computer users do. Good for you doing your research! As for Firefox, it is, like the other posters said pretty much an alternative to Internet Explorer. One benefit of Firefox is that it has been shown to use less memory (RAM) than IE7 which is important if your computer does not have a ton of RAM

Firefox 3 Trounces IE, Opera and Safari in Memory Tests


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#11
March 11, 2009 at 13:05:10
By the term "bites" he was making a joke about an actual fox
in the picture. It is not a young persons "term" haha.

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#12
March 11, 2009 at 13:13:50
To all of you, I really appreciate your help, and expansion of my knowledge. To me, it really shows, when it took me about 10 minutes to find out what Jennifer (Response #6) was talking about, when she used IMHO- at least I understood "IE"- that is thanks to her suggestion about wikipedia. I definitely did not grow up with all this stuff.
Steven

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#13
March 11, 2009 at 13:30:29
The answer to your question may have been on google:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...

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#14
March 11, 2009 at 13:52:06
Just FYI, *most* of the helpers in these forums are far from being youngsters.

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#15
March 11, 2009 at 14:01:28
I use Firefox (and have for several years) as my default browser. IMHO, IE sucks. :)

That was a nice statement, BUT, IE is still the cadillac of the browsers, much sleeker and more appealing to the eye, I myself feel that firefox is too much like barebones Netscape was where you had to KEEP adding pluggins for everything.
IE comes with most everything installed so you don't have to keep continuosly looking for more plug-ins, IMHO, but I use Firefox as a backup. Also IE7 has better pop-up blocking, especially with the pesky pop-ups (echotopic) and I never had to download anything to have that pleasure :)

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#16
March 11, 2009 at 14:15:13
To Jam (Response #14)
First, I really did not understand the use of the word "Bites". Until it was called to my attention, I didn't even know that there was a "Picture" associated with the response, which in retrospect was humous, and taken as humerous.
As to "Young" person, which is the term I used, not "Youngster"- anyone under 40-45 is young to me. Obviously I upset you and I apologize for that- but please think about many specific words the way that they are used these days, as compared to the 40's, 50's, or even the 60's. Hopefully you cans see my confusion in trying to understand that "Response". In all, everyone has been extremely helpful and very gracious with my shortcomings concerning computer knowledge.
Steven

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#17
March 11, 2009 at 15:34:08
You didn't upset me. I just wanted you to know that many of the helpers here are not kids. I am over "40-45" myself, as are many of the "regular" helpers here. If you care to read a fun/interesting thread, have a look at this discussion of TV's...it may give you an idea of the type (& age) of people you'll be dealing with :-)

http://www.computing.net/answers/th...


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#18
March 11, 2009 at 15:43:08
I didn't grow up with this stuff either. I first used a computer (on a main frame) when I was 25. Didn't actually purchase my first PC until I was 35 (preferring Netscape as my browser then.) So, I'm no spring chicken either.

And, thanks to XPUser4Real for the comment on my comment. :)

EEOC


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#19
March 11, 2009 at 16:02:29
Browsers are a personal preference kind of thing. Personally, I don't really care about eye candy. I like FF3 because some things are so much easier to do then with IE. Again, that is strictly my opinion.

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#20
March 11, 2009 at 21:25:12
OhTheHill is correct on it being a personal choice. I have been a faithful IE6 user since it came out. It, to me, was much better than firefox or any of the other browsers that were out at the time. I never had any of the issues that others complained about. The problem is I can't stand IE7 with its tabbing and script services and other add-ons that I found to be at the least hap-hazardously put together.
I was kind of forced into looking at different browsers when the websites that I am associated with upgraded and IE6 just didn't work as well in them. I settled for FireFox3 and have come to like it and its solid architecture and security.
I am afraid that it has now become my browser of choice now !

Change Is Good
http://www.citizenlink.org/Stopligh...


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#21
March 11, 2009 at 21:27:04
so you did get used to tab browsing then? LOL

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#22
March 12, 2009 at 03:07:58
XpUser4Real

I use FF3 and DON'T use tabbed browsing. You have options.


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#23
March 12, 2009 at 09:13:02
StevenQ, If you google for the term computer slang you will find tons of info on some of the short cuts people use so they don't have to type everything out such as IMHO etc. Some of them are pretty amussing too. Bluejay (not quite retired, but over 50)

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#24
March 12, 2009 at 11:17:03
hmmmm, I think IE7 also has that option for tab browsing : )

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#25
March 18, 2009 at 03:02:43
firefox vs ie7.... i find that firefox loads pages alot faster than ie7 try it for yourself and ad adblock plus for even faster page loading........

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#26
April 16, 2009 at 06:54:13
server1

I am curious why you felt a need to respond to this thread at this late date after the question was answered in depth already?


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