Solved Downside (if any) of using IE

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
March 11, 2014 at 04:07:07
Specs: Windows 7- 64Bit, 1.8 GHz / 4gig
For years I have used Firefox and I must say that I have been satisfied for the most part. I recently opted to try IE and I can't remember when I last used it. I was surprised to see that things had been much improved particularly with respect to add-ons, particularly the likes of Adblock plus.

However over the course of time I have noted many users reporting problems with the browser in these forums and the sometimes not so complimentary replies from our esteemed panel.

My question therefore is what are the downsides with IE as opposed to FF.

All comments and advice ill be much appreciated.


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#1
March 11, 2014 at 06:24:42
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IE isn't as customisable as Firefox and there are far fewer extensions and add-ons available for it. Speed-wise though there isn't much between them these days.

Security-wise, Firefox is safer because it doesn't incorporate Microsoft's ActiveX technology which can be used to push malware on to your PC.

But I don't use IE or Firefox. I use Google Chrome because I like the way it can sync bookmarks between all my computers and tablets, and continues to sync them every day if you add or delete any. It also means I don't have to back up my bookmarks any more because they are saved on Google's server.

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#2
March 11, 2014 at 15:02:37
When I use YouTube I do not get embedded adverts in Firefox. I do so in IE11 even when using Adblock Plus, filters or any other blocking. This is more than a minor annoyance because I've just read about new drive-by viruses in YouTube ads.

IE8 was horrible IMO, always messing up on XP. Currently using IE11 on Win 8.1 and it is fine. I use the desktop version because I prefer it to the new magic one with no back-forward arrows.

IE9 is fine on our Vista, as is IE10 on Windows 7.

IE allows Java extensions if they are vulnerable, Firefox disables them.

Firefox takes longer to start than IE, not that it matters too much.

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#3
March 11, 2014 at 21:20:52
phil and Derek, your comments are appreciated particularly with regard to the nasties problem. My better judgement says I should stich with FF but with recent developments I thought a fair trial would be in order.

2 Days later Edit,

In view of your comments I have decided to stick with the devil I know... (FF)

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#4
March 12, 2014 at 10:47:12
Thanks Ewen. Browser choice is something that there are lots of different opinions about. Google Chrome is supposed to be fast but I have a hang-up about their snoopy ways.

There are also some very private search engines, no cookies, encrypted and so forth - such as DuckDuckGo.

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#5
July 4, 2014 at 04:56:39
Pinboard is cheap and your bookmarks are synchronized everywhere. You can make your book marks, or any of them, private or public. Besides they are online and you can back them up easily.

Cymric


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#6
July 4, 2014 at 12:32:26
OK, thanks for popping back to let us know.

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