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Old 10-05-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Finally dropped IE for Firefox

I've resisted changing browsers for reasons unknown, but a few of my favorite websites started to lockup in the past few weeks. If it had been one site, I'd assume that site was the problem, but it was several unrelated sites that I had always been able to access and use links. Lately, they locked up, and locked up IE too.

I reinstalled IE, Java, and everything I could think of related AND checked control panel for security levels/enabling and could not recover. Spent hours Googling for solutions past few days, nothing worked.

So I installed Firefox and now everything works again.

I'm probably just too stupid to figure it out, but one of life's little mysteries for me.

I'd tried Firefox before and liked it (DW swears by it), but if I have problems I guess I'll try Chrome or Safari...
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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I switched to FF from IE quite a few years back for compatibility, then FF to Chrome a couple years ago from work and haven't looked back. Chrome's definitely my favorite of the three, but I haven't tried any of the new FF's in the last couple years.

If you switch computers a lot (I'm not sure if FF offers this) Chrome has a great feature based on a user profile. You can sign in to Chrome, and all of your saved passwords, bookmarks, autofill, general settings, etc, are accessible from any computer you're signed in on, which I like because I switch between multiple in my house

I couldn't -stand- IE. When I started web development in middle school, the added difficulty just to make anything work in IE was enough to make me switch.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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Like Arifienikel, I'm switching from FF to Chrome. I'm getting locks on FF lately. Chrome seems OK.

There are a few things I don't like about Chrome that are taking some time to get used to, so it is a slow transition until it feels right.
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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I switched from FF a couple of years ago. Worked great for a while. Haven't had any problem with Chrome.
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:32 PM   #5
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I primarily use Chrome as a gmail interface, but prefer FF for web surfing. I usually have both browsers open. I use IE to interface with employer mail and other work-related sites.

There are procedures which can reliably reset these browsers back to a pristine state.

Ranking the browsers from most to least problematic: IE, FF, Chrome.

I manage about 75 systems, and over the course of a year each of these browsers has become problematic at one time or another.
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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Have used Chrome since it was in Beta, in 2008... Tried the others, and Firefox and Opera are fine, but Google Chrome offers almost everything I want... cloud storage, built in voice control, voice "read" app, and a Google Drive Interface that obviates using Office... and as mentioned, a sync that keeps all four computers up to date... that works seamlessly. The apps are endless, and I love using "Readability"...
Now that there is an app that allows me to go back to the old "Compose" page, on GMail... I've forgiven the Google Masters, and am happy again.

One small problem... on my older computers, using Chrome... each tab opens a new svchost... and that can slow things down a bit... solveable by liimiting tabs to three or four... or by upgrading my computers.

So my vote goes to Chrome!
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:22 PM   #7
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Having looked at Chromecast this afternoon, I may end up switching to Chrome sooner rather than later too...
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:15 PM   #8
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I'm just using Chrome on my new Nexus 7. Seems OK but I'm a newbie.

On the PC I've used Firefox for a few years and like it. Best Add-ons for me are:
1) Adblock
2) Tabs Mix Plus
3) AutoPager

For FF I would recommend setting a Master Password in the Security tab of Options.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #9
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My favorite Chrome Extensions are Recently Closed Tabs, Strict Workflow, and Auto Refresh Plus (kind of work-specific).

I personally feel like Recently Closed Tabs should just be a standard function!
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I'm just using Chrome on my new Nexus 7. Seems OK but I'm a newbie.

On the PC I've used Firefox for a few years and like it. Best Add-ons for me are:
1) Adblock
2) Tabs Mix Plus
3) AutoPager

For FF I would recommend setting a Master Password in the Security tab of Options.

Highly recommend Adblock as it eliminates a lot of annoying ads. Realize that ads pay for many websites but just hate the flashy stuff and any type of audio ad that comes on automatically. Once in a while it creates a problem, like when my wife wished to order copy of pictures from local newspaper site (my soccer son), the order form was being blocked
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NoScript is another FF add-on I would recommend
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I use IE, FF, and Chrome. 90% of the time I use IE because it has the "send page by E-mail" function, which I use frequently. As far as I can tell FF and Chrome don't have that function or if they do, it's rather complicated, unlike IE where two clicks will do it. I categorize the sent E-mails in my E-mail program. The sent E-mails are permanent, unlike links that tend to expire.
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I just started using IE again. I abandoned IE for FF years ago. When Chrome came out, I compared FF to Chrome, and still liked FF better. Then I recently got a 64 bit Windows 8 and the IE 10 works fine, has tabs, and has improved very much. So I use two screens, with IE running on the left screen with my basic 'go-to' websites, and on the right screen I run FF for searches and general browsing. FF does not have a 64 bit app except for in beta, so I'm using that one.
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I dropped IE for Chrome then dropped Chrome for Maxthon.

I liked Chrome but for some reason would crash on me.
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