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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Okay....this Firefox browser sounds interesting. In another thread, it was mentioned that Firefox has an integrated spell check. That would be great!!!

How hard is it to get used to? I remember back when I had my first computer. I had Netscape Navigator, and it was really confusing when I first changed to Internet Explorer. Would changing to Firefox be confusing for me?

Is it a free download or is it a program I would need to purchase? Would it be compatible with my Panda Antivirus and Firewall? Is there a way to trial it? So many questions!
post #2 of 29
It is free and you should keep IE on your computer as there are a few websites that are not FF compatible.

It should work fine with Panda, it is just a browser.

It does take some time to get used to as it is more user controlled. Rather than have everything and anything built in you choose your 'extensions' and add them yourself (it installs them for you you just click to say you want them), but once you have set it up it very user friendly.

You can check it out and download it at www.getfirefox.com
post #3 of 29
It should be compatible with Panda...Scott and I haven't heard of any anti-virus it isn't compatible with....

It isn't hard to get used to at all. I actually prefer it...less cookies, and I liked the tabs feature before IE upgraded theirs to be the same. I like the spell check feature as it helps me with mis-types on TCS.

You can download it for free:
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

PS We haven't run across too many websites lately that aren't compatible. It was more so a few years ago when it was still new. Scott uses IE for all his bookmarks etc. It's easier keeping things separate like that....
post #4 of 29
I've moved this to Tech Talk.

FireFox is a browser available at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/. It is a free browser. I didn't have any problems moving from IE to Firefox. In fact IE7 added a few features that were originally in Firefox.

There are only a couple of problems I've had.

One is that some IE-centric web pages don't view well in Firefox, but there are add-ins like IE-Tab which allow you to view pages in Firefox but use the IE rendering.

Two, sometimes the add-ins can cause problems. One add-in had a memory leak and I ended up removing it because it caused Firefox to eat up a lot of memory.
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
If I install it, how would I switch from Firefox to IE, if that was necessary to access a site that wasn't compatible? In some things I'm fairly computer savvy, and others I'm a complete neophyte!
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
If I install it, how would I switch from Firefox to IE, if that was necessary to access a site that wasn't compatible? In some things I'm fairly computer savvy, and others I'm a complete neophyte!
You can use add-ons like IE-Tab or IE-View which render the page for IE with a click of a button.
post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
If I install the Firefox and decide I don't like it, would I just uninstall it and I would automatically go back to IE, or would I have to install IE again? I'm assuming that I wouldn't have to uninstall IE to install Firefox. Or would installing Firefox automatically uninstall IE? I honestly can't remember how I did it so many years ago when I had Netscape. I do know that once I installed IE, I never even tried to go back to Netscape, so I never knew if it was uninstalled or not....and I was way too new to computers back then, to even know anything about browsers, programs, install/uninstall, etc.
post #8 of 29
You don't need to do anything with IE. They can be co-resident. In fact they can both be running at the same time.

If you don't like Firefox, you can just uninstall it. (And the two add-ons I mentioned require IE).
post #9 of 29
There are also cute themes like this one https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/812 that you can use.
post #10 of 29
I know that Glows for username and title don't show up in firefox.
I use it as my back up to Opera. I haven't found any sites that it isn't compatible with YET!
post #11 of 29
I see the glows just fine with Firefox.

I have my FF running a green cat theme
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I see the glows just fine with Firefox.

I have my FF running a green cat theme
Hmm weird. I don't see the glows or shadows on Firefox or Opera.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by Crazyforinfo View Post
Hmm weird. I don't see the glows or shadows on Firefox or Opera.
Either do I.

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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo
If I install it, how would I switch from Firefox to IE, if that was necessary to access a site that wasn't compatible? In some things I'm fairly computer savvy, and others I'm a complete neophyte!
If you choose not to install one of the Firefox add-ons Jana (katachtig) suggested, all you would have to do is close Firefox, and open IE.

I have four browsers installed: IE, Firefox, Opera, and AOL's. I have Firefox set as my default browser, as that works best for me with Photobucket and my email client. I use it with the IE-Tab add-on, so it's easy to switch the very few times I encounter problems accessing a site with Firefox. Opera is very similar to Firefox, and has terrific widgets, but I've had problems with the last few versions "freezing up" on my laptop, as there seems to be some incompatibility with some of the German software I regularly use.
post #14 of 29
I work with Firefox and just love the features and addons.
still keep IE for some sites as suggested above.
post #15 of 29
After 12 years of resistance Firefox made me give up my Netscape for browsing.

I still use Netscape for mail and I have IE just because it's there.

Since day one I had been happily using Netscape 7.2 then one day it started crashing. Being stubborn I kept using it. I even upgraded to 8.0 and went back to 7.2 for the mail feature.

Finally one day it annoyed me much I decided to try Foxfire and haven't looked back. So far I have not encountered one thing that will now work with it.
post #16 of 29
I have been using Foxfire for a long time with no problems. I use the Red Cats Blue theme. You would still need to use IE though for your Windows updates. Aileen
post #17 of 29
You will never find a better browser with more features than Firefox. Aside from it being easy to use, there are so many downloads and upgrades you can get for it for free. I especially like the mouse gestures. By holding the right mouse button and moving the mouse in a certain direction you can tell Firefox what to do. Here's a couple I have found. RM (right mouse button) and up opens a new tab. RM and left goes back a page. RM and down opens a new window. RM and right is forward. And then there are a bunch of other combinations like RM and down then up then down duplicates the tab. There's so many different things you can to with mouse gestures.
post #18 of 29
My 2 favorite add-ons are Ad-Block and Hyperwords.

Ad-Block gets rid of 98.5% of advertisements and banners on webpages (even this one!)

Hyperwords allows you to right-click on a word and get translations. Or right-click on currency and get a conversion.

Pretty cool!
post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 
Okay...I'm almost convinced, lol!

Aileen...how would I continue to get my Windows updates with IE, if I'm using Firefox? Just open IE and manually do the downloads, or would the downloads automatically install, just like they normally do for IE? Sorry to be so stupid....
post #20 of 29
I love how i can drag favourite websites to my toolbar which makes them into links, which is really handy for things i use all the time. Plus you can make different browser windows for family members etc, so my parents and i have differently named windows, with our own personal bookmarks, favourites, histories etc.
You can also find pretty much any add-on you want on the firefox website, and its all peer to peer, no big corporations, which i find amazing. I mainly use the spell check though.
Atm I'm using my mum's laptop, which has IE and no ieSpell.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Whisky'sDad View Post
My 2 favorite add-ons are Ad-Block and Hyperwords.

Ad-Block gets rid of 98.5% of advertisements and banners on webpages (even this one!)

Hyperwords allows you to right-click on a word and get translations. Or right-click on currency and get a conversion.

Pretty cool!
All this time I have used Firefox and I never bothered to check out the add-ons before. They are awesome! I love firefox. The Ad-Block is great! All the ads onthis site are gone which is cool.
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by Jen View Post
All this time I have used Firefox and I never bothered to check out the add-ons before. They are awesome! I love firefox. The Ad-Block is great! All the ads onthis site are gone which is cool.
Where do you find that? I looked under tools and saw "add ons", but I didn't see anything that's been mentioned here!

Nevermind.....I searched "help" and found it!
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I see the glows just fine with Firefox.

I have my FF running a green cat theme
i don't see the glows or shadows w/Firefox, or Safari, but that's minor, IMO. i much prefer it to IE, & use it at school on the PC i use there. i have the red cats/blue theme on it.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
Okay...I'm almost convinced, lol!

Aileen...how would I continue to get my Windows updates with IE, if I'm using Firefox? Just open IE and manually do the downloads, or would the downloads automatically install, just like they normally do for IE? Sorry to be so stupid....
My computer gets the IE downloads, and then I get a little yellow shield in my toolbar, informing me that there are updates to install. I click on it, get the list, and install what I want.

I don't use automatic installation for any updates, because I've gotten some that just screwed everything up.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by TigerOnTheProwl View Post
I especially like the mouse gestures. By holding the right mouse button and moving the mouse in a certain direction you can tell Firefox what to do. Here's a couple I have found. RM (right mouse button) and up opens a new tab. RM and left goes back a page. RM and down opens a new window. RM and right is forward. And then there are a bunch of other combinations like RM and down then up then down duplicates the tab. There's so many different things you can to with mouse gestures.
Opera does this too. I have it disabled but DH loves it.

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Originally Posted by Whisky'sDad View Post
Ad-Block gets rid of 98.5% of advertisements and banners on webpages (even this one!)
I love it! I still prefer Opera but now I can use firefox for a few boards that have flashing ads. BTW does it stop the fly by ads?

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Originally Posted by cata_mint View Post
I love how i can drag favourite websites to my toolbar which makes them into links, which is really handy for things i use all the time.
How do you do that? I just tried and can't figure it out. I can on Opera though.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by SophieC View Post
Where do you find that? I looked under tools and saw "add ons", but I didn't see anything that's been mentioned here!

Nevermind.....I searched "help" and found it!
This site gives you the "recommended" ones: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/recommended
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
My computer gets the IE downloads, and then I get a little yellow shield in my toolbar, informing me that there are updates to install. I click on it, get the list, and install what I want.

I don't use automatic installation for any updates, because I've gotten some that just screwed everything up.

So, even with the Firefox browser, the yellow shield would show up in the toolbar? That would certainly make it easy enough to figure out! That's what I get now with IE.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
My computer gets the IE downloads, and then I get a little yellow shield in my toolbar, informing me that there are updates to install. I click on it, get the list, and install what I want.

I don't use automatic installation for any updates, because I've gotten some that just screwed everything up.
I do do the same thing. But if you use windows update you would have to open the IE browser for that. Aileen
post #29 of 29
You should also check out Greasemonkey and Flashblock, although ad-block may block flash. Greasemonkey lets you install user created scripts which alter how a webpage looks or behaves, I have one script that adds a google calendar link to evite. Flashblock replaces all the flash movies with a box and a play button, if you click the play button the flash runs. It really helps to get rid of some of the more annoying ads.
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