Speaking of Firefox

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  1. Tom Butler

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    I'm thinking about installing Firefox in place of Internet Explorer, but before I do, I have a few questions?

    1. Will it create any conflicts with IE?
    2. Will I have to create a new list of Favorites (or Bookmarks)?
    3. Will I lose my current favorites or can they be easily transferred?
    4. How do I make Firefox my default browser? Will IE just quietly retire into the background?
    5. What if I decide to go back to IE? What do I have to do to do that?
    6. What about my e-mail? I use Outlook Express. Any problems when I switch to Firefox?

    And questions about performance from you Firefox users? How does it compare with IE re: simplicity of operation, susceptibility to viruses, trojans, worms, etc.?

    I've heard many good things about Firefox, but I'm just nervous about the mechanics of the switch. I don't want to crash my computer.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. Linda64

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    I have both browsers--Firefox 2.0 and IE7---there is no conflict. Some pages load better using IE than they do in Firefox. You have the option of saving your Favorites to Firefox--it will ask during installation if you want to import your Favorites. Firefox is better for ad and banner blocking than is IE. I also use Outlook Express with no conflicts using Firefox.

    You can make Firefox your default browser during the installation.

    Another good feature on Firefox is the tabbed browsing--however, IE7 has tabbed browsing too. You can do alot of neat things with Firefox--I really like it, but like anything else that has to do with computers, it has its bugs.

    I also have 2 other browsers---AOL OpenRide (which I don't use that often--except when I go on AOL) and Opera, which I am using now. Opera also has tabbed browsing. Here's the link if you want to d/l Opera:

    http://www.opera.com/

    Hope that helps
     
  3. Tom Butler

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    Linda, you've been a great help. Thanks for alleviating some of my nervousness.
     
  4. Trotter

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    1. Will it create any conflicts with IE?
    Nope.

    2. Will I have to create a new list of Favorites (or Bookmarks)?
    Just like Linda said, Firefox will ask if you want to import your settings and Favorites.

    3. Will I lose my current favorites or can they be easily transferred?
    See #2.

    4. How do I make Firefox my default browser? Will IE just quietly retire into the background?
    When you run Firefox, it will check and ask if you want it to be your default browser. Some programs will still launch IE... that's just the way they were made.

    5. What if I decide to go back to IE? What do I have to do to do that?
    Launch IE and have it set itself as your default browser.

    6. What about my e-mail? I use Outlook Express. Any problems when I switch to Firefox?

    OE is outside of the browser, so unless your change it in your computer it will still work.

    The best thing about Firefox is the ability to customize it with extensions. I have 26 extensions in my Firefox.

    Here's a few that I have found really good.
    Fitt's Back Button - http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/lofiversion/index.php/t3955.html
    Makes the Back button bigger.

    BBCodeXtra - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/491/
    Right-lick functionality for all kinds of forum formatting.

    Smiley Xtra - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/375/
    Hundreds of insertable smileys.

    McAfee SiteAdvisor - http://www.siteadvisor.com/download/ff.html
    Helps keep you safe while you search and surf.

    IE Tab - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1419/
    Opens ie inside of a FF tab.

    Fasterfox - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1269/
    Firefox optimizer.

    Colorful Tabs - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1368/
    Helps you to tell tabs apart... and it's pretty.

    All-in-one Sidebar - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1027/
    Very handy. I have buttons for my bookmarks, CookieCuller, and downloads on mine.

    CookieCuller - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/82/
    Lets you store and protect the cookies you want to save (like your login for the BB).

    Adblock Plus - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1865/
    Adblock Filterset.G Updater - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136/
    One-two punch. Blocks loads of online ads.

    NoScript - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/722/
    Helps make FF more secure by not allowing scripts to run until you give a site permission.

    Flashblock - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/433/
    Blocks flash animations, but puts a button where they go so you can choose to see it.

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    I know that seems like a long list, but each extension is pretty small.

    I don't know if they are all compatible with FF2 or not, as I use Nightly Tester Tools to make mine compatible.
     
  5. Tom Butler

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    Brother Trotter, I thank you. This is a compliment--you are a computer geek extraordinaire. I am impressed.

    Uh, would you prefer guru instead of geek?
     
  6. Linda64

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    Thank you Trotter--

    I downloaded the colored tabs and the IE tab extensions---they work great--now I don't have to open my IE every time I want to view a page in IE. :thumbs:
     
  7. El_Guero

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    One thing not mentioned - FF opened up a connection to the internet and sent data back to the company. Even though I configured for manual updates.

    It also slipped through my firewall to do that (acted as a server process or backdoor).

    If (when) someone exploits that hole - it would make your computer vulnerable.
     
  8. Tom Butler

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    Okay, I've installed Firefox, so far so good.

    Now another question: I use Net Transport as a download manager. Sometimes I don't want to use "right click, save link" because he download manager handles long multi-megabyte things better.

    How can I establish Net Transport as an option to download videos? I suspect deleting and re-installing might do it, but is there another way?
     
  9. LeBuick

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    Explain the concept of an extension? Like why do you need a larger back button?
     
  10. El_Guero

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    Extensions are extra code that add features that you may or may not need.

    A larger back button . . . he might have worse eyesight than I do . . . ?
     
  11. LeBuick

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    So not extention like .exe, .doc .xls... This is something different and unique to firefox?
     
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    I am a huge Firefox fan, just downloaded 2.0 and it is not working properly :(:(
     
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    may need to redownload, Roger. sometimes the dl is corrupt
     
  14. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    Going to try that - I am finding myself using Opera more and more often now.

    Happy Thanksgiving by the way - we just put our $56, 18 pound turkey in the oven ;)
     
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    That did it - thanks!
     
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    Thanx, Bro. May your Thanksgiving be full of joy. Remember the One to whom all thanks and honor is due.
     
  17. LeBuick

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    I guess you don't get the turkey sales where you're at? At $56 you need to make sure you eat every bite.
     
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    One other thing about FF...If you don't watch, the more tabs you are using, the more RAM it uses. If you don't have alot it can create problems of S-L-O-W Down & such. Course if'n you're like some on here ya can proably have 20 tabs up with no problems!!!! Me....ain't that blessed!!! Had to go back to IE, but I will give'em credit....FF is more secure!
     
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    Easier to hit on the fly. ;)

    Think of extensions as just that... extensions of flexability for Firefox. Each extension is small, but adds a new or different aspect of functionality to Firefox.

    Take Yahoo! Mail Notifier, for example. I have this extension (I didn't list it because not everyone uses Yahoo). All this extension (or plugin, if you prefer) does is to log into Yahoo to check for new mail, and to recheck at intervals that I set up (every 5 minutes). If I have new mail, I have it set to show a little popup in the corner and to play a .wav (I downloaded "You've got mail" like in AOL... I dunno why).

    CookieCuller is another good example. All it does is store my cookies. If I access my cookies through CookieCuller, I have the option to choose to protect as many cookies as I want. I can also remove that protection if I decided to. And I can erase all unprotected cookies with a single button, but leave the cookies I want (logins and such) untouched.

    I running a AMD 3200+ 64-bit CPU and 2 gigs of RAM. 35+ tabs don't slow me down...
     
  20. LeBuick

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    Wow, what do you do with all that puter?
     

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