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    Recommend alternate browser?

    Hi -

    My main browser for my WinXP Pro is Firefox. I have IE as an alternative, but I would like to uninstall that in favor of another -lightweight- browser. Don't need bells and whistles.
    (Is it safe to uninstall IE8, or do I need it for other, unknown, Windows operations?)

    Thank you for your recommendations!

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    You will need to keep IE for Windows Updates as it uses ActiveX Control which FF doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    You will need to keep IE for Windows Updates as it uses ActiveX Control which FF doesn't.
    And IE is tied into the OS for Help files and more.

    Try Pale Moon browser: http://www.palemoon.org/

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    Can someone provide info and user experience re Iron Browser?
    It is derived from Google Chrome; like Palemoon derived from Firefox.
    Would like to know the user experience. Is it a more privacy conscious browser?

    Kinda belong to this thread. OK with me if moved to a new thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scaisson View Post
    Can someone provide info and user experience re Iron Browser?
    It is derived from Google Chrome; like Palemoon derived from Firefox.
    Would like to know the user experience. Is it a more privacy conscious browser?

    Kinda belong to this thread. OK with me if moved to a new thread.
    It would seem to be a more privacy conscious browser from this HowToGeek lowdown article http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/the-g...google-chrome/

    If you like what it can do then give it a try, but you may also want to read what others think in http://malwaretips.com/threads/srwar...scamware.9127/

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    Thanks Sudo15. Interesting links re Iron Browser; close to heated ... discussions.

    It is privacy preference that I try to find alternative browsers.
    I virtualized the installation and got the portable version of Iron Browser. Then ran it sandboxed for a while to check it out.
    Not bad.
    One negative is the default home page. It has some not so socially acceptable ads, sometimes. And it points to Iron's web site as well. Easy to change it though. My Iron home page now points to Ixquick.com.

    I'm downloading Superbird Browser portable (from UK). It is roughly same as Iron Browser: emphasis on privacy. I am trial running the portable version sandboxed ... to see if it does something behind my back.

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    While Adblock Plus is suitable for the main browsers and Iron Browser seems to be loosely based on Chrome, perhaps it would work in that browser as well to block the ads.

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    I tried it. Yes, Adblock Plus works in both Iron and Superbird browsers.

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    Have you decided which alternate browser you are finally going to use yet ?

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    Not yet. I frankly thught there would be more suggestions. Will wait to see if any more replies come in.

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    Here are a few more for you to check out http://www.thewindowsclub.com/list-o...rs-for-windows

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    I think I have tried them all. Most have something missing to makes it a keeper. Too slow in loading pages? A change of browser can result in better performance, faster page loading and videos that buffer seamlessly. If you do decide to use different browsers, you'll soon notice how different they each perform, from surfing the web, page scrolling to variations in performances and more. The best browser is the one that meets your needs and more importantly, those of your PC. If you have 5 people in your home with 5 different browsers you will never get a unanimous decision on which browser is the best. It all depends on the PC and OS on each PC. Including maintenance of each to keep it up to date. Ram and hard drive.

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    Question And Firefox?

    Can anybody PLEASE tell me why the heck nobody in this thread has even mentioned Firefox as an alternative?

    With Adblock Plus and WOT and a few small tweaks like having it clear the cache on exit it has served me and my many customers very well over man years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eikelein View Post
    Can anybody PLEASE tell me why the heck nobody in this thread has even mentioned Firefox as an alternative?
    Answered in the intro:
    Quote Originally Posted by acerfmayer View Post
    My main browser for my WinXP Pro is Firefox.

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    I've used SeaMonkey for years. It's similar to the old Netscape. Although it has more bells and whistles (email, newsgroup, chat, HTML editor), it's always run faster for me than anything else. And the pages look more "crisp" and "clear" to me. Firefox? I find it to be bulky and slow, with sometimes "bleary" looking pages. JMO.

    http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

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