Pros customizable; intuitive use; user-friendly features; extremely secure; uses fewer 'puter resources; very convenient; makes me feel smart!
Cons none, if all web authors would make their code compliant, all pages would all work correctly in ANY browser
Summary Betrayed by MS, 'puter nearly crippled in 6/04 by browser hijack and spyware installation--took me 3 weeks to get it under control. In cruising the so-called "geek boards" to find utilities to clean out my poor, abused computer, I came across mention of both Opera and Mozilla. I downloaded both, but found that Opera's ads took up more room than my husband could tolerate (great little browser, though). We downloaded Firefox at 0.8, I think, and have eventually put it on all four of our computers. We love how we can customize the skin for each of us (our daughter's is "Pimped Out", our son's is "Scribblies for Kids" and ours changes weekly). The favorites toolbar is very handy for us, and the extensions are just a gold-mine of functionality. The kids have Foxy Tunes installed, for toolbar-like management of their media players; I have become very dependent upon Forecast Fox and Chrome-Edit; I have recommended Accessibar to our elderly neighbor who is computer-savvy but suffers from macular degeneration and needs to sometimes listen to his web content, or enlarge his text and alter colors for greater visual processing for his poor eyes. My "I hate change" husband has really come to enjoy it, to the extent of installing it on his boss' computer, and we've put it on at least 5 of our friends' computers as well. The security is amazing; I haven't had a single piece of spyware installed in all the time I've used this browser, and we check frequently with Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D. I can't thank the folks who work on the software enough, and pledge our family's loyalty to the Fox!
Pros More secure than IE, great UI
Cons A very few sites still require IE
Summary Firefox is the first real alternative to IE. I use it as my primary browser and it works flawlessly on 99% of web sites I visit.
I switched from IE because of security concerns - either I locked IE down so tight it didn't work on many web sites, or I left the door wide open for malware. Firefox manages to be secure without losing all its functionality.
The tabbed browsing feature is great. So is the built-in download manager. But you can make both of those (and a lot else) even better by installing some of the numerous extensions available on the Firefox web site.
Contrary to what the review below says, you can view PDF just fine in this browser.
"Almost great!"on by intergrow
Pros Tab browsing in set up well, download,, theme and extension management features are great; IE import is slick and easy; open source for custom theme design makes it fun to look at; built in search too
Cons Doesn't support everything yet or vendors haven't caught up to the browser for support yet. Need a form auto complete like in the Google toolbar for IE. I tried the one on the website-not as good
Summary I really like it. Will never go back. Password manager is easy to use and always works.
Pros Secure, fast, tabs, extensions, themes, popup blocking, great
Cons No interface language selection like in Mozilla Suite
Summary I'm using Firefox for about 6 months now and it has never let me down like Internet Explorer has done many times.
What I first noticed about Firefox is how clean and simple the interface is. But behind this clean interface is a lot of power. All the features that one can't live without while browsing are here: tabs, popup-blocking, quick search (it can also highlight all the words you search for on the page), security and the best support for all new and old internet standards (like (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScrip, DHTML and so on). It looks like Firefox is also very quick to display web pages, even on the same speed internet connection. Support for RSS and Atom feeds is also here in form of LiveBookmarks. This makes it a lot easier to subscribe to blogs and news pages. Although there are a lot of very nice features already in Firefox you can easily add new ones by using extensions. So make sure you check them out and get things like mouse gestures and advanced ad blocking.
What I also like about Firefox a lot is that it is very quickly translated into my mother language. I can't say this for other browsers (well except for Konqueror in KDE). The only thing I miss is the interface language selection tool like in Mozilla Suite.
It is also important that your computer is safe when you browse. And here Firefox is also in the lead. If bugs are found they are usually not critical like in IE and they are fixed extremely quickly and you don't have to wait for months (or even years) to get extremely critical bugs fixed like with IE.
Themes are another very nice thing about Firefox (especially important if you ask my sister ). With them you can make Firefox look exactly as you like. There are also special themes for kids.
All in all Firefox is an almost perfect browser. It just need a little polish in some places. If you still use old and insecure browsers like Internet Explorer be sure to check out Mozilla Firefox. You will never go back.
Pros Fast, reliable, easy to use, great features & performance.
Cons On a few (very few) web sites, some things don't display correctly.
Summary I have always been an IE user; mainly because almost everything on the net is IE compatible. But I have gotten so SICK (SICK, SICK SICK!!!) of all the problems with IE 6 that I decided to really give the new version of Firefox a try. I love the tabbed browsing, but aside from that, I'm finding it to be fast (unlike IE), reliable (unlike IE), pictures load quickly (unlike IE) and compatible with all the places I normally surf. I had tried an earlier version, but there were too many sites I frequent that didn't display correctly. That no longer seems to be an issue. I'm thrilled with the performance of Firefox and have happily made it my default browser. I was so angry at the lack of performance IE offered, I was about to start beating my head against the wall! But with Foxfire, I can now spend as much time on the web as I want without elevating my blood pressure or sacrificing my sanity!