Switching from Firefox to Chrome

In 2004 I switched from Internet Explorer to FireFox.

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I’m now switching from Firefox to Chrome. I’ve played with Chrome occasionally since it was released, but now it supports Extensions, similar to Firefox’s addons, enabling me to block ads and other annoying website “features” (usually flash-specific).

Google’s Chrome browser has these advantages over Firefox:

  • It’s noticably faster for me – starting up and browing websites.
  • Its interface has less clutter, although that can be annoying too: I sometimes have to hunt for functions I don’t use often.
  • It crashes less often.
  • Incognito mode is useful when working on client or public sites.

Some things I don’t like about Chrome, which Firefox has an advantage over:

  • New windows pop up for some sites. Firefox has addons that take of that crap – Chrome needs a bit more work in that department.
  • It’s not as customizable as Firefox.
  • More addons are available for Firefox, although Chrome now supports ad-blocking, so this is not a big issue.

If you do decide to switch from Firefox or Internet Explorer (anyone still use IE?) to Chrome, it seamlessly imports all your bookmarks and saved form and password data, if you used those functions.

Have you made the switch?

What Can Happen If You Use Internet Explorer

Friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer:

A friend of mine… pasted some screenshots of a machine he was playing with. He decided to use Internet Explorer, and click on every popup and link he could find. His goal was to see if AdAware would adequately clean his system up. The results? Internet Explorer was covered in toolbars and AdAware found 152,000 critical objects to fix.

Firefox, An Alternative To Internet Explorer

Why I dumped Internet Explorer:

After months waiting for Microsoft to give me a reason to remain loyal, I finally dumped Internet Explorer for the Firefox Web browser last week.
On the security front, Microsoft has clearly had its hands full. Fixing the myriad holes in Windows and Internet Explorer is no small job. But why should that prevent Microsoft from offering sensible improvements to the browser, such as the inclusion of dynamically updated content from RSS feeds a la Firefox? Beats me.

I have a lot of non-techie friends and family who ask me to fix computer problems (as I’m sure most techie people do). The cause of most computer trouble is Internet Explorer: it allows users to easily download and install programs that slow systems to a crawl, programs that monitor their activity, adding ad pop-up programs and “tools” that clutter your browser. Plus, most users are not aware of security notices and updates, such as the recent jpg bug, allowing a user’s system to be taken over by simply viewing a jpg image.

I’ve been using Firefox for a long time. Why aren’t you?

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Mozilla or IE?

I’ve been using Mozilla’s browser (i.e. Firefox) for a long time; its tabbed windows features is convenient, it blocks popup windows, and it has never crashed on me.

However, Firefox’s latest version has been running slow on my system, taking a long time to download pages; so I decided to try MyIE2, an Internet Explorer-based browser that has the same features as Firefox and it’s free. I’ve been using it for a few weeks with no complaints.

I’ll go back to using Firefox once they produce a release that doesn’t bog down my system.