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Looking for new free browsers for the web and for the comp.

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by axeman61, Nov 16, 2005.

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  1. axeman61

    axeman61 Thread Starter

    Mar 19, 2003
    Let's first get to the computer. I was simply wondering if there was a browser like the regular Windows Explorer, but better. I always have any folder I open in Folders view, for quick jumping. I was wondering if there was an application that made this better. It has to be free. Does it have any features like tabbed browsing in Firefox?

    Now to the web. Circular history here. When I first learned of tabbed browsing, it was with Firefox, and it was great. For some reason though, Firefox didn't run too well on my old computer (five years old before 12/23/04), and I migrated to Opera. Again, things were good except for a few snags. When Opera went from my old computer to the new one, however, I found out that it couldn't print well (wouldn't print pictures if I tried to select them). I went back over to Firefox. With the print problem fixed and extensions for everything, I've been happy ever since. Firefox still has it's slowdowns, but that's because of RAM all around.
    Anyway, I was wondering which of these two I should really try: Opera or Avant? I heard Opera became freeware and I know it's been improved upon. I've never tried Avant, but I've been hearing good things about it.

    I'm actually asking you guys about this because I'm just experimenting. Whichever I pick, I'll probably just go back to Firefox anyway. I just want to try something different for the heck of it while I'm looking for computer browsers.
  2. loserOlimbs


    Jun 19, 2004
    I would say try them both. They are free!
  3. lotuseclat79


    Sep 12, 2003
    Hi axeman61,

    I'm with loserOlimbs on browsers - Firefox has momentum, and Opera now is free, but as we all know the browsing experience is highly individualized and is mostly about having convenient to use features that are optimized for performance and don't bloat things up.

    Here's a list of browsers:
    * Browsers, browser optimizers
    Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org
    Firefox1.5Beta: http://www.moxilla.org/products/firefox/releases/1.5beta2.html#download
    Moox (optimized Firefox): http://www.moox.ws/tech/mozilla/
    FireTune: http://www.totalidea.com/freestuff4.htm
    Maxthon: http://www.maxthon.com (IE based)
    MozillaSuite: http://www.mozilla.org
    Opera: http://www.opera.com/ (now freeware)
    Konqueror: http://www.konqueror.org/ (KDE desktop - Linux)
    Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari/ (Apple OS oriented)
    Avant: http://www.avantbrowser.com/ (free, IE based)
    Flock: http://www.flock.com/ (watch this one!)

    and more:

    * Browsers Compared: features & speed
    * Firefox Preloader
    * Firefox Tweak Guide
    * Firefox on Steroids
    * Firefox Extensions Recommended
    SpoofStick - a simple way to detect spoofed websites
    NoScript - allow JavaScript, Java(+other plugins) only for trusted
    domains of your choice
    IE View - open pages in IE via Firefox menus
    IE Tab - w/IEView download Windows Updates: refer to following webpage for related downloads to get IE Tab functionality:
    PDF Download - allows choice download, view PDF file in browser
    CustomizeGooglev0.36 - protects against Google's cookie profiling!
    * Web Browser Vulnerability Test Sites:
    Scanit: http://bcheck.scanit.be/bcheck/
    Qualys: http://browsercheck.qualys.com/
    Verisign: http://www.verisign.com/advisor/check.html/
    * Browser Security
    * Everything about your browser that it broadcasts
    Browser Spy: http://gemal.dk/browserspy/ (online test website)

    -- Tom
  4. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

    Apr 4, 2003
    you can use FireFox as a File manager. Just type c: in the address box.
  5. axeman61

    axeman61 Thread Starter

    Mar 19, 2003
    I was looking at stuff more suited to browsing like WE does for the computer part. I just want to see if there's a better application for the job.
  6. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

    Apr 4, 2003
  7. bigballa182


    Nov 16, 2005
    wow, squashman, i had NO idea you could use FF as a file manager! oh and thanks for the list of browsers and thanks for the list of browsers and optimizers, lotuseclat79, i cant wait to try some of them out. i tried opera for a while but it just didn't measure up to IE, but then i 'discovered' firefox...i don't know how i ever lived without it.
  8. cronista


    Nov 28, 2004
    You can do the same thing with Internet Explorer.

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