still have IE 5.5; is IE 6 bad or something?

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Thread Starter
Jan 28, 2001
Seems like there's so many IE 6 probs reported in TSG forums. True? My old IE 5.50.4134.0600 seems fine, so will I really gain much by going to IE6 ? Or am I just asking for it?
Apr 2, 2002
I assume that for every person posting to this and other boards with IE 6 problems, there are 1000, 10000 or 100000 people who aren't having any problems with it.

If you've got an up to date system with XP there may be some features in IE 6 that you need to get the best out of that system. Like you might need Direct X 9 if you have a fast computer for game playing.

At least it is to be hoped that IE 6 fixes some of the well known and longstanding security holes in earlier versions. Check this out; (19 unfixed vulnerabilities as at Dec 2002)

For myself, I prefer to place my security in the hands of third party software, including an ISP that uses a modified IE, and assorted anti virus, anti trojan and anti spyware tools.

My old, slow Win 98 machine chugs along quite nicely on IE 5.5 SP2.
Oct 4, 2002
I have win98 and I've had ie6 for as long as I can remember - I refuse to install sp1 though - that's where a lot of the problems come from - I install the security updates seperately.

I remember I liked 6 better than 5.5 straight away - 5.5 is in the dim past and I can't remember a lot about it now.

That's my view, no doubt others will have theirs - it's a case of what you like, and if it ain't broke, why mend it ?



Aug 31, 2001
I run IE 5.5 on both Win 2k and Win ME but IE 6 with Win XP.
They all work fine. Never bothered to upgrade from IE 5.5 cause it works as well as 6 and like they say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
Oct 3, 2002
Del said...
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
I entirely agree with Del. There are no extraordinary features added in version 6 of either IE or OE. So if you are satisfied with version 5.5, don't upgrade to version 6. You are not missing out on much. But I must say that I have installed and used IE and OE 6 for some time and there hasn't been any problem.

But since I laid my hands on Netscape 7 browser, I have stopped using IE6 browser. NS7 is good and tabbed windows are very convenient to handle. Although, I still use OE6 for my mails because as of now, no other free mail client seems to be anywhere near OE in terms of features and ease of use. Of course, this is my personal opinion and others may not agree.


Malware Specialist
Aug 26, 2001
If you're happy with IE 5.5, keep it.

But you DO need to install the Service Pack 2. It contains a huge number of bug fixes and security patches.

Download it here:

<A HREF="<br%20/>%20%3D31770%26area%3Dtop%26ordinal%3D5%26redirect%3Dn<br%20/>o">Internet Explorer 5.5 SP 2 </A>

After installing it, go to the Windows Update site, and install ALL Critical Updates listed.

Good luck,
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