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Useable Browser for Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by muckmail, Feb 23, 2019.

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  1. muckmail

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    It there a usable browser for Windows XP professional Edition?

    If so where is a site I download it?

    I prefer to download it to a thumb drive and install it on the
    XP machine off line.

    Thank you,
     
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    Where a good reliable site where I could down load Opera 36.
    It looks like a browser worth trying.
    Thnak you,
     
  4. flavallee

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    The only browser for Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit that's not severely outdated is Mozilla Firefox 52.9.0 ESR
    Security updates for it ended in September 2018, so it's only a few months out of date.

    Any other browser that you attempt to use won't install or will be severely outdated.
    A severely outdated browser won't support certain websites or won't allow them to load properly.
    A severely outdated browser also leaves your computer wide open to security-related exploits.

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    I remembered reading of this:

    https://www.techworld.com/download/internet-tools/pale-moon-2840-3249253/

    I think it might only work on 32 bit Win XP.
     
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    According to its website, Pale Moon 28.4.0 is supported only with Windows 7 and 8.1 and 10.

    Opera 36 is extremely outdated. Its current version is 58.

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    That's unfortunate. I thought there might have been an update after a reconsideration. Obviously not.

    Time moves on and there just aren't enough XP users to warrant the effort to continue support.
     
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    I use Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit in my spare computer only for testing purposes.
    It's set up to allow it to keep receiving security updates until they come to an end for good in April 2019.
    Its Firefox 52.9.0 ESR browser is 5 months out-of-date and fewer up-to-date programs are supporting it.
    It will have survived for 17-1/2 years when it becomes "extinct" in 2 months, so it has had a long run. (y)

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    Have you gotten your money's worth yet? :D
     
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    Outdated browsers are a security risk, but one can compensate for it by using Sandboxie. It makes the browser think that a special folder is the entire hard drive, and all things downloaded intentionally or otherwise goes into that folder. Sandboxie helps to move the intentional downloads out to the real Downloads folder and the sandbox folder can be wiped anytime.
     
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    I am using this:

    https://portableapps.com/news/2018-07-10--firefox-portable-legacy-52.9.0-released

    You can install it on your hdd, its faster than on a thumb drive. It is completely in the folder where its installed. (you can save to your hdd of course)

    000000.jpg

    I use 52.9 & 29.(?) Have some links in the others I will eventually save to 52.9

    29 handles multiple tabs very well, not so 52, is why.
    Copy ffport52 & paste to thumb, total backup, paste to another comp, identical to 1st comp, (other than if you save stuff to hdd <-- a simple fix.

    -c-
     
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    The best way to browse securely on an XP computer is to use a current Live linux "written" to a USB stick. Boot from that and use a secure, patched browser that is part of the linux distro.
     
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    And don't forget to unplug the HD first before booting the LiveCD, as the Linux can mount the HD and write to it.
     
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    It's been my impression that Puppy Linux only writes back to a mounted hard drive if the Puppy configuration is set to locate the save file there.

    I've been using Racy 5.5 ( Live DVD ) on a Toshiba Laptop that has XP installed on the hard drive.
    The save file is located on the DVD and there is no evidence of Puppy writing to the hard drive. I do unmount the HD when I first boot up, though.

    What other Linux Live distros do, I'm not aware of.
     
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