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Internet Browsers: A Comparative Look

A lot of you out there have been asking about the different web browsers out there and what your best options are. Below are listed a detailed comparison of functionality, security, content, usability, and most important stability (“What do you mean I can't have 30 tabs open at once! Don't you know what year it is!”). So enjoy and I hope you can make a better informed choice of internet browser from my analysis.



Mozilla Firefox

In no particular order, I will start with Mozilla's Firefox browser. This is probably the most popular web browser out there, next to Internet Explorer and Safari (which come preloaded on all PC's and Macs). Firefox comes standard on most Linux distributions, and is favored among avid internet users for its feature rich functionality, seemingly endless user submitted plug-ins, and overall speed and stability. Firefox was the first to introduce tabbed browsing, which was truly revolutionary in today's ADD internet browsing world.
Firefox is unique in that it truly listens to user feedback and tries to give the users exactly what they want in an internet browser. Ease of use, integration with favorite sites, and the ability to network and collaborate with friends new and old straight from your browser has really revolutionized the way many people use the internet, and what has made Firefox a favorite among users new and old.
Mozilla has always considered themselves as a “public benefit organization” for internet users and under that mission strives to keep up with the most current security protocols and technologies. The most unique feature of Firefox is that it is completely open source, which means you have full rights to manipulate and recode the browser as needed. This ability to customize down to the bit (literally) makes Firefox a leading contender in the world of internet browsers and allows for a world wide security community to add to its overall superiority.
Firefox is very user friendly straight out of the box (even though it doesn't ever come in a box). It is a fast browser, which is important to many internet users, and being the forerunner in tabbed browsing, it definitely leads the way in providing the most stable support for this feature. The plug-ins provided by literally thousands of people also offer a such an expansive variety of features you can customize almost every aspect of the browsing experience to be tailored to your specific taste (even the look of the browser itself!).
From the beginning, Firefox has had a reputation for being more stable than other browsers. Being open source means it is able to be analyzed, reverse engineered, and tweaked by anyone with the skills to do so. I really feel like this has contributed greatly to Mozilla's success. That said, the stability of your browser greatly depends on your general practice as far as security on your computer. Having a robust AntiVirus and AntiSpyware security package on your PC or Mac is crucial to your overall experience online. I will be providing a How-To on PC security best practices soon.
In closing,with features like AdBlock, BabelFish Instant Translator, and pretty much any social networking plug-in you can think of, it really covers all the bases. I have mentioned some of my favorite features here, but you can look up and download all you want by going to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/.



Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer comes with all PC systems running the Windows OS. Internet Explorer was actually initially planned on being dropped by Microsoft altogether with the release of Windows 7 due to dramatically declining usage since the emergence of competing browsers like Opera and Mozilla's Firefox.
There is a lot to keep up with in today's ever changing internet world, from content to coding, and even just the way users themselves use and navigate the internet, and it seems it is all Microsoft can do to protect it's core Operating System. That said, Microsoft does attempt to strive to keep up, maintaining overall functionality and security. However, being the massive entity that it is makes it also the biggest target, so naturally it's also the most attacked and exploited.
Probably the best thing about Internet Explorer is that since it's birth in 1995 Microsoft has done little to change its overall appearance, save it's most recent release of Internet Explorer 8. Although, I suppose you have to admit only going through 8 iterations in 15 years isn't too bad. With the little change, however, few add-ons have contributed to it's overall functionality. The latest release has included features like WebSlice, which allows you to view pieces of edited and updated websites from a newly modified Favorites menu.
Internet Explorer's interoperability with the Windows OS and all other Microsoft products has been a core reason for it's continuing use. Home field advantage, however, does not seem to help it's popularity or it's reputation for glitching and crashing, especially with heavy tabbing. Although Internet Explorer 9 is in the works, supposedly with a broader range of compatibility and functionality, it is unlikely that it will ever be able to keep up with companies specifically focused on the web browsing experience.



Safari

The Safari web browser comes with all Macs and iPhones. It is available for Windows PC's as well, and is fairly popular among both Mac and PC users. Safari was a late bloomer, only coming out in 2003. There isn't really that much to be said about Safari. It does have a lot of really neat features such as VoiceOver screen reader which reads text on the screen for you and full page zoom, which is pretty self explanatory.An interesting side note on security, Safari was exploited during a security conference in 2008, making OSX the first OS to fall to a hacking competition taking place at the event.

That's about all I have at this time. I will add more as I test new browsers. I am currently testing Opera and Maxthon2. Thanks for your time and support!
Good Luck!

NOLA Tech

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I Want BING HAS MY HOME PAGE


The is done differently in different browsers. The three most common are Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. I'll list the steps for each.

Internet Explorer:
  1. Make sure you've closed all open tabs, then open Internet Explorer for the desktop.

  2. Click Tools, and or click Internet options.


Under the General tab, enter the web address of your new home page, and then click Apply.

Firefox:

  1. Open the web site you want to set as your home page. If you want a blank home page, open a new tab.
  2. Click the icon to the left of the web address, drag it to the Home button, and release.
  3. Click Yes to set this as your home page.


Chrome:


  1. Click the Chrome menu snp_2696434_en_v1 on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
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      When the "Show Home button" checkbox is selected, a web address appears below it. If you want the Homepage button to open up a different webpage, click Change to enter a link.

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Check the site linked below. It has code list for many brand of TVs.

Check this site for more details. It has more than 1400 posts to different brands of electronic entertainment and other equipments. All posts referrers with the repair and fault finding to electronic entertainment equipments. It will be best to view it either in Flipcard or Timeslide option, can be selected by the sidebar tag at the top left of the display screen. Timeslide view will be the best to select. If you are using Google Chrome as browser, Flipcard option will be the best.

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how to change my default browser because now my default browser is google chrome iwant to change into internet 7


1.Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
2.If a message is displayed asking if you want Internet Explorer to be your default browser, click Yes. That's all you need to do.
If a message does not appear, go to the next step
3.Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
4.Click the Programs tab, and then click Make default.
5.Click OK, and then close Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer is now the default web browser

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my computor is taking a long time to get onto web site


Hi there,

Usually this occurs due to various reasons. I would suggest a few steps to troubleshoot the issue.

Open the web browser you're using to browse the pages. Check for the tool bars that may be installed.These toolbars gets installed automatically while downloading any applications or files in the Computer. If any toolbars are installed please uninstall them. These toolbars can slow down connecting to the internet.

In order to uninstall these toolbar, perform the below steps:

1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs.
2. Under Change or Remove Programs, check the presence of the name of the toolbar in the list of installed programs.
3. Please uninstall the program from the list and check if this resolves the issue.
After performing the above, I would recommend you to restart the Computer once before you access the internet.

I would also suggest that you try deleting cookies, history files and temporary internet files.Please view the below article to view the steps:
"http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/documentLink.do?externalId=C1002435"

I would also suggest that you disable the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). Please refer the below article to view the steps:
"http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/documentLink.do?externalId=C1007556"

Also try using different web browsers like Firefox, Safari, Opera etc., and check if the issue still persists.

I would also suggest that you boot the Computer into Safe mode with Networking option. Please refer the below article to view the steps to start the Computer in "Safe mode with Networking" option.
"http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/documentLink.do?externalId=C170681"

Please check if the browser is still taking a lot of time to open a web page. If the web page open normally, then I guess it is required to upgrade RAM of the Computer.

Please check whether the issue started after installing any application. If yes, try uninstalling the application and check if this resolves the issue.

If the web page opens slowly, then I suggest that you reinstall the Operating System.

Regards,
Mithun

Jul 13, 2010 | Compaq Computers & Internet

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