Is Mozilla Firefox 3 better than Internet Explorer 7?

Internet Explorer 7 drives me BANANAS sometimes. It always freezes, always gives me problems, shuts down on me whenever I try to get into some sites, and especially freezes up my computer alot, from a few seconds to completely freezing up that I have to shut my computer off from the button on the hard drive (Start Menu won't open), and reboot it. When I was trying to view this video that I just HAAD to see (it was a video blog on David Archuleta's myspace) and Internet Explorer wouldn't let me view it, it just kept shutting down, I had enough. I'd read around that Internet Explorer sucks and that you should download Mozilla Firefox. Well, I thought I'd try it. I just downloaded it, and haven't actually used it yet, except for the first few minutes write now typing up this question.

What I want to know is, is Mozilla Firefox better than Internet Explorer? I was using Internet Explorer 7, and now I downloaded Mozilla Firefox 3. I'm keeping my Internet Explorer, not uninstalling it..


...because I know there are alot of sites and stuff that require Internet Explorer only, and don't work on others, but I really want to know if Mozilla Firefox is better. And how much better? Alot better, or just a tiny bit better? Like, from the performance, to the speed, to even some of these add-ons I've heard of for Firefox. I also heard Internet Explorer is just a main target for viruses, and therefore is the most dangerous in bringing alot of viruses. How do these two compare, and is Mozilla better then IE, and by how much? And also possibly, how is IE better than Mozilla? Not overall, but what features are a bit better in IE than Mozilla? Sorry I'm new to Firefox, so I wanna know if it's worth changing the browswer and start using this one more than IE. THANKS!

Update 2:

Why can I not download Adobe Flash Player for Firefox. i'm trying to download it, but it isin't working! And the reason that amde me switxch to firefox was that i wanted to view these videos but IE kept shutting me down.

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    "is Mozilla Firefox better than Internet Explorer?"


    "because I know there are alot of sites and stuff that require Internet Explorer only, and don't work on others,"

    If you have XP you can only update Windows with Internet Explorer

    EDIT: Someone reminded me above ^. There is an add-on that will let you use Internet Explorer inside Firefox. I don't know if you can uninstall Internet Explorer and still use it though.

    "And how much better?"

    A lot :D

    "Alot better, or just a tiny bit better?"

    A lot :D

    "Like, from the performance, to the speed, to even some of these add-ons I've heard of for Firefox"

    Performance, speed, stability, security. The add-ons really are amazing. I had Firefox customised quite a lot (before reformatting our computer) to my needs and desires.

    "I also heard Internet Explorer is just a main target for viruses, and therefore is the most dangerous in bringing alot of viruses"

    That is because most people use it. Why do they use it if Firefox is better? Internet Explorer comes with Windows and most people don't know anything else exists.

    "How do these two compare, and is Mozilla better then IE, and by how much?"

    A lot :D

    "And also possibly, how is IE better than Mozilla?"

    As I said before, performance, speed, stability, security. After switching to Firefox we stopped getting viruses on a regular basis and having a lot of tabs open in Internet Explorer makes it slow and sometimes freeze for me.

    I won't bother answering anything else.

  • 1 decade ago

    I ♥ Mozilla Firefox! I'd never use anything else. It rarely freezes (and I mean RARELY!) and when it does you can just start back where you were. It also blocks pop-ups like nobody's business and it's extremely easy to clear your history if you ever need to. I'm not exactly a computer genus or anything but I absolutely think that Firefox is far better than Internet Explorer.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Mozilla Firefox 3 is much better than internet explorer. Not only is it more secure, but it loads everything so fast, it's unbelievable.

    Firefox has plugins that you can download that make support pages that are ment to be viewed by internet explorer. This meaning that you don't need internet explorer anymore because Mozilla fully supports all web pages.

    The world of technology thanks you for switching!

    KJB Technologies

    Source(s): KJB Technologies Professional
  • 1 decade ago

    I use Firefox 2. I heard that Firefox 3 isnt as good as the 2nd. Also Firefox is super safe. It blocks pop-ups and many bad sites!

    Source(s): I use Firefox all the time.
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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular browser in the world, you can download the last version for free

    Firefox is very well known because its fast and reliable.

    I reccommend it

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Firefox is much better.

  • 1 decade ago

    Definitely. It is nine times faster, has loads more features, it more customizable, and is an all around better browser!! Get it!!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    be SURE to download the media files:




    to view media in firefox also Windows Media Player for Firefox

    all are included below

    Firefox has updated so be sure you have 3.0.1

    try it,you'll like it. any questions,feel free to e-mail me

    1st thing to do is disable Internet Explorer as your "Default" web browser:

    start--control panel--internet options--advanced--programs

    un check the "check if Internet Explorer is default web browser" box

    next,after installing Firefox,open the options section:


    see my Firefox recommendations here

    be sure to check box making Firefox your default web browser

    here are some other recommendations to make Firefox a better browser


    Get Firefox

    [ presently @ 3.0.1 ]


    after download,be sure to click each downloads update link


    you can refuse the Yahoo Toolbar download included


    refuse the Norton Toolbar download

    Real Player

    Windows Media Player



    watch for:

    itunes download


    "other" Apple updates

    uncheck each of these

    DivX for Windows - DivX Play


    Vista Codec Package

    Compiles the best codecs from all the big name codec packs

    XP Codec Pack -

    Codec pack and Media Player Classic helps you to play all major audio and video formats.

    Saving Flash files from Firefox

    Firefox for Newbies

    a. Click Tools - Page Info

    b. Click the Media Tab on the Page Info Windows

    c. The media tab has a complete list (with preview) of Images, CSS Files and Shockwave Flash files that were downloaded by the Firefox browser while rendering (loading) the page.

    d. Scroll down the list and locate the swf file.

    e. Click the "Save As" button. Select some directory on your hard drive and save the file (No need for a third-party plug-in)

    Firefox for Geeks and Power Users

    a. Type about:blank in the Firefox address bar

    b. Now click List cache entries or directly type about:cache?device=disk (Disk cache device)

    c. Press Ctrl+F and try to location the flash file by typing some part of website URL or the flash file name or just .swf. After some hit and trial, you should be able to locate the swf file URL

    d. Click the SWF URL to open the Cache Entry Information page. Right click on the link and choose "Save link as"

    Download All in FireFox Using Orbit Downloader

    UnPlug is an extension which lets you save video and audio which is embedded on a webpage - it's a video download tool.

    Install VeohTV | Veoh Video Network -


    Firefox Slow Page Load - Solved

    A co-worker showed me an interesting problem with Firefox today.

    He loaded a page from our application (running on localhost) and the page content loaded instantly, but the page load itself didn’t end until a time out 20 seconds later.

    Literally.Everything we saw a measured from the browser or from the sending application showed that the content was sent in milliseconds, and the page load was just sitting there doing nothing. \

    We were even using the latest Firefox beta.

    Other browsers had no such problem.

    Turns out, we figured out what was going on using the Tamper Data add-on.

    Turns out there was a Connection:

    keep-alive in the header.

    When we changed it from keep-alive to close,

    the browser behaved as expected.

    That is, it loaded the page instantly.

    A little web investigation showed that when you use the keep-alive attribute

    you must also use Content-Length: header,

    which the sending application wasn’t doing.

    A quick application tweak to send the content length, and everything ran super spiffy.

    Now, if you don’t have access to the application that’s sending you web pages,

    you can twiddle with the about:config and change the

    network.http.keep-alive setting to false.

    about:config adaptations to make Firefox faster

    To configure the firefox browser:

    3. Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

    (you can find these quickly by typing "network.http" in the filter field)

    * network.http.pipelining

    * network.http.proxy.pipelining

    * network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

    Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

    4. Alter the entries as follows:

    Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"

    Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"

    Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 20. This means it will make 20 requests at once (8 should however be adequate to provide a significant boost).

    Fetch only what you click.

    Firefox has this wacky little feature that downloads pages from links it thinks you may click on pages you view, like the top result on a page of Google results. This means you use up bandwidth and CPU cycles and store history for web pages you may not have ever viewed. Creepy, eh? To stop that madness, set the network.prefetch-next key to false.

    enter about:config in the searchbar

    press enter or click go

    in the filter text box,enter:


    right click on false and select toggle to switch to: true

    Limit RAM usage

    All versions: Goodness knows I've done a good amount of belly-aching about Firefox's voracious appetite for RAM. (It's consistently the most memory-intensive process on both my PC and Mac.) Happily a simple config tweak got Mem Use right back down to a more comfortable number. Along with the previous prefetch mod, set your browser.cache.disk.capacity to a value that fits your total RAM.

    Depends on your system's total memory. According to Computerworld:

    right click on value and select modify,enter 5000

    layout.spellcheckDefault turns on Firefox 3's spell-checking in input fields as well as textareas.

    including the subject line in email page

    Slow Page Load

    enter in filter:


    right click true,select modify,enter: false

    watch page loads whoose up at you!

    here's a WINDOWS REGISTRY HACK to load windows faster:





    control panel

    click desktop [ not expand ]



    right click

    select modify

    change 400 to 50

    here's another:


    expand control panel

    click [ not expand ] desktop

    right click


    select modify

    set to 500

    and another:


    expand default

    expand control panel

    click [ not expand ] desktop

    right click


    select modify

    set to 500

    get's me from push the freaking button to desktop in exactly 20 seconds


    With Firefox 3's Download Day upon us, a lot of folks are getting their first peek at the newest version of the popular browser. One of the first things you'll notice is the "Awesome Bar," a new feature that drops down a list of sites from your history and bookmarks as you type. For example, you could type "d," and your bookmark for Download Squad would pop up, along with, if you've recently visited it.

    For some people, this is going to be handy, but others are going to hate it. We have mixed opinions about the Awesome Bar here at Download Squad, so we're going to show you how to turn it off. First, go to your Firefox settings by putting "about:config" into the location bar. Click past the warning message, and scroll down to browser.urlbar.maxRichResults. This sets how many recommendations the Awesome Bar will display -- it's 12 by default, but you want to change it to 0.

    Now your location bar should act more the one you're used to from Firefox 2. It'll still autocomplete addresses of sites you've been to, but the behavior that's been annoying some people so much will be gone. Alternately, an extension called Oldbar will give you back Firefox 2's dropdown behavior.

    Tweak Firefox to Display Richer Colors [Firefox 3]

    from Lifehacker by Gina Trapani

    fx3vsfx2.pngIf the digital photo you just uploaded looks more washed out in Flickr than it does in your desktop image editor, that's because Firefox 3's advanced color management capability isn't turned on by default. To turn it on, type about:config in Firefox 3's address bar, then click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button. Then, in the Filter field, type gfx.color_management.enabled and set that value to true (its default value is false). Restart Firefox. From there on in, your photo colors will be richer than they were. Why isn't this value true by default? Well, according to Mozilla, you'll see a 10-15% performance hit using this setting, but if you've got a reasonably fast machine, it'll be worth the better-looking photos. Hit the link below for an extended explanation of Firefox's color profile support.


    If blinking text on a web page (like in the comments here on Lifehacker) is threatening to give you a seizure—or just making your head hurt—you can disable it in Firefox with a simple configuration tweak. No extension or user script required: just type about:config in Firefox's address bar, press the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button, and then in the Filter field, enter browser.blink_allowed. Change [

    Source(s): Firefox 3.0.1 user
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