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Computer questions and solutions....thereof...

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:53 pm
by blues2cruise
I am wondering if there is something that would make "surfing" the net a bit quicker.
I have IE #7 and ever since I put this on my system, it takes forever to load a webpage.

I could go back to IE#6, but before I uninstall I thought I would see what other options I have.

What do other folks use for their internet surfing?

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:57 pm
by jonnythan
www.getfirefox.com

Done.

Although, there are two "extensions" I recommend for it.

The first is AdBlock:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/10/

The second is the AdBlock filterset that automatically "Blacklists" lots of known ad servers:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136/

Faster, better, more stable.

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:02 pm
by logitech104
I have IE 6 as my main, Firefox as my secondary, because it can do thing ie6 can't. I have heard great things about the Opera browser, as it uses almost no computer recources. I will never downgrade to IE7, the tabs thing just drives me crazy!

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:30 pm
by blues2cruise
No kidding, logitech, about this IE 7. It sux.

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:30 pm
by blues2cruise
jonnythan wrote:www.getfirefox.com

Done.

Although, there are two "extensions" I recommend for it.

The first is AdBlock:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/10/

The second is the AdBlock filterset that automatically "Blacklists" lots of known ad servers:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136/

Faster, better, more stable.
Thank you. I will go look at it right now.

About the extensions.....I have Ad-Aware on my machine. Is the adblock different?

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:02 pm
by jonnythan
blues2cruise wrote:
jonnythan wrote:www.getfirefox.com

Done.

Although, there are two "extensions" I recommend for it.

The first is AdBlock:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/10/

The second is the AdBlock filterset that automatically "Blacklists" lots of known ad servers:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136/

Faster, better, more stable.
Thank you. I will go look at it right now.

About the extensions.....I have Ad-Aware on my machine. Is the adblock different?
Ad-Aware is an excellent program that can detect and eliminate spyware from your computer.

Adblock (with the Filterset) is a small "plugin" that automatically blocks the vast majority of advertising on web sites. Banner ads, flash ads, popup ads, etc etc, all get blocked. It also blocks "Tracking cookies" from advertisers which are files placed on your computer by advertising networks such as Doubleclick that follow you around the internet and report back to the advertising network, informing you of the websites you visit.

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:04 pm
by blues2cruise
So far, so good.

It is definitely quicker than using IE. The way IE was acting it was slower than when I was on dial up. :roll:

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:54 pm
by Mintbread
jonnythan wrote: Although, there are two "extensions" I recommend for it.

The first is AdBlock:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/10/

The second is the AdBlock filterset that automatically "Blacklists" lots of known ad servers:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136/

Faster, better, more stable.
You are the man!

I have been using firefox for a few years now and love it. I just installed the plug-ins you recommended and could not be more pleased with the result.
It makes this site bearable again. Cheers.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:27 am
by Loonette
IE7 did suck!! We uninstalled it and put 6 back on. I had no idea that other people hated it as much as I did.

Cheers,
Loonette

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:29 am
by Sev
I love Firefox, and for the record, I haven't run into a webpage that it cannot display in almost 2 years.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:43 am
by blues2cruise
Loonette wrote:IE7 did suck!! We uninstalled it and put 6 back on. I had no idea that other people hated it as much as I did.

Cheers,
Loonette
I tried it because an IT guy I know recommended it. It is supposed to be more secure. It was awful.

I didn't have any real problems with 6, either, and I liked the 6 tool bar better than the 7.

I'm trying the Firefox at the moment.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:55 am
by jonnythan
I couldn't deploy 7 at my workplace because *three* of our main mission critical apps literally no longer work when it is installed.

Everyone there loves Firefox though.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:58 am
by logitech104
blues2cruise wrote:I'm trying the Firefox at the moment.
Annnnd... how is it!??? :stickpoke:

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:05 am
by blues2cruise
logitech104 wrote:
blues2cruise wrote:I'm trying the Firefox at the moment.
Annnnd... how is it!??? :stickpoke:
So far...so good. I'm still figuring out a few things. I just finally figured out how the tabs work. They work great.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:17 am
by jonnythan
A couple things about tabs:

Clicking a link while holding Ctrl will open the link in a new tab.
Clicking a link with the scroll wheel on your mouse also opens the link in a new tab.

Ctrl+T opens a new tab and immediately switches you to that tab. You can also put a "New Tab" button on the toolbar by right clicking the toolbar and clicking Customize.

Clicking a link while holding Shift will open the link in a new window.

There's a setting in Options to change how links from other applications open. I think that by default Firefox opens links from other applications in a new tab in the current window. I changed that option so it opens links in a new browser window.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:42 am
by Ninja Geoff
Netscape 7.1!

Sure, it's a bit old, but it still works the best for me. Though plug-ins can be a pain. I have IE7 set as my backup, it doesnt seem any slower than IE6 to me. The IE7 layout is starting to grow on me too.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:24 am
by storysunfolding
ie 7 is incompatible with damn near everything. Any tech guy who told you to use it... I'll refrain

I like opera but it doesn't work with my work web applications very well.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:35 am
by Nibblet99
storysunfolding wrote:ie 7 is incompatible with damn near everything. Any tech guy who told you to use it... I'll refrain

I like opera but it doesn't work with my work web applications very well.
As a home browser, if your pc is beefy enough to handle the behemoth of a program, it should be pretty good, due to the enhanced security in it.

As a work browser? No..... just no

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:15 am
by Sev
I've had to repair two computers here at school because classmates installed IE 7 on their laptops. And are now getting totally random lockups and blue screens of death.

Firefox forever!

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:17 pm
by asiantay
There are a lot of extensions and plug ins and themes you can get for Firefox... go stick them out and see what you might like.

Tools > Add-ons > Get extensions