I have used all of these and found firefox good, but not as chrome, IE is losing its position. One problem I faced with chrome is, it crashes after sometime...
Which one is best ?
I can only answer about what works best for me.
I use Opera for the most basic browsing, because it has some very user-friendly features and uses few system resources.
I use Google Chrome when working with Google Docs and the like, where it is fast, stable (not a memory hog) and superior. I have not experienced issues with chrashes.
I use Firefox for things that require special extensions, because it is almost infinitely customizable. Firefox works well with most websites, including HubPages, but tends to use more system resources over time.
Hopefully, this helps. You may want to try the portable versions of Firefox, Chrome, and/or Opera, then you can easily compare for yourself without having to install anything.
I use a mixture of firefox and chrome. IE is by far the worst browser in my opnion, and I only use it on the rare occasons where i come across a website (Usually a microsoft one) which makes me use IE or redirects my to an error page.
I use Firefox and Safari. I have Chrome but don't use it often.
No IE for me.
I notice that almost everyone who reports browser problems on HubPages is a IE user. I've also read that it's the most vulnerable to viruses and hacks. So I avoid it like the plague.
I liked Opera very much, but I can't be bothered swapping between browsers and it doesn't work well for everything. So I stick with Firefox.
Google Chrome sounds good, but I've been told that Google collects your whole browsing history while you're using it. Google does enough spying on me already, without me making it even easier for them - so I don't use it.
I use fire fox. Web browsing is fast and give me up dates about my plug ins.
Flock has some great features all the others leave out or make harder to use. It's built on the Firefox platform, and is pretty stable.
I find support not so good so far though.
Glad to see I'm not the only one who isn't thrilled with IE. To me, it just makes an unnecessarily big deal out of everything.
I like Firefox. It's simple and clean, and I don't run into any problems with it.
It means i should also prefer Firefox..
But still dont know why my google chrome crashes..
Take a step up and try flock. Easier to use than the rest and more intuitive.
Flock is not exactly a mainstream browser, it has a neglible marketshare. I find this advice a bit too exotic.
Website Examiner, it is the firefox engine with some very well designed widgets added that are not available in the other browsers.
It is a smallish download and looks a lot like firefox.
It has a small menu down the left hand side that keeps all your social bookmarking sites on hand, signed in and active. It can save a lot of time and desktop space.
Earnesthub, maybe what I should have said is that I find it a bit too exotic for my taste. I am not a member of any social bookmarking sites, and have no plans to join any in the future - that is the basis for my lack of enthusiasm.
I appreciate this extra information, since I am always interested in learning new things about browsers. While pretty marginal, Flock does enjoy a good reputation.
Thanks Website Examiner. I do a lot of linking and need to stay connected as I have a lousy memory for all the sites I use, so it is the opposite for me. I agree, it is not well known in the marketplace.
It is similar to firefox in reliability.
I really like Firefox, due to all of the extensions. It is great for web design and development, although I have recently started playing with Google Chromes Developer Tools, which are also pretty neat.
While I really like firefox, Google Chrome just seems to run so much quicker, so I find that I use it a lot now too.
I also like Opera, although I don't use it as often.
I have recently had enough problems with IE that I finally decided to bite the bullet and try something else. Based on either this thread or another one I can't find, I decided to try Chrome - downloaded it this morning and already I have found some things I'm not too thrilled with. Before totally giving up and moving to Firefox, I want to ask if anyone knows how to change the default type-style and similar everyday matters in Chrome? It's not quite as intuitive as I would like.
I know Firefox and Chrome pretty well. Both are shifting away from traditional style menus to more of a "smart type" menu button. Chrome has limited customization options, it is pretty slimmed down. If you like, you can try the portable version of Firefox without installing it on your computer.
Thanks, WE. I am just being a bit stubborn, I think. I could easily do the regular version of Firefox, but I liked the idea of slimmed down options with Chrome - but this is a bit more slimmed down than I had bargained for! Besides the font issue (which is irritating, but shouldn't be terribly high on my priority list), I can't see all of the avatars of hubbers. Some yes, some no. Also not the highest priority, but if I can't even solve simple problems, what am I gonna do when it gets harder?
I use the portable version and regular versions of Google Chrome on this site without any of the problems that you have mentioned. I also use portable and regular versions of Firefox without problems. So whatever problems you are experiencing should not be insurmountable.
I switched to Firefox from IE a year ago when I started having computer problems, and was delighted with it until recently. Now it seems to hog resources, is slow and frequently causes system crashes. I switched to Chrome a few weeks ago and am loving it. Its faster and cleaner although it doesn't have the functionality of Firefox. I still use Firefox occasionally.
My laptop has an Intel Core 2 dual processor with 3gb RAM and a 340Gb HDD,running Windows Vista which I've had nothing but trouble with. If I was still on XP this computer would be flying!
I've always stayed away for IE because, for me, it seems to make a bigger deal out of things than are necessary. Recently, though, I'm not too happy with a lot that's been going on with Firefox. I'm still using it, but that may be only a matter of time.
IzzyM, since you've had good experiences with Chrome, can you tell me if there is any way to change the default type-style on a web page? It's not horrible, but I would really like to change it if there is a way to do so. I've also had problems with some Hubbers' avatars, but that may not be related to Chrome after all.
Click on the wrench icon on the right top of your screen, choose Options, then Under the Hood, scroll down to Web content: Change Fonts and Language Settings.
It's only a toy, doesn't bite, I suggest you play around with it awhile.
Tee-heee. Thanks for this. I actually had made some changes with Options, but I hadn't seen that I could scroll down further. Oh my....
Anyway, I have now made some adjustments to the fonts and restarted the browser to be sure they took effect, and so far I can see some changes - but not the specific one I wanted. Gulp. I'll try again.
Thanks for the guidance and encouragement.
Now, to read the Hub Marisa mentioned. This whole thread may be moot.
Actually no. I haven't messed about with the settings, and I haven't set it as my default browser (that is still Firefox) so I know of no way to change things.
Ahh...just looked just now and there are two buttons top right hand corner just underneath the X to close the browser, that have to do with settings and creating shortcuts.
The settings box has an 'under the bonnet' tab that might make the changes you want.
Sorry Website I was away looking to see what to do when you replied.
Looks like we said the same.
I haven't used IE in YEARS! But, I do use it at work because I have to. Not a big fan. I love FF because as a blogger / web designer, it has awesome extensions to look at CSS code, etc with Firebug and also Colorzilla is handy! Depends of what you want. I have no experience with Chrome, so I would ask others about that.
What I noticed Chrome does is if you are working in google keywords tool and right click on a keyword, to copy and paste into google search, there is an option to open a google search for that word. I love it because it puts me straight on to google.com which I can't get if I type those words in. I always land up with google.es unless I type in google.co.uk which again doesn't return the same results as .com does.
I love this Hub by Hal Licino.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Prepare-To-Aban … ent1322520
Not being paranoid or anything...
I have been using IE , its been annoying lately so after reading this I am going to give firefox a go,
IE is awful. Firefox is great. Google Chrome is my personal favourite though, fast and reliable.
Okay, I read the Hub by Hal and I'm definitely spooked by the possibilities. I guess I'll go ahead and check out Firefox. Thanks for the recommendations, all.
Now, what do I do with Chrome? Is simply uninstalling it going to be sufficient?
No, you also have to say Google backwards 40 times, three times a day for seven days. You should then run a triple virus/anti-spyware scan, clean the registry, and reset your computer to Christmas Evening. Then maybe, just maybe, you will be safe...
Great! But I'm serious. I'm trusting the US government less and less, the older I get. I don't like the idea that I might unintentionally enable Big Brother practices.
Listen I wouldn't worry. Chances are Microsoft already have a copy of all of your files, never mind google.
If you ever install a progam called Net Meter, or anything like it that records data movement to and from your computer, you will see that bits of info go UP all the time (when you are online), even when you aren't actively uploading.
Microsoft TELL YOU that's just handshakes between the server and you, but you can never find out what info exactly is being sent.
I don't like IE (I have to use IE6 at work and it pisses me off a lot), but they have improved a lot. I prefer Firefox overall but will sometimes use Chrome.
I think Chrome is top of the pile in terms of ease of use and speed - so I use that for surfing. I think in terms of how the browsers have interpreted W3c guidelines, Internet Explorer is actually bottom of the pile.
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