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This material is archived primarily from Email tips distributed to my own home computer friends here in Ocala, dated 2015-2017. Updates to this material are scheduled for CY 2018.

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Replacing Internet Explorer with Mozilla Firefox

Replacing Internet Explorer with Mozilla Firefox

Computer users who browse the Web or get their email using Internet Explorer may be experiencing slower performance and more frequent freeze-ups than in the past.

This may not mean there's anything wrong with your computer. The problem seems to be that Internet Explorer is becoming a browser of the past.

Most Windows users are using one of the following web browser programs - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox.

If you are using Windows 10, you may be using the new Microsoft Edge web browser.

Some computer users have more than one web browser installed on their machines. As long as you have enough memory and chip power, you can use multiple browsers simultaneously without difficulty.

Recently however, I have noticed that Internet Explorer is giving more and more people problems - becoming very slow, becoming non-responsive, freezing up the computer screen and so on.

I've noticed this trend on many customers' computers, and on several computers I use myself.

Therefore I decided to test how Chrome and Firefox would compare with Internet Explorer in terms of performance.

I've found Chrome to perform better than Internet Explorer, and I've found Firefox to perform better than either of the other two.

This may vary from website to website, but since I noticed Firefox dong so much better I've begun using it as an alternative to Internet Explorer.

Firefox has a layout that is more similar to Internet Explorer than is Chrome, particularly when it comes to Menu Bar functions.

If you don't have Chrome or Firefox on your computer, you can find download pages for either one through Google (.com) or Mozilla (.org) respectively.

Installation is fairly smooth but I can help with that for anybody who's unsure about installing programs themself.

Conveniently, you can import your Favorites (Bookmarks) and certain Settings from one browser to another.

So if you're using Internet Explorer but want to try out Firefox - for example - you can copy your shortcuts from one to the other and everything will look and operate nearly the same - only faster and more reliable.

Web addresses for finding and downloading Chrome or Firefox are as follow:

Chrome - https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/

Firefox - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/