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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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Web Browsers that Work with Windows XP and Vista


XP and Vista Internet Browser Alternatives

What to Do When Your Internet Software Stops or Slows

Here is a bit of information on how to get around internet browser problems if you're using an older Windows computer.

This is especially important if you're still using XP or Vista on a home computer, or if you know somebody who is still using either of these older Windows versions.

But the programs I'm going to mention also are very popular among niches of Windows 7, 8 and 10 users.

Right now the major internet apps - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox are not functioning well on many older Windows machines.

This is because the major companies involved have discontinued technical support and updates for the older Windows versions.

As a result, displaying webpages becomes slow and the occurrence of computer errors, crashes and shutdowns increases.

There are two lesser known internet browsers which may work better for you - at least temporarily - if you're using Windows XP or Vista.

These are:

- Opera 36 at http://www.opera.com

- Lunascape at http://www.lunascape.tv

I've installed and tested both of these myself and their performance initially has been pretty good.

There is not way to fully secure an older Windows version, especially prior to Windows 7.

However, if you're using a Windows XP or Vista machine for limited purposes you may find either of these browsers to perform reasonably well.

Each of these browsers has its loyal fan base. Opera and Lunascape are not as prominent as IE, Chrome or Firefox. But that may offer some bit of security because they are not so often targeted by hackers as the big names.

If you need further information on extending the useful lifetime of your XP or Vista machine, feel free to contact me for help in trying out one of these alternative browsers.

You can still program them to keep all your favorites, home page settings, etc., and in some cases you may find they perform faster than what you've been using.