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Is firefox now finished as the best browser?


manrow

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I ask because I have been using firefox as the preferred browser since it first appeared some years ago.

Unfortunately all 4 of my computers were set to auto update and now 3 of them are unusable as firefox 'hangs' after the most recent update. The fourth was saved as I managed to turn off update before disaster happened.

I spent much time yesterday to put things right but so far have failed. All the advice on the firefox site is that downloading an earlier version is not the answer; why not?

I am seriously considering Chrome instead.

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Zurdo

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Spoke too soon! Firefox 13 is crashing after the latest flash update with the message "container plugin has stopped working in firefox" after closing firefox. Seems a common problem. I've gone back to Firefox 12 and it seems ok now. There's a newer Firefox 13.01 updatebut the problem is still there on some machines apparently.

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Batch

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When I got fed up with the lack of responsiveness from IE, I tried Opera.

I really liked Opera, but found that far too many sites did not work well with Opera. Opera's stance on this was (and maybe still is) that their offering was highly compliant and that the problem lay with the websites rather than Opera. But that didn't really help me.

So I tried Chrome and have stuck with it ever since. It is extremely fast (as is Opera). The only real downside is that the Bookmarks (aka Favourites) handling isn't the best.

Opera has a vast multitude of user settings that you can set. Chrome has very very few.

On the odd occasion that Chrome has a compatibility issue with a site, I switch back to IE and oh what an absolute pain it is. Apart from being painfully slow, it constantly switches focus back to itself time and time again and so interferes with my flow. That was something that always really bugged me about IE and Chrome (and Opera) were a real breath of fresh air.

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Strawballs

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I use Chrome most of the time as I have quite a few foriegn friends and I find the right click translate this page facility very useful, when at work which uses IE I forget sometimes and wonder where it has gone when right clicking!

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manrow

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Having taken your advice buteman, I opened Task Manager first, before opening firefox. The cpu operation jumped from under 10% to over 50% and stayed there until I closed firefox down.

Could others who are still using firefox successfully advise how much cpu rises when selecting firefox in this way please?

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Nontek

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I use Firefox, currently V.13.0.1 on Win7

I have just Opened FF after starting Task Manager - CPU usage for FF is fluctuating between 0% - 3%, I am quite happy with that.

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Nontek

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PS - I also have Incredimail and Skype running (but not in use at the moment) in Task Manager, each showing 0% CPU.

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Batch

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If you aren't actively running anything else I would expect idle to be 99% and everything else to be 0% apart from Task Manager and your browser maybe occasionally rising to 1% (that's what I get with Chrome, even on a relatively old Pentium 4 single core 3GHz processor).

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Muergo

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I am still having trouble with lost pictures on Firefox, they appear as an empty square, I thought I could overcome this by updating to FF 14 but it's still there, all is OK in IE9 so can't be intrinsic in my system. Last time this happened about a year ago I cured it by opening a new profile.

I prefer FF to IE because of all the add ons etc but I've now got used to running both, I have two windows of each open with about eight tabs in each one, never seem to have crash or speed problems.(W7)

My downloading is lightning fast since TalkTalk put fibre optic in last month.

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rdave13

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It's looking as my children's laptop and my better half's laptop might be going to Chrome as they're having script problems and Flash player has to close. Both laptops with lowly CPUs. IE still default but hidden on both.

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Muergo

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rDave, I get these messages about having to close etc but I ignore them and instead of clicking OK, I click on red cross to delete message.

Flash and Adobe Air etc seem to have a lot of updates recently, be sure you are up to date with updates!!

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