alternative browsers the choices

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  1. Michael_aust

    Michael_aust Registered Member

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    I'm looking round for alternative browsers to IE. In january I made the switch to Firefox. Can anyone sugest anyother browsers that are generally secure and relativly easy to use?
     
  2. Paranoid2000

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    A good overview of available browsers (for all platforms) can be found here.

    The most likely options are Mozilla (free) or Opera (ad-supported with the option to register to get rid of them - see Should I Buy Opera? for more details).
     
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    I just downloaded and installed K-meleon tonight. I am curious tho. Can you import Firefox bookmarks? By default, it only pick up IE.

    Also, can you get the tabbed browsing feel (again similar to FF).

    Like keeping only one session of K-meleon open and each new link opens up a new tab.

    I know, I have not had much time with it yet, but I found FF much easier to learn when I first started back in the old days. :p

    So if there are any K-meleon users, here, can ya give me a hand here?

    Thanks,

    Jag

    P.S. I must say this browser is fast as hell! :eek:

    EDIT: I got the bookmarks figured out but what about the tabbed browsing feature(s)? o_O
     
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    Thanks very much for that link. Single Window is working great right now. :D

    I still dunno how to change anything in the Accelerators as you stated. To much coding for me. :p

    Is there anyway to get FF extensions to work with this I wonder? o_O

    Also as far as speed goes, this is fast but some sites are NOT as fast as FF. So far tho if I can get it configured the way I like it, it will be a good backup browser to FF.

    Thanks again,

    Jag

    P.S. Are there any good adblocking things available for this browser a la Adblock like FF has?
     
  7. Acadia

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    Jag, Proximitron and AdMuncher; almost for sure either one of these programs should work to kill ads for you with K-Meleon.

    Acadia
     
  8. Trooper

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    Acadia,

    I have heard of Proximitron but always was told it was difficult to setup and configure, is this true by chance?

    I have not really heard much about Admuncher however. Is it similar in some way to Proximitron?

    Sorry for all of the questions.

    Thanks Acadia.

    Regards,

    Jag
     
  9. squash

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    Windows - GUI Browsers

    IE Rendering engine
    - Internet Explorer (By itself, Compatible with nearly all sites but as you know has vulerabilities and easier to catch spyware because of it's ActiveX component etc. I recommend you don't you this, and use a shell if you really need to use IE)
    - Maxthon
    - Avant
    - NetCaptor (I used it once, nice browser with security features such as deleting catch with numerous passes, disable activex etc.)

    Gecko Rendering engine
    - Mozilla Firefox (What I use)
    - Mozilla (Suite, "dumped" in favour of Firefox)
    - Netscape 7.1 (based on suite, soon to be dumped in favour of 8.0) or 8.0 beta (based on FF)
    - K-Meleon (If you are running Windows, I heard it is a extremely fast browser with native Windows widgets)

    Presto Rendering engine
    - Opera (Another viable alternative to Firefox, if you can stick with the Google ads, generic ads or you can buy it to remove the ads)

    Other
    - Amaya (Made by W3C)

    Windows - Text Browsers
    - Lynx (Slow development rate, but it's a text browser and those do not require much development as GUI browsers, nice to use as a secondary browser for checking on "questionable" websites)
    - Links (Windows version no longer developed, as far as I know)
     
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    hmmm ... K-meleon ... never actually tried it but feel tempted.

    So how good is K-meleon in terms of security? Same or better than Firefox?

    Can I have 3 browsers? For example, IE for WindowsUpdate only, Firefox for everything ... and K-meleon for everything as well? Conflict?

    I still don't know where K-meleon get the bookmarks from ...

    Cheers

    Chew
     
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    Yes, Proximitron does have a learning curve. AdMuncher is easier to use and does almost as much but is not free. I have used AM in the past and like it very much; I'm using FireFox right now so I do not need AM. You only pay for AM once; you will get free upgrades for life for all future versions. (Hello, are you listening Norton! :p )

    Acadia
     
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    I have been useing the netscape beta 8 since it's release and I think it is probably one of the best browsers around. It is as fast or faster than Firefox and doesn't have the graphics rendering problem FF has. The only other browser that is close to the new netscape in my opinion is opera 8.

    bigc
     
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    KM has plugins to use Opera hotlists and IE favorites. To share Firefox bookmarks, go to Tools - Bookmark Options - Settings.

    On speed, there's a modified version of K-Meleon available here - thanks bellgamin ;) - that renders slightly faster than the standard build.
     
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    I enjoyed that link. I first purchased Opera back in version 2.12, when it was not much more than a novelty. The new Opera 8 is truly a viable alternative.

    I think Opera is the most secure browser available for Windows. (I know, I know... You can't ever know for sure with these things.) But at least Bruce Schneier agrees with me. :)
     
  15. Trooper

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    Yes you can, that is what I am doing as of right now. :D
     
  16. Trooper

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    Meltdown, your linky does not seem to work for K-Meleon.

    Jag
     
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    even four doesn't hurt ;) :D
     
  18. Trooper

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    That's cool bigc. :D

    I tried out the new Opera 8 for like a week or so, but I honestly did not understand what all the hype was about. I still think FF is/was faster, at least on my machines.

    As for Netscape 8, I think I might give it a shot when it goes final based upon your comments here. :cool:

    Jag
     
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    The new netscape is very nice. it takes a little while to find all of the goodies but it has a few ;)
     
  20. Trooper

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    That's great. I assume its pretty speedy as well a la FF and Opera? :cool:
     
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    It is every bit as fast as firefox, I really think it is more responsive.
     
  22. Trooper

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    Hmmm I know you are just trying to get me into the four browsers club right? :p
     
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    :D even so you can only use one at a time ;)
     
  24. Trooper

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    Very true Master Yoda! :p :D
     
  25. drake456

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    Being still in beta it has some problems with loading some web pages,
    netscape isnt bad but id wait for it to be released first, less you like trying betas, and for me its about 1 sec slower then the fox, you can go to this website to test browser speeds

    http://www.numion.com/stopwatch/

    have fun.
     
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