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Best Web Browser(s) for Windows XP in 2012

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  1. 1. What is the best web browser for Windows Xp in 2012?

    • Internet Explorer
      6
    • Chrome
      8
    • Firefox
      38
    • Opera
      15
    • Other (list below)
      8

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I ask this because I have a few clients running systems with XP and Internet Explorer just cant keep up. I wanted to findout what browsers I good on XP it has been quite some time since I have used the old system to search the web.

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I'd say ANYTHING else except IE and its shell clones

so it would be or Opera or Firefox or Chrome based ones

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I voted for Opera (obviously since there are only 2 votes so far, and they are both for Opera :-)

However, in my opinion there is no reason to choose one over any of the others exclusively, meaning the typical argument to replace xxx with yyy is pretty silly. I am looking at four icons in my quicklaunch: Opera, Firefox, Chrome, MSIE. They all co-exist quite happily. They even run simultaneously if you are so inclined. Having the free choice to use any of them is a good thing. Just be sure to install them with care, de-select any optional garbage like toolbars that are un-necessary. This means to click 'Custom' in the setup to see all the install options, which is necessary because I believe all four now pre-select themselves to become the default browser.

An added benefit to doing this is that you can you use different browsers for different things. Do your secure shopping in one. Log in to blogs and forums with another (I find that Opera is very good with remembering passwords, thread locations, sessions and similar things). When a site just does not work for some reason you can try a different one. In fact you can try the same site in all four of them at the same time. If you do any web developing (or just blogging) you can open up your page in all four browsers and ALT-TAB between them for quick comparison.

Obviously MSIE is required for manually using Windows Update, there is no getting around this. Also, there are sites that have secure contests using flash that I have only been able to use MSIE for.

One of these days I might just resurrect Mosaic as well. The original early 1990's browsers were always very fast and even with broadband access some of today's browsers chug away at the lousy coding, tangled CSS, Google metrics and insane scripting that make up today's internet.

P.S. the same multi-browser strategy works okay in Vista/7 also. Haven't tried it in Win8 CP.

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I'd say ANYTHING else except IE and its shell clones

What about Mosaic? :unsure:

Now, seriously: Pale Moon.

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talking about up to date stuff -_-

Edited by vinifera
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As RJM mentioned, Pale Moon (preferably 9)!

I would vote for Opera but it isn't fun when you have to block items manually.

Edited by UltimateSilence
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Comodo Dragon, a Chrome-based browser developped by the Comodo team. ALWAYS running it in incognito mode for facebook, as this so-called social network tends to keep track of your cookies even after you log out. For day-to-day browsing though, MSIE 9 is quite okay for me as I don't visit too many sites anyway.

nitroshift

PS. Although I'm on Win 7, I'm pretty sure Comodo runs on XP too.

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also use proxomitron, it work with any browser that support proxy settings.

the more knowledge you have on how is regular expression works, proxomitrions capabilities, javascripts, css, html,

the happier your browsing experience will be as you'll no longer at mercy of sites developers.

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My vote goes to Firefox.

I've had some issues with passing from Firefox to Chrome.

Anyway, when I was installing Chrome, he asks me to IMPORT Bookmarks, Passwords etc. from Firefox to Chrome. YES ofcourse.

I've imported only BOOKMARKS and PASSWORDS, nothing more.

Then........OMG! Chrome started to crashing every 5 seconds.

Startup was so slow......every time.

It seems that Chrome isn't optimized as well as Firefox. Firefox is fast as lighning without addons, plugins etc.

But even with all of them, he is pretty fast, maybe not fast as Chrome (clean CHROME (no bookmarks etc.)).

So, again, MY VOTE GOES to Firefox. ;)

Edited by Killjoy
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Does it really matter? The browsers are so narrowly different from each other nowadays. I use Firefox because it is what I have been using for years.

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Firefox for me, couldnt get into Chrome.

I thought IE9 wasnt compatable with XP?

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It's not. If you want IE you're stuck with 6-8.

Edited by 5eraph
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Just a few words on the subject ... having just recently made the decision to put XP on my computers, I continue to use K-Meleon 1.5.4 and 1.6.0 from my 98SE setup. Wasn't sure how the setup would work but am very happy with the speed and results so far. Was nothing to set up, just put the folders into Program Files ... also using Proxomitron with the same filter setup as in Windows 98SE. I will probably try a few other browsers out over the next few months, but no complaints so far with K-Meleon.

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WOW! And I thought I was OLD SCHOOL!

My vote is for Firefox, and I set it up to AUTO Update. It's a collaborative effort, from programmers worldwide and will be updated often.

Firefox 12 is working just GREAT with Windows 8 pre release versions.

Don't hobble yourself though,,,, go ahead and install the latest Flash, Shockwave and even Java to get the most out of your Browser.

Both Ad Block + and I.E. Tab work great with FF 12.0.

Cheers Mates and Happy Browsing!

B)

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you do know that flash and java are 1st ones that will allow backdor to your system :) ?

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you do know that flash and java are 1st ones that will allow backdor to your system :) ?

They are the so-called necessary evil :P

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you do know that flash and java are 1st ones that will allow backdor to your system :) ?
You do know you can "block" them both don't you?
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No Script, it's a little annoying it blocks all JAVA scripts but remembers which ones that you unblock.

http://noscript.net/

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I'm happy with Firefox. Never really liked Chrome and Opera.

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My opinion is:

Internet Explorer - not recommended unless you need ActiveX support

Firefox - a lot of extensions, very customisable, stable but quite slow

Opera - user friendly, many useful functions integrated but often unstable

SRWare Iron - a better version of Chrome, very fast but uses a lot of memory, mediocre extension support

Originally I was a diehard Opera fan but it's become very unstable, especially when using Flash content. The most annoying thing is that when there's an error the browser crashes and has to be restarted. It's different in Firefox where you see an error about plug-in malfunction but you don't need to restart the whole browser. Because of Opera's instability I started to look for other browsers. Firefox is very nice when it comes to customisation as there are plenty of extensions available. On the other hand, it's much slower than Opera and Chromium based browsers. SRWare Iron, while not being very well known, is a very good alternative to Chrome. It uses exactly the same engine but doesn't contain any spying "features" which are present in Chrome. You can install Chrome extensions in it. The problem is that the browser (and it's no different in case of Chrome) cannot be really customised, the options are very limited and extension support still far from ideal. The number of available extensions is also not very large. The browser itself is super fast but requires a lot of RAM (as each tab runs in a separate process).

The conclusion is that I use four browsers simultaneously depending on what I want to do and I think it's much better than limiting yourself to just one of them.

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By the way, the new Opera 12.00 is extremely unstable. It doesn't crash as often as the older versions... but freezes all the time, even on the speed dial screen with no pages opened :realmad: I installed it and after 10 minutes restored v11.64.

Edited by tomasz86
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Use Palemoon. It's even stabler than Firefox, from which it's derived, and it has stable version numbering, instead of that version nonsense that got hold of Firefox.

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