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Best Browser Of 2004?

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Many browsers came and went in 2004, but which one was the best?

 

IE 6 w/ SP 2

Firefox

Avant

Opera

Slim Browser

Maxthon

Netscape

Mozilla Suite

DeepNet Explorer

Net Captor

Ultra Browser

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At one point or another, I've at least test-drove many of those browsers. In the end, I'd say Avant was the best one I've used this year. Firefox would be second, and SP 2 IE would be third.

 

Avant is based on IE, but has many, many more options than IE has... it's basically a true 21st century version of IE, and it uses 50-75% less RAM than IE does. The RAM usage is the only knock against Firefox for me - it uses up to 40 MB more RAM than Avant at it's peak... and it's not that much better that I couldn't use that RAM on something else. CNet said Firefox was at 55 MB for 25 windows, but it was at 60 MB for ONE window when I go to ESPN.com. Granted, I have 1024 MB of RAM ... but I like to conserve every bit of it.

 

RAM breakdown at its highest:

Firefox: 60 MB

IE SP 2: 45-55 MB

Avant: 20-30 MB.

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IE 6, only because FireFox is still in the growing stages. It doesn't fully support everything IE does (a few CSS tags, etc) and has a few bugs.

 

IE really took a big leap forward with SP2. It's blocking pop ups that got through even Norton! Look for FireFox to surpass it soon though.

 

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Here are my top 3 (because I cant pick just 1)

 

1. Maxthon - it has more built in security than standalone IE, tabbed browsing, pop up blocker, ad-blocker, easy searching, plugins, etc...

2. Firefox - its great but its not number 1 because it wont work correctly with all pages, especially those with embedded media or heavy scripting

3. Avant - almost the same as Maxthon

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Considering that I've only used Firefox and IE, I pick Firefox.

 

Firefox seems to have greater security, higher pop up blocking, etc.

 

I'm sure at some point, I'll try other web browsers.

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IE6, just because I am familiar with it and I don't get popups anymore, and I like the tools setup for security, and I am too lazy to try anything else.

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use IE6 no sp2 (sp2 REALLY REALLY sux unless you don't know how to use a pc) due to it being the browser most the sites in the world are standardized to

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Firefox...and I can definitely Google from my address bar. I really noticed less spyware after changing from IE, funky skins, no pop-ups. Firefox all the way!

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Firefox no doubt.

 

I still fail to see the point of using Internet Exploder. Sure if you know what you're doing you can eliminate any junk that comes from it's insecure nature, but why work hard if you don't have to??

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Still couldn't Google from the Address Bar (different from the dedicated inbuilt Google Toolbar). It would take me to the first site Google found, but would never show a list.

 

If IE wasn't totally integrated, then it might be worth considering.

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Firefox definately, IE is nothing but a pop up magnet and then the constant security issues, If a site I go to doesn't support firefox then its a site I don't return too ;)

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I still fail to see the point of using Internet Exploder. Sure if you know what you're doing you can eliminate any junk that comes from it's insecure nature, but why work hard if you don't have to??

wwhat is working hard about doing a normal install? disable a few services, get a virus scanner working in realtime, and a firewall.

 

if ur gettin' all the pop-ups, GET OFF THE PORN SITES, lol

 

never had a prob w/ IE6, or w/ the entire series for that fact

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IE isn't bad for what it does. Just get a pop-up blocker if you don't have SP2 and it works great for the more advanced user. I found it to be very convenient.

 

However, I switched to FF because of the tabs, better pop-up blocking, and less exploits...plus you can get cool plugins like a media player and the local weather right there on the screen....27F outside right now. :D

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