Finally, an intuitive, fun, and fast browser that just doesn't seem to have a lot of… well, 'hang ups'. From installation to full usage, this browser lives up to its claims: "…faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life… powerful new features that make your online experience even better."
Like most browsers, Mozilla Firefox 2.0 is free, providing the user with intuitive and full functionality after installation. All of Mozilla products are available, free-of-charge, for computers operating Windows, Mac and Linux, and is available in more than 35 languages.
After a quick download from Mozilla's website, it was ready to install with little interaction on my part. The installation was successful, and all my bookmarks transferred without a hitch. After confirming that I wanted to make it my default browser, I could get right back to my daily routines without further delay. But, intuition nudged me to uninstall Firefox before my relationship with it become a personal one.
Surprisingly, the uninstall wizard walked me through a complete and quick removal. I immediately reinstalled Firefox; and behold all my bookmarks and settings were back in place! Now, it was time to do some browsing, and tinkering with Firefox’s features.
While researching and surfing the web, I noticed the pop-up blocker feature actually works. Not one annoying pop-up could make its way through Firefox, unlike Internet Explorer where a few of them have slipped through its grip.
The Tabbed Browsing feature made it convenient for me to utilize several browser windows simultaneously.
It was a breeze switching from one window to the next without window clutter all over my screen. I could get to each browser window by manipulating the scroll arrows located to the left or the right of the end tabs. I could kiss Firefox for creating a feature that recovers a webpage that has been inadvertently closed. I was able to go to the History menu, and retrieve my lost webpage instantly!
Several search engines come as a standard feature on the Navigational bar, making my search experience convenient. Google, Yahoo, Amazon.com, Answers.com, Creative Commons, eBay and Site Advisor are available, with Google being my favorite.
Spell checker is always useful and even more convenient when it’s functional in a browser. I could send e-mails or post in a forum without one spelling error. Any words with spelling errors will have a red underscore under it, giving me the opportunity to correct them. By right-clicking on the misspelled word, the spell checker actually provides choices of the correct spelling.
Firefox provides updates to give its users the best browsing experience possible. Firefox prompted me with two different update installations in a two-week period. After restarting Firefox, the installations were fast, I almost wondered if the updates actually installed. Internet Explorer’s installation and updates can be elaborate, with lengthy installation and subsequent reboots.
Here’s where the fun begins! Firefox provides thousands of add-ons to personalize my browsers. I started with the add-ons, and after thoroughly searching I settled on the Redshift V2 theme add-on. Once I clicked on install, the Software Installation window appeared and added it to the Add-on Manager. The Add-on Manager manages all add-ons, extensions and themes installed; giving me the option to install, uninstall, enable, or disable any of them. I dramatically personalized my browser in one quick download and install in less than three minutes! If I want to disable the theme, I can easily open the Add-on Manager, choose disable or uninstall. It’s that simple!
Firefox delivers what it promises with lightening speed browsing experience. Once you install it, you won’t want to go back to your old browser. Using Internet Explorer is a long and tedious experience I'd rather live without.