Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Beta 2

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  • If you are looking for a lightweight web browser to surf the internet smoothly, then you might want to consider using Mozilla Firefox. Due to the popularity of this browser, lots of users have accessed it, and you can find several guides on how to install and set it up.

    Why is Firefox Unique?

    Firstly, this is one of the top 5 web browsers around the world, used by millions of people. It has all the essential features you would want to see on any web browser as well as some advanced features that will not only make the security of your internet surfing a top priority, but it will also make browsing super convenient and fast.

    The straightforward user interface is another attribute as to why Mozilla found massive success with the Firefox web browser. With lots of contenders on the market, it has proven its functionality over and over again over the years in terms of reliability and intuitiveness. Mozilla Firefox is licensed as an Open Source software, meaning that it is open to a vast community of developers. Open Source software is especially useful because users can quickly find the relevant help from the user community and at zero cost. Also, it means that there are several developers available to upgrade the software with more useful features and expand on its functionalities.

    Firefox supports multiple languages as well as, compatible with your Windows Operating System, including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 10, and Windows 10 64-bit. Whether your computer is low-end or not, you still can download and install it without any difficulties.

    One of the great things about Firefox is the Add-ons offered by Mozilla. You can activate and use as many add-ons as you wish by just adding the add-ons to the top panel of your Firefox browser. To access them, go to the settings tab on the top right corner(it looks like three horizontal lines arranged vertically) and find Extensions. You can search for specific extensions to customize your user experience or try new ones from the list of ‘featured’ extensions. Once you find the add-on that is suitable for you, you want to go ahead and click on it and then add it to Firefox, follow the easy steps and the extension will pop up on your Firefox’s top panel. Users have the privilege of choosing from hundreds of available extensions. There are also, Trending extensions, Featured extensions, and Top-rated extensions available as well.

    Firefox also allows users to customize toolbar as well as themes. You can create your theme from scratch or select one from the rich collection of preset themes based on various categories. You also have the luxury of dragging-and-dropping multiple items to and from the toolbar to personalize your Firefox experience.

    Another appealing feature of Firefox is the privacy it offers its users. You obtain the ability to surf the internet without fear of your browsing activities getting hacked or spied on by third-parties. Mozilla took care of the security concern of users by adding a Tracking Protection feature to Firefox, which automatically prevents hidden trackers from accessing your browsing histories. Using Private browsing, Firefox erases all your browsing history, clears your cookies, removes temporary files, as well as visited pages. Thanks to these features, Firefox can load web pages way faster than its peers and has an astonishing record of over 40% faster speed.

    Since it is a lightweight tool, it’s nearly impossible to notice a drag in system resources as well as slow down performance. It uses the barest minimum of your memory space, meaning that other desktop applications will run faster and your overall system will be optimized. Firefox relies on the JaegerMonkey JavaScript to load pages quickly, making it able to handle large files and high-quality video content.

    Now, to download the Firefox browser on your system, there are a few basic things to look out for, like having another web browser already running on your PC. This shouldn’t be hard as most Windows systems come ready with a built-in browser. So, go ahead and open any default browser on your computer, for instance, Google Chrome and search ‘Firefox download.’ You can equally download it directly from the official Mozilla website.

    After successfully downloading Firefox, you will be asked to Run it immediately or save it for a future instalment. Either choice will still require some time for Firefox to be installed entirely on your system. The installation is automatic when you click to Run the software, and it will take roughly 3 to 7 minutes to complete, depending on how fast your internet connection is. Once it’s completely installed, Firefox will auto-launch to allow users to customize the settings or use it straight away.

    Note that if you already used a Firefox browser in the past or had an account with Firefox, then you can log into the newly installed version and sync your old Firefox accounts to continue using it seamlessly. You can as well skip the login stage and move straight to using this browser.

    Key Features of Mozilla Firefox Include:

    • A quick and responsive user interface;
    • The ability to browse the internet with privacy;
    • Removes cookies, temp files, search histories, and the likes;
    • Blocks off spyware, malware, and other viruses;
    • Disables hidden trackers used by ad companies;
    • Loads web pages faster than most browsers;
    • Can handle heavy-duty files and pages with video content;
    • Access to a large collection of extensions or add-ons;
    • Customizable settings, toolbar, and extensions;
    • Create your theme or use from the preset available;
    • Accessible in multiple languages;
    • Compatible with several Windows OS, including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 10, and Windows 10 64-bit.

    Summary

    This lightweight browser is perfect for individuals and corporate use, thanks to its privacy browsing mode and tracker protection features. It does not store any of your browsing histories, and as such, the browser works faster than most of its peers. It also removes all temporary files, cookies, an caches to speed up the browsing process. The installation takes only a few minutes, and the setup is easy enough for beginner PC users. Users are also able to customize the theme, toolbar, as well as extensions to optimize the user experience. Overall, Firefox works perfectly with the latest Windows systems and helps to boost your PC performance level in more than one way.

  • What's new in 2.0 Beta 2 version?

    - Visual Refresh: Firefox 2's theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience. For instance, toolbar buttons now glow when you hover over them. We will continue to improve the look and feel throughout the release candidate process.

    - Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated when the Phishing Protection feature is enabled. Please note that at this time we are using a limited list to test the core Phishing Protection framework within the browser. Users are encouraged to wait until a future release of Firefox 2 to verify the accuracy of the list of Web forgeries.

    - Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or Answers.com search engines. A new search engine manager makes it easier to add, remove and re-order search engines, and users will be alerted when Firefox encounters a website that offers new search engines that the user may wish to install.

    - Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button. Power users who open more tabs than can fit in a single window will see arrows on the left and right side of the tab strip that let them scroll back and forth between their tabs. The History menu will keep a list of recently closed tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.

    - Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to resume their previous session after a system crash.

    - Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle Web feeds (like this one), either subscribing to them via a Web service or in a standalone RSS reader, or adding them as Live Bookmarks. My Yahoo!, Bloglines and Google Reader come pre-loaded as Web service options, but users can add any Web service that handles RSS feeds.

    - Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms (like this one) without having to use a seperate application.

    - Live Titles: When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a bookmark with a "Live Title". Compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest information. There are several websites that can be bookmarked with Live Titles, and even more add-ons to generate Live Titles for other popular websites.

    - Improved Add-ons manager: The new Add-ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes, combining them both in a single tool.

    - JavaScript 1.7: JavaScript 1.7 is a language update introducing several new features such as generators, iterators, array comprehensions, let expressions, and destructuring assignments. It also includes all the features of JavaScript 1.6.

    - Extended search plugin format: The Firefox search engine format now supports search engine plugins written in Sherlock and OpenSearch formats and allows search engines to provide search term suggestions.

    - Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.

    - Client-side session and persistent storage: New support for storing structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of data, such as documents and mailboxes. This is based on the WHATWG specification for client-side session and persistent storage.

    - SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to follow a curve or shape.

    - New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.

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