Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox 3.0

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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 3.0 version?

    What's New in Firefox 3

    Firefox 3 is based on the new Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 27 months and includes nearly 2 million lines of code changes, fixing more than 11,000 issues. Gecko 1.9 includes some major re-architecting for performance, stability, correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. Firefox 3 has been built on top of this new platform resulting in a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot under the hood to offer website and Firefox add-on developers.

    More Security
    * One click site info: Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site. Identity verification is prominently displayed and easier to understand. In later versions, Extended Validation SSL certificate information will be displayed.
    * Malware Protection: malware protection warns users when they arrive at sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware. You can test it here (note: our blacklist of malware sites is not yet activated).
    * New Web Forgery Protection page: the content of pages suspected as web forgeries is no longer shown. You can test it here.
    * New SSL error pages: clearer and stricter error pages are used when Firefox encounters an invalid SSL certificate.
    * Add-ons and Plugin version check: Firefox now automatically checks add-on and plugin versions and will disable older, insecure versions.
    * Secure add-on updates: to improve add-on update security, add-ons that do not provide secure updates will be disabled.
    * Anti-virus integration: Firefox will inform anti-virus software when downloading email and executables.
    * Vista Parental Controls: Firefox now respects the Vista system wide parental control setting for disabling file downloads.

    Easier to Use
    * Easier password management: an information bar replaces the old password dialog so you can now save passwords after a successful login.
    * Simplified add-on installation: the add-ons whitelist has been removed making it possible to install extensions from third-party sites in fewer clicks.
    * New Download Manager: the revised download manager makes it much easier to locate downloaded files.
    * Resumable downloading: users can now resume downloads after restarting the browser or resetting your network connection.
    * Full page zoom: from the View menu and via keyboard shortcuts, the new zooming feature lets you zoom in and out of entire pages, scaling the layout, text and images.
    * Tab scrolling and quickmenu: tabs are easier to locate with the new tab scrolling and tab quickmenu.
    * Save what you were doing: Firefox will prompt users to save tabs on exit.
    * Optimized Open in Tabs behavior: opening a folder of bookmarks in tabs now appends the new tabs rather than overwriting.
    * Location and Search bar size can now be customized with a simple resizer item.
    * Text selection improvements: Multiple text selections can be made with Ctrl/Cmd; Double-click drag selects in "word-by-word" mode; Triple-clicking selects a paragraph.
    * Find toolbar: the Find toolbar now opens with the current selection.
    * Plugin management: users can disable individual plugins in the Add-on Manager.
    * Integration with Vista: Firefox's menus now display using Vista's native theme.
    * Integration with the Mac: Firefox now uses the OS X spellchecker and supports Growl for notifications of completed downloads and available updates.

    More Personal
    * Star button: quickly add bookmarks from the location bar with a single click; a second click lets you file and tag them.
    * Tags: associate keywords with your bookmarks to sort them by topic.
    * Location bar & auto-complete: type the title or tag of a page in the location bar to quickly find the site you were looking for in your history; favicons, bookmark, and tag indicators help you see where results are coming from.
    * Smart Places Folder: quickly access your recently bookmarked and tagged pages, as well as you more frequently visited pages with the new smart places folder on your bookmark toolbar.
    * Bookmarks and History Organizer: advanced search of your history and bookmarks with multiple views and smart folders to store your frequent searches.
    * Web-based protocol handlers: web applications, such as your favorite webmail provider, can now be used instead of desktop applications for handling mailto: links from other sites. Similar support is available for other protocols (Web applications will have to first enable this by registering as handlers with Firefox).
    * Easy to use Download Actions: a new Applications preferences pane provides a better UI for configuring handlers for various file types and protocol schemes.

    Improved Platform for Developers
    * New graphics and font handling: new graphics and text rendering architectures in Gecko 1.9 provides rendering improvements in CSS, SVG as well as improved display of fonts with ligatures and complex scripts.
    * Native Web page forms: HTML forms on Web pages now have a native look and feel on Mac OS X and Linux (Gnome) desktops.
    * Color management: (set gfx.color_management.enabled on in about:config and restart the browser to enable.) Firefox can now adjust images with embedded color profiles.
    * Offline support: enables web applications to provide offline functionality (website authors must add support for offline browsing to their site for this feature to be available to users).
    * A more complete overview of Firefox 3 for developers is available for website and add-on developers.

    Improved Performance
    * Reliability: A user's bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences are now stored in a transactionally secure database format which will prevent data loss even if their system crashes.
    * Speed: Major architectural changes (such as the move to Cairo and a rewrite to how reflowing a page layout works) put foundations in place for major performance tuning which have resulted in speed increases.
    * Memory usage: Over 300 individual memory leaks have been plugged, and a new XPCOM cycle collector completely eliminates many more. Developers are continuing to work on optimizing memory use (by releasing cached objects more quickly) and reducing fragmentation.

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