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Topic # 105945 14-Jul-2012 18:45 Send private message

I've had IE on my computer(s) for years and have always used it without a problem, but now it is just so slow..... I downloaded Firefox ages ago but haven't used it.
I've just tried to open something on IE just now and it still hasn't opened!
I am on firefox now and would like to use this as my default browser as it is very fast - I opened what I needed and got on the geekzone webisite and IE still hasn't opened!

Question - how can I tranfer / export all my 'favourites' to firefox? - is there an easy way to do this

an advice would be helpful! Thanks

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  Reply # 655664 14-Jul-2012 19:05 Send private message





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  Reply # 655665 14-Jul-2012 19:06

If you think Firefox is fast, wait until you try Chrome...

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  Reply # 655666 14-Jul-2012 19:07 Send private message

KevinL: If you think Firefox is fast, wait until you try Chrome...

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  Reply # 655667 14-Jul-2012 19:07 Send private message

Chrome and FF are great






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  Reply # 655672 14-Jul-2012 19:19 Send private message

thanks - that was easy - now how do I make firefox my default browser - so when I open links in my e-mail...etc... firefox comes up and not IE?

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  Reply # 655673 14-Jul-2012 19:21 Send private message

Internet Explorer only gets slow if you load add-ons. If you install all the toolbars and other non-useful things offered then yes, it will be slow. The same with other browsers.

First, what Windows version are you running? If you are running Windows 7, have you installed Internet Explorer 9 yet? Have you applied *ALL* Windows Updates offered?

When was the last time you run a full antivirus and antispyware scan?

In Internet Explorer, open Settings | Manage Add-ons and disable everything there. Open Control Panel | Programs and remove all toolbars and unnecessary programs.

Are you running Avast or other antivirus with web scanner? If yes, then those can be making everything slow by trying to scan every page you load. If your PC is slow, these scan will make your browser - any browser - slow as well.

There are lots of things to check. Blindly saying one browser is faster than the other doesn't help.




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  Reply # 655674 14-Jul-2012 19:22

OnceBitten: thanks - that was easy - now how do I make firefox my default browser - so when I open links in my e-mail...etc... firefox comes up and not IE?


http://bit.ly/Ns9HR5



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  Reply # 655681 14-Jul-2012 19:26 Send private message

OnceBitten: thanks - that was easy - now how do I make firefox my default browser - so when I open links in my e-mail...etc... firefox comes up and not IE?


already figured it out thanks!



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  Reply # 655687 14-Jul-2012 19:39 Send private message

freitasm: Internet Explorer only gets slow if you load add-ons. If you install all the toolbars and other non-useful things offered then yes, it will be slow. The same with other browsers.

First, what Windows version are you running? If you are running Windows 7, have you installed Internet Explorer 9 yet? Have you applied *ALL* Windows Updates offered?

When was the last time you run a full antivirus and antispyware scan?

In Internet Explorer, open Settings | Manage Add-ons and disable everything there. Open Control Panel | Programs and remove all toolbars and unnecessary programs.

Are you running Avast or other antivirus with web scanner? If yes, then those can be making everything slow by trying to scan every page you load. If your PC is slow, these scan will make your browser - any browser - slow as well.

There are lots of things to check. Blindly saying one browser is faster than the other doesn't help.


didn't have any 'add ons' or non useful toolbars - not sure what version of IE I had
I have Norton360 so viruses and spyware get filtered out automatically before they get to my PC (so I believe)
haven't done a separate virus scan or run CC cleaner for a while. I don't believe that Norton was scanning each page.
I'll will do a CC clean as my PC is probably due for one, but IE is just not opening at all....

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  Reply # 657035 17-Jul-2012 13:51 Send private message

I use "PlainOldFavorites" for Firefox, which shares your old Favourites folder, so any added favourites show in both browsers. Means you don't have to copy across or import or anything.
You can install it her: http://www.iosart.com/firefox/plainoldfavorites/

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  Reply # 657047 17-Jul-2012 13:58 Send private message

After using for firefox for years I moved to Chrome a few months ago. Still has a few bugs, but much faster and cloud sync bookmarks etc make me happy in the pants.

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  Reply # 657052 17-Jul-2012 14:07 Send private message

Lias: After using for firefox for years I moved to Chrome a few months ago. Still has a few bugs, but much faster and cloud sync bookmarks etc make me happy in the pants.


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Fx started going backwards for me, so gave Chrome another shot and havent looked back.





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  Reply # 657056 17-Jul-2012 14:14 Send private message

xpd: 
Fx started going backwards for me, so gave Chrome another shot and havent looked back.



I also stopped using Firefox but, although I use Chrome occasionally, I just don't like it. Sure its fast, but the whole UI drives me nuts. I really like Opera but some sites are just so badly coded that Opera chokes on them. It's still my browser-of-choice & I really love the turbo mode for those times when my connection is slow. 

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  Reply # 657058 17-Jul-2012 14:21 Send private message

Opera is still the only browser with sensible management and sensible caching for multiple tabs.

I use chrome and safari for browsing on the Mac platform.

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  Reply # 657067 17-Jul-2012 14:40 Send private message

freitasm: Internet Explorer only gets slow if you load add-ons. If you install all the toolbars and other non-useful things offered then yes, it will be slow. The same with other browsers.


if you have too big a cache for temporary files, and never clear it, that can also slow it down.




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