Wednesday, December 21, 2011

IE and Its Alternatives

Studio 1c examines browsing alternatives to Internet Explorer.

I think the biggest rap on Internet Explorer is that it is more prone to picking up viruses and malware. That is no minor problem. The "user unfriendly" argument seems unfair. I've used Firefox and Safari and don't find them to have any notable superiority on that point.


At 11:10 AM, Blogger John said...

I had malware in my main PC putting ads into my Facebook timeline. It didn't happen with my netbook or from any other location where I logged on, but both IE and Firefox had it.
After five hours of on-line scrubbing and two hundred dollars the problem was still there. As a last resort a supervisor at the online security center suggested Chrome (which I had not been using). Voila! Problem gone.
That was several months ago and I have taught myself to get used to Chrome.
Since it's a Google product the url address field doubles as the search field. I grudgingly went along at first but have learned to like it.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


I have not tried Chrome. Our computer consultant recommended Safari and so I've been using that. I'll have to give Chrome a try.



At 6:10 PM, Blogger John said...

I'm not sure why or if it's widespread, but a lot of kids I have talked to are using Chrome in school.
I had to get accustomed to seeing those file-folder looking tabs at the top of the screen instead of those squares on a toolbar.
(And I hate the history file search feature. Firefox history search is terrific, and I use my history file a lot. That part I really miss.)

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


That's interesting. There are some things I like about Safari and others that - at least for now -drive me up the wall. Chrome might be a good option for me.

So far, but for the potential virus/malware vulnerability (and all I know is what I hear from techies), I like Internet Explorer's simplicity. Safari seems to be really big on its history file. I like its top sites feature that lets you put frequently visited sites in miniscreens on a page.



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