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Browser Suggestions?

MimMim Simple Kind of LifeRegistered User regular
edited December 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I am currently using Firefox's latest updated browser, but for some reason it is really laggy and slows my computer down. Right now I'm using Internet Explorer, and I don't mind it too much, but it just isn't Firefox.

Is there a browser out there better than Firefox? I definitely need the browser to be able to block websites (like facebook) both in the public and private settings (as in, if I'm "private mode" the block feature still needs to work which it didn't for chrome).

TL;DR Need browser than won't lag, but blocks websites both in public and private/incognito mode.

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  • corky842corky842 Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I really like Opera. It can block websites, but it doesn't have the private mode. However, you can quickly delete your cookies and/or history.

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  • clam2000clam2000 SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Chrome should be able to block websites in private mode. On the extensions page you just need to check the box that enables the blocking extension to work in igconito mode.

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  • yotesyotes Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    corky842 wrote: »
    I really like Opera. It can block websites, but it doesn't have the private mode.

    Does too!

    Site blocking (and any kind of content blocking) is integrated.

    Anyways, another vote for Opera here.

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Personal annectdote- i used firefox for about 4 years and decided to give chrome a try and i was really impressed with it at first. Yet... it was actually less stable and more of a resource hog for me. (animated gifs, for one, really messed with Chrome)

    This doesn't seem to be the usual experience, but i went back to firefox and i've been happy ever since.

    So... i guess give chrome a shot and give opera a shot but don't be surprised if they really aren't that much better or, in the areas you care about, worse.

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  • MimMim Simple Kind of Life Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Right now I'm trying out Opera. I had it before but I don't remember why I got rid of it before. I just found out that the blocking feature can block certain webpages of facebook instead of the entire thing, so that's also a plus for me and my anxiety.

    Thus far, Opera looks good. I do love Firefox but it kept lagging. I thought at first I had too many programs open but that wasn't the case either.
    clam2000 wrote: »
    Chrome should be able to block websites in private mode. On the extensions page you just need to check the box that enables the blocking extension to work in igconito mode.

    Is the extensions page as in, in the browser settings or on the page you get the extension itself? Because I tried the latter but there was no checkmark.

    But thus far, I'm liking Opera. Internet Explorer/Chrome's border is too bright and it really messes with my eyes and I end up having to close them after awhile.

    Any downsides to Opera I should know about before I officially make it my new browser?

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  • clam2000clam2000 SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Mim wrote: »
    clam2000 wrote: »
    Chrome should be able to block websites in private mode. On the extensions page you just need to check the box that enables the blocking extension to work in igconito mode.

    Is the extensions page as in, in the browser settings or on the page you get the extension itself? Because I tried the latter but there was no checkmark.

    For me it is a checkbox marked 'Allow in incognito' on the page: chrome://extensions/

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  • bowenbowen Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I would use chrome if you need a faster firefox. You might want to check out the firefox4 beta, I hear it's very fast.

  • MimMim Simple Kind of Life Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    bowen wrote: »
    I would use chrome if you need a faster firefox. You might want to check out the firefox4 beta, I hear it's very fast.

    I checked it out, the problem was that it couldn't block sites yet. Someone (falsely) said it worked great in firefox 4 beta but there isn't even an available version for it yet.

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  • yotesyotes Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Mim wrote: »
    Any downsides to Opera I should know about before I officially make it my new browser?

    - Some sites (not many nowadays) may not recognize Opera as a real browser. Mask as/Identify as IE/Firefox will take care of that. For example, Google Dox used to be a cockface about it until about version 10.60 but plays nice now.

    - Extensions are new in Opera 11 beta, not a huge selection available so far but it's getting better.

    - Certain people may give you grief for using a minority browser. Feel free to kick them in the nads.

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  • TetraNitroCubaneTetraNitroCubane Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I've been using Opera for years, and I still really dig it more than any other option out there. However, in the interest of full disclosure, there are two things I've found that Opera doesn't do very well compared to Firefox. First, Opera doesn't have script blocking capabilities as robust as noscript for Firefox. There still are options that work, but they tend to be more cumbersome and heavy handed. Still, if you're not reliant on a script blocking solution, it's not much of an issue.

    The second, more serious issue is that some websites (banking, school based, corporate) are silly enough to DENY you the ability to use Opera. I've found that Opera is sometimes just outright blocked from using some plugins or logging in to some sites - which is stupid. Sometimes you can 'Mask' as another browser to make things work, but it doesn't always work right. It's not much of a deal breaker, though - just something to be aware of.

    Even in spite of these minor drawbacks, though, I say go with Opera and never look back. It's fantastic as a minimalist browser with lots of granular control.

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  • RderdallRderdall Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Mim wrote: »
    But thus far, I'm liking Opera. Internet Explorer/Chrome's border is too bright and it really messes with my eyes and I end up having to close them after awhile.

    Any downsides to Opera I should know about before I officially make it my new browser?

    Chrome has themes that you can use to customize the appearance of the entire browser's window. There are dozens of themes to choose from, and some are quite nice.

    I've been using Chrome for a couple of months now, and am loving it. I have it installed on all of my computers (work laptop, work PC, home laptop, home PC) and am able to link all of my browsers together so that if I modify my favorites bar somewhere, the change is automatically applied to all computers. This is a very handy feature.

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  • MimMim Simple Kind of Life Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I guess I'll download chrome to try it out as well. I'll try them both for a month and see which one I end up liking. Maybe by then though, firefox 4 will be up and ready and have the ability to block

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Throwing in another vote for Opera although since you're using it I imagine you'll see how nice it is.

  • GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Chrome is updated all the time. Like, ALL THE TIME. If you "used chrome that one time" and had issues with it, check it out again.

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Gihgehls wrote: »
    Chrome is updated all the time. Like, ALL THE TIME. If you "used chrome that one time" and had issues with it, check it out again.

    I'm guessing this is directed at me?

    I still have Chrome and use it occasionally. Before I switched back I had been using it for almost a year and I finally just got fed up with the issues and switched back to firefox where there were none. I know most people have no issues with Chrome, I was just trying to make the point that there may be issues so the OP shouldn't be afraid to try any and all browsers s/he can (its not like the op has to buy them)

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I use all three. I was all about Firefox for a while, then I was all chrome, now I am a mix of Opera and Chrome. I don't really know, I am just a casual user, I think it comes down to preference. All three are great browsers.

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  • finalflight89finalflight89 Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Your Firefox profile could be clogged with information. Try creating a new Firefox profile and using the new one, instructions here. It might fix whatever issues you are having with Firefox.

    Not that I use Firefox anyway, I just recently switched over to Chrome! :P

  • MimMim Simple Kind of Life Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Opera has a website virus detection thing, right? I mean, for my porn I need to be protected.

    (figured I'd be honest about it)

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  • TetraNitroCubaneTetraNitroCubane Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Mim wrote: »
    Opera has a website virus detection thing, right? I mean, for my porn I need to be protected.

    (figured I'd be honest about it)

    As far as I know, no browser has antivirus built in, though some have cloud blacklisting. Your native antivirus should interface with Opera without issue, though. If you're not running an antivirus suite, for the love of Niels Bohr, go install [http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/]Microsoft Security Essentials[/url], at the very least.

    Opera has a fraud protection feature built in, to alert you of spoofing and phishing (as per community reporting) but I don't think it has the same blacklisting feature you're thinking of in Firefox. Still, in my opinion you shouldn't be relying on that feature to protect yourself, anyhow. If you're going to be checking out potentially dangerous sites, try running Opera in a sandbox, like Sandboxie, or running a virtual machine.

    Honestly, don't rely on that "This site is dangerous and may harm your computer" notification as your only line of defense. Not only is it not going to be on every page that's dangerous, but there are going to be plenty of non-porn sites that try to infect you, too. Their certainly useful warnings, but reporting on those messages tends to lag.

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    The other option is just to browse safely and not click on sketchy links. Sure, a legitimate site you visit might end up compromised, but if you're blocking scripts and running Opera instead of something like IE that gets specifically targeted, you should be fine.

  • MimMim Simple Kind of Life Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Question for Chrome users: I am still deciding between Opera and Chome (Opera started getting funky with me and not loading certain parts of websites). I began using Chrome and it was pretty good until I had a problem with Gmail (and it only happens in Chrome). When I load gmail, it loads but then sends me back to the loading page and stays at like 95% for loading the page and I have to click HTML mode instead to get back to my inbox.

    How do I fix this?

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