Mozilla Firefox 33.0.2 pick
Software Product Description
Mozilla Firefox is so flexible that you can not only remove what you do not want but also place what you want almost anywhere. The “Customize” panel allows you to easily add, remove or move buttons. You can make it easy to access the features you use most often.
The Sync feature lets you access your passwords, bookmarks and history from multiple devices irrespective of your location. Tabbed browsing lets you open multiple pages in one window, and switching between the tabs is easy and fast.
The browser includes several features designed to enhance your security and privacy. The Lightbeam add-on enables you to see those trying to watch you online, and turning on private browsing ensures others will not see your browsing history. Many websites collect information about you as you browse the Internet, but Firefox includes a “Do Not Track” feature that lets you decide how you would like to share your information, that is if you want to share any information at all.
You can also add a multitude of extensions to increase the functionality of your browser.
These great features would mean little if the browser´s speed frustrated you. Thankfully, the latest Mozilla Firefox is also the fastest so far. It beats other popular browsers at accomplishing everyday tasks and technical benchmarks. A recent independent test dubbed it as the “Speed King,” as it outperformed the other browsers. You can even use the browser to play online games smoothly and without affecting the overall performance of your computer.
FreewareFiles tested Mozilla Firefox 33.0.2 on 2014-10-29 using leading antivirus scanners and found it 100% Clean.
"v33 stilll crap"
Reviewer: -Bear Review Date: 2014-10-29
Average Rating (668 Votes )
Pros: Loads web pages. And that's it.
Cons: Loading web pages well is all FF can manage. _Getting_ to and from those pages is another matter. See below in "other thoughts".
Other Thoughts: FF v33.0.2 tested 10/29/2014
I have fond memories of Firefox from the pre-v29 days when it was not a POS. So when I saw that v33 was out, I decided to give it a test drive, to see if -- however unlikely -- the developers had recovered from their catastrophic rectal-cranial insertion.
I had in mind testing v33 with a straight default installation. If that went well, I'd install some of the add-ons I like. But I did select custom installation just so I could see (but not change) options. So much for that plan. I immediately unchecked the installation of the default maintenance service which for anyone but developer/testers/troubleshooters is basically nothing but spyware.
When the install finished, I saw that, as expected, they still use the ridiculous Aurora UI (excuse me, "User Rainbows & Unicorns Experience"). No toolbars that I regularly use on a daily basis, silly effing menu button in a place that normal people (as opposed to latte-lapping wanna-be hipster developers and Google fellatiators) would not expect to find it, no nav buttons (real people actually use those, morons), fricking tabs separated from the tab content by the bookmark toolbar and address bar (after all, who would want to associate content controls with their content?), ... and so on. For Freya's frickin' sake, they even set the inactive tab color to the same toolbar back color just to make it harder to spot the tab you want. Can't see a way to fix that without downloading a separate theme; if there is a way, I guess they made finding it purely intuitive to Google hipsters.
That's interesting. It seems one can move the bookmark bar, but only to force it to share the tab or menu bar (once you get that turned back on). You can't leave as a stand-alone bar unless you really, really s/u/f/f/e/r/ f/r/o/m/ l/a/t/t/e/ t/o/x/i/c/i/t/y/ LIKE having your content somewhere other than your content controls. But it won't let me relocate the address bar at all, content/control separation is not exactly an option anyway.
The included search engines (with Pappa Google naturally set as default) do not include any privacy-protecting engines like Startpage or Ixquick.Mainly because that would defeat Google's purpose in co-opting Firefox, I suppose.
For some reason, it would not allow me to open a simple blank tab. For fun, it incorrectly imported IE bookmarks so my _desired_ homepage wouldn't load.
Oh lookie; in options (once you find where they hid it; I had the advantage of having discovered that when testing an earlier Aurora release) "health reporting" is enabled by default. Again: "for anyone but developer/testers/troubleshooters is basically nothing but spyware."
A minor quibble, probably specific to me: Pale Moon allows me to close the last open tab without closing the browser. Oddly enough, I use that function a lot. For one thing, that lessens some of the system load (and keeps active content from playing unnecessarily and unwanted), while saving me a few seconds in browser start time when I'm ready to surf again. It also lets me kill a screen that I want kept private (bank balances, anyone?) if someone enters my office. Firefox doesn't give me this option. I'd suggest it to them, but we've already seen Mozilla's... "respect" for user input, and clearly drug-induced aversion to truly useful tools and options.
Software nausea forced me to stop my testing there. About the only good thing I can say for FF vv33.0.2 is that is seems to display web pages properly and in a reasonably amount of time., which pretty much any modern browser can manage.