I run Firefox 8 on a Win7 desktop rig, Firefox 3.6xx on several WinXP laptops & desktops, and Firefox 3.6xx on Linux rigs.
Starting with Firefox 4, they got a memory hiccup in the code that they still haven't been able to completely fix. FF8 is much improved, but it still hogs up memory every now and then under certain situations...nowhere near as bad as 4 through 6 though. That's why I am still sticking with 3.6xx on the older and Linux machines.
IE8 or IE9 also lives on those rigs for the few websites that insist on Microsoft browsers...Windows Update for example.
It's clunky, slow, and not very secure.
IE9 is the better of the two versions...but I'm still far from impressed with it's performance.
The main reason why I like Firefox is all of the plug-ins available for it.
#1 extension on my list is NoScript
, which allows me to control what sites are trying to display on my browser. Think of it as a firewall for your browser. You'd be surprised how many different domains try to interact with your computer when you browse just a single site. With NoScript, you
control what displays on your machine.
FxIF for viewing photo EXIF info is #2 on my list.
#3 is WorldIP. I mainly use it to watch for malicious website redirects (as used by some of the phishing idjits out there).
#4 AVG SafeSearch.
#5 PDF Download. this one is just a real slick way to download PDF files instead of having to open them first with Acrobrat Reader and then save them. I deal with a lot of PDF data sheets for work so this one is just plain handy to have.
There are a few other miscellaneous ones that I've got but these are the ones that I consider must-haves for my browsing.
I got tired of watching the version number click over like a stopwatch.
They have a tough time keeping on top of security issues without moving to the next major revision number.
If they keep this up, it'll be Chrome 5000 by the end of next year.
It's a nice browser, but light on features.
For my Android browser, I use Dolphin HD.
It's a little quirky but tons better than the built-in browser.