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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    I vote for Firefox.

    You have an open source browser, with the speed of Chrome (neck and neck there), a large creator community, and a safe browser. IE I find lacking with safety. Chrome...well Google's profession is data mining so that turns me off.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Firefox.

    History:
    Firefox 'til they made a change and upset me.
    Opera 'til they butchered their fantastically customizable, privacy enabled browser for a featureless Chrome reskin. Also, the community were quite unpleasant.
    Chrome, I tried so hard to like Chrome. But it's slow to open, laggy, the tabs keep locking up, I don't have enough privacy control, and I couldn't get ntlm authentication to work through the corporate proxy which killed it dead for me.
    So back on Firefox where the add ons do what I want, and I can keep the cookies I specify.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Believe it or not, but for a long long time I kept on using IE6. Simply because it was fairly lightweight (mostly compared to IE7 and IE8). For the last five years or so I've been a Firefox afficionado, however. Don't think I could live without NoScript, FlashGot and Cookie Culler. I'm running FF with the menu bar switched on. That gives me kind of a "retro" look, but at least that also prevents a lot of the Australis crap.

    I also have Chrome installed, but I hardly use it. The general lack of configurability turns me off, as does that long standing issue of not pre-selecting whatever is in the address bar on start-up. I generally use about:blank as the start page for all the browsers I use and in Chrome that means that I have to manually delete that text. A minor quibble, I know, but annoying nonetheless.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    IE 11 and Chrome. IE 11 for me has better compatibility but Chrome is slightly faster.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    I was using Waterfox which is a less bloated version of Firefox, lately i find myself using Chrome a lot more merely as it synch's so well with other devices.
    I also use Opera a bit in turbo mode to visit torrent sites which are banned through my ISP.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Firefox.

    You have an open source browser, with the speed of Chrome (neck and neck there), a large creator community, and a safe browser. IE I find lacking with safety. Chrome...well Google's profession is data mining so that turns me off.

    I just couldn't help copying your post Robb because it's what I would write anyway.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Firefox with Stratiform. I keep Chrome as a backup browser, but its Chrome-OS context menus and lack of a proper bookmarks menu tab kill a lot of the day-to-day usability for me. That said, I'd be happy with anything if there was a browser on the planet that Flash didn't brutally murder with every update.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Another (long time) Pale Moon user, x64 usually.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Mainly Firefox, due to the plug-ins I use and the fact i can have hundreds of tabs open with no ill effects (and not lots of separate processes like Chrome).
    I also use Chrome for TweetDeck (Chrome app is better than standalone)

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Firefox and Chrome Combo. Chrome mainly for flash, while Firefox for the rest.

    IE 11 is not that bad actually.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Firefox fanboy eversince, it just works for me.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Chrome. Simple as that.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    I much prefer Firefox over the others.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Pale Moon, no competition

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Chrome most of the time, it's quick to launch, pages pop up instantly, I like the multi launched pages and find it very simple to sync with other devices. I don't like the choppy scrolling on pages like FB or the slow, bogged down playback on you tube.
    I also use FF, but really only when I get impatient with Chrome issues mentioned above, The scrolling is silky smooth with FF. Sync is to complicated, I really can't understand why they can't use a similar system to Chrome, it's slower to launch and generally most thing seems just that little bit slower. Appz tend to work that bit better on FF.
    IE? - It's so slow I might as well use a phone and yellow pages for information.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Which is the best desktop web browser?

    Thanks to the earlier mentions on this thread, I've now switched from Firefox to Pale Moon (x64).

    That way I can still get the familiar experience I'd rather not be without (various addons), but optimised as much as possible.

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