Hi, Leo. Ever since getting a Windows 7, 64-bit system, Firefox acts weird.
It hangs up intermittently, cross scripting problems, missing buttons and
showing up like a squished box in the middle of the page – all on important
sites (like with most shopping carts) and airline sites like Delta.com, trying
to print tickets. I have the latest version, 17.0.1. Now I read that Mozilla
has trashed Firefox X64 development. I don’t trust Google or IE for important
stuff because I have the impression that they spy on you or are prone to evil
hacking. Am I wrong? Is there a Firefox work around? Is there a better browser
for X64? Thanks for any help you can render.
In this excerpt from Answercast #88, I look at some problems in a Firefox
install and whether or not Firefox is safer than other browsers.
Firefox on Windows 7 64-bit
So my bottom line recommendation for browsers, these days, is any of the big three: Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox will work just fine.
Now, you’re having problems with Firefox. I get that.
How many bits?
One issue that I want to be clear about is that you don’t need a 64-bit browser to run on Windows 64. The 32 bit versions of all of the browsers (including Internet Explorer, which is one that tends to come with a 64-bit version on some systems) are fine.
Just use the 32-bit version. You’ll be fine. It’s exactly what I do. I have the 32 bit versions of IE, Chrome and Firefox all installed on my machine and it all works just fine.
What I would have you do for Firefox, if you want to stick with it, is completely remove it. Even go so far as to use Revo Uninstaller to uninstall Firefox and all traces of Firefox. Then reinstall it from scratch.
I’m willing to bet that that’s going to clear up a majority of the problems that you’re having.
I’d also be very wary about adding any additional add-ons to the program. It is possible that add-ons could be causing some of the issues you’re facing right now.
It might even be worthwhile, before uninstalling it, in spending a few minutes and disable all add-ons. See if that makes any difference to your experience at all.
Do Chrome and IE spy on you. No, they don’t… you’re just not that interesting.
You know, people have a very, very inflated sense of just how much spying is really going on. They are spying on you no more, and no less, than Firefox is. I’ll put it that way.
In my opinion all three, like I said, are safe to use. Are they prone to evil hacking? Well… so is Firefox. No more so than Firefox; I’ll put it that way.
Protect your system
If anything it’s your system that tends to be prone to hacking – and that’s really more in your control than anything else:
Make sure you’re practicing safe computing practices;
Use up to date anti-malware tools;
Have a firewall installed;
Do not install random downloads.
You get the idea. The things that we so commonly list as “the things you need to do to stay safe on the internet.”
So ultimately, I would not have a problem with you reinstalling Firefox and in my opinion if Firefox doesn’t work for you, I would be totally and completely comfortable switching to Chrome or Internet Explorer.
Like I said, I use Chrome all day long and I just don’t have a concern from a privacy or a spying standpoint whatsoever.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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