Right now, I’ve got Firefox version 3.0.19 on my computer and I’ve got to
upgrade because I can’t do a lot on the computer for stuff like Facebook or
sometimes emails and so forth. Now my question is what can I get? I cannot
upgrade to the newest as it makes my computer freeze and the internet will
close on me. So what can I get that’s close to and isn’t an upgrade so it works
on my computer? And I do NOT want to have private browsing options on my
In this excerpt from
Answercast #73, I look at problems with a Firefox browser install and some
options for fixing it or moving to a different browser.
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Firefox browser problems
So I’m not really sure what your concern is about private browsing options.
That is an option that comes with the browser. All of the major browsers
actually have it right now. My suggestion is that you simply ignore it… don’t
use it if you don’t want to use it. It doesn’t really harm anything to have
that feature around and not use it.
Choosing a browser
So, the big three browsers (I currently believe) are all fairly equivalent
and fairly safe and secure.
Those three are Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (which you may
already have on your machine), and Google’s Chrome.
I happen to use Google Chrome as my primary browser – but to be honest, all
three of Firefox, Chrome, and IE are pretty much on a par. They all have their
pros and their cons. They all have their supporters and their detractors. But,
by and large, I take it to be more of a personal choice/personal taste kind
of a decision as to which one you want to use.
So in your case, I’d probably give IE a try first since it’s probably
already on your machine. If that doesn’t do it for you, then I would download
and install Google Chrome.
Now, let’s talk about Firefox for a minute because I’m concerned that you
can’t update it. I think that is something worth exploring and worth trying to
What I would recommend you do is to actually uninstall Firefox
completely – first. In other words, don’t try and upgrade it.
Get rid of it completely. In fact, go so far as to grab Revo Uninstaller and use it to
do a complete and thorough uninstall of Firefox. Then go to the Firefox website
and get the latest copy. Download and install it.
I would be shocked if, at that point, it just didn’t work. In which case,
you may not have to change browsers at all.
So, those are my three recommendations: see if you can’t fix Firefox,
consider using Internet Explorer, or consider downloading Google
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