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Firefox crashes, which version best, saving bookmarks, security compared to IE.

I have been using Firefox and IE 9.0 daily for months.
I've never had a problem with Firefox until yesterday. It crashed two times and again once today. I got a popup message saying it had crashed.

My version is 3.6.17

1. Which version should be used for best compatibility with Vista, Hotmail, IE 9.0, etc.?
2. If I upgrade my version, will my bookmarks be saved?
3. What are any new vulnerabilities of Firefox?
     A. It seems to store more tracking cookies than IE.
     B. Vista Anti-virus 2011 (a fake) was apparantly linked to Firefox. Is IE 9.0 just as vulnerable to this new fake program?
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web_trackerCommented:
why not try saving your bookmarks, before it crashes then try installing the lastest version of firefox then import your bookmarks back into firefox. Thats the easiest way to solve your crashing problems.
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remixedcatCommented:
I would not recommend using IE9, as it still has security holes, as well as higher memory usage then FF4.

I recommend updating to FF4.

You may keep version 3.6 if you like by installing FF4 to a new directory.

this command will enable you to run two versions at the same time, as well as maintaining seperate profiles, so they will not interferre with eachother (since FF maintains the profile centrally for all FF installs in your appdata dirs)

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox4\firefox.exe" -p -no-remote
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -p -no-remote

You may run this command on the version you like and it will present the following option:

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click add new profile to create and that's it.

Firefox 4 is more stable then 3.6 has been for me.

I do not recommend Google Chrome, as people have reported security risks as well as google spying on users.

Opera is not supported on some websites and does not have effective addon database and controls.
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bigeven2002Commented:
Hello,

1. Whenever visiting a Microsoft related site, it's always best to view it with IE as they optimize their sites for their own browser product.

2. Upgrading will preserve your bookmarks for Firefox as these are stored separately from the program directory.  If you want to take additional precautions, open up your bookmarks menu in Firefox and select Organize bookmarks, then select export to HTML or backup to JSON file.

3. Firefox 3.6 has known issues with performance.  It is recommended to upgrade to v4 as it is much faster.  It has a new interface but you can revert it back to look like v3.6,

Click here for a the release notes of v4 which contains other known issues.

3a.  Not necessarily.  Firefox will store cookies the same way IE does.  You can reduce the cookies by an option in Tools -> Privacy, and uncheck the box for allow 3rd party cookies.  IE also has a setting for this too.

3b. Any browser that has JavaScript enabled will be vulnerable to these scareware programs to some extent, but at the same time, 90% of the websites out there depend on JavaScript.  It is more user education to avoid them than any security measure.  Your true Antivirus also helps to block these threats using real-time web protection.  I used ESET NOD32 and it keeps me out of trouble. :)

Firefox does provide a feature where you can report known attack sites.  This is a rapidly growing list to help users avoid malware like Vista Antivirus 2011.

Click here for more info.

Hope this helps.
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cranakisCommented:
Ok here is my 2 cents:

1. Upgrade to Firefox 4.0.1 (latest).  The newer the better as usually any security hole that gets exploited will get fixed in the next upgrade.
2. Yes your bookmarks and any saved prefs you have will be saved.  The process is seamless two or three clicks and you are done.
3. 4.0.1 was just released from beta so any new vulnerabilities are unknown.  Generally, newer version, less vulnerabilities.
    A. How many cookies are saved and when they are saved is more a function of your browser's security settings.  If you like less cookies, go into options in Firefox, then under privacy you can toggle how much about you is revealed to the sites you visit.  Note that browsing in "private" will make certain sites nearly unusable as you may have issues with shopping carts, log ins, and site preferences.  This is also true of IE.
    B.IE and Firefox are both treat malware such as Vista Anti-Virus in a similar way.  You can toggle your security settings via the options menu and tighten up vulnerabilities as well.  I would also recommend running a program that actively monitors for malicious software.  I run two, "Spybot - Search and Destroy" with Tea Timer running and Microsoft Security Essentials.  I have never been infected with malware of viruses while running these two in tandem and setting them to update automatically and monitor in the back ground.

Hope that helps.

Brandon GIlmer
Network Operations Center Tech
Sago Networks

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Jackie ManCommented:
Do not upgrade to FF 4.0.1 as it will still cause problems.

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=2185751

If you want to do anty upgrade of FF, try the following advice from sg08234.

"mozbackup for backup of the settings
deinstallation
reboot
new installation."

Source: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/Web_Browsers/Q_27021880.html

1. Which version should be used for best compatibility with Vista, Hotmail, IE 9.0, etc.? IE 9 is better.
2. If I upgrade my version, will my bookmarks be saved? Backup first is a more safe way to do.
3. What are any new vulnerabilities of Firefox?
     A. It seems to store more tracking cookies than IE. Not much difference.
     B. Vista Anti-virus 2011 (a fake) was apparantly linked to Firefox. Is IE 9.0 just as vulnerable to this new fake program? User education and constant reminder is a better way to prevent the problem from happening in the first place.
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nickg5Author Commented:
jackieman:
1. Which version should be used for best compatibility with Vista, Hotmail, IE 9.0, etc.? IE 9 is better.

.......................I meant, which version of Firefox is more compatible with  Vista, Hotmail, IE 9.0, etc.?


Ok, so some like FF 4.0.1 and some do not like FF 4.0.1.
Maybe I flip a coin?
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remixedcatCommented:
please try it for yourself... only then you will be able to fully gauge whether it would work for you/your system.
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Jackie ManCommented:
1. Which version should be used for best compatibility with Vista, Hotmail, IE 9.0, etc.? FF 3.6.17 or lower
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remixedcatCommented:
FF4 works fine on my Vista Ultimate x64 media center pc.
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bigeven2002Commented:
Nick, I'll reiterate my original post.  IE is best for Microsoft sites, Firefox v4 is best for everything else.  You will run into compatibility issues when using Firefox (does not matter which version) on a Microsoft site, but these issues are very minor such as misaligned text or different font.
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remixedcatCommented:
I've used MS sites fine on FF4. All windows live services work as well like skydrive, etc.
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Jackie ManCommented:
IE ia better on printing correctly for the web pages.
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cranakisCommented:
IE or Firefox is (as has been demonstrated in this thread) largely a matter of preference.  Your bookmarks and settings should transfer over without issue.  I would upgrade if I were you ( I did upgrade an entire office and all bookmarks et al came over just fine).  What I want you to really understand is that regardless of what browser you use (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc) your vulnerability to fake antivirus and other malware is much more relative to your security settings and has less to do with the version of the browser you use.  These programs do not usually exploit vulnerabilities in the code of the browser.  Instead, they use display and session settings of the browser (that can be tightened down) to trick you into installing the malicious program on your computer.  The best solution, IMHO is to tweak your security settings within the browser to medium high settings and then run MSE and Spybot in the background in case something slips through or you misclick, these programs will alert you before the malware takes hold. (see above post).  Both are free programs. Spybot is available from Cnet and MSE is available from Microsoft.

Brandon GIlmer
Network Operations Center Tech
Sago Networks
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nickg5Author Commented:
I know which websites I use with Firefox.
I am going to try each one, by itself, daily, and try to isolate the website that is letting in the fake Vista Anti-virus 2011 program.
I'm close to certain that it is getting in thru FF.
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remixedcatCommented:
HOSTS file is good to use for blocking sites as well. I recommend using it to block malicious sites.
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nickg5Author Commented:
thanks
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