Meet the next generation of Mozilla's Firefox Web Browser, designed to make browsing faster and better. Here’s what the latest Mozilla Firefox brings for you: Super speed with fast browsing Faster start-up and page loading New layers-based graphics system for super-fast graphics acceleration 3D graphics for new kinds of web experiences Powerful personalization features Personas - easy-to-install themes to dress-up your browser according to your style Organize your browser the way you like it - re-arrange, organize, add, or remove buttons or fields to change your browsing experience however you want Select from thousands of available add-ons to make your browser work better for you Advanced security features Instant Web Site ID – click on the favicon for an instant identity review to ensure legitimacy of a website before making online purchases Private browsing to protect your browsing, especially useful when browsing from a public computer Anti-virus integration Anti-phishing and anti-malware protection Browsing made easy Awesome bar – no need to remember URL’s any more, type the term in the address bar and Firefox will autocomplete with possible matches from your browsing history, booked-marked sites and open tabs App tabs - free up your tab real estate by pinning the sites you always keep open. They will be given a tinier permanent home on your browser. App tabs—like Twitter or Web mail—even light up when there are unread messages The sync feature makes sure you have the same experience across all your Firefox’s—locating bookmarks and browsing history from wherever you are: in the office, at home, or on the go with Firefox for your phone
Internet Explorer is making a comeback. IE9 brims with streamlined features, and it has finally updated to the smart address bar—so you can perform searches and input URLs in the same place. Page-load times are comparable to the other Internet browsers out there. The hardware-accelerated graphics and video are supposed to make websites act more like programs on your computer. Of course, the drawback is that you must have Windows 7 or Windows XP in order to use Internet Explorer 9. If you do have Windows 7, you will enjoy how the OS and your IE9 browser work together. The Snap feature is a great way to view two pages of information at the same time, which is helpful for comparing prices, planning trip itineraries, and all kinds of other things. You can also pin sites that you visit regularly to your desktop and get mini updates from there without having to open the browser. IE9 has joined the revolution of de-cluttering the browser. Buttons are sleeker, freeing up more space for the website. The tabs are oddly placed on the same line as address bar, which can quickly become cramped if you open up more than a handful of tabs at a time. You can give the tabs their own line, however, in which case they would scoot to the bottom of the address bar. This may still be a little behind the times, as most browsers have pushed tab placement above the address bar. If you're still running Windows XP, you are stuck with Internet Explorer 8. Although IE8 did have a big feature overhaul of its own. Accelerators reduce the number of clicks required to perform everyday tasks, like translate words or get directions. Instead of opening up another window and copying/pasting the information there, highlight the desired text and click on the blue accelerator to view a map, a definition, or a translation—without ever leaving the page. IE9 users can continue to make use of the accelerators as well. One of the most significant drawbacks for IE8 users is the lack of the smart, all-in-one search and address bar. Both installations require that you restart your computer.
Yahoo! Toolbar gives you quick access to what's most important to you. Preview your emails, latest news from your favorite sources, local weather, stock quotes, and more—straight from the toolbar. Perform Yahoo! searches, and customize the toolbar with flag themes. The ability to personalize the apps on Yahoo! Toolbar can help free up some of the tab real estate in your browser. With the Yahoo! Messenger app, you can use a web page as your Messenger status and IM pages to friends. When downloading the toolbar with Firefox or Internet Explorer, you will be asked if you want Yahoo! to be your default search engine. If you do not wish Yahoo! to be your default search engine, uncheck this option during pre-installation.
AVG Anti-Virus protects your computer from viruses, removes malware, and checks links on sites like Facebook to highlight potential threats. AVG's user base anonymously contributes virus data to the cloud, which helps keep the virus network up to date. You can choose not to contribute data during the download or later on in the options menu. AVG installs quickly, so you're generally able to download it and start using it within five minutes. The antivirus protection of the AVG free edition is the same as the commercial editions. The free version gives users one-time access to PC Analyzer, which will clean all the errors it finds. AVG's interface has been simplified with good-sized fonts and prominent buttons, delivering no-fuss navigation. The one-click "fix" and "update" buttons add to its ease of use. As far as features are concerned, AVG offers "smart scanning," which first scans files once and only rescans safe files when changes are detected. This ensures that scans are completed quickly. The smart scanner also prioritizes scans, so they don't interrupt your computer's other tasks. If you're working on something, AVG will only scan the most important cases while using less of the computer's resources to run the scan. The LinkScanner scans links posted in Facebook and MySpace—awarding a green check or a red X next to the link, so you know whether it's safe or not. You can further evaluate suspicious links on AVG's Threat Labs website. AVG is receiving top scores for malware removal and virus detection. West Coast Labs gave it a platinum anti-malware certification, ICSA Labs certifies it for virus detection, and Virus Bulletin honored it with the VB100% award. AVG Anti-Virus' download is setup to automatically install the AVG toolbar and to make Yahoo! your default search engine. You can opt-out of both of these things during pre-installation. However, you will be required to register the product.
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