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Help for Modernizing Your Internet Experience

Last Updated: Friday, 09-Jan-2015 12:32:50 PST

How We Got to this Point

Although currently the most popular desktop operating system, Windows is known to be a generic and unpleasant experience, that fits people's budgets, and works ok, for those, who don't do much with computers. For most consumers, they use their computers mainly for access to the Internet. Internet Explorer, the included web browser that comes with Windows XP, the most used version of Windows, comes with Internet Explorer 6. At the time of its release, in 2001, it was probably the best choice, but computers have changed tremendously, in the past 12 years. If it were 5 years ago, I would recommend Firefox (the successor to Netscape) as the best choice, but today, the best choice, for most people, is Google Chrome browser. Microsoft basically abandoned the market, for many years and now has a new version of Internet Explorer (version 10), which catches up with the competition, which may or may not work for you, if you are using Windows 7 and have a very fast and high end gaming PC.

This Google Chrome started out as an oscure web browser, for a popular form of Linux (actually X-Windows), called KDE. Apple made, what you see on cutting edge websites possible, by taking this basic browser and making it into the most cutting edge web browser currently available. Apple decided to develop it, in a totally different language, than normal Mac and iOS applications are written (which is a very different approach, to developing software, which in the hands of Apple programmers, is one of the fastest ways, to make good desktop and mobile applications). This allowed it, to be easily used, by Apple's competitors. Because it is so good and because Apple also gave away its technology, Google (Apple's main rival) used it for their own web browser. Almost every mobile phone now uses this same web browser technology, including: the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Verizon Droids, Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung, and even HP (who just bought Palm).

4 Ways to Improve Your Internet Experience

There are 4 different ways, to get this onto your PC, for free. You can either download and install Google Chrome, or another leading browser like Opera or even, the long in the tooth, Firefox and use one of these browser, instead of Internet Explorer 6-8. The next option is to use a portable app version, which makes uninstalling it and moving it between different computers easy. The third option is to install Google Chrome Frame, as a plugin, to Interent Explorer 6-8, like Flash Player, but, instead of making web browsing slower, it will make web browsing faster. The fourth option is to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 or 10 (with works on Windows 8 in both tablet and PC modes, as well), if you have Windows Vista or 7 and your computer is fast with all the special effects enabled. The best part is that all those options are free and Google Chrome automatically updates itself.

Keeping up with the latest version of your web browser also helps protect you from Internet based worms, spyware, adware, scams, and identity theft. I am also very aware of the kind of features being used by other web designers and have factored that in, so if you stick with what software I recommend, for my website, you will be in good shape, for the best experience, at most other cutting edge websites, as well. Newer browsers generally give better performance including being much faster on the slowest websites and make better use of the hardware your computer has like RAM and GPU.

These web browsers are free and will not screw up or slow down your computer. You can have as many web browsers, on your computer, as you want, without causing any problems. More people now use Google Chrome than use all versions of Internet Explorer combined. Two of its best features is it auto updates, to the latest version, including the Flash plugin, and that it is much faster than Internet Explorer, even on slow computers.

Option 1: Choose a Better (Free) Browser

You can have as many browsers on your machine as you want and they won't interfere with each other, so you can use the free Firefox for most browsing and use Internet Explorer 6-8 for those few websites that are broken.

Try the latest version of the Mozilla's free Firefox 4.0 or Google's free Chrome 5.0 (Safari is now Mac OS/Apple Device only)

Learn about switching from Internet Explorer to Firefox. This page will answer most of your questions.

Option 2: Install Another Browser with a Failsafe/ Solving Windows Specific Application Installation Problems

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Option 3: Install a Plugin for Internet Explorer 6-8/ Best of Both Worlds

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Option 4: Upgrade to Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11

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Option 5: Don't Do Anything

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Final Options

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