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  • Mary Arthur
    This newsletter came today - step by step instructions on how to replace Internet Explorer. ... ads snipped ... http://www.afhs.ab.ca
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 14, 2004
      This newsletter came today - step by step instructions on how to
      replace Internet Explorer.


      Begin forwarded message:

      > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
      > TOURBUS Volume 10, Number 33 -- 14 Nov 2004
      > T h e I n t e r n e t T o u r B u s \___/
      > Visit the Tourbus Home Page at http://www.TOURBUS.com !
      >
      >
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      > for those of you who have postponed installing Windows XP Service Pack
      > 2 until after Halloween, I promise that my *NEXT* post will tell you,
      > step-by-step, how to upgrade with the fewest possible hassles. Today,
      > though, we need to deal with an even more important issue: Ditching
      > Internet Explorer.
      >
      > On with the show...
      >
      > A few weeks ago I mentioned that Internet Explorer users can get
      > spyware just by visiting particular websites. You don't have to
      > click or download anything. Internet Explorer automatically installs
      > the spyware for you. [Thank you, Microsoft!]
      >
      > And you can download the fix at Mozilla.org. :P
      >
      > All kidding aside, let me add my voice to the growing chorus of
      > experts proclaiming that IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO STOP USING INTERNET
      > EXPLORER! Today. Now.
      >
      > The fact of the matter is that Internet Explorer has WAY too many
      > security holes in it, holes that anyone can use to infect your
      > computer with spyware, pop-up ads, homepage hijackers, and a host of
      > other nasty stuff. Besides, while the Internet has grown by leaps and
      > bounds recently, Microsoft hasn't released a major upgrade to Internet
      > Explorer in over three years. THREE YEARS! That, coupled with
      > Internet Explorer's astonishing market share, makes IE a juicy target
      > for the internet's more nefarious netizens.
      >
      > Even worse, Microsoft recently announced that they will no longer
      > offer free support for Internet Explorer on Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, or
      > ME. If you have any of those older Windows operating systems,
      > Microsoft may or may not release a patch for your system when the next
      > major Internet Explorer hole is found. And Microsoft may or may not
      > charge you money to get this patch.
      >
      > Microsoft's suggestion? Upgrade your operating system to Windows XP.
      > My suggestion? Ditch Internet Explorer, even if you have Windows XP.
      > [Yeah, I know. "Get a Mac" is also a solution. But Macs aren't
      > free.]
      >
      > Fortunately, earlier this week Mozilla released a new web browser
      > called Firefox 1.0 that is both safer and, in my humble opinion,
      > better than Internet Explorer. And it's free.
      >
      > Here's how to get it.
      >
      > ------------------------
      > Upgrading to Firefox 1.0
      > ------------------------
      >
      > If you already have an earlier version of Mozilla Firefox installed on
      > your computer, you need to upgrade to Firefox 1.0. The newest version
      > is both faster and more powerful. And it also includes some security
      > patches that your older version may not have.
      >
      > Fortunately, upgrading older versions of Firefox is simple to do:
      >
      > 1. Open Firefox.
      >
      > 2. Go to Tools > Options.
      >
      > 3. Click on "Advanced" over on the left side of the Options menu.
      >
      > 4. On the right side of the Options menu, scroll all the way down
      > to the bottom. You should see a button under Software Options labeled
      > "Check Now." Click on that button.
      >
      > 5. Follow the on-screen prompts.
      >
      > That's all there is to it.
      >
      > ---------------------------------------------------------
      > Downloading and installing Firefox 1.0 for the first time
      > ---------------------------------------------------------
      >
      > But what if you don't already have Mozilla Firefox installed on your
      > computer. Well, all you need to do is:
      >
      > 1. Open Internet Explorer.
      >
      > 2. Go to http://www.mozilla.org/
      >
      > 3. Download Mozilla Firefox.
      >
      > 4. Close Internet Explorer [hopefully for the last time.]
      >
      > 4. Install Mozilla Firefox onto your computer.
      >
      > How do you download Mozilla Firefox? Well, that depends upon which
      > operating system you are using. If you are using Microsoft Windows,
      > just click on the "Free Download" link in the green box near the top
      > of the Mozilla.org homepage. When the File Download window appears,
      > just save the Firefox Setup 1.0.exe installation file to your desktop.
      > The file is 4.68 MB, so it'll take approximately 23 minutes to
      > download over a 28.8 modem connection. And, yes, it really is worth
      > the wait.
      >
      > If you compute with fruit, skip the link on the Mozilla.org homepage
      > and instead go to
      >
      > http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox&os=osx&lang=en-US
      >
      > This will start the download process for the Mac version of Mozilla
      > Firefox.
      >
      > Finally, if English is not your native tongue, check out
      >
      > http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/all.html
      >
      > Mozilla Firefox is available in 20 different languages including the
      > Queen's English.
      >
      > ------------------
      > Installing Firefox
      > ------------------
      >
      > Firefox’s installation process is a snap:
      >
      > 1. Close any programs you may be running, including Internet
      > Explorer.
      >
      > 2. Double-click on the installer file you just downloaded. It
      > should be sitting on your desktop.
      >
      > 3. Follow the on-screen prompts [agree to the end-user license
      > agreement that no one ever reads, choose if you want to do a standard
      > or custom install, etc.]
      >
      > 4. Sit back and watch Firefox install.
      >
      > ------------------------------------------
      > Importing your favorites list into Firefox
      > ------------------------------------------
      >
      > One of the biggest concerns most Internet Explorer users have is how
      > to import their favorites list into Firefox. Guess what? Firefox
      > does this for you automatically.
      >
      > No, really.
      >
      > During the installation process, Firefox will open an Import Wizard
      > dialog box and ask you if you want to import your internet options,
      > bookmarks, history, passwords, and other data from Microsoft Internet
      > Explorer into Firefox.
      >
      > Cool, huh?
      >
      > Firefox will also ask you if you want it to be your default browser.
      > My recommendation is to choose Yes, but that decision is completely up
      > to you.
      >
      > -------------
      > Using Firefox
      > -------------
      >
      > Firefox works pretty much like Internet Explorer with a few exceptions:
      >
      > - Favorites are now called "Bookmarks."
      >
      > - That little "G" box to the right of the address bar is a Google
      > search box, similar to the Google Toolbar we talked about two Summers
      > ago. Just type in your keywords and press enter, and up pops the
      > Google hits for those words. And if you click and the "G" you'll see
      > that you can also search Yahoo, Amazon, Creative Commons,
      > Dictionary.com, and eBay. You can even add your own search engine to
      > that list.
      >
      > - If you press Ctrl + F or go to Edit > Find in This Page, you
      > won't get a pop-up box. Instead, the find box is embedded in the
      > bottom left of the browser window. And when you key in a word in the
      > search box, that word is highlighted on the page.
      >
      > There are some more differences between Firefox and Internet Explorer,
      > and you can read about them all at
      >
      > http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/index.html
      >
      > -------
      > IE View
      > -------
      >
      > So, once you download and install Mozilla Firefox, should you
      > uninstall Internet Explorer? No, for two reasons:
      >
      > 1. You can't. Windows Explorer is so closely integrated into
      > Windows that uninstalling it is bloody well impossible.
      >
      > 2. You shouldn't. Some web sites--like Microsoft's Windows
      > Update and Encarta sites--were specifically written to only work in
      > Internet Explorer. While these sites are few and far between, you
      > need to keep Internet Explorer around so you can still access them.
      >
      > So, keep Internet Explorer but use Mozilla Firefox. And, while you
      > are at it, you should download Paul Roub's free "IE View" Firefox
      > extension at
      >
      > http://tinyurl.com/6krfm
      > or
      > https://update.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?
      > application=firefox&id=35
      >
      > What does IE View do? Well, when you are in Firefox and you come
      > across a page that requires Internet Explorer, you can right-click the
      > main body of that page and choose "View this page in IE." IE View
      > will automatically open Internet Explorer and load that page.
      >
      > Cool, huh?
      >
      > To download and install IE View, click on the "( Install Now )" link
      > on the IE View page. A pop-up menu will appear telling you that you
      > are trying to install an unsigned item. That's cool. IE View is
      > safe. Click on the "Install Now" button to download and install IE
      > View.
      >
      > Once IE View has installed, completely close Firefox and then open it
      > up again. You can now right-click on any web page in Firefox and it
      > will automatically open in Internet Explorer [although why you would
      > do this for any pages other than those that won't work in Firefox is
      > beyond me.]
      >
      > There's more I want to tell you about Mozilla--how to use tabbed
      > browsing, how to use Adblock, etc.--but I'll save that for a future
      > post. For now, download and play around with Mozilla Firefox. And
      > feel free to let me know what you think!
      >
      >
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