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Firefox 2

By Kiltie ·
I said in another topic that I'll let you know

First impressions

It takes 20s to load, compared with IE6 of 2-3

first screen gets this:

That mysterious grey bar that had George puzzled has 3 items. They are valid items, but hardly ones that I use often, maybe once a month.

Where did they come from?

Worse to come

Attempting to close FF2 I get this:


Then when I close for real, I get this


My machine is fully cleared of any malware, using multiple suites, I keep it that way.

So does this mean that the CNET download is infected? or is FF2?

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by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Firefox 2

Well FF has always taken longer to load than IE, simply because 90% of IE is already loaded with the OS.
Must be environmental differences, I don't get that tool bar at all.

Didn't notice the images either. I'll have a look tonight, I'm stuck with IE6 at work, for security reasons believe it or not.

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IE for security reasons??

by DMambo In reply to Hmm

Isn't that a bit like having window screens on a submarine for flood prevention?

Watching this thread with interest. I downloaded FF2 yesterday, but did not have time to install. Maybe I'll wait one more day. Still working with v.1.0.7.

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That's what I was told

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to IE for security reasons??

Company policy.
Put FF 2.0 on yesterday, worth it just for the spell checker. You've missed a few security updates if you are still on 1.0.7

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Installed FF2

by DMambo In reply to That's what I was told

Running great. I like the look. I was running 1.0.7 at work and 1.7 at home.

AdBlock is a nice extension. I don't have to look at that guy in the Dice ad that I had been seeing on about half of my TR page loads. I think they should get a better photo of that dude for their ads.

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Get NoScript as well

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Installed FF2

kills a lot more of the unwanted stuff, once you've allowed the ones you need.

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Update on images

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Hmm

Not seeing anything like that.
FF2.0 adblock and noscript and now the spell checker, no other add ons.

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Your PC has got SOMETHING

by TechExec2 In reply to Firefox 2

Your PC has got SOMETHING. It may just be pop ups are not blocked. Or, some brand new malware that your defenses do not yet know about.

I upgraded to FF2 yesterday. No problems at all. No pop ups. No odd bookmarks. Nothing.

Note: I do have NOSCRIPT running and it does not allow JavaScript for any website unless I explicitly say so. Those pop ups are likely coming from JavaScript.

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Good job!!!

by TechExec2 In reply to smiley central, yuck

Good job on the research!

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by Kiltie In reply to Firefox 2

I tested FF2 again today, and those smiley pop ups seem to have disappeared. :)

I noticed a vertical line appearing when I click on a blank area of the page, the same line you get in a text input field, but it happens all over the place.

When I downloaded FF2, it installed itself on top of the existing Firefox, without a murmer. Which I found odd, as programs normally prompt you when upgrading.

I called up a web page that I already knew needed a Java plug in to display correctly. FF2 did indeed spot that it was missing and offered to install the missing plug in. Which was great, but I got suspicious when it took over 20 mins to do that on a DSL connection.
I checked, and found that it hadn't installed "just a plug in". FF2 had installed the whole Java package:
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 6

Which is some "plug in", weighing in at 119MB !!!!

Oh well, at least those darn smileys have gone :)

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