Changing Browsers

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  1. madbluemad

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    Hi Folks.
    Currently my browser is AOL but I want to change it to Explorer. My OS is 7 and when I try to change browsers Windows 7 does not come up in the list of options that I am given to choose from.

    Is Windows 7 described with another name.

    Jim
     
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    I think the browser built into Windows 7 is Internet Explorer 8.
     
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    Also consider using something other than IE as it is the most likely to be targeted by hackers and the like.

    Try something like Firefox, Google chrome or Opera.
     
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    I think your right Graham, IE is installed on my computer. I just had to open it and save AOL as my home page.
    Jim
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    Thats interesting because the reason for me wanting to change to IE was to add better protection to my machine.

    Jim
     
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    Its personal choice at the end of the day. I use FF, others swear by Chrome, some will even say IE, and there are other less known browsers. If you opt to stay with IE just make sure you keep on top of any updates to minimise potential risk. :thumb:
     
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    Better protection would be to dump AOL wouldn't it Jim? :Laughing:

    We stayed with IE for years (basically laziness) and still run it on most of our machines. I changed to Firefox on this machine a couple of months ago because of a problem with IE (just on this machine) with some sites. Probably some obscure registry glitch which affects nothing else.

    Since getting used to FF I can't really tell much difference in practical usage.

    As Paul says though, with any browser make sure you run updates (especially security updates) when they are released.
     
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    I did try to dump AOL and signed up with talk-talk for phone and broad band, well June did. Its a lot cheaper. When I installed the talk-talk software up popped AOL. :RollEyes:

    Jim
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    Possibly a setting on your machine means that AOL is the default (or, possibly, was if IE8 is now the default).
     
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    Use Firefox or Chrome, far better than the rest.

    Rgds
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    I use Chrome, I find it faster more stable & it don't clog up your machine trying to find out what you are up to. It also has a very simple tab structure that uses less space on your screen.

    I find all windows products have been too nosy trying to find out what you are up to.

    Firefox is also good but even that I find it's starting down the same path. But use it with Linux Ubuntu & it's really fast.
     
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    AOL is powered by IE for a start. AOL owns Talk Talk-or is it other way roundnot that it makes any difference.:BigGrin:
    Mike.
     
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    as mike said, AOL is now owned by talkTalk.

    they use the same software and the same Delhi based call centre :Rofl1:
     
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    Speaking of which...I see that Microsoft have just released a messy workaround solution for a serious security flaw they are investigating. It affects all version of Windows if you are using IE (BBC article). The problem is within Windows itself, so it looks like it'll take a bit longer to implement a proper solution that gets installed as part of the next 'patch Tuesday' update.

    Fortunately there are no known cases of the flaw being exploited yet. But this is yet another reminder that even if you keep your software updated it's always best to avoid clicking any unknown URLs in your browser (or email client).
     
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    I use fire fox on win 7 ,you can choose who or what ever you like to browse on win 7 ,just open up your current INTERNET browser ,tools ,options,general tab selects your home page,advanced your default browser.
    Fire fox is brilliant much more stable and better options and more stable than explorer.

    The quickest way to set Windows 7's default web browser or programs is to go through the start menu: click on the Start button, and type default. As you do, the top result in the start menu should read "SET Default Programs", Choose default programs ,ittl bring up a list of loaded programs on your computer click on either browser you want to use and then simply click set as default. If it isnt there you need to download and install it ,and do above again.
    Alan
     
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    I'm in the industry and have all three browsers installed. Firefox is my default for a number of reasons, not least of which the network settings can be set independently. Chrome I use as second preference as its so much faster than IE. I keep IE as there are still some sites that are so badly designed they will only work on IE. :Doh: MS Office update for example!

    I'd totally ditch the AOL browser. Make sure you uninstall it! I'm with talktalk, and you just don't need it.
     

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