Depends on whether you want a modern standards compliant browser or one that is more compatible with non-standard web pages.
There are US Government departments and many PC magazines recommending that people abandon IE because of the 500+ outstanding security issues plus the fact that it hasn't had a significant update in several years (read lifetimes in computer terms) and doesn't support the latest web standards.
Of course there are still lots of web pages that will only run on IE.
I think both browsers still have their uses but activeX needs to be disabled in IE unless you want to use it as a way for hackers to bypass your firewall and hijack your system.
i recommend firefox as in my mind it is faster and full of great features that IE cant compete with. but i guess the new upgrades for IE that came with the SP2 for XP make it alot better but i still stick with firefox as i dont use windows :)
Neither. CrazyBrowser beats every other browser I've tried. It's fast, it's never crashed on me and the thing I like most about it is that one of the options is to have it re-open next time with all the sites you had open when you closed it.
From a purely "ignorant user" standpoint, Firefox has some annoying browsing aspects that I've encountered. One of the most irritating is when going back or forward, the browser sends you to the top of the page rather than the place you were last like IE does. IE is comfortable, but Firefox has some handy features. Because I'm unable to make a decision, I arbitrarily use Firefox on my notebook and IE on my desktop.
Beyond the "ignorant user" perspective, Firefox begins to look progressively better than IE in feature sets, customizability, security, and performance (in my experience). But because I do a lot of netdiving, the browsing experience is important and IE has a tendency to beat Firefox in that category. But this is purely personal preference.
First point is that questions should NOT be 'tacked on' to old topics. Your questions deserve a new topic of their own, and will be better addressed if that occurs.
Second point is that this is an old topic which was initially misplaced and has now been 'resurrected' from the dead. Questions are best dealt with in the appropriate forum sections, and the appropraite section for this topic is 'Web Browsers' in TechTalk. In that section, you'll find a pinned topic which links to a detailed guide to installing Firefox and configuring it as your default browser. You'll find plenty of assistance in that topic!
Now that this has happened, I'll move this topic to the appropriate forum section, but in future could people please be careful to locate their questions appropriately?
I use firefox as much as possable becuase it is faster at loading pages than IE and it has to deal with fewer security threats than IE however, it does have a down side: firefox can be hard on a slower computers processer. The only time I don't use firefox is when IE must be used (like for Windows Update, Microsoft Mulitplayer Zone, and other things of the sort). I give IE an ok 5 out of 10 and firefox a well deserving 9 out of 10.