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Firefox browser problems can often be solved by a re-install of Firefox itself. Otherwise, any of the top three browsers will do the trick.
Right now, I've got Firefox version 3.0.19 on my computer and I've got to upgrade because I can't do a lot on the computer for stuff like Facebook or sometimes emails and so forth. Now my question is what can I get? I cannot upgrade to the newest as it makes my computer freeze and the internet will close on me. So what can I get that's close to and isn't an upgrade so it works on my computer? And I do NOT want to have private browsing options on my computer either!
In this excerpt from Answercast #73, I look at problems with a Firefox browser install and some options for fixing it or moving to a different browser.
So I'm not really sure what your concern is about private browsing options. That is an option that comes with the browser. All of the major browsers actually have it right now. My suggestion is that you simply ignore it... don't use it if you don't want to use it. It doesn't really harm anything to have that feature around and not use it.
So, the big three browsers (I currently believe) are all fairly equivalent and fairly safe and secure.
Those three are Firefox, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (which you may already have on your machine), and Google's Chrome.
I happen to use Google Chrome as my primary browser - but to be honest, all three of Firefox, Chrome, and IE are pretty much on a par. They all have their pros and their cons. They all have their supporters and their detractors. But, by and large, I take it to be more of a personal choice/personal taste kind of a decision as to which one you want to use.
So in your case, I'd probably give IE a try first since it's probably already on your machine. If that doesn't do it for you, then I would download and install Google Chrome.
Now, let's talk about Firefox for a minute because I'm concerned that you can't update it. I think that is something worth exploring and worth trying to fix.
What I would recommend you do is to actually uninstall Firefox completely - first. In other words, don't try and upgrade it.
Get rid of it completely. In fact, go so far as to grab Revo Uninstaller and use it to do a complete and thorough uninstall of Firefox. Then go to the Firefox website and get the latest copy. Download and install it.
I would be shocked if, at that point, it just didn't work. In which case, you may not have to change browsers at all.
So, those are my three recommendations: see if you can't fix Firefox,
consider using Internet Explorer, or consider downloading Google
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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