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Windows 7: Is Internet Explorer Really All That Bad?

08 Oct 2014   #11
oneeyed

Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
Oh, read to fast, sorry. I think the concept of Security Zones is a good one, and I guess you could use the Restricted Sites zone as a semi-trusted one with more restrictions than the Trusted sites zone, but I haven't tried that.
Oh I agree with you it's not a bad system. For normal use it's great.

I think my complaints is mostly for power users who sometimes want something a bit more complex.
FF's Noscript is a good example of an extension giving the users more control, although IMHO it's become too bloated to my tastes.
I was recently looking for a similar extension on IE, and couldn't find one (admittedly I didn't spend much time on it)... I guess that like in Chrome the extension framework isn't as good as in FF and doesn't allow something as powerful as NoScript (although on Chrome there are subpar equivalents).


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08 Oct 2014   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Good point,
Other browser add-ons effect ie as well even though it was never installed on ie
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08 Oct 2014   #13
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

@oneeyed I agree. Well, I think you have to take advantage of each browsers specific security features. That's why I use 3 different browsers with different configurations

The most important thing is to keep the browser updated. A look at vulnerabilities in the 5 most popular browsers - Secunia Vulnerability Review 2014

An interesting fact: when there's a known vulnerability in IE, Microsoft's recommendation is to set the Security Level to High and/or use EMET so I figure why not use High all the time for the Internet zone, and use the concept of Trusted sites.
Other great features in IE are the protected modes(requires UAC to be enabled). And you could also uncheck "Enable third-party browser extensions*" (requires reboot) in the advanced settings. But that setting can be a tricky one since it still shows third-party extensions as enabled. You have to actually test and use an extension to find out for sure. My AV extension doesn't work with this disabled, but objects like Flash Player will since this settings is for Browser Helper Objects and not for ActiveX objects.

Another thing with configuring Trusted sites is that it can be difficult as many sites use JavaScripts etc from others sites too. NoScript for FF is simple to use that way but in IE I have to use Developer Tools(F12) to find out what sites to allow. Or I could just load the site in FF and see what NoScript says
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08 Oct 2014   #14
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 

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...(apart from it's fonts looking muddy on all my laptops, one reason for not using it much)...
Curious. I'm not saying your fonts don't look muddy but the fonts on both of my notebooks (both 15" Lenovos) and all three of my old, retired netbooks (two Acers and one Asus) were nice and sharp. Do you have ClearType enabled and set properly?
Hello, clear type does it's job normal job, but MS is using a new rendering technology for IE and (most parts of) W8. Here's some reading (refers to 8, but the latest IE's are affected in 7), many posts in the forums here & a zillion more posts about it to be found on Google. Some don't have (or don't see) it, those who have it are in no doubt, it's clear as ...mud. Got it on Tosh, Compaq & HP's, newer and older. Have just accepted it, maybe some future laptop will display IE fine.
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08 Oct 2014   #15
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
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...(apart from it's fonts looking muddy on all my laptops, one reason for not using it much)...
Curious. I'm not saying your fonts don't look muddy but the fonts on both of my notebooks (both 15" Lenovos) and all three of my old, retired netbooks (two Acers and one Asus) were nice and sharp. Do you have ClearType enabled and set properly?
Hello, clear type does it's job normal job, but MS is using a new rendering technology for IE and (most parts of) W8. Here's some reading (refers to 8, but the latest IE's are affected in 7), many posts in the forums here & a zillion more posts about it to be found on Google. Some don't have (or don't see) it, those who have it are in no doubt, it's clear as ...mud. Got it on Tosh, Compaq & HP's, newer and older. Have just accepted it, maybe some future laptop will display IE fine.
Fill in your system spec's with our free utility otherwise I'll assume you have HD.... graphics
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09 Oct 2014   #16
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 

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I'll assume you have HD.... graphics
Hello, am using lots of different laptops, at work & home. Am recommending to read the posts in Poor font rendering in Windows 8 (blurry text) - Microsoft Community to get an overview, am just one among a vast amount of users experiencing the artifacts of the newer IE's font rendering.

No big deal here in practice, am using other browsers (FF, Pale Moon, Chrome & Opera all got sharp fonts in whatever condition of use).
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09 Oct 2014   #17
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Without system specs on many of those posts at answers it's useless to trouble shoot,
Hybird cards radion espesailly it seems are the most effected but with no details ?

Laptops traditionally would only have builtin graphics which would point to a perticular motherboard series issue ?

I'm a member at answers already and it's a frustrating forum with no easy way to post system spec's,
This forum is different in that we have a free utility to do it for users but often people fail to Use it
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09 Oct 2014   #18
Inception

Windows 7 Professional Edition x64
 
 
Re:

I have decided not to full-time switch to it but if I were forced to I can say now that I wouldn't make too much of a fuss, I tried IE for a day or two and I like it but it just doesn't provide the features I love in Google Chrome and there are some problems I ran into and noticed them right away, overall it's a great browser and I'd used it anyday but right now I'm good with my Chrome!
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09 Oct 2014   #19
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Inception View Post
I have decided not to full-time switch to it but if I were forced to I can say now that I wouldn't make too much of a fuss, I tried IE for a day or two and I like it but it just doesn't provide the features I love in Google Chrome and there are some problems I ran into and noticed them right away, overall it's a great browser and I'd used it anyday but right now I'm good with my Chrome!
Thanks for Filling in your system spec's page
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