Only use FireFox. Do I Need IE8 Updates?


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    Only use FireFox. Do I Need IE8 Updates?


    Since I only use FireFox and don't ever use IE8 nor have it installed, I don't install any windows update for IE8.

    Are any of the IE8 security updates required by FireFox?

    Just want to make sure I am not failing to keep up with security changes.

    Thanks.
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    Throughout Windows history, IE has been more than just a browser. It's been used by other applications such as Outlook, Word, Windows Explorer--basically any apps that need to render HTML. They all rely on IE to some degree. I don't know for sure to what degree 7 relies on IE compared to say XP but I'd suggest updating IE anyway. You can always disable it if you like.

    How to Disable Internet Explorer
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    How have you activated your computer?
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  4. Posts : 189
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    marsmimar said:
    Throughout Windows history, IE has been more than just a browser. It's been used by other applications such as Outlook, Word, Windows Explorer--basically any apps that need to render HTML. They all rely on IE to some degree. I don't know for sure to what degree 7 relies on IE compared to say XP but I'd suggest updating IE anyway. You can always disable it if you like.

    How to Disable Internet Explorer
    Good idea. I forgot about the disable feature.
    Thanks
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    Jacee said:
    How have you activated your computer?
    Don't understand your question.

    If you mean upon initial Windows 7 install, then at that time I was using IE8.

    Later on, due to many freeze ups and problems, I uninstalled and switched to FireFox.
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    Manigue said:
    Jacee said:
    How have you activated your computer?
    Don't understand your question.

    If you mean upon initial Windows 7 install, then at that time I was using IE8.

    Later on, due to many freeze ups and problems, I uninstalled and switched to FireFox.
    You cannot uninstall IE8,you can only disable and when you disable it'll become dormant. I don't think any security updates for IE8 will have any effect on FF.
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    I would since there's vulnerabilities out there for IE8 and I'm not sure whether those will affect you if you don't use IE8
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  8. mjf
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    brummyfan said:
    Manigue said:
    Jacee said:
    How have you activated your computer?
    Don't understand your question.

    If you mean upon initial Windows 7 install, then at that time I was using IE8.

    Later on, due to many freeze ups and problems, I uninstalled and switched to FireFox.
    You cannot uninstall IE8,you can only disable and when you disable it'll become dormant. I don't think any security updates for IE8 will have any effect on FF.
    I keep IE8 up todate for system reasons, as indicated, but now use FireFox without any apparent clashes.
    I would have stayed with IE8 except iexplore.exe would regularly give application errors which I couldn't find the cause of.
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    It doesn't hurt to keep it updated and can only protect your system more if other applications may rely upon it. GL :)
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