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Windows 7: Which version of FireFox should I use

4 Weeks Ago   #11
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As to this update madness you see all over the Internet. There are ways of preventing that by forging your user agent through an add-on in your browser. I only mention this because you are happy with what you already have. This works most of the time, but not all the time as websites pull other signatures from your browser and then know you are using an old browser. Specifically through java script. There's even an add-on for that, but it's coded in the XUL code and Mozilla in their infinite wisdom got rid of add-ons coded in XUL. Now add-ons are coded in the coding of Webextensions. Same now for the email client Thunderbird.

Oh, what the hell is a user agent you may ask. It's a string that tells websites what browser you are using. It looks like this:
 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:63.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/63.0
Even says what operating system you use. In this case Windows NT 6.1 is in fact Windows 7.

An alternative browser you may be interested in that keeps the old Firefox look (GUI) and allows the use of XUL-based add-ons is Palemoon. I use it as my primary browser. But since stupid websites discriminate with your user agent, the website may not function like it should or if at all if you are using Pale Moon. For the most part I haven't had too much trouble. Especially since I forge my user agent to look like I'm using Firefox. But the one thing that pisses me off is Google's Recaptcha. If I'm using Pale Moon and solve a puzzle to log in or register with some website, etc, I have to solve around 6 damn puzzles. Now if I use Firefox or Chrome, BAM! solve one or two puzzles at max and you're in. That's what I call browser discrimination and it's BULLCRAP!

Anyway, the big companies Google, Microsoft, et al have a major grip on what YOU the user on YOUR PC (Personal Computer) can use. And if you use something nonstandard they won't play nice. Same with CPUs and Windows 7. Can't use a Coffee Lake CPU with Windows 7 and I find that preposterous. Yeah... Coffee Lake is what they call the 8th and 9th generation Intel CPU. Next thing you know they'll partner with Tenbucks (Starbucks) and have a Mocha frappuccino macchiato latte CPU or some crap. LMAO! Just like how they have these names for Android versions. Cotton Candy, Lollipop, Tootsie roll, etc.

Anyway... stupid world we live in I think and I'm only 38. I can't wait to see 2050. Good grief. I'll be 70 then. Wouldn't mind seeing tricentennial, but I'll be 96 if I make it, at a retirement home and probably so out of it I wouldn't care about the 4th of July at that point.

Anyway... using an updated browser is probably in your best interest in terms of the security holes each update fixes. For me, I use Pale Moon to maintain that original Firefox look and its security holes are fixed as well. Including CVE possibilities that aren't known security holes in the wild. This, contrary to some asine websites that are telling you that you shouldn't use Pale Mon and use Firefox instead. I wonder how much they got paid for that? Either that or they're dumb as all hell.

Just a grumpy 38 year old. sudo soapbox mode off or something....

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4 Weeks Ago   #12
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

HAHAH My user agent says I'm using Firefox 63. Looks like I need to update my browser!

*changes a 3 to a 4.*

Full disclosure. I do always use the latest version of Pale Moon though.
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4 Weeks Ago   #13

Windows 7 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
Careful with those alternative download sites. If you use them be sure to scan the download at Virus Total. Some of these sites may repack the executable with malware and adware crap.

If the download isn't from the original source, then be leary.
I have used Norton Antivirus by subscription for many years, and it has never let in crap.
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4 Weeks Ago   #14

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit

There was a post on about faking a Seamonkey User Agent to look like FF, since SM doesn't have the Seal of Approval either. So far, it's holding onto its XUL, but you're not guaranteed support of any FF fork in the future.

If anyone's OK with dumping their XUL extensions, it hardly matters if they have 56, 60 or 63.

" 10/22/17
Q How do I get ANY SITE to recognize SM as a modern browser? After I login it tells me I need to upgrade to Firefox (or some other browser) and limits me to 'classic mail'. My user agent is:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:49.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/49.0 SeaMonkey/2.46

A For starters, try just removing the "SeaMonkey/24.6" from the end of your current user agent string.
Type about:config in the Address Bar and press Enter to display the list of preferences.
Ignore the warning message.
Right click >> New >> String >>
>>> Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/52.0
Restart SeaMonkey.
A It may be better to just use general.useragent.override here "

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