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Windows 7: Best Browser to Replace Internet Explorer With?

16 Feb 2020   #11
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As I said already in post #8.




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I run Pale Moon as my main browser and if a website or the God awful Recaptcha doesn't work I use my plain vanilla Firefox install.

Also read what I said about Sandboxie for your browser.
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16 Feb 2020   #12
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Pale Moon is sometimes discriminated upon by websites that sniff the UA (User Agent). So these bastard websites are looking for Chrome or Firefox and if they don't see that they give you trouble. I avoid most of this with the UAContol add-on and make it look like my browser Pale Moon is actually the latest Firefox and Windows 10.

Pale Moon's website has a bunch of add-ons and you can add the Classic Archive add-on to get the old tried and true XUL-based add-ons that used to run in Firefox until they jumped ship and went the way of asinine Chrome. Find this add-on here: Releases . JustOff/ca-archive . GitHub

If you are really wanting to try Pale Moon, you can download it as a portable, no installation required and take it for a spin. Pale Moon for Windows downloads

I highly recommend you sign up for their forum if you have any questions, concerns or need help. That's the go to place for help with Pale Moon since they all know the inter workings of the browser.
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16 Feb 2020   #13
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you chose to roll the way I do with the UAControl add-on and make it look like Pale Moon is the latest Firefox under Win 10, then this is the UA string you want:

Code:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:72.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/72.0
This is for the default sites not listed option in the UAControl add-on settings.

To stay abreast of new Firefox releases go here: Directory Listing: /pub/firefox/releases/

Scroll all the way down to the last version that is not denoted with a B that is beta and you
you'll see version 73 is now out.

So just change the UA I gave above from 72 to 73.

Note, you don't use 73.2 or 73.3, etc. Just 73, or 74, or 75, etc. Whole numbers.


Code:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:73.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/73.0
See the difference?

Note that Pale Moon does ship with an option in the Preferences settings to use one of three different UAs. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes some websites (not all) require or want to see a certain UA. That's why I use the UAControl add-on because I can tell one site to see this UA while another site will see another UA. And with all websites not listed they see me as using the latest Firefox with Win 10. LOL



Also note that Pale Moon, unlike today's Firefox or Chrome has a very low RAM footprint unless you have a billion tabs open. Here's mine right now and no multiple processes like Chrome or Firefox.


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17 Feb 2020   #14
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for your replies F22. Sounds a great browser with a few tweaks. I'm afraid some of what you wrote went over my head though. What is a string, and how would I use the code you gave? Is it something I would be able to do as someone with basic computer skills?
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17 Feb 2020   #15
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodbine View Post
Is it something I would be able to do as someone with basic computer skills?

Yes, it's just an add-on for the browser called UAControl.

I used the word "string" to describe the User Agent (UA). See that there decribing Windows 10 and Firefox 73?

You'd use that in the UAControl add-on.
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18 Feb 2020   #16
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Would I get the UAControl add-on from the Pale Moon browser itself, or from the Pale Moon website? Or do I download it from somewhere?

Should I download Pale Moon, then do the UA add on after?

Apologies for the basic questions, but computers aren't really something I know a lot about. Would have been happy in my comfort zone staying with IE, but not really an option now.
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18 Feb 2020   #17
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Read post #12 again. In fact, read everything I said very, very carefully.
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18 Feb 2020   #18
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

OK, thanks F22. I missed the vital info.

So, download Pale Moon browser, then select Classic Archive add-on and also select UAControl add-on - but change the code to the one you quoted? If I understand correctly.

I may be back with a few basic questions when I am starting the process of add-ons.
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18 Feb 2020   #19
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Check also Opera browser that have a nice add-on ad blocker call Ghostery:Ghostery Makes the Web Cleaner, Faster and Safer! I find it easy to use and quite reliable in his parameters. Got the same problems with IE11 not loading properly some sites.
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19 Feb 2020   #20
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Check also Opera browser that have a nice add-on ad blocker call Ghostery:Ghostery Makes the Web Cleaner, Faster and Safer! I find it easy to use and quite reliable in his parameters. Got the same problems with IE11 not loading properly some sites.

Opera is infected with the coronavirus, i.e owned by the not so trustworthy Chinese. I wouldn't touch it with a 20' poll and their so-called "VPN" is probably sniffed and it's really a proxy.
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