but IE is eons safer than it was "some years ago," as Active X has been drastically limited in IE (default settings will show you a toolbar that offers you the ability to deny the active x or to allow it to run on that webpage).

Regardless, Firefox is still the safer bet; on my laptop I still find IE slow. I wouldn't call the newest versions of IE "sorry," but I still only use it to diagnose a problem that I'm having on a website in Firefox.