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by Donata / March 3, 2005 11:11 PM PST

I bought a new computer a few months ago & it already had Netscape on it. I use Internet Explorer. Can I safely delete it off my computer by using uninstall?

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Yes, however...
by Yew / March 4, 2005 12:02 AM PST
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Using Internet Explorer is like painting a giant target on your computer in the form of a flashing neon sign that says "Hack my system! Install spyware! I love viruses, worms, and trojans on my system! Porn popups -- Love those too!"

You'd be well advised to not use Internet Explorer in favor of something such as Mozilla Firefox 1.0.1.

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RE: Yes, however...
by rogerthai / March 4, 2005 12:10 AM PST
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The only reason that Internet Explorer is a target for all the bad dudes (Viruse, Spyware, Adware, etc.) is that it is the most popular and most used browser on the internet and the Bad Boys that want to attack browsers will choose the most popular browser on the Internet.. We need to eradicate these Criminals that want to destroy and vandalize the Internet Structures.

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Complete Load
by Yew / March 4, 2005 2:47 AM PST
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Yes yes, the whole "The only reason $PROGRAM_A is more secure than $PROGRAM_B is because $PROGRAM_B is more popular. It has nothing to do with the fact that $PROGRAM_A has a number of design features that make it more resilient to the problems that plague $PROGRAM_B, or the fact that the vendor of $PROGRAM_B isn't overly concerned with security."

Heard it all before, and believe it or not, there's a lot of people like you who seem incapable of spending the 5-6 seconds of brain power it would take to think this one through to a point where you'd see that argument makes absolutely no sense under examination.

So here's an analogy you might be able to understand. Chain link fences are very common and popular. They're also very often "hacked". Brick walls, OTOH, are maybe less common and popular, and are very rarely "hacked". Now, is the reason chain link fences are "hacked" more often than brick walls because they're more popular, or because of design flaws?

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BTW
by Yew / March 4, 2005 2:51 AM PST
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Even if it were just a simple function of popularity, you're still an idiot to use IE. Whatever the reason for it being attacked so often, doesn't change the fact that it IS attacked often, and with a high level of success.

Even your attempts to apologize for Microsoft's ineptness/unwillingness to create secure software fail to create a convincing reason. Which of course is why I say that if you spent 5-6 seconds to think your popularity argument through, you'd see it doesn't hold up under the most basic of scrutiny.

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Miscrosoft's Internet Explorer
by watersdc / March 12, 2005 7:16 AM PST
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The reason Internet Explorer is so insecure is that Microsoft has never thought it (security) was important. If it did, comapnies like McAfee and Symantec/Norton would not even exist.

Linux has few problems and Mac O/Ss are about the same.

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I Second That!!
by Richard64 / March 12, 2005 9:32 AM PST
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Double the fines, Lock em up and throw away the key. In my book there the only person lower then a pirate and that is the person(s) that come here to the Windows XP forum and do nothing but spew this anti-Microsoft garbage about Internet Explorer, or Microsoft in General! I maybe the only one but please leave the Microsoft and Internet garbage home it was old years ago.

And before it comes up I have nothing to do with Microsoft.

Richard

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RE: Netscape
by rogerthai / March 4, 2005 12:03 AM PST
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Sure.. I see no problem uninstalling Netscape from your computer. My guess is that this Program was Preinstalled by your computer manufacturer and maybe you have not even activated it yet, right? But even so, it should be no problem uninstalling this Netscape Program. I like Internet Explorer too, and that is my Primary Browser on my Dell Computers. Computer Manufacturers Receive money or free software for installing various programs on the computers they sale for promotional reasons for the Program Manufacturers.

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RE: Netscape
by Jim Baber / March 4, 2005 12:44 AM PST
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rogerthai is quite correct as to the fact that the software is often given to the manufacturers. However, this does not mean it is a substitute.

Try Netscape fo a while, you might prefer it after you use it for a couple of months. I think it does handle e-mail better than Outlook or Outlook Express. I also prefer the way it deals with "favorites" (Netscape calls these bookmarks) because you can rearrange them and organize them very easily with the Manage Bookmarks option tool.

You might never want to compose your own webpages, but if you ever do, Netscape gives you a neat tool to "compose" a pretty nice website.

It does take a little while to get used to the differences, but I still feel is is a safer and better tool. I have used Netscape for over 5 years, and have had few problems.

So far, Netscape has not cost me a single penny for all the upgrades I have made, because I always have downloaded them (I use cable). But, if you want an upgrade sent to you on CD, I can't recall any being over $20 or so for shipping and handling.

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Netscape
by Jim Baber / March 4, 2005 12:19 AM PST
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Yes, you may uninstall it.

I really question why you want to, it would be much easier to run IE and when it asks you if you want IE to be your default browser, you should simply take the yes option.

All machines people are buying today have so much disk memory that you can afford to leave Netscape on them. I find the best reason to do this, is that some websites look better in Netscape.

Also, because Netscape is not targeted for as many of the various viruses, worms, and other of the hackers bags of tricks, you will be less likely to get infected. This does not mean to imply that you will not have these problems, you should still install a good hardware firewall, a good software firewall, a good anti-virus program, a spyware tracker and a popup advertising blocker.

These are all available as individual products (which I prefer) as free or very reasonable downloads, or as prepackaged combination products from companies like McAfee, Norton etc.. (all of which I have tried and abandoned in the past)

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Re: Netscape (Uninstal)
by Themisive / March 4, 2005 5:32 AM PST
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I agree about the vulnerability of IE, just remember though, if you're using a Windows OS, most of the time IE is the only browser that can handle them!

I get around that by having an ISP that does an anti-virus check for me and also has it's own firewall. That's in addition to the firewall (not the Windows XP one)anti-virus system and spyware programmes of my own, so I think I'll stick with IE.

Regards

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Yes you can but
by glb613 / March 4, 2005 6:55 AM PST
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try it, you might like it. I've been using Netscape 7.2 for months and like it. It does everything I need in a browser except get Windows updates.

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New Netscape 8.0 is coming
by chris-sinclair / March 4, 2005 12:51 PM PST
In reply to: Yes you can but

You can uninstall Netscape and no problem with that.

However, you can install Firefox browser instead as alternative to Internet Explorer 6.

I use Netscape 7.2 and I like this one as an option to IE6.

The only problem is that Netscape browser don't always work well on some webpages on a website.

I noted just now that there is a beta of Netscape 8.0 to try out.

Check out: http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/default.jsp

It got the RSS software included in the new browser and should be officially be released before May 2005.

ChrisX

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Netscape 7.2 won't run on Windows XP
by watersdc / March 12, 2005 7:22 AM PST
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I have tried to install Netscape 7.2 on Windows XP and though it seems to do so, I cannot get it to run.

Any suggestions.

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(NT) (NT) I have XP, Netscape 7.2 and all is well.
by glb613 / March 12, 2005 9:33 AM PST
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Yes, Change to a real Browser
by Richard64 / March 12, 2005 9:53 AM PST

Change back to Internet Explorer(6) soon to be(7).

Richard

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Netscape 7.2 and XP
by auggief / March 12, 2005 5:30 PM PST

Runs fine for me.(second browser)
I have had difficulties, in the past, getting a clean download and install of Netscape.

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Re: Yes you can but
by Themisive / March 13, 2005 6:05 AM PST
In reply to: Yes you can but

I know, I've got a copy of Netscape, sat on the shelf here, gathering dust, I had no end of trouble when I did load it - so it was back to a browser I can trust.

As regards constructing web sites, I have my own, and I didn't use a browser to make it with, instead I used 2 programmes. Macromedia's Dreamweaver MX2004 to make the site, and WS_FTP Pro by Ipswitch (not the football club) to upload it to my site!

Regards

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here today, gone tomorrow!
by kathygworley / March 13, 2005 7:08 AM PST
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ive had Netscape 7.2 now for about a year and really like it. all of a sudden, i cant get it come up. ive uninstalled it and downloaded it now about 5 times. its got me totally confused. ive done system restore, and all it does is flash when i double click.
any ideas? when i uninstalled it i also deleted it from the progam files. then reinstalled it. still the same thing.

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You can,...
by Papa Echo / March 13, 2005 10:28 AM PST
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...but you do not have to. If you must use IE, get IE6 SP2 and update patches. Know how to 'isolate' the browser, security wise. Despite what many others advise, it is quite safe, once you have done what is necessary; but the dangers are real. Know what you do. Try Firefox - you may like it.

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