7 Reasons to Switch From Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox

Joel Lee Updated 22-01-2019

Google Chrome may still command a lion’s share of the desktop web browser market, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right browser for you. I once believed Chrome was “the best,” but these days you may be happier elsewhere.


According to NetMarketShare, Mozilla Firefox remains Chrome’s biggest contender if we ignore Internet Explorer (mainly used in business environments). And over the past year, Firefox’s market share has hovered steady around 10 percent throughout 2018.

For me, if it weren’t for Chrome’s nifty user profiles feature, I’d be using nothing other than Firefox. Why am I, and others, still enamored with Firefox? Is it time for you to switch? Here are several reasons that may convince you.

1. Firefox Is Faster and Leaner Than Chrome

Everything changed with the release of Firefox 57, also known as Firefox Quantum. At its debut, Mozilla claimed that Firefox Quantum ran twice as fast as the previous version of Firefox What Are the Different Versions of Firefox (And Which One Is Best for You)? Firefox has different versions of the same browser. Let's see what the five alternates offer and how you can use them. Read More , while requiring 30 percent less RAM than Chrome.

What does this mean in practical terms? You can have more tabs open without feeling a slowdown. Web apps and web games perform better, especially 3D games. The browser itself loads faster on launch, and just feels more responsive in day-to-day use.

But these improvements come with one big drawback. In a 2018 battery test, Microsoft showed that its Edge browser lasted 60 percent longer than Firefox and 20 percent longer than Chrome when all three browsers looped the same HD video on identical laptops. In other words, Firefox’s power drains battery life.


Plus, there are some simple things you can do to speed up Firefox 5 Things to Do When Firefox Runs Slow (But Other Browsers Run Fast) If Firefox feels slow compared to other web browsers, try these tips to see if you can boost its speed and restore its performance. Read More if it starts to run slow.

2. Firefox Knows It’s Just a Browser

A while back, I read an interesting post from a long-time Chrome enthusiast who threw in the towel and switched to Firefox. He had a lot to say, but this particular point stuck out to me:

“Today, Chrome is not the speedy beast it was in 2011. Today, Chrome is some sort of weird-ass application platform that just happens to also be a browser.”

This sums up why I’ve personally fallen out of love with Chrome. What used to be a lightweight, fast, and truly minimal web browser has evolved into a complex beast that no longer remembers what made it so lovable in the first place. A lot of the blame can be assigned to Google’s desire to turn Chrome into Chrome OS.

Firefox, on the other hand, is still just a browser. It may not be the clean, barebones browser that Chrome was when it debuted—and some might say that even Firefox is too bloated for its own good—but at least Firefox isn’t trying to be something that it isn’t. It knows what it is.


3. Firefox Embraces the Open-Source Mindset

Technically, one could say that Chrome is somewhat open-source since it’s based on the Chromium browser, which itself has spawned many Chrome-like browsers (e.g. Opera, Vivaldi, Slimjet, Brave).

But the open-source mentality is more than just letting others use your code. Mohamed Mansour explained it best in his Quora reply:

“I have contributed code to the Chromium project for over two years […] but lost motivation because of how closed that platform became. Yes it is open sourced, but it is guarded by a big organization where most of its discussions and future direction are done internally inside their organization.”


“Google is treating Chrome as a closed competitive product more than an open product. Chrome’s open source model is basically ‘here is the code for the browser, do whatever you want.’ It doesn’t have the same open source culture everyone is used to. Companies these days are abusing the core definition of Open Source, and it is sad.”

On the other hand, Firefox has a complete public roadmap that’s influenced by contributors and community members. That kind of community cooperation is what real open-source development should be about.


4. Firefox Actually Cares About Privacy

In 2014, Mozilla released a call-to-arms for users in an effort to promote online privacy, stating that “fighting for data privacy—making sure people know who has access to their data, where it goes or could go, and that they have a choice in all of it—is part of Mozilla’s DNA.”

In 2015, the State of Mozilla report reaffirmed the organization’s beliefs: “There are billions of people online, but not enough transparency and control in the form of security and privacy protections for users from companies, app developers and governments. Mozilla is focused on influencing key internet health issues like privacy and security.”

You can even consult the Firefox privacy policy to learn more about the browser, any data that may be collected, and what that data is used for.

But the real win here is that Mozilla isn’t Google. The one thing we know to be true is that Google is a gargantuan data collection company. Google already knows too much. Do you want it to know every aspect of your browsing habits, too?


For more things you can tweak to maximize your online privacy with Firefox 10 Quick Firefox Tweaks to Maximize Your Online Privacy Using Firefox and want your browsing to be more secure? These browser tweaks will help to improve your online privacy. Read More , check out our guide:

5. Firefox Allows More Customization

Degree of customization is the biggest difference between Firefox and Chrome. Every Chrome browser looks nearly identical, even across operating systems and devices. Other than hiding certain toolbars or removing a few icons next to the address bar, the most you can do is skin the title bar and tabs.

Firefox can do more. In addition to moving things around and skinning the general appearance, you can install complete themes to change the browser’s look-and-feel.

6. Firefox Boasts Unique Extensions

Chrome has a vastly larger collection of extensions, but Firefox has several unique extensions that aren’t available to Chrome users. And some of these extensions are so good that you won’t want to leave Firefox after having experienced them.

7 Reasons to Switch From Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox firefox tree style tabs

The best example that comes to mind is Tree Style Tab. This extension turns the tab bar into a sidebar and lets you organize tabs into a tree-based hierarchy that can be shifted around at will. It’s amazing and really shows how much a shame it is that no other browser can do this. (Vivaldi supports sidebar tabs, but they can’t be organized hierarchically.)

In fact, I would probably say that Tree Style Tab is the main reason why I love Firefox so much. Check out this roundup of other unique Firefox extensions 7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has Extensions aren't always supported across all browsers. Check out these beloved Firefox-only extensions that are so useful that you may be swayed over from whichever other browser you currently use. Read More .

7. Firefox Can Do What Chrome Can (Mostly)

At the end of the day, the differences between Firefox and Chrome are mostly minor. One might be slightly faster or use less battery, but in terms of usability, they’re both excellent. In other words, anything you can do in Chrome can probably be done in Firefox too.

Want to synchronize tabs, bookmarks, profiles, and more across devices? Need to develop websites with the aid of an element inspector and console? How about sandbox security to prevent malware infections? Or a task manager to pinpoint performance issues? (Hint: Navigate to about:performance in Firefox.)

Chrome can do these things, and so can Firefox. If you’re reluctant to leave Chrome, just remember that the two browsers have more in common than not.

For more on Firefox’s synchronization feature, check out how to use Firefox Sync for your browsing data How to Use Firefox Sync to Keep Your Browsing Data Synchronized Firefox Sync lets you keep your bookmarks, passwords, options, and more synced across all your devices. Here's how to use it. Read More .

When Is Chrome Better Than Firefox?

As much as I love Firefox, I still have Chrome installed as a backup because there are certain situations where Chrome is actually better:

  • Chromecast streaming only works with Chrome.
  • Advanced web development is often easier in Chrome.
  • Chrome prioritizes polish and simplicity over freedom, making it easier to use for those who aren’t as tech-savvy.
  • If you’re integrated with Google services and don’t care about the privacy implications, you can use your Google accounts to set up various Chrome profiles.
  • Chrome has more market share than Firefox and Google appears to have significant influence over the direction of web technologies, so websites and web apps tend to work better in Chrome.

Are You Ready to Make the Switch?

The future of Firefox looks good. Give it a shot and have an open mind. To make the transition easier, you may want to consider these tips for switching from Chrome to Firefox. Also, look into our collection of Best Firefox Addons.

If you absolutely can’t give up Chrome, improve your browsing experience with these extensions. Tempted to use Firefox too? In that case it’s a good idea to sync Chrome and Firefox 9 Ways to Sync Firefox and Chrome: Bookmarks, Passwords, and More It's easy to work with two browsers if you keep your data synced. Here are some ways to make Chrome and Firefox work in harmony. Read More for a seamless browsing experience. If you dislike both Chrome and Firefox, Vivaldi might be the better choice.

Related topics: Browser Extensions, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

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  1. Ravidu Prasanna
    April 6, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    main reason why i move from firefox to chrome again
    firefox has no great homescreen local news displays
    firefox has no autofill data feature
    firefox has no emoji on clipboard
    speed wise data sync wise chrome behind after firefox (but its not essential )

  2. Rob
    January 24, 2020 at 11:02 am

    This article was last updated 22 January 2019. (according to this site) Why are you notifying me (and I guess other subscribers) over one year later about this? Many articles on this site are often promoted as new or recent but are really out dated and mostly irrelevant. Time to unsubscribe people.

  3. V.R. Hetrick
    January 24, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Unfortunately, Firefox, if an individual uses at least one of two of the top 8 electronic Health Record systems, Firefox fails to connect to a website that's using https: as the connection protocol, though it's worked with all previous versions of both of these two eHR systems. Not the moment to change!

  4. Jim Hawley
    January 23, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    One of your arguments for Firefox over Chrome is that it has useful extensions not available on Chrome. You even include a link to a list of 7 great Firefox extensions.
    Well........... 5 of the 7 are NO LONGER AVAILABLE! A rather useless recommendation on your part.
    I suppose everyone has a favorite extension. I stayed with Firefox for years during the period it became a hog and Chrome was the shiny fast new kid on the block. I stayed for one reason.....Scrapbook. When they rewrote Firefox, Scrapbook no longer worked and it has never been updated to work with current browsers.
    Scrapbook was amazing. There have been "alternatives" but not one has come close to providing the functionality of the original. Someone PLEASE create a working clone of Scrapbook. I would switch to any browser that had that extension, or better yet, incorporated it directly into the browser.

  5. Arepo
    October 30, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    This is no longer true as Firefox is no longer any of those things. And I'm using the Blink-based Opera as my default and only browser just to make sure everyone reads this from the start, not Chrome... Opera.

    Firefox also uses telemetry and collects and sells your data under the table, they just won't tell you about it and will deny it.

    Firefox is no longer faster or leaner than Chrome - now it's the opposite - Firefox is more bloated and Chrome is the one that uses less memory and loads websites better.

    Firefox has so little market share that many web developers don't bother to support it and thus many websites don't work properly in Firefox or straight up don't load at all. Also Firefox loads websites up to 2-5 seconds slower than Chrome.

    In efforts to catch up to Chrome and regain popularity, Firefox is shedding its customizability and slowly becoming a Chrome clone in every aspect. But the problem is that it's becoming, like the deformed and crippled clone of Chrome as it does everything worse.

    Now that it's come to a point where Firefox just continues to lose market share and they simply can't gain it back, they start bloating the browser with stupid gimmicky features and constantly brag about their privacy and anti-tracking tools, which are very suspicious and barely change anything. I've personally used Firefox for about a week, about 10 hours of daily use and I noticed how slow it works and how slow it loads websites compared to Opera and Chrome. So I looked up the problem and found out that the anti-tracking they recently introduced is the culprit that dramatically slows down Firefox and its loading of websites, so I disabled it and viola! - websites suddenly load 2-3 seconds faster, but still not as fast as Opera or Chrome.

    In fact Opera is even faster and leaner than Chrome. If a website takes 1 second to load on Chrome, it takes like 0.6 seconds or so to load on Opera - it's so instantly fast that it's actually a pleasure to watch it being blazing fast. Just don't use their stupid inferior built-in adblocker and install one like uBlock Origin or Nano Adblocker (a fork of uBlock Origin with improvements and reduced memory usage) and a popup blocker and you're set for life.

    • Jay
      January 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      You're helping Google's control over the web by using a blink - based browser.

  6. Ben
    July 15, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    I moved all my browsing to Firefox on phone, desktop from today. My main reason is, chrome is now having lot of bloatware and virus. Moved to Firefox after some 7 years now. Firefox is good like chrome use to be in the beginning.

  7. Dianne DeSha
    July 5, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    The irony, of course, is that the one extension I can’t live without, that has kept me locked to Chrome for at least 5 years now, is Tab Outliner—the very example you give in #6 as a type of extension “Chrome doesn’t have”.

  8. arvmetal
    June 7, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Indeed Quantum is crap, is slow, has broken all the goodies of Firefox, before v57 was the best by far. And now Firefox is updating without consent, breaks everything, is hard and less customizable, has become to the worst browser ever!, a clone of Chrome garbage.

  9. John IL
    May 24, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Well unfortunate for Firefox nobody seems to care about privacy much or they just think its a lost cause on the web. Given Chrome's dominance its hard to change long term habits for people. Chrome for myself is not the best browser, but it clearly has influence given its market share. Having Microsoft decide to use Chromium engine for its own browser Edge just solidifies that path to dominance. Firefox isn't bad and its latest release 67 is making more strides in speed and privacy. But I thought Edge was making good strides as well and it never helped its market share. Even the Chrome clone's don't have much hope for advancing on Chrome. Yeah the snafu with expired certificate that broke many extensions in Firefox didn't help their comeback. I wish them well, but the writing is on the wall already.

  10. Craig R
    May 4, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Bet all the Firefox fanboys are hiding now after the addon certificate expiry crisis has just occurred. And 24 hours later - no patch (have they the ability to even fix it?!).
    Chrome may be commercial but at least they use professional programmers with professional skills!

    How about 7 reasons NOT to switch to Firefox!!

  11. RJB Phillips III
    March 2, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    My absolute biggest complaint. I have emailed Goggle on several occasions about it's inability to remember my computers. Firefox never fails. Goggle Never remembers. I am sick of having to get phone every time. I have checked the box over and over to remember my computer, Nope still will not. So Firefox gets an A+ and Goggle F- if there is an F minus. Anyway they never do remember me on any off 3 computers and Firefox does. Who can figure this out.

  12. Todd Allen
    January 30, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Hello- my one problem with Firefox is it isn’t the ‘Native App’ on my Chromebook.
    If the Firefox Team had the cash- they’d go to market with a ‘Firefox Book Laptop’.
    The reason is I use a Chromebook is the great Apps that the Chrome platform has and are shared across all my Chrome accessed devices.

  13. jo
    January 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    opera 12-still the best.
    I us vivaldi -but a long way to go to opera 12, and waterfox for the old mising extnntion - downthemall, fastest search (the best, nothing close), coolpreview (yes, you can find it and it work).

  14. Michael Biller
    January 26, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Firefox Quantum is where it's at, especially when it comes to my (Linux) desktop. I do still use Chrome on my mobile devices because the integration with the Google services I use is seamless.

    I will say Firefox mobile is starting to close that gap as well. Firefox may not have the number of addons, or extensions, Chrome boasts but it has what you need and you are correct about the ones that are exclusive to Firefox.

    Plus, Firefox Quantum is so fast that it is more than noticeable. Much like the speed difference Linux enjoys compared to WIndows. Once you get spoiled on that type of performance difference there is no going back.

  15. joe barr
    January 26, 2019 at 12:41 am

    When I try to view youtube videos on Chrome ,it freezes if not used after awhile.FF does not freeze as often,although some Youtube vids. tend to "loop" via one video

  16. Thomas
    January 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    The tree Style Tab plugin is AMAZING!!!

  17. Oscar
    January 23, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I was a Mozilla Firefox user but when I could no longer access Evernote through Firefox (not sure why), I switched to Chrome.

  18. gazoo
    January 22, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    > As much as I love Firefox, I still have Chrome installed as a backup because...

    Backups are great for all kinds of use cases. Pale Moon is a valuable backup for me because it supports direct rendering of files with rss/atom extensions. Mozilla removed this feature recently because... no one knows (but an extension partially fixes this now). tbf, chrome-based browser are terrible at this too. Pale Moon also continues to support MHT and MAFF files - another lost feature.

    Dillo is awesome in it's own way for basic html, as a way of presenting documentation offline and for other light-weight uses. TOR is fantastic for it's own unique use case. Lots of examples: including browsing from the terminal.

    This said... Mozilla's new Quantum browser has won me over. I was shocked at how fast it was over their legacy, disk-caching heavy code. Still shocked at how well it performs on older hardware: easily beats the chrome-based browsers and might even be faster than Pale Moon (the one-time champ on older hardware).

  19. 919263
    January 22, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I think this article is written by "FireF_cks". I had been using FF since it came out as I had some extensions that really helped me work better. Color Tabs, Taboo, Save-to-read later, Tab Plus and some GUI customization, but all that went to hell with Ver 57. So I stuck to 56.0.2 for the longest time till they F_cking took that option away too. Who the Heck does this? People get used to features and extensions for everyday work, and if you start taking those away without giving replacements, it can get really frustrating for the users. So I am done with these A__holes, started using Chrome, I dont like it, but you know what, it just makes me feel less angry. AND everyone that says RAM usage is more in Chrome than in FF, check again... FF eats RAM like it is freaking doing CAD drawings..

  20. Timo
    August 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I like Firefox more than Chrome for its preference to privacy and is competitive.
    However two things still bothering me continue with firefox:
    1. First load of any website delays for like 4 secs saying "Looking up". Its very annoying and many times I ended up opening chrome.
    2.No auto translation when I open a foreign language website.

  21. Friar Tux
    July 20, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I agree with most of this article. I have both Chrome and Firefox on my laptop as there are some things done better in Chrome. I mostly use Firefox, though, because I can use a dark background and light coloured font. With most other browsers it's like staring at a 60 watt bulb - bright, white background, which you cannot change (at least I've never found a quick easy way in my testing them). I DO find Firefox a bit slower than most other browsers but not so much as to make it an issue.

  22. Jeannie
    July 11, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    I did just the opposite. Quantum really spoiled things for me as far as using my favorite legacy extensions. I tried to use Chrome Store Foxified only to find these extensions could not be validated no matter what I tried. I decided to switch back to Chrome and Vivaldi exclusively.

    It makes more sense to me to use Chrome and still be able to use the extensions Firefox killed in Quantum than crying over spilled milk and trying to revive them in Firefox when Firefox refuses to play fair.

    I'm not judging anyone who still uses Firefox by the way. This is just me thinking out loud about how I had to personally come to terms with the fact that my favorite FF extensions died in November 2017 and are never going to be revived. Take care Firefox. It was nice while it lasted. Chrome and I will be very happy together(lol). So far so good! :)

  23. Nicholas Woods
    June 4, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    An issue not discussed but important: chrome has a much faster open time (when you first launch the program) I can close it, save my ram/cpu/battery and not be concerned about how long it takes to load, all my tabs load faster.

    People reporting high CPU usage on a website, please disable scripts on that website and try again, it's most likely how that website was designed not entirely the browsers fault, I can get 20-30% cpu usage on both browsers, I have a 6500.

    Battery and ram aren't real issues as there are extensions to end a tabs activity after a time of inactivity, the tab still appears to be there but will 'reload' the page when you go back to it, these extensions exist for both browsers.

    I haven't been able to justify one browsers extention libary over its compeditor as both seem to have everything i need, script monkey, cookie editor, css injector (stylebot is my favorite), autofill, adblock. Only stick with lightweight extensions to save ram.

    For laptop users: Get the right type of screen as that's going to be your main drain on battery life.

    Google Chrome user Tip: Use the parameter --app="
    It will act like a minimal window, without the clutter and you can replace calendar with any website

    Paul Scott made a great point, come to think that's why I change also

    Google's privacy policy is a bit iffy but it only applies to you if you let it, reporting can be opted out and is asked when you install the browser, also your not required to use google services or even their search engine if you choose, if however you have a google account and do use their services, they have some options to opt out of things, like directed advertisements, for somebody that uses the internet from dusk to dawn

  24. Some User
    April 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Well I switched from Chrome to Firefox last month. I can compare both:
    - Chrome is much faster. (If you use Firefox you can see the page loading, Chrome is so fast you get most pages at the same second you press enter)
    - Firefox is much more memory efficient, even on 1 tab, chrome uses the double amount of ram. (I use many add-ons on both browsers) If you have 20-30 tabs, chrome can use up to 2 gb. (or more if they have some heavy content like videos/games)
    - Firefox is much more energy efficient (that is the reason for switch) I got 20-30% CPU usage on chrome by just watching some Full-HD videos. It's absurd.

    So in the end I use both browsers but I use chrome just for google services like gmail, youtube and if I need more umpf I just close the browser window.

  25. Joseph Hawley
    March 26, 2018 at 8:24 am

    I find that firefox chokes when I try and watch fullscreen video on a 4K display, while Chrome and Edge are both smooth. (GTX1070)

  26. Paul Scott
    January 20, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I'm a long-term (15+ years) Firefox power-user who uses Firefox about 70 to 100+ hours per week. I'm absolutely done with all of the crashing, graphics glitches, and even a seemingly permanent corruption of Firefox on several of our computers. Moving to Chrome for good today. Bye FireFux!!! I won't miss you (and I'm pretty sure your sinking-ship of a product won't either).

  27. Stephen Osterday
    January 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    I use the Chromecast a lot.

  28. Ed
    November 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I've used Firefox for the past 9 or 10 years and was quite happy with it. That is until the last update. Firefox says the improvements to it's platform makes it run smoother and faster. Guess what? Not on the 2 computers we have here. They slowed right down, started crashing or freezing to the point that I decided to switch to something else. Didn't want IE so I installed Chrome on both. Couldn't be happier. It's only been 5 days but if Chrome keeps working like it has so far, then I'll be permanently deleting the Firefox browser for good.

    • Paul Scott
      January 20, 2018 at 3:12 am

      Hell yeah! Firefux super sucks...

  29. Maggie
    November 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I would never go back to Firefox. It never worked good for me.
    Even a slow Chrome is better than a FF.

  30. Rigferna
    November 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I have usef Firefox laptop for the last couple of years and I find it works great, better control of tabs than chrome. On my mobile devices I use opera mainly due to the ability to zoom and wrap text to fit screen size.

  31. Rosemarie Knudsen
    November 10, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I wish I could trust firefox for everyday computer use...but I find its help pages confusing and not able to focus on any one major problem. Attempting to solve problems in firefox is similar to hunting thru the dictionary attempting to understand an issue, yet receiving little direction or out of frustration, I resort to other websites like "ghacks" or "tom's hardware" or similar sites who are better foced to answer basic firefox user issues when firefox seems disinterested or bored that you would even think of asking for help.....So, "Startpage proxy" to the rescue helps to block the endless spam and cookies that firefox hides on its websites....Sorry, but I feel firefox is NOT ready for prime time at this moment November 2017....rjk

    • Tech Man
      February 19, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      You need to use the Mozilla forums.

  32. Phyllis Lee
    November 8, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I have been using Firefox for years on my windows laptop (UK) couldn't stand Internet Explorer, and cannot stand Edge, they are so boring, I love Firefox because of the add ons, you can change everything to suit you, I love the personas, I am not happy that they are losing the add ons, all of mine are marked legacy, so I won't be using Firefox any more, as for their firefox for tablets and phones, even more boring, I stopped using it, I think Firefox shot themselves in the foot over this update.

  33. Bennett Weaver
    November 5, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I am not sure about memory usage. Right now I have 1 window with 5 tabs open. Memory usage is just under 2GB (I have 16GB RAM, Win7 Pro 64 bit) If memory usage get much higher then Firefox starts taking 12%-18% of my CPU (8 cores) and there are 5-10 second periods with no browser response to keyboard or mouse input. I frequently have to kill the process and let it recover to get memory usage down and restore response. Don't blame it on Add-ons, since all of the ones I use but one are legacy ones and now are disabled. And that is another bone I have to pick. I'm not a happy camper. I have been using it since the first version.

  34. Ayoola Falola
    October 31, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I don't know if this is intentional or Google is paying Mozilla but i don't understand why Firefox makes it confusing to do exactly what it is made to do.

    The home page of firefox has an address bar on the top and a search box in the middle of the page. Most people just go straight to the search box not knowing it is not the address bar. That makes most traffic go to the search engines first. I don't know if anyone have noticed this but this kind of gives the search engines an undue advantage over website owners.

    The search box should be made to detect if the user has entered a valid URL and forwards to the URL or if the user enters a wrong URL, the browser can now send them to a search engine. That thing confuses most users. As a website admin, I just see that most of the traffic to our websites come from search engines and when you look at the keywords the user used, you find out that they actually typed the correct address.

    Google chrome got this right, they have a devised a means to only usse the search engine when an invalid url is entered or when the URL is not available for some reasons.

    Firefox needs to check this. They have no reason to put a pick search box on their default home page when its aparent that this could confuse users.

  35. Hali Bromo
    October 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    In the 90s I used Netscape Navigator until it was stopped. Then switched to FireFox since I do not like IE. For me FF is okay and I like it very much.

  36. Ron Aisenbrey
    October 10, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Wasn't impressed by IE when I began w/ OPC's; so I tried Firefox and have been very happy with the flexibility. add-ons and extensions. Have tried Chrome but found it cumbersome. My first smartphone, a month ago, came w/ Chrome. Was excited when I found Firefox app. However installing stopped when it asked for a password, which I've never had while using Firefox on 3 PC's. Hope Firefox Focus will work well along w/ version 57.

  37. Jim Adgate
    October 4, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Having endured the rollout of version 55 in August, I find this article's optimism a bit premature. V 55 broke a sh*ton of extensions. Mozilla's take was: all is well. Not quite.

    In addition to the steamroller that was V 55 (rolling right over and breaking many extensions). CAPTCHA and REAPTCHA page rendering have been broken or non functional for several versions of FF . This is not cool, since it is used by MANY sites now for account setups, esp. in the financial industry. As a prime example, anyone using the current version who went to the Equifax site to sign up after the recent breach couldn't do so in Firefox - way to go, Mozilla. For a browser that's supposed to be "more secure" that's inexcusable; and what's worse when I contacted the Mozilla support team about it, their tepid response was "which site has a problem"? When I told them it was just "one site" their response was to bury their heads in the sand and plug their ears and in effect say: "la la la we can't hear you". Not cool.

    For me the last straw was version 55, which broke my password manager extension - it was rendered unusable. For now, it's probably ESR or Pale Moon, and then when they are no longer supported, on to Chrome. Firefox is in a death spiral and we are witnessing it now.

  38. Philip Bard
    September 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I had Fire For years, but switched to Chrome because Fire Fox stopped supporting Flash player and most of the games I play on line use the Flash player. If Fire Fox ever decides to support Flash player I will switch back, until then, I'll stay with Chrome.

  39. John S
    September 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I guess for me I don't have 20 + tabs open or even 10 and not even 5 some days. In that situation Chrome seems to do much better then Firefox. I guess I am waiting to see what Firefox 57 brings in changes? Not a big fan of Chrome by any stretch, and I am not concerned over Google's watching my every move, but more importantly Chrome is starting to bloat and I have begun to try Edge for a period of time and since Creator update it's really not bad.

  40. Hakon Tdal
    September 23, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    There is no switch.
    I have 16 GB RAM and run Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge. Different sites in different browsers.

    I use many Google-products and change passion within Chrome. I find it superior for all of the Google-services and all of the different accounts I use.

    Firefox is for most of the other things, but it tend Du crash more often.

  41. Openyoureyes
    September 21, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Point 6 and 8 will be deprecated with new version 57...
    No more full theme, and no more unique extensions. Just web extension with limited customization.

  42. Arun Sathiya
    August 29, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I never knew about TreeStyle tab navigation until today. That looks like a lifesaver. But, I recently made the switch to Google Chrome from being a lifetime Firefox devotee. For one reason, quicker startups. Google Chrome is blazing fast and I made the switch recently. Coupled with Google Chrome and Opera, life's content. I haven't looked at battery usage though.

    • Arun Sathiya
      August 29, 2017 at 11:25 am

      I feel like going back to Firefox again, after reading this post, but it feels tough to do that. Google Chrome has been addictive lately, and it's going to take some time to get over it.

  43. Toni Miller
    August 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I have been with Firefox since you all began. When Netscape died, I used explorer for a very short time. I have tried Edge, Chrome and a couple of others but I never got rid of Firefox. It is my default browser. I feel safer and it is very user friendly. I have used the others and have been plagued, going to the very same places I go with Firefox. Please don't every go away. We need you....

  44. Munna
    August 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    What about opera

  45. Mihir Patkar
    August 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Other way around, my man. Joel's article was posted first. Check the end of the NextLaunching post, it links back to MUO.

  46. Mihir Patkar
    August 21, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Other way around, my man. Joel's article was posted first.

  47. Heru Paule / R. Paul Le Bret
    August 18, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I've Been Using Firefox Since Before Noah's Arc I Recall LOL I Love It !!

  48. LarryS
    August 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I have been with Firefox for a long time, but some of the reasons for using it have just vanished. This year I have had so many problems with Firefox that I have switched to Chrome. I was already having problems when I started getting the notice that a certain site was not secure. No way to say that it did not need to be completely secure as there was no info to get into and if someone else wanted to get into the site just be my guest as there was no reason for it. At the same time I have been using "1 Password" which is an excellent program and very necessary. It is not working off and on for unknown reasons which is really irritating, but it works fine in Chrome. I just got tired of all the headaches.

    • Jim R.
      September 13, 2017 at 3:34 am

      Larry, Firefox was updated to version 55 just three days prior to your comment, and it was a vast improvement over the previous versions that I've used. On Android, especially, it was just not worth using. However, up the latest update, it is much more stable, faster, and actually not a pain in the butt to use.

      They're updating to version 56 on the 26th of this month (September 2017), but the big and most promising update will be to version 57 on November 14th. The very core of the browser has been reworked, also with an overhaul of the user interface and other goodies.

      Long story short, I would say give it another shot now that it's been updated. And if it doesn't work well for you still, at least try again after they've moved up to version 57 in November.

  49. IvanJG
    August 11, 2017 at 3:46 am

    I actually switched from the original/old Opera to Firefox as I couldn't see the point in using an Opera with the same engine as Chrome. I use Firefox for up to 90% of my personal browsing but would never get rid of Chrome (and both Operas). Chrome is pretty much only used for GMail and Google Drive while I prefer to use Firefox for Google Maps, Search, Youtube and pretty much every thing else. For work I use the original Opera (for intranet only: works with Java), IE11 and Firefox. The only mainstream browser I never use at home or work is Microsoft Edge. No matter which browser I use I do not store passwords (except in my PortableApps version of Firefox that is on a bitlocker protected USB3 drive).... GO Firefox!

  50. mark huber
    August 10, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Alphabet/Google has gone against everything that the internet stands for by trying to impose its "politically correct" (factually incorrect) assumptions on users. I can not stand for it. I am avoiding Microsoft and Aphabet/google monopolists who have put short term profits ahead of truth, freedom and the American way.

    • Chaz
      August 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Amen!!! And Microsoft's Windows as a Service and Office 365 just gives them too much control over my environment. Please let me control my own environment, and who sees what. With Firefox, I typically operate with several dozen local applications running and several hundred tabs open (337 at the moment). We are currently seriously considering a switch to a Linux version now that software is blossoming for that environment. Once we determine a way to migrate 25 years of Adobe, we will switch in a heartbeat... already experimenting heavily... No negatives so far.

      • Jim R.
        September 13, 2017 at 4:03 am

        On Mac and Windows there is a new Adobe contender: Affinity (by Serif).

        Currently available are Affinity Designer (an alternative to Illustrator for $49.99) and Affinity Photo (an alternative to Photoshop for $49.99 on desktop or $19.99 on iPad). Affinity is the new series produced by Serif, and the products are developed first for iOS and macOS, and then ported to and optimized for Windows later.

        But of course, on the free and open source side of things (and equally available in Linux) are Inkscape (alternative to Illustrator) and GIMP (alternative to Photoshop). Both are good and powerful programs.

        If you're looking for an InDesign alternative, at least on Windows there is Serif's legacy program PagePlus X9 (for $24.99). It's wonderful! They have an Affinity Publisher on the way, but it has not yet reached beta, and there is absolutely no news as to when that will be. So yeah, in the meantime I recommend PagePlus X9. There is also the free and open source Scribus, but it is just terrible. It is neither intuitive nor efficient; it needs a lot of work for it not to be an absolutely headache.

  51. Paul petrides
    August 4, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Paul here. You say that Firefox is is at a faster than chrome. Of course
    Born of them have simular. Strengths , I read. Through the article. On
    On each of them . there is one thing. It fails. To mention. How do downloads
    Can create viruses. Is that. True. By the way. I was thinking of switch over to
    Firefox. , let me know.

  52. Sergeevich
    August 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Throw away Chrome when it remove support of "--disable-directwrite-for-ui" key. Read blurry text by youself, Chrome developers.

  53. SlaughterDog
    July 28, 2017 at 7:03 am

    The author states that Chrome is often better for advanced web development, but as a web developer by trade, I’ve often found the opposite to be true. I’ve seen some nifty things come to Chrome first, and do check out Chrome’s dev tools from time to time and pay attention to release notes to see what’s new, but often find their new features to have been present in Firefox for quite some time.

  54. Steven
    July 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    YouTube TV works on Chrome only.

  55. KiltJoy
    July 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    FF has started pre-loading add-ons like Hello, Pocket, Reader+. When searching for help, FF only demonstrates how to hide the button, not disable the add-on. FF is pointing at Google, for Microsoft tactics of selling the user, from the back of the same line.

    • quantumbells
      July 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Hello was merely a tech demonstration, been a long time since it has been removed.
      Pocket has not been an add-on for a long time, it is part of core Firefox and hence can not be disabled. Mozilla bought pocket and any privacy concerns are moot.
      Hardly. TO say Fx is on level with Apple, Google or MS is hyperbole. Fx doesn't sell your data to Third parties, all data it takes it doesn't share it with advertisers. It keeps it to figure out what works and what doesn't.

  56. Charley
    July 6, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I use Firefox 90% of the time. It is my default browser But I use Chrome to access Facebook because paste doesn't work correctly on Facebook in Firefox but does in Chrome. I don't know why.

    With the latest updates to Firefox, Roboform doesn't work very well. It does work but it is awkward and you can't get a toolbar. On Chrome, I can still get a toolbar (at the bottom).

  57. Ashton
    July 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    FF has it's own quirks.. many of them. I got tired of it being slow as hell under load, or my 1password blocking e10s. Switched to vivaldi, it's best of ff and chrome so far.

    Well only crash recovery on it is crap, had to get extension for backing up sessions.

    • Jim R.
      September 13, 2017 at 4:11 am

      E10s will be enabled for all users in version 57, coming on November 14th. Get Firefox (or update it) after that and see if it works better.

  58. Noureddine
    July 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    i can say that i will recommend/install Firefox again for people now with confidence
    am using Firefox Aurora 55.0b6 (64-bit) and it's blazzzzing Fast and Responsive.

  59. William
    July 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for a whole lot of tech blather...
    I use both Chrome and Firefox but I have problems with passwords on Firefox and it is slow to load... so I do not like it much...
    For banking or anything involving passwords I have to use CHROME which works
    I do not need to know all that other tech info.... altho I read it and I suppose it
    has some value... all I now is what works for me and does not work for me...
    Firefox does not work... like it should....
    End of story..... chow

  60. Michael
    July 3, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Firefox on macOS is just terrible. I've run it through a battery of benchmarks with Safari and Chrome and FF always comes dead last. It seems fast enough to the naked eye (benchmarks usually measure times in milliseconds) but it eats RAM like crazy and will run my fans up to turbo, especially on my MacBook Air. Firefox supports none of macOS's features like pinch to zoom or even the built-in print manager. Google has made great strides in making Chrome behave batter, but the macOS champ in all categories is Safari.

    • Caz C
      October 20, 2017 at 10:47 am

      When I put Firefox on a Mac, I didn't know I would like Safari which I use alot

  61. David
    July 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I've never dedicated myself to one browser. Opera for some things, Chrome for others. But I've recently changed my default browser from Chrome to Microsoft Edge, because start up time is way faster. You know, like when you get an Email, and there's a link to click on...

  62. Matt
    July 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I hate this constant association of simplicity with "not tech savvy"; because, then, its coupled with a bunch of other nonsense, like "people who just don't want to think much", "people who can't prob their imagination", etc.

    No dude, I like simplicity because I like it. It might be hard for you (and many others) to fathom it, but it's true. And I'm actually quite tech savvy; and I know I'm not the only one.

  63. Chris
    June 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Have used FF since it was Firebird and developed extensions for it. It was a great browser since it allowed developers to merge "the operating system" with the browser, meaning you could solve a wide range of problems in intuitive ways, by using firefox as a distribution and UI platform, and the browser would then pretty much get out of the way for the domain problem solving. That is no more.

    Mozilla is throwing decades of innovation and investments by thousands of developers out the window, and is errecting a walled garden when FF 57 lands. Gone is the OS integration that allowed for Mozilla exclusive extensions such as DownThemAll or SQLite browser. Instead the hamstrung WebExtensions API is forced down everyone's throats.

    This wouldn't have been such a bad thing if mozilla had intended to continue offering APIs which the uniquely useful extensions require, but they won't. Someone at the organization has decided that Firefox's future is to only be a differently skinned Chromium, capable of nothing more, and giving developer not one inch of increased innovation capability compared to its closest competitor.

    They've given me and a lot of other developers the finger. Since we won't be able to create the extensions we need, and mozilla having made the unilateral decision to screw much of the community and errect walls, creating a garden where people can create *one* sort of addon (munge data on a web page and exhange info with webservers), they've turned into the google - chromium dynamic themselves.

    For me it's bye bye Mozilla.

  64. Shawn A
    June 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I was using Chrome for years, since before it became super popular, and before that I used Firefox all the way back since probably 2008ish. I actually just made the switch to Opera. Not sure why, I really like the toolbars and the side ribbon. It seems to use quite a bit less resources than Chrome, but it also seems to crash more often. And not just a single tab that misbehaves, but the entire browser will require a force-quit. So maybe I'll try Firefox again. I haven't been truly fully invested in any one single browser for a while anyway. That's the beauty of choice. It's just sometimes hard to sync up and manage my vast collection of bookmarks from one browser to the next.

  65. Mike Bell
    June 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I switched back to Firefox over a year ago and haven't looked back since. I've never been happier with my browser.

  66. HZ
    June 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Firefox is horrible these days, been horrible for long time recently and getting worse, really horrible, a lot of crashes, freezing, unresponsive on many sites, slow on some sites, consumes CPU on start up doing God knows what, and I have already disabled 99.9% of extensions and only kept adblock plus (yes disabled it for testing), Firefox is not what it used to be, no matter what release it is, all of them are bad, something major is wrong with Firefox, in the core, I am using Chrome to write this review but I have decided to stop using Firefox for good, I had to end it's exe too many time to care about extensions, just too lazy to do the work (saved passwords, favorites in thousands, etc).

    What is the point of all of Firefox features if Firefox does not work properly...

    • seehook
      June 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Me too. I've used firefox for years. Earlier this year it just stopped working on my computer. "not responding". No definite causation or fix that I could find. I uninstalled, reinstalled, several times, always with the same result. Started using chrome. Tried to use edge, and it seems good, except it doesn't have an icon. Have to type "edge" into the search box if I minimize it. Been saving all my bookmarks for years with xmarks. Imported them into chrome. And they're available, but in seemingly random order. Bleeping computer indeed.

    • Tim
      June 29, 2017 at 12:31 am

      It may be time to backup your bookmarks and delete Firefox's profile folder. Sometimes something in the profile becomes corrupted and causes these problems.

  67. Adrian
    June 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    One reason: GMail integration. If I weren't a GMail user, I probably would never have switched to Chrome in the first place.

    • Omar
      June 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      People bring this up a lot, but I don't see a difference. Tell me more about this 'integration'; maybe I'm missing something.

  68. Peter Shaw
    June 28, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I have become used to the over sensationalised headlines MakeUseOf employs for its so-called information articles but this one must form a prime example of how to get a headline as close to a lie as possible.
    Not one of the 9 reasons presents a convincing argument to switch browsers - either way. Why on earth there has to be this idiotic attempt at proving one bit of software is better then another for the most arbitrary of reasons is beyond me.
    It would be far better to showcase the positive features of each browser to enable users to make an educated choice. I don't think I'm that different from most users in not caring if one uses a bit more RAM than the other or one is a number of milliseconds faster. What I'm interested in is whether they do the job and how easily. In this case both browsers do an excellent job very easily and so any choice is purely personal. For me the choice is Chrome primary and Firefox secondary. Now that I've integrated bookmarks automatically across both browsers and other platforms, the difference is minuscule.

    • Adrian
      June 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Excellent point. I use Chrome because it makes sense as a GMail user. I didn't put too much thought into after that. It does what I need it to do. Of course there is also Google Maps and Translate that have become every days tools that are just a click away. So convenient. It's similar to how Microsoft Office bundles all those apps and making it so seamless. Privacy, on the other hand, is a legit concern that should factor into one's choice. Google doesn't have the best rep in that area. I've recent become a Mac user and have started to use both Chrome and Safari. For me, both work. Firefox was my alterntative to IE but all those convenices lured me away. That's not a slam on Mozilla. Google just did a great job leveraging and integrating its other tools into a convenient suite of apps.

  69. Akram Najjar
    June 28, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Your article came at the exact time when I was ditching Firefox and moving to CHROME. I appreciate your reasons. Mine are:
    1) For the last 2 months, Firefox regularly crashes.
    2) For the last 5 months, Firefox takes 15 seconds to get launched
    3) Most importantly: I wrote Firefox support several times about these two issues and got no answer whatsoever.
    Many thanks

    • Tim
      June 29, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Try backing up your bookmarks and deleting your Firefox profile folder.

  70. Eddie G.
    June 28, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Bottom line? Use whatever browser works best for you. Period.

    • Adrian
      June 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Well said.

    • Gio
      August 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      And which one is it? ;-)

  71. DB
    June 28, 2017 at 3:16 am

    I switch as well and like Firefox. I only one thing I liked about Chrome was there extension..."one tab" is there an extension in Firefox that will do the same or similar as one tab?
    Thank you

  72. LJR
    June 27, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I think the best browser often comes down to your personal style of work and which one you are accustomed to (why replace and relearn if its working?). Firefox works for me but its hardly without faults.
    I love the tree style tabs add-in too. Can't imagine living without it. But I don't understand why Firefox does not incorporate it into the basic browser program. Having it as an add-on creates problems. The biggest one is that there is a memory leak somewhere. I may only have a couple tabs open, but if I have opened and closed a large number of tabs I will inevitably see the browser slow down and start to have glitches, and when I check memory usage I will see Firefox using several GB. So I have to close the browser and restart it fairly often.

  73. Maryon Jeane
    June 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Why one browser rather than another? I've always found that any browser becomes better or worse as other things change (the way websites are rendered, changes to Google or other search engines - that sort of thing), and also that every browser becomes clogged up over time. And which browser is best is not only determined by what machine or device you're using, but also what you're doing. If you're searching for text articles and don't want to waste even seconds waiting for images to load, then something really light like K-Meleon works well; if you want to watch things online or perhaps play games, then Chrome might be better. And so on.

    I have a clutch of browsers at any given time and I have launchers in Breevy so I can change browser with a few (home) key strokes (brone, brtwo, brthree, etc.). If one browser stops fulfilling its finance I can just replace it with another of the same type (lean and light; good for rendering images, super-private, etc.) without having to consider, because it'll be under the same shortkey.

    Makes life simple - and infinitely flexible.

  74. Andrew
    June 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    This article is such utter crap. The weaknesses in your so-called arguments to abandon Chrome are glaring. And clearly by the end of the article you've come to the same conclusion.

    I'll make use of the unsubscribe link ?

  75. There's that guy
    June 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Why the f*ck would I want the submissive girl when I can go for the brainy bad girl Chrome because I can afford her?

    People, this is really simple, let me spell it out for you. If you want to use Chrome simply get a better computer and stop complaining.

  76. Jim Hawley
    June 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I have continued to use Firefox for years primarily because of Scrapbook - one of the extensions referenced in your linked article. I find it unique and outstanding for cataloging finds when doing research on the web. One example is genealogy. Another for "how to" articles. In conjunction with "Nuke Anything Advanced" for tidying up the page before scrapbooking, it is irreplaceable.
    Having said that, there have been times when I would have switched to Chrome if only Scrapbook was available. I continue to keep Chrome installed because I run across web pages almost daily that DO NOT FUNCTION in Firefox. If something fails to work in a page I just copy the url, launch Chrome, and paste the url - and the problem goes away. I don't know what is behind this difference in compatibility but it is a fact of life and Chrome consistently works on web pages where Firefox fails miserably.

  77. KennethFW
    June 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I am surprised that no one has mentioned that Chrome (for desktop) saves everything you open, except html, to a Downloads folder, which ultimately uses a lot of storage. I wrote a BAT file to empty that folder, so it's a not a biggie for me, but otherwise this fact would be a deal killer for me.

  78. A.P.Singh
    June 25, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Sorry to say sir advanced Web Development is best in Mozilla . One of the language which has changed websites java script is developed by mozilla. Also there browser have certain advanced Web Development extension which is not available on chrome. I am using Firefox from 2007 but I never get disappointed from it. I also used chrome but I don't like because of its high ram requirements it get crashed oftenly.

  79. Ricky
    June 22, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Oh please, Firefox is a POS compared to Chrome and Edge. I was reminded of that recently when I reinstalled it recently. Todoist becomes bogged down and I ran into two errors with separate sites. I've always had some type of issue with Firefox on different systems. I'm sorry the facts are it's just a matter of time before it becomes a dead browser.

    • Omar
      June 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Can you cite the two sites that you reference? Wondering if those errors are issues with Firefox or with the way they're written.

      Will look into Todoist.

    • Frank J
      June 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Cyberfox for the unknowing. Try it.

  80. Fabricio Garcia
    June 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I heard about the new "super powers" of Firefox so I decided to give it a try, Chrome is a real pain these days anyway. To be honest it didn't impressed me that much, it is faster than Chrome though. Then I remembered Opera... Oh boy, that's what I call a web browser: clean, MODERN, intuitive, and FAST, nothing to do with the browser I met 3 or 4 years ago. For me it was bye Chrome and welcome Opera.

  81. Hadi Setayeshgar
    June 21, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Since Opera's death Web browsing become garbage ... Firefox was great when started . It was about 3 MB and render pages fully like IE and almost as fast as Opera Classic . Chorme just is dopple anger of Chromium . IE passed to Edge . Firefox grows by compatibily to more techs .
    But I'm stuck from death of Opera ... It was fantastic .... All of browsers' abilities copied from Opera Classic ( Speed Dial , Tabbed Browsing , Tab Stakcing etc ) but it was still BEST . Download Manager work like IDM and DAP and even better ; Bookmarks open in new tab and totally managable . It could run Javascript manually and could be prefered . It could render pages as BEST , because You could customize it and Presto was safest and fastest engine .... Cookie manager , Certificate manager , Protocol manager etc .......

    Otter claims want to resume Opera Classic project !! It's a garbage .... Vivaldi comes as " A browser for our old friends " ! It's passed more than 2 years but Vivaldi still Bug-Ful and non ever comparable with Opera 12

    Has anyone know a Browser just powerful as Opera 12 ?
    I searched a lot but couldn't find yet .... It will be Your GREAT GIFT to me .......

    • Frank J
      June 27, 2017 at 7:40 pm


    • Joseph J. Pollock
      June 28, 2017 at 4:06 am

      f you haven't already tried it, check out Vivaldi. Some of the original Opera developers are behind it. I was never an Opera fan, but I did switch from Firefox after decades. From what I can tell, it doesn't have everything that Opera 12 had, but it get s more every few weeks.
      I love it and I haven't been happy about a browser in years.

  82. Ckb
    June 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    LOL! Some disclosures are missing on this click bait.

    • Omar
      June 21, 2017 at 4:47 am

      This didn't strike me as click-bait. The article seems pretty well thought out and the explanations are thorough.

  83. David Martchouk
    June 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I switched to firefox from chrome for // On Chrome the makeuseof website gets really laggy when I try to scroll down often and I see it can start eating up RAM over 1 GB for 1 single tab > This might be related to work proxy blocking the ads or an extension I used for "night mode". On Firefox I have no such issue, the website is always smooth for scrolling up and down. On Chrome the lag is so bad sometimes I have to wait like 10 seconds before it scrolls up or down, and sometimes I end up overscrolling, I got so fed up I had to try a different browser! On firefox makeuseof I on occassion get a proxy login popup, so perhaps the chrome RAM buildup and extreme lag is due to proxy block of ads. Not sure why Firefox has no lag.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 21, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Wow, thank you for switching your browser for MUO, that's awesome!

    • Kona
      July 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      I have the same exact issue with Chrome as you do.

  84. BillinRSDCA
    June 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    So, what's new with "54"?

    Firefox 54 where are you?

  85. adam
    June 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Number one reason I use forefox on my Android phone is that it supports extensions. I can have my ad blockers and other privacy extensions, that also save data and make web pages load MUCH faster.

  86. adam
    June 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Firefox on my Android phone is amazing - it supports extensions so I can have the adblockers and other privacy extensions that I want, and it also handles like from other apps by opening them in background, which I much prefer.

  87. Jonathan
    June 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I keep trying other browsers, because chrome really can lag sometimes.

    I keep going back.

    Mostly because of the developer features.
    I find them far superior, and easier to work with. Especially debugging JavaScript.

  88. F. Cisco
    June 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Honest evaluation and summary.
    Really no solid reasons to switch.
    Don't switch if you have a G mail account.
    So FireFox moves to cult favorite status among geeks again ?
    If you have only 4 GB of memory you should worry about all programs!

    • Omar
      June 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      What's the issue with Gmail?

      I use it, and use Firefox, and haven't noticed anything out of the norm.

  89. Christoph
    June 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Oehm the number about the user share are pure invention and as much us I like FF thee are a number of very serious security problems that might never been addressed by Fondation (not because they don't want to obviously) obviously this a a piece payed for so if the first set of number you throughout is BS it is hard to trust the rest of it.

    • Omar
      June 21, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Can you cite some of these security problems you allude to? Do other browsers not have similar issues?

  90. Petar Vukmanovic
    June 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I don't agree on you for one second. Firefox is definitely not a browser of choice if you're going to brag what's awesome nowadays.
    In every aspect Chrome beats FF hard. Have you tried running Firefox on Android? Why would I use that slow garbage when I have fully functional super fast browser that actually syncs with my PC environment as well? Not to mention that ugly CSS issues that come with it, like select dropdown and so on. It's developer tools window is ugly and it just doesn't give good performance.
    Now, in all honestly, yes, I believe that Linux users will favor Firefox due to its optimization and the fact that Chrome is not fully supported (Chromium is, which is completely different thing).
    Look at the sheer number of users using Chrome, both regular day to day users and developers. Trust me, don't bother with Firefox.

    If you wanna use a cool browser that actually does care about privacy (should I mention Firefox tracking scandal with Amazon on Ubuntu?), Use Brave. If you're a developer, use Blisk. If you're looking for a super fast cool new browser search for Vivaldi. Ignore Firefox. My bottom line. My rant. ^_^

    • Omar
      June 21, 2017 at 5:05 am

      "In every aspect Chrome beats FF hard."

      Really? How about points 1 and 2 of this article? There goes your credibility.

      "Have you tried running Firefox on Android?"

      Yes. It works quite well - multiple others in the comment section agree. We all love that it supports extensions, like ad-blockers.

      "Why would I use that slow garbage when I have fully functional super fast browser that actually syncs with my PC environment as well?"

      You're implying that Firefox doesn't sync between mobile and desktop versions. You're factually incorrect. Refer to the article point 9.

      "Not to mention that ugly CSS issues that come with it, like select dropdown and so on. It's developer tools window is ugly and it just doesn't give good performance."

      Sounds a lot like two opinions and an unsubstantiated fact.

      "Look at the sheer number of users using Chrome, both regular day to day users and developers. Trust me, don't bother with Firefox."

      Quantity does not equal quality, my friend. In light of all of your misrepresentations, why should anyone trust you?

  91. Rene Gatdula
    June 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I'm torn between two lovers...

  92. Joseph Gelis
    June 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Did you mention the incessant bugs that come packaged with Firefox (at least in the Mac version)? I use Chrome over both Firefox and Safari, and for me, it is smooth as, well, chrome.

    • Doc
      June 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Perhaps that's more of a problem with macOS than with Firefox... :)

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Joseph, which bugs in particular? I use Firefox on Windows and Mac every day and haven't run into any problems on either.

  93. user4user
    June 20, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Can u update the section on RAM usage with chrome 59 release where it addressed that issue?

  94. Yap Chun Fai
    June 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I don't care how much ram does chrome consume, but it is the fastest browser.

    June 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    really? im all for open source and privacy but google chrome is way easy on memory and its interface is way faster. im a casual ubuntu user and i used firefox for 6 years or so but i figured chrome does everything firefox does in a faster timespan and made the ultimate switch to chrome deleting firefox completely although it meant jumping on the lap of google, ads and nsa.

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Chrome is faster because it uses more CPU, but Firefox uses less memory when you have many, many tabs open.

  96. Holly
    June 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    have you had a thorough look at the up to date version of Vivaldi?
    even though it utilizes Chromium, it is so much better than Chrome already.
    and even though it's entire interface is based on web tech, they managed to get it as response as a native app.
    clear winner in my mind.

    I have many issues with Firefox on the other hand.
    Chromium's one process per tab solution may lead to slightly increased RAM usage, but the overall performance and stability is much better for it, especially on older machines.

    also, I can't stand Firefox's preference interface. there's no search filter. most settings are hidden in about:config, even high level behavior like "should the entire app terminate when closing the last tab?". why is that? I always need to google first to figure out if Firefox has a certain setting and where it can be found...

    and I don't really get the "Firefox Knows It’s Just a Browser" argument...
    I for one loved the extremely feature rich Opera before it went webkit/Chromium.
    I mean, as long as it doesn't impact the performance and responsiveness negatively, and as long the interface is still slick and easy to navigate, why wouldn't you want more optional features, like for example an in-build email client?
    at least in my mind, that's much more elegant than to bloat up your browser with countless third party processes in the form of extensions.

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      I agree, the preferences page for Firefox could use some improvements. Chrome and Chromium-based browsers tend to do that much better. I've noticed similar stability between both Chrome and Firefox, in that neither is buggy or crashy for me. (Years ago, Chrome used to hang for 30+ seconds while "Waiting for cache..." but that's been fixed, thankfully!)

      I've been using Vivaldi for the past few months as well, and I love it. Look for a write-up on that later this week. Next week at the latest. :)

    • JeremyRedhead
      June 24, 2017 at 3:42 am

      I've been using Firefox/Pale Moon for a while and don't care for chrome, but Vivaldi is definitely interesting. Unfortunately, its lack of preventDefault, inability to drag text to url bar to search, and other such quirks makes it unusable for me. Can't wait to see other browsers adapt some of its UI ideas though! ^^
      Also, as laggy as extensions can get in FF, I find chrome's "app store" to be an absolute mess. Very few are truly useful in a way that couldn't be implemented in a normal webpage, and there's a shockingly large amount of "addons" that are just games, or links to them. Anyway, I'll shut up now :P

      • Holly
        June 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm

        oh, you say preventDefault on JS events isn't working in Vivaldi? I never noticed something like that. the thing with the address bar sounds to me like a very niche use-case though. but that could just be me, maybe it's actually a popular feature?

        fully agree on the app store critique, though I am not a fan of the entire concept of extensions in the first place. I'm fine with the "bare minimum" of extensions in Vivaldi: an add blocker, a color picker and something that adds download buttons to video hosting services, aka. Youtube. ^^

  97. Seath
    June 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I've been using Firefox for years and all though I agree with you on most points, Firefox has become blotted and slow in the past year.
    Now I'm trying out Opera for last couple months and in my opinion this browser is what Chrome use to be. It's lightweight, fast, secure and the developers really step up thier game lately.
    Of course it has its own problems like any other browser, but for now Opera is my choice.

    • Doc
      June 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      "Blotted"? LOL...

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Opera is fantastic and you should keep using it if you like it. I agree, as far as Chromium-based browsers go, Opera is better than Chrome! And if you like cutting-edge stuff, Vivaldi might be better than both of them.

  98. B. Reynolds
    June 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    On Linux I've switched back to Firefox over Chromium. Chrome is still my primary browser on Windows, but more and more I find myself using Edge.

    Not so much that I'm a big Edge fan, but when the Edge browser does pop up, it works just fine and I don't bother to close it and open Chrome instead like I used to. Edge is improving nicely while my unscientific sense is that I'm waiting longer for Chrome to get going.

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      I like Edge, but it's still a bit glitchy for me at times. Consider giving Vivaldi a try -- it has improved a lot since it released last year, and if you like Edge, you might like it even more.