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Difference Between Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer

Mozilla Firefox vs Internet Explorer

Everyone who’s been on the Internet knows what Internet Explorer is. Internet browsers are an essential part in fully utilizing the Internet to the fullest. But, there are also other options and one of them is Mozilla’s Firefox. There is a big difference though when it comes to popularity as Internet Explorer is still the most used browser in the world with Firefox as a distant second.

The main reason behind the popularity of Internet Explorer is its availability. It comes bundled with every version of Windows and users can simply update to new versions when they become available. Because Windows is the biggest operating system for personal computers, Internet Explorer already has such a huge advantage. Firefox comes preinstalled with certain Linux distributions but these are used on quite a small percentage of computers. If you want Firefox on Windows, you need to download an installer; commonly through Internet Explorer.

One disadvantage of Internet Explorer is its inability to work with other operating systems. As Microsoft created Internet Explorer for their Windows software, it would only work with Windows. On the other hand, there are versions of Firefox for Windows, Macs, and even different Linux distributions.

There are many reasons why Firefox, and other alternative browsers, flourished; the first is speed. Internet Explorer is simply too slow when it comes to rendering pages. With the correct optimizations, Firefox can load the same pages many times faster. Another consideration is safety. As the most popular browser, malicious coders are more likely to target weaknesses on Internet Explorer than on any other browser. Even if the popularity of the two are equal, Firefox would still be the safer choice as Microsoft is often slow to respond in patching these security holes.

Firefox is still one of the best alternatives to people who are tired of using Internet Explorer. Although Firefox has gone through some troubles in optimizing speed and performance, these problems are expected to be addressed with the next version of Firefox. Still, even with such problems, with current releases, Firefox is still much better than Internet Explorer.


1. Internet Explorer is the most popular browser while Firefox is only second
2. Internet Explorer is bundled with Windows while Firefox is not
3. Internet Explorer is available only on Windows while Firefox is available for other operating systems
4. Internet Explorer is slow than Firefox
5. Internet Explorer is less secure than Firefox

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  1. thank you for being the first website to answer my question “what is the difference between a browser and a engine”

  2. Wrong, Internet Explorer is a search engine Fire Fox Yahoo Google and Bing are browsers

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