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Firefox 3 browser released by Mozilla

Browser is 'faster and safer' and a Best Buy

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A new version of the popular browser Firefox is up to three times faster than its predecessor and offers better protection, says its creator Mozilla.

Firefox 3, which is free to download and can be used on a Mac or a PC, was released yesterday.

Experts at Which? Computing recently scrutinised a beta – or test – version of Firefox 3, and named it a Best Buy.

Download record bid

Mozilla is attempting to set a world record for the greatest number of software downloads in 24 hours. 

Firefox 3 was released last night, and the record bid will be running until 6pm today.

There’s no current record to beat, but Mozilla was aiming for 5 million downloads worldwide, which it had already achieved this morning.


Mozilla says that Firefox 3 is a major update, offering 15,000 improvements on the previous version, including being two to three times faster.  

Other improvements to the browser include a ‘smart’ location bar and malware protection.

The location bar – which Mozilla calls the Awesome Bar – learns as you use it, says the company. It adapts to your preferences and offers better-fitting matches over time. 


The Firefox 3 Library archives your browsing history, bookmarks, and tags where they can be searched and organised. 

One-click bookmarking and tagging make it easy to remember, search and organise websites, says Mozilla. 

And a new full-page zoom displays any part of a web page up close, in seconds.

Less memory

The new browser uses less memory while it’s running, and new malware and phishing protection helps protect you from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware, adds the firm.

Firefox add-ons allow you to manage tasks such as participating in online auctions, uploading digital photos, seeing the weather forecast, and listening to music. 

Firefox 3 is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems.

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