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Firefox Portable FAQ
Check our Frequently Asked Questions to get a quick answer to the most common inquiries.
The FAQ page features selected solutions for users' reference by the PenZoft technical support
What is Firefox?
|What is Firefox?
Firefox is a free, open-source web browser for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X and is based on
the Mozilla codebase. It is small, fast and easy to use, and offers many advantages over
Internet Explorer, such as the ability to block pop-up windows.
|What is Mozilla?
Mozilla is an open-source web browser and toolkit, designed for standards compliance,
performance and portability. The Mozilla Foundation coordinates the development and testing of
the Firefox browser by providing discussion forums, software engineering tools, releases and
|What's the difference between Firefox and Mozilla?
Mozilla (Application Suite, also known as SeaMonkey) is a complete suite of web related
Note, though, that Firefox is not the standalone Mozilla browser. The user interface in Firefox
|Is Firefox more secure than Internet Explorer?
Yes, Firefox and all other Mozilla-based products are more secure. Why? Here is a list of the most
It is not integrated with Windows, which helps prevent viruses and hackers from causing
damage if they somehow manage to compromise Firefox.
There is no support for VBScript and ActiveX, two technologies which are the reasons for
many IE security holes.
No spyware/adware software can automatically install in Firefox just by visiting a web site.
Firefox doesn't use Microsoft's Java VM , which has a history of more flaws than other Java
You have complete control over cookies.
|Can Firefox coexist with Mozilla?
Yes. Firefox and the Mozilla Application Suite use different profiles that don't interfere with each
other. In Linux, however, there can be problems starting Firefox if Mozilla Application Suite is
|What's the difference between releases and nightlies?
Releases are generally more stable versions of Firefox that should probably be downloaded by
most users. Nightly builds are released every night and contain the very latest changes, including
new features as well as new bugs. Don't expect everything to work in the nightly builds.
| Is Firefox available in my language?
Possibly. Since Firefox is an open-source project, contributors are constantly translating Firefox
into other languages.
|Where is the e-mail client?
Firefox is a web browser only, not a complete Internet solution. However, the Mozilla Foundation
has also produced a great mail and news client called Mozilla Thunderbird .
|Im a Linux user, does Firefox support XFT?
Yes, official builds with XFT support are available from mozilla.org.
|Where are my bookmarks, passwords, and other personal information saved?
Firefox stores your personal settings, such as the bookmarks, cache and web form data, in a
|How do I move my profile or restore a backed up copy?
It's possible to move the location of a profile folder. This could be useful if you have a backed up
profile folder somewhere on your hard drive and want to tell Firefox to use that as your profile.
|What is Talkback?
If Firefox crashes, you'll see a program called Talkback appear, asking you to send information
about the crash. Asa Dotzler of mozilla.org has written a good explanation of what Talkback is:
Talkback is a client application and server (plus server infrastructure and development /
How it works: A Talkback binary is packaged up with the Firefox browser binary. When the
What else: Talkback is not spyware, adware or anything of the like. Users are clearly prompted