How to Upgrade Your Web Browser

Every time you upgrade your Web browser, you'll find that it is even more customizable, much faster and even more secure. With every upgrade, you'll be able to benefit from better service and quick, easy updates. Ignoring updates can actually leave you vulnerable to security breaches.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
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  1. Upgrade Your Netscape

    • 1

      Open a new Netscape browser window.

    • 2

      Go to Netscape's Free Software Upgrade page (see Resources).

    • 3

      Check on Netscape's Step One whether or not you need an upgrade. When you open the Free Software Upgrade page, Netscape analyzes your version of Netscape.

    • 4

      Click on the 'Download Free' button to get your update quickly.

    Upgrade Your Internet Explorer

    • 5

      Go to Microsoft's Internet Explorer home page and click on the 'Download' button. If you're running something other than Windows XP, use the dropdown box to select your operating system.

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      Click on the 'Continue' button to begin the validation process.

    • 7

      Right-click the Internet Explorer Information Bar and click on the 'Install ActiveX Control' option.

    • 8

      Click 'Install.'

    • 9

      Click 'Download' after your Microsoft program has been validated.

    Upgrade Your Mozilla Firefox

    • 10

      Go to the Mozilla Firefox home page (see Resources).

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      Click on the 'Download Firefox' button to download the newest version.

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      Click on the 'Save File' button.

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      Click on the 'Open' button after downloading is complete.

    • 14

      Click 'Next' on the Firefox setup to install the latest version of Firefox.

    • 15

      Read the Terms in the field and click 'I Agree' in the radio buttons.

    • 16

      Click 'Next' and then 'Finish.' Your upgrade is complete.

    Launch Your Web Browser

    • 17

      Click on the 'Start' button and select 'All Programs.'

    • 18

      Highlight the Web browser you would like to open.

    • 19

      Click on the link of the Web browser you have selected.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bookmark the manufacturer's Web site for your browser and check regularly for new plugins and add-ons.

  • Before you download a new browser, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

  • If you need help using or installing a browser, visit the manufacturer's Web site. Look for FAQs, forums or help pages.

  • Upgrading your Web browser is essential for the best security while online. Even if fast Web browsing is not important, keeping your personal data and computer safe should be.

  • These steps were written for a PC using Windows XP. If you're running a different operating system, some steps may differ.

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