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Firefox 19.0 released

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Firefox 19.0 has been released.

 

New in Firefox 19 is a built-in PDF reader (no need to rely on Adobe Reader, or other plugins) and improvements to the startup performance.

 

Firefox 19.0 also includes 8 Security fixes, 4 of which are rated critical.

 

Firefox (referred to as Fx) is an open source browser developed by Mozilla. The second most popular browser worldwide, Firefox features a customizable user interface that allows you to enhance it using custom themes and Personas. Personas change the appearance of the user interface without rearranging the elements. Themes however, can completely change the UI ranging from the types of buttons to the color sceme used. Add-ons allow you to customize Firefox to your liking to make a more enjoyable web surfing experience. Some examples of popular add-ons that you can use to customize Firefox are AdBlock Plus, NoScript, DownThemAll!, TabMixPlus and many more.


Firefox has tabbed browsing, bookmarks, a built in session manager, private browsing, personas, themes, add-ons and more. Firefox does not use ActiveX which helps make it a more secure browser. Firefox does make use of many plugins to enhance your web experience. From Shockwave, Flash, Quicktime and more; your browsing experience reaches new levels with the Firefox browser.



Downloads:
Firefox 19.0 en-US | All builds
View: Release Notes
Homepage: Firefox

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Some people don't like the new built-in PDF reader (it can be quite slow on older hardware).
 
It can be disabled, but this is a little tricky to do as it doesn't show up at all in the Add-on Manager -- neither as an extension, nor as a plugin. Nor is there anything in the Options menus. Instead, a hidden preference in about:config needs to be toggled.
 
In about:config, look for the item pdfjs.disabled and right-click on it, then select Toggle, to change the setting from false to true.
 
You may also need to reset the PDF handling by going to Tools -> Options -> Applications and resetting your preference for handling PDF files.
 
Some information can be found on the mozilla support forums at "Don't like the new pdf.js viewer. How can I disable it and restore Acrobat Reader as my preferred plugin?"

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