Netscape 7.01 Released with Pop-up Blocker

Tuesday December 10th, 2002

Netscape has updated its flagship browser to version 7.01. This latest release is based on Mozilla 1.0.2 and combines several bug fixes with a couple of new features. The most notable of these is a sophisticated pop-up blocker (accessible from Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Popup Window Controls). Also new in this release is an option to set a group of tabs as your home page.

Netscape 7.01 is available as a free download or on CD-ROM. More details can be found at Netscape Browser Central or in the updated Release Notes.

#11 My Parents Use It

by Kommet

Tuesday December 10th, 2002 1:24 PM

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My folks don't want to use IE thanks to its various and sundry security holes which allow access to the entire OS, or even simply hijacking the browser with ActiveX spyware. My mother accidentally clicked "OK" on a permission box once and when I was visiting a bit later I found some nasty shit like Gator installed and tracking them (sorry for the strong language, but it is the word that fits).

At that point they had tried Netscape 6.0, which was unstable, slow, and buggy, keeping them with IE. Thankfully 6.2 had just been released so I moved them completely over to Netscape. They have since updated to Netscape 7.0, will update to 7.01 soon, and will probably install "Buffy" (8.0? 7.5?) when it is released.

Testing a browser is not in their interest. Using a stable, hammered-on, commercial browser suite for Web and e-mail is. Now the only time they fire up IE is to run Windows Update, which usually is sending them the latest, urgent Critical Update for (drumroll, please...) IE 6.0.