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The open-source browser Firefox passed its billionth download on Friday, ahead of the release of its fourth iteration.
The milestone includes downloads of all versions of the web software since its first release in 2004.
Figures suggest that Firefox now has nearly one third of the browser market worldwide, at 31%.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer still dominates the field with around 60%, whilst Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari and Opera are all less than 5%.
[edited by: engine at 6:00 pm (utc) on July 31, 2009]
That ended when my IE was infected by an ad replacing virus and I could not remove the problem. all ads, in both firefox and IE, were being replaced by other ads. It was so well done that it took me seeing these ads on my own sites to spot them. The virus would re-install itself and launch itself and change settings to ensure it could keep doing it. Worse, if I was running firefox and I loaded up IE to grab a bookmark it would infect firefox ads too.
I finally found a solution, a combination of settings and a temporary disabling of scheduled tasks while running virus removal tools, but by then I'd had it with IE and constant downtime.
Even as I write this IE has known security issues microsoft admits they can't fix yet. Go firefox. I doubt there would have been this many downloads by now if IE security was up to par.