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1. Each time I opened it, it took longer to load. By the time I quit using it the load time was about two minutes or even longer, on my 1.8 GHZ P4. I just tried it again and confirmed it took about two minutes to load.
2. It is the only application that seemed able to crash Windows XP, forcing me to reboot. While using Opera, reboots were forced about once a day. While not using Opera, zero forced reboots.
3. Couldn't get a hard copy print of email messages.
I hate to have to say this, but I would rather deal with the pop unders than to deal with any one of the above frustrating problems.
I understand your frustration. Here is a win 98 user point of view.
Opera 6.5 takes about 4 seconds to load on my oldest PC (AMD K6 370 Mhz 128 RAM) Windows 98. About half a second on my most recent PC.
When it crashes, (about twice a week) it crashes alone without forcing a reboot, like IE 5.5 does.
You can use any email client you like along with it.
I have no XPrience, and from what you mention, not about to spent a dime on it. I guess there is some ways to use IE sans pop-ups or pop-unders [tucows.com].
Practically nothing gets past it, you can block all banners (gasp), Flash, you name it. The few times I turn it off I re-discover how junk-filled surfing used to be.
It can happily sit alongside any other proxy you may be using, and it's free!