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Old 24. Sep 2018, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking of using a portable version of Firefox from portableapps.com. Is there anything that can be said against this move?

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Old 24. Sep 2018, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't have to use the portableapps.com version if you want to keep it on your harddrive

you can use the installed copy itself as a portable app, almost. Copy the installed program where you want it, or use an extractor or whatnot. However you feel like getting the folder. Then using a shortcut link to the program file, you can specify a profile/location. this will launch/run firefox out of the folder making it pseudo portable
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Shortcut_t...ecific_profile

For portable firefox though, I like the branched versions a little more. Moonfox/IceDragon but they are some versions behind on development. IceDragon has additional comodo security built into it, but nothing extensions couldn't add to the original firefox.

if you use the shortcut/alternative builds, the startup/exit speed is a bit quicker than portableapps.com version. The portableapp.com version has a program launcher to make it portable. It copies/deletes/cleans up itself after each use. If this isn't something you care about, you can speed up the launch by not using it

edit: Or you could take advantage of portableapps.com launcher by editing where the data folder is stored and making multiple launchers for different data folders working out of only a single app folder. They included the launcher source code in the help folder for people to change for their own needs. Then they can compile it.

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Old 26. Sep 2018, 02:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you very much for all the information. The easiest for me is to use the method at Mozillazine where everything is shown step by step.
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easiest would be to use palemoon or icedragon or one of the other forks

you download it, unzip archive and start using it

I know I shouldn't push icedragon, and I don't have an actual preference to it over others, but it makes it easy because I use their version of chrome too so I don't have to check 2 sites. So I have the link bookmarked already so I can link it. Though I do like Comodo DNS too, which is why I use their browsers but that's personal decision on my part

https://www.comodo.com/home/browsers...on-browser.php
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Can you please clarify why you say "I know I shouldn't push icedragon". It looks good to me. Is it faster and more secure than Firefox?
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I shouldn't push it since it's a personal preference thing, some people may not like Comodo and all that, and I don't want to make it seem like Ice Dragon is better than others

I don't know if it is more secure... but I do like Comodo's DNS so I stuck with their browser once I found out they had one. As for it being faster, it isn't. They are all the same speed to me, IceDragon doesn't have anything different than other firefox versions that I can tell. I don't know what Comodo did to make it more secure if it is, I trust that they did something but it is blind trust and not worth mentioning because I know nothing definitive about it.

It's more of a brand thing for me more than anything else, so you could push PaleMoon or a different one.

Like I like Comodo's Chrome browser over Iron browser. Again back to because it is from Comodo and not because Iron browser doesn't have it's own privacy changes and such.
https://www.srware.net/en/software_s...n_download.php

I like using firefox and chrome, I switch between the two of them. Since Comodo puts out both of them, it makes it easier for me to follow one developer for new versions instead of 2 different one.

If you wanted a "secure" browser the "Browser in a box" would likely be towards the top of the list. It virtualized Firefox/Chrome so they operate out of their own VM space that is isolated from your OS. But it doesn't prevent people from doing dumb things, like downloading things and saving it to HD then running it. https://support.cyberghostvpn.com/hc...ser-in-the-Box but between sandboxie and safe practices, I didn't use it other than playing around with it to see it in the past.

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Thank you for all this information.
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I didn't use it other than playing around with it to see it in the past.
Are you referring to Browser in a box here? Do you still use it? What is meant by the last 6 words "to see it in the past"

Browser in a box also has an option to combine it with CyberGhost VPN. Would you know whether we have to pay CyberGhost for this option? It is not mentioned in the link you posted.
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Would you know whether we have to pay CyberGhost for this option?
It's a subscription service.
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Thank you for all this information.
Are you referring to Browser in a box here? Do you still use it? What is meant by the last 6 words "to see it in the past"
I used it for about 30-45 minutes years ago, I just wanted to see how they did it, and decided it was too complicated for what I needed. I don't need a firefox that is 300mb+ in size because it makes its own virtual environment when I visualize my computer already and run firefox inside sandboxie on top of that

If it gives you an idea of when I was playing around with it, it wasn't browser in a box for me, it was HP's virtual firefox browser... from 2008
http://www.eweek.com/pc-hardware/hp-...orate-desktops

oh, it was firefox version 2... i think it was possible to update it with a lot of work so in theory you could update it all the way up to the current firefox 62.... if you can even find a copy of HP's Firefox browser
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Thank you for all this. I have a few more questions and I am going for a new thread to avoid going further off the subject.
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