Do I Need Internet Explorer Updates?

Dear Computer Lady,

Thank you so much for your newsletter ….. I have learned so much and appreciate your taking the time to help!

Internet Explorer 9 is on my computer, but I do not use it. Firefox is my primary browser. Is there a reason to keep Internet Explorer upgraded even though I do not use it? (I have Windows 7 on a Dell Inspiron desktop.)

Many thanks, Patti

Dear Patti,

Actually, it is a good idea to keep Internet Explorer updated even if you don’t use it.

I have IE, Firefox and Chrome installed on my computer, and even though Chrome is my preferred browser, there are still a few things that work better in IE, and sometimes not at all other browsers. A quick example would be recording online video using Real Times Downloader. It does not work in Chrome, but works in IE, so I use IE for that task.

Another reason to keep IE updates is that some programs use the programming in IE to run. A quick example of that is a pattern drafting program I use called, Dress Shop. It depends on IE for a lot of features, so I need to keep Internet Explorer updated and running smoothly for that program.



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