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The Family Browser Wars [Humorous Comic]

Many of us have all done the same thing at one time or another…

Monday Thru Friday: Sometimes innovation is necessary in order to avoid Internet Explorer [via Fail Desk]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/24/12

Comments (17)

  1. franz

    Dad is a total novice so I just named the Firefox icon “Internet” and buried the IE icon.

  2. K@RiS

    Love it!!!!

  3. RonV

    I hide the Firefox and Chrome browsers on my friends computers using the same technique pointing them to IE! It takes them days to figure out they are using Internet Explorer! You have to wonder if the average person actually notices what browser they are using?

  4. Black Knight Rebel

    Lol deceptive, but I usually will just use portable apps if they don’t want it. Besides, with a portable browser everything is already set exactly how I like it.

  5. Citrus Rain

    :| This comment box loaded… but the one about the new thing with ubuntu wouldn’t.

    Confound this IE7! It drives me to [accidental self censorship]

    I got most of the house to switch away from IE when I successfully proved that it was the reason that fake “my computer” window kept showing up to install malware. (The one that says all you drives are infected)

    My stepdad however… buisness laptop. Installing an alternative is not an option.

  6. Rothbart

    This made me smile so hard my teeth showed! :P

  7. Dan

    My younger sister actually uses Chrome and Fx on her PC, but I use IE when I’m using it. So there. :p

  8. Jay J

    haha did this on a council SOE.. Idiots never had a problem browsing the net again on our hard earned tax dollars!

  9. Anonymous

    Not me! I’ve never disguised a different browser with IE’s icon. Cause if they want my help – with anything – they’ll either use Firefox and like it or I threaten to let them fix their own stuff.


  10. Dave

    I used to do this with Firefox constantly. Until they invented Chrome Portable.

  11. RABO

    they can fix their own stuff if they’re too lazy to even TRY.
    I had to set up the tv. and word. and IE. and Webroot(world’s worst antivirus). and MSE
    and I get yelled at for breaking something everytime when it works

  12. Bryan Schmidt

    For most people, you might as well just rename any browser icon “Facebook” and change the icon to the Facebook logo. There are many people I know that think that Facebook is the only internets out there.

  13. Dee B. Pickus

    Sounds like me and my husband’s battle. He was winning with Firefox until I purchased SPB Wallet to keep his passwords that did not run in the latest version of Firefox.

  14. john kabbi

    lolz ,never occurred to me !!

  15. Pepper Networks

    I have caused a few screams when people see their computer running Linux after they stepped away for “…only like 30 seconds – what did you DO?!”

    Ha. A slim little 4GB stick and my chosen persistent tools from the ‘Pen drive linux’ website ftw.

    Also good for when that pesky ‘infected computer’ malware takes control of a windoze computer. Malware has no way to defend itself if you boot into Linux.

  16. George

    Yup, I installed Chrome on my mum’s pc and deleted the shortcut. I installed it to C:\System (Not that she would notice!) :)

  17. Forrestcool

    LOL Like it~

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