How to Switch from Internet Explorer and Bring Your Bookmarks with You
A newly discovered Internet Explorer security bug has left Web security in jeopardy. Though Microsoft has agreed to soon release a patch — unless you’re one of the poor souls still on Windows XP — you’re probably going to want to consider switching to another Web browser in the meantime.
That isn’t just our advice: Even the federal government has suggested changing Web browsers until Microsoft fixes Internet Explorer.
Lucky for you, there are a few good alternatives to Microsoft’s built-in browser, including Opera, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Chrome and Firefox are the two most popular alternatives. Each of these browsers will let you import your old browser history and bookmarks, too, so you don’t have to start from scratch after switching.
Note: The following instructions will be for Windows 8 computers, but installing on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 should be nearly the same steps.
Switching to Chrome
First you’ll have to visit the Chrome.com website from your current browser.
Click the Download now button, and then follow the onscreen instructions.
Chrome will ask you to make it your default browser. This will make it so that Chrome, not Internet Explorer, will pop up when you click Web address links in emails and other programs. To do this, click Next at the prompt, and then select Google Chrome from the Windows settings pop-up.
Chrome will then launch for the first time and ask that you sign in with your Google/Gmail account. You can skip this, if you want. Logging in allows Google to automatically sync Android and Chrome desktop browsing history and bookmarks between devices. That means if you use Chrome on another computer, and sign in to the browser, then all your bookmarks and preferences will appear there, too.