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Netscape 4 - Browser for Microsoft Windows

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Configuring Netscape's browser:

The following tutorial explains some of the more common and necessary functions of your Netscape browser.  When configured properly, you shouldn't have any problems surfing the Internet.

To configure Netscape 4.X, do the following:

On the Toolbar, click Edit and select Preferences from the menu.


Setting the Home page, clearing the History and Location Bar:

Highlight Navigator.

To the right, you can set Home page, History, and Location Bar History.

Home page  =  the home page is the first page displayed when you open Navigator.  You can set it to any page you like.  The example below uses http://www.netfaqs.com/.

History  =  the history is a folder containing a list of every site visited during a certain time period (in this case, 9 days).

Location Bar History  =  the 'Location Bar History' is Netscape's name for the 'Address Bar'.  The 'Location Bar' contains a list of every name address you entered.  To clear the location bar history, click Clear Location Bar.


Enabling Java and JavaScript:

Double click Advanced.

Java is an important part of the Internet.  To enjoy full functionality of your web browser and the pages you visit, you should enable Java.  XSLT should also be enabled.


Clearing the Cache and Cookies:

Highlight Cache.

Cache:  every image, word, file, etc. you view on the Internet are stored on your computer in a folder known as the cache.  This makes the pages more easily accessible the next time you visit them.  However, a full cache can impede browsing performance.  It is important to empty this folder periodically.

Cookies: cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access upon return.  However, some sites gather information from you through the use of cookies.  So, as annoying as cookies can be, you need them to be able to access certain sites (i.e., bank and credit union sites).  Without them you cannot access these sites and certain others.

To clear the cache and cookies, click Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache.


Setting the Proxy server:

There are two common reasons to use Proxies:

Filtering:  Web sites are filtered to stop unwanted sites dealing with smut, violence, etc. from reaching your computer.  The proxy address is available from your ISP support center.  They may also be able to give you optional software to password protect the settings.

Web Acceleration - With BrowseBlast software installed, your Internet connection can be 2 to 5 times faster.  If you have purchased BrowseBlast from your ISP and installed it on your computer, the proxy settings should match those on the right.

IMPORTANT:  Filtering and Web Acceleration are not compatible at this time, since they use different addresses.  You should only purchase one of these services from your ISP.

Highlight Proxies.

To the right, enable Manual proxy configuration.

Click the View button.


The two screens below show where you would enter the settings for both filtering (left) and browseblast (right).  If you do not know the IP address and port your ISP uses for these services, contact them to get the correct address.

The proxy address is available from your ISP support center.

Click OK when finished.

Settings for Filtering:

Settings for BrowseBlast:


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