|Mozilla Is Not Just
A Web Browser
Mozilla is a browser standard developed back in the 1980's at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was called "Mosaic". The first browser to use this was Mosaic which later became Netscape. Netscape called its standard "Mozilla" (A combination of the words Mosaic and Godzilla) and all Web browsers in use today are "Mozilla" compatible. This has nothing to do with the new browser called Mozilla. Mozilla is not spyware or adware. Another Mozilla browser (released by the Mozilla foundation at www.mozilla.org) is "Firefox".
Back in the late 1980's through the mid 1990's Netscape was by far the leading browser. It's User Agent ("browser tags") strings were much like you see today. Internet Explorer used similar tags in those days, essentially trying to emulate Netscape. Times changed, of course, and now Internet Explorer is the leading browser but it owes its User Agent string to Netscape. New browsers being released today emulate Internet Explorer's User Agent strings, so it's sort of become the Web standard.
If you look at your browser tags at http://thundercloud.net/start/useragent.htm you'll probably see something like this. (These are my tags):
Your Internet Service is: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
The tags above represent Internet Explorer 6.0. Mozilla/4.0 is the latest Mozilla Standard for Web browsers. Compatible means compatible with the Mozilla standard i.e. that Netscape set long ago. MSIE 6.0 is the browser. MSIE 6.0 means Microsoft Internet Explorer. Windows NT 5.1 is Windows XP, SV1 means "Security Version 1" (meaning Windows XP Service Pack 2 is installed) and .NET CLR 1.1.4322 means Microsoft Net Framework version 1.1.4322 is installed on the computer. Net framework is need to run newer programs written in the Microsoft DOT NET programming language.
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