I've always been staunchly anti-IE. Partially because of the risks it posed, both actual and perceived. Also, it seemed to lag far behind others in usability as far tabs and customization ability. IE through 6 and 7 was inherently buggy and unstable in the eyes of many. Much of my objection was just anti-M$. I went on a huge anti-M$ binge when the horror known as Vista infested PCs, but they seem to have redeemed themselves with Win7 and M$IE AntiVirus. I still don't like their tricks with TrialWare like M$Office, but at least I can get around that and use OpenOffice or the successor apparent, LibreOffice. To me, Netscape/Mozilla/SeaMonkey and Opera were far and away better on every point. Others swore by FireFox, Chrome and a host of others. Some preferred IE add-ons like Maxthon or MyIE2. Yet, there are infinite websites that cater to IE specific code and don't display pages properly or run scripts effectively on anything other than IE. I consider those webmasters incompetent, but they are what they are and nobody will ever be able to convince them to code pages properly to accepted standards. So, where are we with IE8 and 9? Can toolbars and menus be customized? Can images be selectively blocked? Has IE caught up to the others in the ways that drove most people to the others? Are there user created add-ons, extensions, plug-ins and themes available as there are in Mozilla products? What about pop-up and cookie management? In short, is it safe to go back to IE?