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IE is such a resource hog-- Alternatives?

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I have IE7 on my PC and it is SUCH a freakin' resource hog-- and NOW they want me to update to IE8?! Why should I? I'm so sick of it taking up so much room on my PC, slowing everything down and making my online experience miserable at times.

Is there a sleeker, less RAM greedy alternative to IE out there? I don't have the resources to get more RAM for my computer at this time.

Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. You guys rock.
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    Kraków my love :)

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I don't use IE, but I'm not aware of it being a resource hog.
What does make you think, it is?

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)
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Google Chrome, as long as you have a small number of tabs open it's quite light.
But do what broni said, he knows his stuff.
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