OK, this is half a cry for constructive help, and half just a complaint on my part...but here is the story. Up until a couple weeks ago, I was happily settled on Firebird (1.4) as my browser...it was fast, worked well, had a search feature built into the taskbar...yada, yada. Then, I accidentally disconnected my External CD-R Drive, with disk on desktop, and it ended up hanging my computer, eventually forcing me to manually restart. When I rebooted, everything worked fine, except Firebird had lost the ability to paste links in the taskbar, a very important feature for me. So I posted a thread asking what might have happened and what I could do. The solitary poster who responded suggested I try the new Firefox .92, which I did, and was impressed...initially. Then, Firefox began to lag considerably, and have real trouble displaying flash banners and the like, as well as a host of other display quirks. I do not know why. So, I also tried Safari, which is only at 1.02, since I have Jag and not Panther. Works pretty well, except that it has some issues scrolling back between pages and "remembering" where I have been (for example, @Hotmail, it will display my mail as new, no matter if it has been read or not...and threads at this site remain highlighted after reading or contributing) So I also tried the main Mozilla browser(1.4). It works pretty well, although it does not have the search feature in the task bar, and the tab system is kinda overly complex. Fair speed. Also has trouble with Flash ads. So I also tried Camino, which is my back-up browser anyway. It takes forever to load, but once up, works well with none of the problems listed above but for the search feature in the taskbar. Still slower than I remember, though... So what gives? I cleaned out my preferences, fixed permissions, generally cleaned house on my HD, in case it was my computer's (re:my) fault that my browsers were performing poorly...but same problems...I also had my first kernal panic yesterday in over a year...I was not browsing, but a browser was open. Anyone have any ideas? On what might be wrong, with my computer or my browsers?Browser recommendations? I am at a loss...but thouroughly dissatisfied. Help.