We both recommended he try Firefox, not Mozilla.
In any case it can't do much harm. If IE is broken, you have to reload to fix it. If Another browser is broke, you uninstall and reinstall it.
And as far as I am concerned, All installations of IE are broken with the massive amount of critical security flaws that exist in it, including IE in XP SP2. I prefer my computer to not turn into a zombie spam server, or to display tons of ads or be infected by something trying to get my bank account number. IE allows all this to occur, with no prompt or anything.
Buy hey, what do I know, or the US-CERT department, a sub department of the Homeland Security branch:
|Use a different web browser
There are a number of significant vulnerabilities in technologies relating to the IE domain/zone security model, local file system (Local Machine Zone) trust, the Dynamic HTML (DHTML) document object model (in particular, proprietary DHTML features), the HTML Help system, MIME type determination, the graphical user interface (GUI), and ActiveX. These technologies are implemented in operating system libraries that are used by IE and many other programs to provide web browser functionality. IE is integrated into Windows to such an extent that vulnerabilities in IE frequently provide an attacker significant access to the operating system.
It is possible to reduce exposure to these vulnerabilities by using a different web browser, especially when viewing untrusted HTML documents (e.g., web sites, HTML email messages). Such a decision may, however, reduce the functionality of sites that require IE-specific features such as proprietary DHTML, VBScript, and ActiveX. Note that using a different web browser will not remove IE from a Windows system, and other programs may invoke IE, the WebBrowser ActiveX control (WebOC), or the HTML rendering engine (MSHTML).