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I use two browsers Firefox and Opera. Firefox is my main browser, but if I have trouble with a site, Opera usually gets me by. If they really require IE, I will send an email telling them I don't support IE and I can't do business with them. That sometimes takes a while trying to find out how to contact them.
This plugin will add a menu and a button on the toolbar, which you can use to change the string that the browser identifies itself with to the sites. The site will think that you have IE... This may get you by, or the site will still not work properly if it really requires IE for some technical reason.
I never used this plugin myself, so I don't know if it's really good. I just googled and found it for you - use at your own risk
Usually this problem is caused by bad programming. Essentially, the programming does a series of tests for browsers that it knows, and if it doesn't identify the browser in question, it decides that it is 'obviously' a very old version of IE and issues an error message.
Most 'alternative' browsers can be set up to 'lie' in the user agent ident string - Opera has been able to this for a decade, at least, and others can, too. Of course, if you configure your browser to lie and it doesn't work, its your problem not theirs.
The idea of a User Agent Ident String switcher is a good idea if you want to this a lot, as it does make it easier, but you don't really need one to try it out.