Nowadays many of us can’t live without the Internet, on the Internet we can watch free movies on popular movie websites, listen to music on popular music websites, play free games online on popular game websites, do shopping, or read breaking news and popular blogs.
To access the Internet, a Web browser is a must-have, below are the 15 most popular ones according to their market share, as well as the user ratings and download numbers on the popular software download websites.
Google Chrome is the fastest and most secure Web browser for Windows, I’ve been using it as my primary Web browser for more than 4 years, features of Chrome:
- Clean, streamlined and easy to follow user interface.
- Phishing and malware protection.
- Enables to customize with large amounts of extensions( e.g. video downloader, IE tab, speed dial, etc. )
- Bookmark manager, importer, and exporter.
- Pop-up blocker; Spell checking; Private mode; Instant search.
Supported operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, iOS( iPhone, iPad, iPod touch ), Mac OS X, Android, Linux.
Mozilla Firefox is a stable, sophisticated, and highly customizable Internet browser, I use it everyday, features of Firefox:
- Hardware acceleration.
- Integrated password manager.
- Phishing and malware protection.
- Sync your bookmarks, passwords, open-tabs across your smart phone, PC, Mac, tablet, etc.
- Bookmark manager; Pop-up blocker; Spell checker; Download manager; Private browsing.
Supported operating systems: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X, Android, Linux.
Opera Browser is another popular multi-platform Web browser, it has over 300 million users globally. Features of Opera:
- Built-in bookmark manager, password manager, cookie manager, and download manager.
- Smooth scrolling.
- Spell checking.
- Opera Turbo mode: loads webpages faster on slow connections.
- Built-in notepad.
Supported operating systems: Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7, iOS( iPhone, iPad, iPod touch ), Mac OS X, Android, Linux.
Internet Explorer is a popular Web browser provided by Microsoft.
5. Apple Safari
Safari is a popular Web browser provided Apple.
Comodo Firewall is the best free personal firewall for Windows, Comodo Dragon is a free Web browser provided by the same corporation, it’s based on Chromium, and offers all of Chrome’s features.
Comodo Dragon is more secure and private than Chrome, in addition, it allows to scan webpages and search results for malware using Web inspector with a simple click.
During the installation process, it offers the option to install in portable mode, which will store user profile in the “User Data” directory where Dragon is installed.
Comodo IceDragon is a versatile Web browser based on Firefox, it offers many performance, security, and privacy enhancements.
This is another Web browser offered by Mozilla, it’s a program targeted at web developers, advanced users, and corporate users.
Chromium is an open source Web browser maintained by Google, there’re tens of Web browsers are based on Chromium project, including Google Chrome, Yandex Browser, Comodo Dragon, RockMelt, SRWare Iron, etc.
10. Yandex Browser
Yandex is the fourth largest search engine in the world, Yandex Browser is a free web browser developed based on Chromium, it’s a good alternative to Google Chrome.
Dooble is a free, open source and platform-independent web browser based on the WebKit engine, Dooble offers many unique functions including Cookie Management, Encrypted Browsing Information, FTP Browser, etc.
12. Avant Browser
Avant Browser allows users to switch between 3 different rendering engines: Webkit, Trident and Gecko, and provides various unique features: Video Sniffer, Split View, Anti-Freezing, Flash Animation Filter, etc.
A social media Web browser based on Chromium.
A lightweight Web browser based on the Gecko engine, it offers portable version officially.
An efficient Web browser that offers various useful features like: download Youtube videos directly, Weather Forecast and Weather Condition, Photo Shrinking & Resizing, etc.
16. SRWare Iron
Yet another Internet browser based on Chromium.
A free Web browser that has many unique features: Boss Key, Ad Filter, Mouse Drag, Mouse Gesture, etc.