Many people say that Firefox has become the "safest" browser and the "best" browser to use. Computer Cleanup has put together a browser review section, so you can read the facts and find out which browser is best for you. All browsers below are "freeware", or have a version that is free. Below, you will find a section of some of the "top" browsers that exist in the market today.

Statistics:
(As of September, 2006)
Browser Name : Total Market Share
Microsoft Internet Explorer: 83.02%
Firefox: 11.84%
Safari: 3.32%
Netscape: 0.87%
Opera: 0.64%
Mozilla: 0.26%
Pocket Internet Explorer: 0.03%
PSP Internet Browser: 0.02%
Danger Web Browser: 0.02%
WebTV Plus Receiver: 0.01%
Blazer: 0.01%
Konqueror: 0.01%
WebTV Internet Terminal: 0.01%
Source: http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=0


Below is a list of the browsers that are review on this page, to view a reveiw, simply click on the browser you wish you to view:



Firefox

            

Download Firefox 1.0.7 for Windows (US English)
Download Firefox 1.0.7 for Mac (US English)
Download Firefox 1.0.7 (other versions)

Firefox has become one of the top browsers that exists today. Millions upon millions of people have decided to dump their old browsers to try out Firefox. Obviously, Mozilla was doing something right when they released it. Within 100 days on the market, Firefox had already supassed the 25 Million Download mark. But what convinced the population to download it? Most likely, people heard that it was the most secure browser to use. Is this true?

While Microsoft Internet Explorer has been dubbed the "high security risk" browser, Firefox has been a growing "high security protection" browser. However, Firefox's edge in security comes with a price. The browser contains fewer features and a possible inability to access some Windows-based Web applications. On the other hand, Internet Explorer contains more features, therefore a larger "area" to possibly attack. Firefox is not necessarily a more secure browser, it simply has fewer features to attack.

Firefox contains tabbed browsing (which reduces your number of "windows" by keeping all of your webpages open within 1 Firefox window), pop-up blocking, an RSS reader, a download manager, a password manager, automatic updates, customized searching, and a customized interface. Many add-ons are also available through the Mozilla Suite*. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Firefox has an open architecture which allows the installation of themes and extensions. Users can customize the look of the browser, and can add-on extensions to improve the usage. On the flip side, adding further extensions may decrease the security of the browser - it adds more features which makes the browser more vulnerable to an attack. Something that is a possible turn-off of Mozilla is that some pages don't display properly in Firefox. Microsoft Internet Explorer, however, will almost always flawlessly display pages correctly.

*=The Mozilla suite is a collection of software — a browser, a mail and newsgroup client, a chat client and a HTML editor. This was Mozilla’s flagship product until the constituent parts were split up, reworked and developed separately into standalone products — Firefox for browsing Thunderbird for mail. http://www.mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 6

            

Download Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, included in Windows XP SP2
Download Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 SP 1 for other Windows versions

Currently, Internet Explorer is dominating the browser market. As of September, 2006, over 83% of internet users are using Internet Explorer. Firefox comes in second with just under 12% of the market. One of the main reasons that Internet Explorer has such a large gap on Firefox is due to the fact that it is included with Windows XP.

As of September, 2006, Internet Explorer dominates the browser market. Currently, nearly 83% of internet users browse the web using Internet Explorer. There are pros and cons to any browser. Many people say that Internet Explore is "insecure". When someone hears that, they think that they need to switch browsers to something more secure. However, the main thing that makes Internet Explorer supposedly "insecure" is that it has more features to attack. People may refer you to a different browser, stating that it is more secure. That may or may not be necessarily true. Other browsers aren't necessarily more secure, they simply have less features to attack, hence they may be considered "safer".

Internet Explorer allows users to manage cookies (helps protect privacy), edit security zones (allows users to "restrict" sites), manipulate a "content advisor", utilize an image toolbar/media bar, hold a favorites list, view past/current history, use "Auto Complete", customize the browser layout, and more. There is also a feature called a "fault collection", which offers users the option to extract information about an Internet Explorer 6 fault and upload the data to Microsoft for analysis. This information can help identify potential issues Microsoft needs to address in future Internet Explorer 6 Service Packs. A "search companion" helps users track down information on the web (built-in search feature).
Other Misc. Features:
    * Internet Explorer 6 DHTML Platform
    * Full CSS Level 1 Support (CSS, Level 1 (CSS1)
    * Full DOM Level 1 Support
    * Enhanced SMIL 2.0 Multimedia Support
    * Content-Restricted IFrames
    * Mouse Wheel Events
    * XML (Support for Microsoft XML (MSXML) 3.0)
    * .NET Integration
    * Automatic Ellipses for Text Overflow

Notice that there are many features that Internet Explorer contains. Each new feature gives the browser a larger "area", which opens it up to a larger "surface area" that can be attacked.

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Netscape Navigator 8

            

Download Netscape Navigator 8
Download Older Netscape Versions here

Netscape began by trying to make an Internet that users found easy to use. Today, Netscape offers integrations of intuitive digital tools, innovative attractions and infinite media content. The revolutionary new Netscape Browser 8.1 provides more security options, streamlines more standard browsing tasks and arms internet users with more timesaving solutions to their browsing needs. Netscape Navigator 8 is almost entirely based on the Mozilla suite, with some Netscape branding thrown in.
Netscape features:
    * Security Center: Quickly view the status of security protection provided by the Netscape Browser. The browser will automatically let you know when there is a problem.
    * Spyware & Adware Protection: The Netscape Browser provides real time Spyware scanning when you download files from the web. You may also run memory and disk scans for Spyware protection and prevention.
    * Real-Time Feeds: The Netscape Browser takes the mystery out of Real Simple Syndication (RSS) and allows you to read and manage RSS feeds without the need of a separate news reader application.
    * Profiles: Create more than one profile to keep your bookmarks and passcards safe from other users. If you have a family, create a profile for your children and make use of the parental controls feature.
    * Tabbed Browsing: Allows you to have multiple web pages open in one window. This feature is great for organizing and freeing up desktop space because it files your web pages in a series of tabs.
    * MultiBar: MultiBars let you customize up to ten different browser toolbars you can access with a single click.

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Opera

            

Download Opera here

Opera has been dubbed “the fastest browser on Earth!”. Opera is really a unique browser. It contains most features that Firefox contains, along with many more. The amount of features that is packed into Opera is quite unique. The tabbed browsing feature opens all webpages in dockable windows inside a single instance of the application. There are many tools to help you find information online easily. There is a selection of integrated search-enabled toolbars, which you can instantaneously lookup selected words or phrases. The thing that turns Opera downward is that the free version is integrated with advertisements in the browser itself. However, users can buy the "ad-free" version for $40, and all the advertisements would be removed. Two very helpful features are the page-zoom feature, which allows you to zoom in the entire document, instead of just the text; and the developer shortcuts to turn off stylesheets and images. In other browsers you have to go through multiple menus or use bookmarklets for this functionality. The interface of Opera is clean. There are many options on the browser, however, they can be removed/added as needed.
More Opera Features:
    * Tabbed browsing
    * RSS reader
    * Download manager
    * Mouse gestures
    * Note pad
    * Blocks pop-up ads
    * Can search Amazon.com and eBay straight from the browser
    * Can search several search engines at once
    * Can save all open windows as a session
    * Can drag a picture to save it
    * Can fit page to browser width
    * Built-in password manager
    * Chat/e-mail/voice interaction

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Maxthon

            

Download Maxthon here

If you want some of the convenience features of Firefox along with the universal compatibility of Internet Explorer, experts say you should consider an IE "shell" browser like Maxthon, which adds tabbed browsing, mouse gestures, and keyboard shortcuts for speedy navigation among Web pages. Maxthon offers a note pad, drag-and-drop searching and saving, quick access to translation and other Web services, plus easy cache and cookie clean up, and other features can be added with extensions.
More Maxthon Features:
    * Tabbed Browsing Interface
    * Mouse Gestures
    * Super Drag & Drop
    * Favorites Bar
    * Ad Hunter
    * IE Extension Support
    * External Utility Bar
    * Privacy Protection
    * Skins
    * Plugins
    * Compatibility & Low on Resources
    * Password protecting tabs

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Safari

            

Download Safari here

Safari is Apple’s own web browser (only available to Macintosh owners). Safari has come pre-installed on all new Macintosh computers since 2003. Safari is a clean, fast browser based on the WebKit rendering engine that also powers the Linux browser Konqueror (see below). Safari comes with all the features you would expect in a modern browser, like tabbed browsing, popup blocking and built-in search functionality. It also has the best RSS-reading feature available to date, which makes keeping track of a number of websites much easier than using bookmarks. Because it’s designed by Apple, it feels right at home on the operating system, and in general performs faster than the Macintosh version of Firefox, or the Firefox variant » Camino. It can also tie into other programs on the OS, so web forms can be spell-checked through OSX’s built-in dictionary and the Keychain program can keep track of your logins.
More Safari Features:
    * Archive a Web Page
    * Bookmark Search
    * Email Web Page or Link
    * Export Bookmarks
    * Inline PDF Viewing
    * Parental Controls
    * Private Browsing
    * RSS Auto Detection
    * RSS Personal Clipping Service
    * RSS Update Notification
    * Safari RSS View
    * Safari and iPhoto Integration
    * Security Certificate View

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Konqueror

            

Download Konqueror here

Konqueror uses a very capable HTML rendering engine called KHTML. This engine is implemented as a KPart and as such, it can be easily used by other KDE programs. KHTML is also used by the Apple browser Safari.
Features of the HTML rendering component in KDE 3.4:
  1. HTML 4.01 compliance.
  2. ECMAscript 262 support (JavaScript). Notice that ECMAscript can still give problems because websites can detect browsers and choose to ignore Konqueror. Spoofing as another browser will often make sites work anyway.
  3. Ability to house Java applets.
  4. Cascading Style Sheets:
      * CSS 1: supported
      * CSS 2.1: supported (paged media only partially supported)
      * CSS 3 Selectors: supported
      * CSS 3 (other): Details about the visual media support can be found here.
  5. DOM1, DOM2 and partially DOM3 support in ECMAScript and native C++ bindings.
  6. Full support for bidirectional scripts (arabic and hebrew).
  7. SSL support (requires OpenSSL).

Screenshots of its features:
Exploration
Navigation
Look & Feel
About

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Avant Browser 10.2

            

Download Avant Browser 10.2 here

Avant Browser is the top rated multi-window browser in Internet, which adds a batch of features and functionalities to Internet Explorer. Its user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability. Now, Avant Browser is available in 41 languages. Users have the option to add various plugins to the browser, which may enchance the performance of the browser.
Avant Browser Features:
    * Flash Animation Filter
    * Built-in AD/Pop-up Blocker
    * Built-in RSS/ATOM Reader
    * Additional Mouse Functions
    * Multi-Window Browsing
    * Real Full Screen Mode and Alternative Full Desktop mode
    * Built-in Search Engine
    * Full IE Compatibility
    * Control Your Privacy
    * Safe Recovery (If Avant Browser is closed improperly, all open web pages are saved and will be automatically reopened at next startup)
    * Skin Selections

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AOL Explorer 1.5

            

Download AOL Explorer 1.5 here

AOL Explorer attaches easy-to-see tabs to browser windows so you can find and get to the window you want in a snap. It lets you "keep tabs" on your Internet experience. AOL Explorer transfers your favorite website links from IE, and lets you access them from a "Portable Favorites Folder." This way, you can tap into your favorite sites on any machine using your AOL or AIM Screen name by simply going to http://favorites.aol.com. AOL allows you to customize the look and feel of your browser. Choose from any of the sixteen themes to add bling to your browser. You can now take the Side Panels in AOL Explorer and put them right onto your desktop. Take your Feeds Panel, Journals Panel, or whatever and have it right at your fingertips. Best of all, you can keep them open even when AOL Explorer has been closed. You are never far from the latest breaking events, blogs and general information.
System Requirements to run AOL Explorer 1.5:
    * Minimum Internet Explorer Version: 6.0
    * OS: Windows 2000 or higher (Recommended XP)
    * RAM: 64 MB (Recommended 128 MB)
    * Hard Disk Space: 60 MB
    * Processor: 166 MHz Pentium Class processor (Recommended 700 MHz)

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Advanced Browser

            

Download Advanced Browser here

This browser was built for speed. You will get less crashes and lockups with this browser. Rock solid performance - includes memory enhancer that outperforms most other browsers in it's class.
Here are some of the advanced features of Advanced Browser:

    * Super fast browsing architecture
    * Built-in Popup Killer
    * Ability to turn on/off Flash Animation
    * Quick Search Toolbar
    * Site Group: Open and save a collection of sites as a group
    * Built in Erase tool to remove all traces of online activity
    * Adds level of security to your browsing experience
    * You can change the Skins to your color preference

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Sources
WebCT Info: http://www.webct.com/tuneup/viewpage?name=tuneup_browser_tuneup_information
Consumer Research: http://www.consumersearch.com
PC World: http://www.pcworld.com

For more information on Active X, see:
http://www.iseran.com/ActiveX/
http://www.webdevelopersjournal.com/articles/wiactive.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/activex
http://www.activex.org

Other Browser Stats:
http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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