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Which Is the Best Web Browser?
Published October 10th, 2009 by Roslyn Garavaglia  

Windows Internet Explorer? Mozilla Firefox?

 Apple Safari? Google Chrome? Opera?

The biggie, Windows Internet Explorer is most common because often computers come with IE pre-installed. Many people think there’s no other.

There are, and much better ones too!

Compared to other options IE is known to be slower and vulnerable to hackers and viruses. Even if a computer comes with Internet Explorer on it, users are free to download rivals such as Firefox, Apple’s Safari or Google Chrome and others off the Internet.

One thing’s for sure, there’s no lack of choice in today’s market, with speed, site compatibility, and convenience features abounding in free browsers both from the large software companies and open source projects.

They’re all vying for your attention by adding bells and whistles in the game called “Browser Wars”. All these add-ons add complexity, and with complexity you and your computer have to work harder… leading to SLOWDOWNS.

Rendering speed is probably one of the main issues to consider when choosing a browser. Though all browsers are much faster than they were a few years ago, the clear winner—at least as far as JavaScript rendering—is Google Chrome and its FAST.

In terms of features and customising ability, Firefox, IE, Opera, and Safari all outshine Chrome. But no browser can come close to Firefox in both its extensions and theming capabilities.

Firefox is the fastest, least-encumbered browser you can get. It’s much safer than IE security-wise and is extremely modular, so you can ad plug-ins to keep it lean and mean. The only turnoff for me is the interface; it’s not as clean as IE.

You don’t have to scrap Internet Explorer; you can download an alternative and  jump from one to the other to compare and test their functions.

Observe the differences in speed and the tools you regularly use and the features you need to do the job as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Then pick the one you think works best for your type of browsing.

firefoxFirefox continues to improve speed. Add the new private browsing mode, improved tab handling, and incredible customisability, and you have a winning combination.

chromeGoogle Chrome: This speedy browser gets even faster and adds a few features its more mature competitors already offer. But Chrome still trails in convenience and customisability.

ieInternet Explorer 8: The latest version of the world’s leading browser delivers better security and adds some pretty slick browsing aids, such as WebSlices and Accelerators. The address bar brings it closer to Firefox, but lacks a download manager and robust extension system. There are some issues of incompatibility with some software applications.

operaOpera: Opera is faster now and has better standards support and includes a lot of unique browsing helpers but some sites still don’t render well on the Opera stage.

safariSafari: The preferred browser for Mac users. Safari offers some clever interface innovations, near-Chrome speed, and site compatibility but Windows users will probably prefer Firefox or Chrome as IE alternatives.

How to Make Your Browser Faster

Disable running programs that are no longer needed.
Remove unwanted applications.
Reduce your browser Plug Ins, Spy-ware and Ad-ware.
Disable images within the browser settings especially if you’re only using it for script based searches.
Turn off flash, Java, images, etc
Turn off sound
Close tool bars when not in use.
Clear your Internet cache files regularly.

Instead of turning off each individual feature from your favourite browser, try using another browser for specific functions. Depending on the task I  jump between I.E. and Firefox browsers to use the one that delivers the best performance for my specific task.

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