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What is the Best & Fastest Browser? Internet Browser Reviews: 2017

Updated on January 25, 2017
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 .Which browser is the worlds best?
.Which browser is the worlds best?

The difference between a "browser" and a "search engine".

In response to the video above. A "browser" and "a search engine" are two different things. a "browser" is one of the following... Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari or Google Chrome etc. These are not to be confused with the hundreds of different 'search engines' you could be using such as Google, which is the most popular and best, followed by, Bing and Yahoo which are very good followed by Ask and AOL whom are not too clever.

Note: You can use any search engine with any browser you like.

Browser choices for PC, Smart Phones, Tablet, Notebook, Notebook and Android devices. See source

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What exactly is the best and fastest browser? The many things to take into consideration...

Browsers are like vehicles: in as much as you want to travel fast, securely and in style with lots of cool features. Test drive new browsers and observe their performances. The browser I use depends on my journey. A change of browser can result in better performance, faster page loading and videos that buffer seamlessly. If you do decide to use different browsers, you'll soon notice how different they each perform, from surfing the web, page scrolling to variations in performances and more.

(Top 5 browser reviews and poll further down this page) Are you looking for browsers designed for smart phones and other devices? If so, click here for Full Browser Listings.

What's good for the goose may not be good for the gander. Let's say John and Jane test drive every available browser. John may decide that Firefox is the best browser while Jane is sure that Internet Explorer is the best. Who is correct? Answer: Both! That's because the best browser is the one that meets their needs and more importantly, their device.

It's all about individual preference – for example, if every member of your household had the same PC and specifications, they would still never agree on which browser is best. Why? Because each PC will have different amounts of hard drive space/capacity/shortage, etc. Each PC will have their desktop customized with fancy visual gimmicks and so on. The add-ons, and tool-bars each has, as well as many other factors all determine the speed of any browser on your computer.

One of the most common browser used today is Internet Explorer. Many people think there are no others - but there are and much better. So, what exactly is the best and fastest browser? These questions are very common, an d as you can see, have many answers...

Having a variety of browsers installed makes using the Internet easier. Because all browsers are not compatible with every website you visit. Most times you won't even realize what your not seeing. Each browser has tools and other gimmicks that are unique which makes life surfing much quicker and slicker..

Whatever new browsers you decide to use, never un-install browsers that you don't use. It's best t to keep them for a rainy day especially when you're have problems with the new browsers you decide to use. Having, and simultaneously using numerous browsers on your PC is not a problem provided you have enough disc space.

What is the best browser for a Mac: Camino, Firefox, Flock and Opera all perform well on Mac machines, but overall the best browser for Mac and IOS users is Safari. Again, it's all about user preference. Try them all to see which one you prefer. They're all free! Over 100 Browsers Listed Here. Includes safe browsers designed for children to use safely.

What's best? Don't waste your time with browser comparison websites. Only YOU can decide and compare by taking them for a spin..

The top 5 most used browsers are listed In NO particular order -----  Is it time to update your browsers?
The top 5 most used browsers are listed In NO particular order ----- Is it time to update your browsers?

Firefox

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Firefox Reviews

Firefox has improved it's tabbed interface, pop-up blocker/built-in multiple search tools and built-in RSS reader. The privacy mode is very private. If you need an extension for something, the Firefox extension capabilities are extensive and the many themes are easy to use. It has enhanced security features to protect you against all kinds of malware, spy ware and phishing sites and handles very nicely. It's easy for all ages to use and is a very stable browser. Firefox, as well as all other browsers can be downloaded, installed and run in conjunction with any existing browsers you have.

Chat via video with anyone even if they don't use Firefox with "Firefox hello. You will need to register. More info here. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/firefox/firefox-hello-webrtc

  • Supports all Windows 98 to XP & Vista: Apple Mac OS X and several varieties of Linux and Red Hat Linux 8.0. Firefox is also available for the Web / Some mobile devices / android devices.

More in formation and download Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/products/

Internet Explorer's Edge Browser

Edge Reviews - previously called Windows Internet Explorer

Edge from Microsoft available for Windows 10. It has had major improvements than it's predecessor and about time too!. With Edge You'll notice a better design, improved tracking protection, tabbed browsing and major improvements to its security and all overall features although it lacks the array of extensions which Firefox and Chrome have.

Supports: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) - Vista compatible - Mac.

  • Link to more information & Download Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/internet-explorer.aspx
  • Link to more information about Windows new Edge browser. https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/microsoft-edge

Opera

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Opera Reviews

Opera is a highly respected Web browser from Norway that competes very well among its competitors. It offers many unique features such as using Opera with your voice. Its mouse gestures always make navigating back and forward pages handy. The thousands of widgets and third party extensions are very useful and cool. The progress bar on the address bar lets you see pages loaded from the site. The Unite feature that allows users to file share is very impressive. More importantly, Opera has improved its security, allowing a safer and more stable surfing experience. Overall, it's a very good looking browser, performs very well and is a must have in your arsenal of browsers.

  • Supports: Windows / Solaris / Intel / QNX / Mac OS / Linux / FreeBSD / BeOS. Opera is also available for PC / Tablet / Mac / Blackberry / Windows phone / ipad / Kindle Fire & other mobile devices..

Safari

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Safari Reviews

Safari Web browser developed by Apple, Inc is not the most popular browser, but it does have a nice interface and a decent number of extensions to boot. Sending email links or live Web pages couldn't be easier. The history function is very helpful as it uses (iTunes style) cover-flow to scan through large thumbnails of the pages you have visited. It's particularly useful when you can't remember the URL but you can remember an image or what it looks like. It is limited in customization features, and trying to bookmark a Web page could be easier. I believe Safari could do much better especially being an "Apple" product. Further development and more time could make Safari a better browser and could be a contender in the browser wars. Safari works on Windows, Macs and other applications such as Ipad and mobile devices.

  • Supports Mac and Windows: Safari is also available for PCs / Tablet's / Android / ios 7 / iphone / ipod touch.

Google Chrome

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Google Chrome Reviews

Since Google released its own Web browser "Google Chrome" has become very popular and a firm favorite browser among many PC users. Its impressive speed, cool features and security optimizes its chance to be the most popular and widely used browser today.

  • Supports: Windows XP, Vista and 7

Browsers designed specifically for Windows, Android, BlackBerry, ipad and iphones.

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    • helenathegreat profile image

      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      I love Firefox, too. Great hub! I've never used Opera, but Internet Explorer has given me many problems in my PC days...

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      drbruce 9 years ago from Singaraja, Bali

      I agree that Firefox is the best of the big three, but I prefer Opera to IE. But, then I haven't seen version 7 yet.

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Great hub, compu-smart. I agree Firefox is the best, and lots of other hubbers say the same thing. Good explanation of how the three big browsers compare.

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      Peter M. Lopez 9 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      I agree with your choice of Firefox, but I would rank Opera above IE. Great hub.

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      pjdscott 9 years ago from Durham, UK

      Of the three biggies I'd have to say that Firefox outshines the others. I use it on Mac and PC and it performs equally good on both platforms. Microsoft have stopped developing IE for Mac, so the main choice for Mac users is Safari or Firefox, and Firefox for Mac is eating into Safari's lead!

      Really liked your hub - very well written.

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      Joseph Addams 9 years ago from Standing right behind you!

      I'm been having a love affair with Firefox for quite awhile now. Best browser on the planet. Thanks for the informative Hub.

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      Jose 9 years ago

      I think you'll find many internet-security auditing firms choose Opera over the other two. Opera is, by far, the most secure of the three browsers.

      Furthermore, third-party extensions are also available in Opera, however once you start to load many, it doesn't get as bloated and as slow as Firefox.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Useful hub, thank you.

      I use Opera, it takes care of many trojans and viruses unlike IE. Also have firefox, but am so used to Opera, that I don't use FF much.

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      MarcNorris 9 years ago from Canada

      Firefox is great, but I also use a browser called Crazy Browser. It is older, but one of the most useful - especially in terms of how the tabbed browsing works.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Great hub, Comp! I use IE but didn't like 7 so I went back to 6. I have been considering adding FF and Opera so I think now I will just add them and do a comparison to see which one fits my needs the best. Thanks for the boost! Should have done this a long time ago!

      Bonnie

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      Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

      I love Opera too, but eventually had to switch to Firefox because there are too many sites that don't work well with it.

      Firefox seems just as good. I'd rate IE7 a long way third.

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      NateRider 8 years ago from Missouri

      I use Firefox and recently downloaded the Firefox 3 Beta 5 program. I can vouch that it does have increased performance than the previous versions. I only use I.E.7 when there are compatibility issues with Firefox (which is incredibly rare for me to find any!)

      Anyways, good hub!

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thx for the great info. I know Firefox is better than IE, but I still almost always use IE out of habit. I've never heard of Opera before, goodie - something new!

      Thx, you've done it again, CS!

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      colin mcdermott 8 years ago from Manchester UK

      I find FIrefox goes a bit slow these days... which is irritating when you have a quad core processor and loadsof ram : (

      still browser of choice though.. couldn't do without all the different plugins it has

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      YOu have 5 browsers on your PC? I only have 2..FF and IE. These computer thing makes my head spin. Hehe My friend is the one who installed it all here. Hmmm...maybe I should ask you to "look" into my computer too. :)

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      my-hair-tools 8 years ago from Ohio

      I would have to agree, firefox hits the top. theres still a lot to be done but its not doing too bad. Internet Explorer could have so much more and could work much better but it doesn't.. Safari usually does the job but theres still things firefox will display that it won't.

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I have picked the best then because whilst I have Internet Explorer it hardly ever gets used anymore and I stick with Mozilla Firefox.

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      sheekngeek 8 years ago

      I experimented with FF3 and i dont have time to detail all the positive/negativespoints with its predecessor. but lets just say, im sticking with FF2, just as much as im sticking with XP over Vista- nuff said. peace

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      webllinks 8 years ago from Michigan

      Got to love Opera. IE is definately the worst!

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      aroberts 8 years ago from London UK

      I'm trying to get used to Flock but still prefer Camino really.

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