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Which Internet Browser To Choose: Great Browsing Alternatives
Computer users have a wide selection of web browser which they can use to surf the net. All web browsers are free, but the competition is fierce between them. This is an article showing what the users options are and which browser is ideal for every kind of computer user.
What are the options?
We start with Internet Explorer. For years it has been more like the only choice for users, due to the wide spread sales of Windows Operating System. Internet Explorer is implemented in Windows, which makes it the default browser for everyone using this platform. Users who are inexperienced, those who do not feel like searching for another browser or do not wanna mess with uninstalling/ installing will probably not remove this browser. Later editions of Internet Explorer have overcome serious problems,mainly security holes and are updated often. Tab browsing has been used recently, providing flexibility and ease of use for everyone, but the list of add-ons is not sufficient and many debate on the speed it can surf with. Moreover, most experienced users will only use Internet Explorer once - when they download another browser.
Mozilla Firefox is the most popular internet browser the last 3 years. It has managed to gain a serious percentage of the web browsers market, mainly by countering the problems Internet Explorer was facing. Tab browsing has been present for many versions, the add-ons list got thousands of options for users (adblockers, email notifiers, and so many more) and support is great. there are however some serious drawbacks - Firefox tends to go very heavy after installing some add-ons (consumes really much RAM sometimes), while the security is somehow questioned, since security issues have recently occurred.
Flock is based on firefox engine and can support the huge add-ons library of Firefox. Compared to it, it is a bit less heavy and is good for older PCs.
Opera is considered the fastest browser by some users, but with so much competition in this field, comparing speed is not always easy. Besides, differences in speed cannot be tested well, and anyway, it will just be some nanoseconds or milliseconds. Opera has some loyal fans, but personally I consider the interface a bit not user friendly.
Google Chrome is a web browser created with main purpose to offer flexibility and extreme speed. It does not offer many add-ons and at the moment it is not really flexible either. The interface is simple and user friendly. Chrome has not, at least up to now, managed to gain enough popularity.
K-meleonis a highly customizable, lightweight web browser, mainly focusing to advanced users who want complete control over their surfing experience.
Safari is the web browser of the software giant Apple. Implemented in MACs and iPhones and the rest products of Apple, it does have loyal fans but not a wide popularity among other Operating Systems users.
TheWorld - this one is interesting option. Completely infamous, most users even experienced ones have not even heard of it. But those who do know of it... TheWorld is the lightest web browser ever produced. It does not have add-ons as advanced as the Firefox ones, but it does have some basic features already implemented. It includes tab browsing, it has a wide selection of themes user can choose, but thats all. It is however so lightweight that any user, advanced or not, will be astonished. Loading of tabs takes no time at all, memory consumption is just a fraction of Firefox's and Internet Explorer's even with many tabs open. Old systems, even the first Pentiums will easily surf the web with this browser, because even with 20 tabs it still consumes less than 60MB of ram. TheWorld is therefore focused to those users with old computers, or as a second or third browser for the rest.
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Worth mentioning now is the fact that web browsers are not like antivirus software - a user can install more than 1, actually as many as he wishes. Then he will be asked which he wants as default browsing tool, while at the same time he can try the rest browsers for characteristics he might prefer. After all, despite their pro's and con's, browsers are also a matter of personal tastes, so user has to experiment a bit with those before he decides on one.