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how to surf the internet without a browser

Updated on September 9, 2010

How to surf the internet without a browser

Once upon a time, I got a virus in my computer which wiped out all of my internet browsers!

I couldn't figure out how to get back onto the internet to download a new browser, if I couldn't get on the internet in the first place!

I knew it had to be possible, so after some thought, and poking around on my computer, I figured out how to surf the web without a browser.

If you ever are stuck, in some situation in your computer where you can't access browsers, but you can access your folders (like "my photos" or "my documents" or any other folder you created) then you can get to the internet. Here's how:


STEP ONE: OPEN A FOLDER (any folder! Such as "my documents" or one on your desktop)


STEP THREE: Type a url into the address bar (ie: or

You're now using a folder to browse the internet!

See what to do below if this doesn't work.


How to find the address bar in folders
How to find the address bar in folders


1) If you couldn't see an address bar when you opened a folder:

folders are now set to hide their address bars. So Right click on the gray bar as indicated in the photo. Then choose 'address bar' in the drop down menu that appears. Your folder's address bar should now appear.

*NOTE* you can also quickly find files in your computer this way. If you searched for something and see it's "location" in the properties, copy this location and drop it in the folder's address bar to go immediately to it rather than searching through folders to find it. It just like an internet "url" - it links you directly to the address location of the file in your computer.

2) IF you could get to your address bar in a folder, but still can't get it to browse the internet: there may be something wrong with your internet connection. Contact your internet service provider to see if you are still connected to the internet

*NOTE* You can use this method every time you want to browse the internet, if you don't want to download a browser. It will save a bit of space if you are on a computer with very low memory (such as a solid state mini hp as I'm on). However, if you choose to do this, remember that the "tabs" functions that all browsers now come standard with, will not exist. You may have to open a new page for each browsing session, just like the old days, instead of hundreds of tabs, as I like to do now :-)

Click here to learn why I like the Mozilla Firefox browser


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    • SarahSilver profile image

      SarahSilver 7 years ago

      I'm not 100% sure, I was wondering the same thing. I don't know because I found it out by accident. Maybe somehow it still uses IE or mozilla somehow, BUT I HAVE been able to surf the net once I had de-installed both of these programs, so I don't think so

    • SteveoMc profile image

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Interesting information, I didn't know you could do this. It appears to launch a browser, but does it? Anyway, something more for me to play with.