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A Comparison of Web Browsers

Internet Explorer and Firefox are the most popular, but we will compare 10 of the top most browsers and their features as described by TopTenReviews.com

Robyn Alexander

on 20 April 2011

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Google Chrome
DeepNet Explorer
Internet Explorer
A Comparison of Web Browsers
Created by Microsoft
Internet Explorer by Microsoft
. This web browser outperforms its ancestors with tighter security, private browsing and a clean look. It features extensive parental controls that can be customized to fit each individual in a family. If you have small children and protection is a priority, look no further, this is the browser for your home computer.

Microsoft offers a variety of add-ons There are four different categories of add–ons: security, time savers, browsers and entertainment. Many are free, but some you’ll have to purchase.

Internet Explorer incorporates tabbed browsing. With tabbed browsing, you are able to switch quickly between open websites and you can open more than one website in a single browser window.
Another notable feature is an integrated search window.
Firefox, one of the original FREE Internet browsers packs top–notch features and blazing speed into a tidy, intuitive interface that will help you navigate the web. Outstanding features include tabbed browsing, an integrated search engine and many add–ons of all types.

Mozilla Firefox has over 6,000 add-ons to customize and enhance your web browsing experience. You can add style to your browser with skins and themes.

Firefox has tabbed browsing so you can quickly jump from site to site and open more than one website in the same browser window. Firefox also allows you to change the order of your tabs, and has a redo function for when you accidentally delete tabs.

This is a great browser for students or others who conduct research on the Internet. Mozilla has developed virtual sticky notes so you can add your own notes to web pages, and they will be there when you return.
Google Chrome has a load of easy-to-use features and tools. Chrome takes the traditional toolbar and turns it on end, placing the tabs on top. . You can drag tabs from the browser to make new windows, rearrange tabs, and even duplicate tabs. And because each tab is run independently in the browser, if one tab crashes it won’t ruin your whole session.

Chrome features an Incognito mode, so you can browse in private. This stealth browsing mode allows you to open sites and even download files without affecting your histories.

The download manager of Chrome is inconspicuous, integrated at the bottom of the tab where the downloading is occurring.

Google Chrome is well organized and fairly intuitive. The simple interface is anything but cluttered, but gives users the tools they need at hand.
Safari is not an Apple exclusive anymore; the top-notch Internet browser is now available for PCs as well. Safari provides the Mac look and feel in Internet browsing. It is complete with tabbed browsing that includes a save tabs feature.
Safari focuses on being lightweight and non-obtrusive , the sleek interface isn't bulky and the frame is only one pixel wide.
Some nice features include the development of Top Sites, spell checking for all fields, resizable text boxes, and snapback.
It lacks some features like parental controls, anti-phishing, and a smart toolbar.
If you are comfortable on a Mac, Safari comes naturally.
Opera sings to a different tune, and it sounds great. This Internet browser has all of the entertaining and practical features that will not only make surfing the web functional, but also fun.

Just a few of the outstanding features include interactive voice, quick find, thumbnail previews, mouse gestures and customizing skins. This is one of the only browsers that has interactive voice commands. You can navigate the web by talking to the browser, and Opera will even read text to you.

Configure Opera to fit your needs and your style. Arrange panels, toolbars and buttons and choose from several unique skins and various widgets.
Maxthon is a versatile Internet browser that you can tailor to fit your needs. Customization options include the security settings, the interface layout, and useful plugins that you can download like a personal information management tool, decorative skins and the Google Toolbar.

Maxthon lacks a few features higher–ranked browsers offer including thumbnail previews, parental controls, a smart toolbar, and anti-phishing technology.

With the Maxthon download comes some features that will increase your surfing speed. The convenient drag and drop feature allows you to drag a web address from an email, Word document or just about anywhere to the address window and Maxthon will take you there. To ensure fluid viewing within tabbed browsing, Maxthon uses anti-freeze technology.

Mouse Gestures make it so you don’t have to find and click buttons on the tool bar. You can navigate the web through movements of the mouse.Other nice features include the magic fill for forms, a built-in feed reader, and a url Alias.
Flock is the Internet browser targeted towards social butterflies. Flock is the Mozilla powered browser that specifically meets the needs of online social networkers by helping you keep informed when friends post or a favorite site is updated. It has a slick interface and plenty of features.

Flock is equipped to keep you up to date with your contacts from Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, etc.

Flock is a great browser for online social networking, but falls a bit short compared to some of our higher ranked browsers
While Flock does include most of the standard features like tabbed browsing, an integrated search engine, and a spell checker, it doesn't have parental controls, a smart toolbar, it does however contain secure features like virus protection and pop up blockers.

Flock has plenty of tools built in to help you if you want to share photos, news, or simply your life story. Plus you can easily drag and drop to share videos, text, or favorite links.
Users might consider using Flock as a secondary browser to keep in touch with friends, with Firefox or Google Chrome as their main browser.
Deepnet Explorer is a fair browser in that it has a handful of features, but nothing that overly impresses. Deepnet Explorer's primary focus is on facilitating P2P networking and RSS feeds.
Tabbed browsing is utilized, complete with a save session function. The at-a-glance security button on each tab is a nice addition, but there is no way to quickly delete a tab. The interface is customizable, but seems sort of clunky.
Deepnet Explorer does block pop-ups and has anti-phishing. It doesn't however, block spyware or viruses.
Users can delete their Internet browsing history and saved passwords just like in Internet Explorer.
There is no problem viewing the web quickly and easily using Deepnet Explorer However, Deepnet is not a very good alternative to the higher ranked Internet browsers
Avant Browser is an Internet Explorer based, no-frills web browser. Avant includes basic mouse gestures, tabbed browsing with movable tabs, and a full 500% zoom. It falls short in comparison with the higher ranked Internet browsers, but is a fairly professional looking alternative.
The only major complaint with the features of Avant Browser is the lack of parental controls and ability to synchronize. Avant does utilize tabbed browsing, an integrated search engine, and several other features. It also incorporates an undo tab feature which is nice
Avant claims to be the fastest web browser on earth, but some time trials suggest otherwise. Avant Browser has the same compatibility as Internet Explorer.
If one is looking for utilty and simplicity then this is the browser to choose.
PhaseOut is a flash-based shell for Internet Explorer. It adds some really impressive looking graphics and customizable skins to your Internet browsing experience. If futuristic looks and space inspired graphics are your thing, you might want to consider PhaseOut.
PhaseOut aims to be completely customizable and tailored to easy surfing. While the remote function is innovative, it seems unnecessary and doesn't add a lot of utility. PhaseOut provides most of the tools of a good browser, but they are not as easy to use as we would like.

PhaseOut comes with top-notch security features, including anti-phishing. Since it's Internet Explorer based Users can also remove their browsing history quickly.
PhaseOut is completely compatible with Internet Explorer, it runs a bit slower The futuristic look is neat, but not if you have to sacrifice speed.

PhaseOut is a neat idea, but the browser seems a bit too distracting. The interface seemed just a little too busy and sacrificed speed.
PhaseOut is interesting, but not very intuitive, and lacking in features.
While SpaceTime provides all the essential features of an Internet browser, they stop there. SpaceTime lacks a password manager, RSS feeds, parental controls, or add-ons. And with this much emphasis on multiple tabs, SpaceTime seriously needs a save tabs function. It’s interface is neat, but not simple enough to use.
SpaceTime does allow you to quickly and easily delete your browsing history, it doesn't have solid security. There is no anti-phishing technology or pop-up blocking, and it struggles with speed
SpaceTime is pure Internet browser eye candy, but sacrifices features and speed. Still, it doesn't feel gimmicky. SpaceTime is fun to see but probably not to use long term.
paceTime is a noble attempt to take tabbed browsing to the next dimension by combining the aesthetics of Apple with the Google interface. The concept is to provide an unlimited amount of 3D space to browse any number of windows.

SpaceTime is a good start to a really impressive concept, but it needs more.
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