What is the best browser for Windows XP?
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I am hunting for the best browser for Windows XP. Please give me the answer.

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  • karthik

    There are many web browsers for Windows xp. But the fastest are google chrome, slim browser, rockmelt.

  • Rroy3588

    The best browser of Google Chrome

  • Joseph Tosti

    I have IE that came with the computer.  If I want to use something else, must I delete Internet Explorer?  Should I do it before or after I download something else.  I also believe that Firefox is loaded on my computer.  Should it be uninstalled if I want to use Chrome?  Help, please.  I am totally at a loss here.

    • Tina


      you need a browser to download software online. If your computer came only with Internet Explorer, than you have to use IE to download the browser you really want to use.

       You can have multiple browser installed on your computer and you can even use them in parallel, i.e. at the same time! This means you don’t have to remove either Internet Explorer nor Firefox if you decide to download, install, and use Chrome. You can keep them all and use only one or use them all, as you please.

      Hope this helps. :)

    • Tina

      Oh by the way, your question reminded me of this: http://www.makeuseof.com/tech-fun/internet-explorer/

  • Susendeep Dutta

     Chrome uses more RAM than Firefox.Nowadays,all modern browsers are supporting hardware acceleration like GPU acceleration to load graphics heavy pages.So Firefox 4 is the best choice for windows XP.

  • Georgia_IT_Mom

     Google Chrome all the way.  It is faster than any other browser and can also be customized like Firefox without the bulk.  As someone who uses the internet for hours every day, Chrome is my first choice.  I do have Firefox for custom toolbars that I use occasionally, but only when absolutely needed.  

    I never use Internet Explorer.  It is bulky, and performance leaves a lot to be desired.  

    Bottom line:  If you want speed, go with Chrome.  If you are a toolbar user, Firefox is another choice with a smaller performance hit.  In my opinion as an IT person, Internet Explorer is to be avoided.    

    • James Bruce

      Agreed. I second Chrome, especially for old hardware. 

    • Anomaly

      What planet are you from? You must be from that planet where all the delusional Chrome users are convinced Chrome is not a resource hog. It is by far the the bulkiest browser there is.

      You say you can customize it without the bulk of Firefox. Obviously you didn’t think about that ridiculous statement before you made it did you? Every extension added to Chrome creates another RAM hogging process. The more you add the bigger the hog it becomes. 

      If you want to say Chrome is fast then say that but don’t lie to everybody and say it’s not bulky. I’m tired of hearing the BS about Chrome being light. Anybody that knows anything about browsers knows Chrome is anything but light and not recommended for machines that have older hardware. 

    • Tina

      Chrome creates the illusion of being light because it’s fast. Whatever it does, it does it in a way that doesn’t slow it down. I’m using it on ‘older hardware’ because of that.

      Chrome does create a process for every open tab and extension. It’s quite a mess. However, when I add up the memory all the Chrome processes together use, I still end up with about 60% of the memory Firefox 4 uses with about the same amount of open tabs. Ok, I do use more extensions on Firefox. 

      Maybe Chrome and Firefox are equally bad!? Either way, Chrome is still a tiny little bit more responsive and faster. With Firefox 3 it was miles ahead.

    • Anomaly

      No denying Chrome is fast. Light it is not. I keep hearing and reading about how light it is and from people who should know better. Maybe they figure if they lie about it enough it will be come the truth. 

      Chrome has some other major issues I can’t stand. For example, not being able to turn off the cache from within the settings. I managed to do it with some command line switches but I shouldn’t have to do that. If I don’t the activity indicator on my machines looks like a strobe light at a dance club with all the disk activity Chrome produces. It’s a major disc fragger and can take up to GB’s in space. It’s ridiculous.

      Chrome looks like it was designed by a brain damaged baby monkey. Very childish looking and lacking basic features that you have to add RAM hogging extensions to get. 

      Going from Firefox and Opera to Chrome is like going from five star motel suite to card board box. The change is that drastic in quality for me. Anybody that I know that has any kind of knowledge about computers and browsers doesn’t like Chrome. From what I have observed Chrome is stealing it’s users from IE because they don’t know any better. Thats funny because IE9 is a much better browser than Chrome any day even if it can’t compare to Firefox and Opera.

    • Tina

      To be honest, I wasn’t aware of the caching and fragmentation issues. Now that you mention it, I’m not sure whether or not I should be bothered. It does sound like sloppy software development, but in the end what counts is my experience as a user.

      And speaking superficially, I enjoy my user experience with Chrome. It’s minimalistic, it’s fast, and that’s the reason I use it. I don’t really miss anything. Features is what I use Firefox for. :)

      The average user that switches from IE to Chrome probably doesn’t care about the features you see missing. They just want a browser to be easy to use and fast, nothing more. While IE has improved in the eyes of Firefox and Opera fans, it may have become more intimidating for former IE die hards.

    • Anonymous

      Where have i been lol? I just started using chrome and this thing is so fast. I was complaining time warner cable  about my speed, but the problem was firexor, it lags more than chrone.

  • Roy

    I personally prefer Firefox 4, for me it offers the best combination of a performance and customization options.

    Google Chrome is also an excellent choice, very lightweight so the performance is good.  The interface is a little more “minimalist”, so some users prefer it aesthetically.  It would be my second choice.

    Internet Explorer 8 or 9, which you probably already have if you do regular updates on your PC, can be a decent option as well.  I don’t like IE, but Microsoft has done a lot to make it safe and secure.

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