Which Is The Best Desktop Browser? 2014 Edition [MakeUseOf Poll]

What do you think of Chromebooks? That’s the question we asked you last week, and we got a fair amount of answers. While your votes are not entirely straightforward, it seems there’s a clear trend when it comes to Chromebooks.

There were 5 possible answers in this poll, and the votes divided almost equally among them. This is not something you see every day!

Out of 622 votes in total, 5% tried Chromebooks and didn’t like them, 21% plan on getting a Chromebook as their next laptop, another 21% are not giving it a chance, 24% already own a Chromebook, and 29% of the voters haven’t decided yet.

All in all, not a bad position for Google to be with an OS that has nothing but a browser.

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Best comment of the week goes to Bill Fleet, who owns a Chromebook and took the time to tell everyone what he likes about it, what its current limitations are, and where he thinks it’s going. Pretty interesting! For this comment, Bill wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt from the choice available through MakeUseOf Rewards:

I own one, and I’m fairly pleased with it. It fits a niche: my iPad is not great for answering emails, and my MacBook Pro is too heavy (and precious) to lug around every day. I have the Samsung 3; I added a clear plastic shell to make it feel more sturdy, even with that, it’s light, fast (enough) and fairly cheap. The number of apps it supports is growing.

Google presented a product: a light teminal for cloud-based applications. Basing it in a web application model makes it hardware-agnostic. It’s NOT a netbook. Netbooks are the closest thing to it, though, and that’s how we initially tried to use it. This will change.

It’s interesting to watch the evolution of this niche. Once Chrome OS was in the marketplace, users and developers came up with an astonishing array of uses that Google probably didn’t envision. Business apps and games, sure, but image editors and drawing apps? IDEs? Apps with offline storage? Sky’s the limit.

Once one gets past the basic requirement of a certain amount of net access, the Chrome OS model turns out to be amazingly flexible. Plus a way fast boot, and data safety. I’m impressed.

Which Is The Best Browser? 2014 Edition

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Another year has gone by, and it’s time for another poll that has become sort of traditional. We first ask you to pick your favorite browser at the end of 2010, at which time Firefox won by the tiniest margin, and Opera got a respectable third place. Last year, Chrome managed to win by more than 15%, leaving all other browsers in the dust. Have things changed in the past year? Let’s find out!

Keep in mind that we’re not asking which browser you’re currently using, but which one you think is best.

Now hit the comments! Why is your favorite browser the best? Did you change your mind about this in the past year? Did one browser come a long way? If you voted for “other”, what browser do you think is best?

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gc

Which is the Desktop Best Browser? I think that’s a typo.

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Tom S

Is IE actually a browser?

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Tom S

I “MOSTLY” use FF, but also use Chrome, and Torch.
Sometimes, on some sites on just works better than the others.
FF handles flash better than Chrome, which handles JAVA better than FF. And Torch I use for it’s embedded torrent client.

Long for the days of Netscape Navigator ( prior to AOL) LOL

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Pandi

It is something you keep it on your desk, to browse around the desk.

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tteksystems

Many people who do not know much about what goes on from a development perspective have to vote based on things like UI or perhaps how fast it loads and opens pages. I think Firefox might be the best Full featured and well rounded Browser. Internet Explorer should not be discounted because of continuous security updates in the interest of privacy and security. But all of them have been known to compromise our privacy to some extent

The Old opera 12.16 had a great user interface. Butr they just released new versions based on Chromium and that does not agree with many people. Maybe they will find a way to win back so many who do not want any parts of this new platform. But I doubt it. I do not like Chromium based browsers. Someone said there are some pieces of code within chromium that are blatant violations of our privacy and someone should be arrested. Really, I do not know, but I do not want to take the chance.

I wish I could could get a few guys to develop the perfect browser. Does anyone know if there is a way to alter the code in these well known browsers? I only want to add some things and change a few things in the user Interface

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David Eldridge

@tteksystems, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are all based on open source codebases (Chromium, Firefox, and WebKit respectively). The Tor browser may be moving over to Chromium from Firefox. Opera is now sitting atop Chromium. Many browsers/apps have been built atop Firefox’ codebase (e.g. Camino, Flock, Songbird—though Flock moved to Chromium before being discontinued).
I am not saying it is trivial to do such a thing, but if you are interested in creating your own browser with some significant (or not so significant) UI tweaks, …
Fork it (the codebase that is). That’s the beauty of open source.
But, honestly, to the privacy part, it’s the web. You are going to have to work hard to avoid the privacy problems that are inherent in the web. If you want privacy, use Tor. If you really want privacy, use Tails OS. But it comes at a cost. I imagine that most people would prefer the browsers that they have after taking a run with Tails. It works. But at what cost? (I advocate using both, but I wouldn’t presume to make the choice for folks.)

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Jacques

Recently browser wars are just confusing, I see ALLOT more complaints about Chrome than I’m used to though excluding IE, Chrome wins. Another thing is the GLOBALLY-HATED browser called Internet Explorer beat all of them. I never use IE ever so I don’t know if it improved maybe but it is just strange to see Internet explorer win by such a large percentage.

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yussuf Hamdoud

I got to say : chrome is like that neighbor who nobody complains about (it’s not Flanders) , I got to say also I myself use a chrome-based browser called Torch which is pretty awesome !

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Yeku sarah

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fanime1

Uh no! I have PLENTY of complaints about chrome! Unlike Firefox, Chrome doesn’t allow you to restore a previous session, though you can set it up to restore your session EVERY time you start it up, which isn’t nearly as convenient. And now Chrome got rid of the arrow page scrolls which is VERY inconvenient. Now I have to use my mouse to scroll a page. And I had trouble shopping because the scroll doesn’t even work withIN websites. So when I was trying to select my state, it wouldn’t go down. They said they were going to return them and it’s been months! And now my chrome is acting ridiculously slow while my firefox is running normally. It is for these reasons Chrome is my back-up though it has become so infuriating as of late, I’m quickly deciding to use Internet Explorer of all things instead. 2014 has NOT been a good year for chrome, since I never had these problems last year.

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fanime1

I love Firefox! They have more and better looking themes than Chrome does. For me it’s the best browser. I feel like I have so much control and can adapt it to my needs easily. The restore session functions works perfectly. All of my add-ons work, which I cannot say for chrome. For instance, I can easily turn off my ad blocker for specific websites in firefox, but when I try to do the same for Chrome, not only are there no words, only the check box and icons, but the checkbox doesn’t even work! I click it to disable it, but it won’t uncheck itself. The new chrome sucks tremendously. It was great last year, but this year it went all the way to the bottom of the hill. I never thought I can hate something I used to enjoy so quickly. I also have issues with Internet Explorer, but not nearly as severe as chrome. It’s ok. It’s just annoying I have to go to Google’s website to search instead of just typing in the address bar. I tried bing before and honestly don’t prefer it. I tried Opera once and it was ok, but kinda old looking. I have troubles using flash with Safari, but it’s ok otherwise. And that’s about all I have to say about browsers.

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Zivar R

chrome does sometimes show a restore bar when you reopen it , but you can try manually as well by pressing CTRL + T Reopen the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed

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Zivar R

by the way its me yussuf :;)

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Clarky

Funnily enough, I had to use Firefox to vote on this page. Chrome couldn’t display the voting section.

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walter

Strange, I am using Chrome and I can see the voting section.

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kahani

nawaz

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Trever G

Weird I voted in chrome just fine :/ might it have been an extension breaking it?

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Tim B

Chrome worked on this page for me as well.

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Shiva Singh

I’m using chrome too, i didn’t face any problem loading this page either.

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Greg Wardlaw

I think Chrome is the best. According to the experts iy is more secure. Also, it seems to be faster. In my opinion, Chrome has a neat and simple interface but also has enough extensions for those who need a lot of tools. I think Chrome satisfies the users who want security and simplicity and those who like more features. I think a web browser should be just that, a web browser. We should not expect a browser to be a do it all.

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Chinmay S

It may seem to be faster but it is not.

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Johnny

Chrome feels slightly faster for two main reasons:
- It creates a new process for every tab and every plugin. But due to this behaviour, it becomes much more resource hungry.
- It uses a cheaper rendering which is fast, but makes websites look worse. Just compare fonts on Firefox and Chrome, especially for light fonts on Windows there’s a huge difference.

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Albin L

I have never head a security expert say that Chrome is secure…

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James K

If you want extensions, you need to check out firefox, and chrome is about as fast & secure as the other browsers. The only place which chrome excels in is simplicity. It has an easy-to-use, give-it-to-your-grandparents interface.

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Phil Beta

As a web developer, I had a hard time having tables to divide equally into sections under Webkit for PDF printing. Had to resort to another tool. Indeed, Blink just as Webkit, are updated by speed tweaks in the engine and occasional security patches. Besides, with Chrome you give away lots of your personal data.

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Yash

My favorite browser would be UC Browser. It is alot faster than any other browser on mobile. It works great even when I have less network.

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dave

This is for desktop

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fred473

Firefox does everything I want it to do very fast, has an amazing number of add-ons (there are several to choose from for anything one wants), does not crash, and is quite secure. What more could one want?

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Alfred Lukasek

Ditto

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lydia

Agreed.Nothing more to add.

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Sarangan

I agree with you. Firefox is best!

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JimInSanDiego

I use Firefox almost exclusively now because I find it fast, secure and highly customizable. The number of available add-on’s is incredible. Firefox just does everything I want in a browser. I tried Chrome because of it’s alleged speed, but find it incredibly slow at launching and closing down. By the time I loaded it with plugins making it similar to Firefox, it bogged down and became unusable. I had to load 8 tab related extensions and couldn’t even do everything I could do with one add-on, TabMixPlus, in Firefox. I also find Safari slow launching and closing down and has far fewer add-ons that either Firefox or Chrome. I keep Safari around for occasional use though.

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John

Chrome is faster and smoother but Firefox is more secure, if there is still such a thing.

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Chinmay S

Who on this earth told you Chrome is faster than Firefox?

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Dan

Chrome may not actually be faster than Firefox, but it seems like it and perception is everything.

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marines

@Chinmay S, I’m telling you this right now.

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Mike

The page loading times are actually faster on Chrome.

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Gábor Varga

Soo, when it’s about choosing the best browser I’m always in trouble. Can’t really decide, but it’s sure that i won’t say Chrome. I tried it once, 1-2 years back, but it’s just bad. And that’s my opinion (don’t want to start a fight or something).
I’m using Firefox, since…I don’t even know. With the new versions it became faster and faster, it’s safe, it has everything I need. Everything someone would need: lot of add-ons, themes, etc. But still, it’s not the best either.
The first place would go to Maxthon. I found it 1-1,5 years back, when it still was in version 3. I tried it, it was fast, good-looking, simple, almost perfect, but i had a little problem with it’s AdBlock so I removed it, going back to Firefox. Few months later I heard that they are releasing a new version, Maxthon 4.0 called Maxthon Cloud Browser. And then was the time I realized, that there is no better browser. It got a cool minimalistic look, even faster than before, cloud-syncing, tools like Snap, Magic Fill, Reader mode, download manager, etc.
Everyone should give it a try.

P.S.: Before someone asks why I use Firefox instead, here’s my answer: I’m loyal. We were together for years.

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Mike

I agree, Maxthon is a good browser, but it doesn’t have adblock and the integrated one lets a few slip past (The little ad that comes up during a youtube video) so I gave up on it :C
Firefox is good but it messes up constantly on my system at least (occasionally doesn’t play tracks on soundcloud etc.) Since that i moved on to Opera, which is a little bit faster than Chrome and looks nice and clean. The initial startup is long as hell but I can handle it.

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Anonymous

Firefox kinda freeze for about 5-6 secs everytime I launch it for the first time after my PC started. Chrome and IE don’t do that for me. Even a dozen of fresh installs, defrag, format. Still the same behaviour for Firefox since version 4.

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MakeUseOf

I use AdFender to block ads on Maxthon browser.

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Saikat B

Lately, I am going with Firefox. It is lighter than Chrome as far as I can tell. Had irritating problems with Flash on Chrome which so far I haven’t spotted on FF.

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Bruce Dale

I work in an educational institution, where I support students, faculty and staff in their computer use. Over the past few years most of our educational software has switched from a client-server based model to an online, cloud-based one. As it turns out, which browser we use makes a huge difference. Many of the activities students undertake online are Flash based, and if a browser is using either a too new or too old version of Flash (many of the online apps are written and updated to use a SPECIFIC version, for some reason), the apps simply refuse to work. With browser such as IE and Firefox, this is problematic. Chrome, however, even though it is knee-deep in Flash, seems not to suffer from this issue as frequently. In addition, Firefox’s adaptation of a proprietary PDF handler has caused problems viewing progress reports from some of these same apps. Other less well known and used browsers like Opera or Safari are not even supported by the companies which provide our content, so if there is an issue, we are left to figure it out on our own if we choose to use these browsers. All of this leads to Chrome. It is fast, intuitive to use, and (mostly) trouble free with regard to almost anything we ask of it. In addition, our school system has recently adopted the use of Google Apps in Education, and Chrome’s integration with this suite of products really makes its use a no-brainer.

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Greg Wardlaw

Good read. I have a Windows box and a new MacBook Pro with Retina and I had problems with Firefox on both OS’s. PC Magazine had some good articles about security on Chrome at :
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373860,00.asp

I am network admin and we have more web based apps and Chrome just works and plays well with others. With good security practices and a good browser we have very few problems. Everybody has issues occasionally but with a wide range of users at different skill levels I have fewer problems with Chrome and problems cost me time.

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Paul Harris

I voted for Chrome, but I use a derivative, Comodo Dragon. I find it just as fast as Chrome and more secure.

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Gc

Why was my comment deleted?

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Dominic C

The reason I picked firefox over the rest is due to the tab groups function within firefox. It is one of the less known functions from firefox itself but it really gives me more control over the use of the browser.
By grouping the tabs into different group I would only see a few tabs on the top at any time. Let’s say when I’m doing research I use one tab group, social media another tab group and maybe even tech sites like makeuseof and lifehacker on another group. This would keep the tab bars clean while still allowing me to open tons of webpages. Currently I have about 70 tabs opens but within this group I would only see 8.

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John Fahlsing

Chrome by far is the BEST! Being a user of XP on an old Dell 2400, Chrome runs quick, responds fast and doesn’t take up memory like the others. Although I have never given Firefox a try. Internet Explorer takes up way to much memory, adds to many things in the background and basically takes of the PC. So thanks for Chrome, easy updates and problem free bookmarks, add on gizmos I CHOOSE, and never crashes.

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Anonymous

John Fahlsing. Try the palemoon browser at palemoon.org
You will surprised and delighted!

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Peter E

in my tests, Chrome takes up a considerably larger resource footprint than firefox.

Chrome scroll speeds for complex pages such as makeuseof or google+ is noticeably smoother, but that doesnt make up for the resource footprint.

My test consisted of Ubuntu 13.10, both browsers have open makeuseof, omgubuntu and google+ tabs. I then open a system/resource monitor and add up all the associated resources (firefox is mostly a single process, with additional processes for some plugins such as flash. Chrome opens 2 processes at least per tab.)

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Magar M

I use Maxthon browser and it’s awesome !

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Kandahar20

There this new browser that I found called “Torch web browser”. It’s basically like a chrome layout but it’s way faster than. Chrome and offer multiple awesome feature like accelerated download, built-in torrent, many social features. You guys should give it
a try, you won’t ever regret it. Give ur option down my comment.

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Bob

About Firefox:
1. It’s been around for a long time, so it’s likely it will be around for some time to come. I won’t have to learn a new browser. I won’t have to figure out how to transfer my list of sites.
2. I’m familiar with it and know know how to get out of most of the trouble I get myself into.
3. Because it has a large user base, problems are usually spotted, reported quickly and rapidly fixed.
4. It doesn’t try to inveigle me into services I don’t believe I need and definitely don’t want.
5. It has a built in way to back up my user data.
6. There is an independent back up program that also handles other Mozilla products.
7. It’s Open Source. If someone want to have a function, they can write a small program to perform that function as part of Firefox.

En essence, Firefox does most of what I want a browser to do. It doesn’t do most of what I don’t want a browser to do. It continues to do both things consistenly.

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Jan

That was an excellent way of putting it. Firefox May have it’s faults but there seem to be a genuine desire form everyone involved, to try and sole whatever issues there mightvb. The fact that it is open source also makes it more likable in my view.
Opera has come along way and is developing into an interesting contestant although there are several things that frustrates me ( not being able to substitute google as default browsers one of them) . On the plus side the way they compress images etc means that you used les bandwidth and can thus save u money in the data department.

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Anthony N

I use a mix of Chrome, FireFox, Safari, and Opera but I chose Chrome mostly for the updates, speed and so far, less crashes. When it does crash, the Chrome Task Manager makes it a simple fix. Not sure if it’s something with the settings I have but FireFox and Opera were big second choices, something about my scrolling on these two browsers. I start feeling some symptoms of motion sickness if I’m on it too long. :(

I’ve pretty much stopped using or update IE .. and I’m not sure why I still keep it installed. Hmm, maybe it’s become a sentimental ornament to me.

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Matt

I’m with Firefox on the notebook, Chrome feels a lot more greedy in terms of memory usage. Also FF is a bit more customizable.
I used to like Opera a lot, but since they changed their engine and user experience lately I can’t be bothered anymore.

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Wibble

yeah the new Opera is Chrome with a red skin. Opera 12.x is still the greatest browser ever – but only if you’re a developer me thinks.

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Riley

I’ve tried Chrome four or five times and I always end up uninstalling it and returning to Firefox.

Chrome seems to fight me for control. Chrome seems much less configurable, and must less easy to configure than Firefox (beginning with the simply ability to choose which drive to install to). Chrome’s extensions never seem to work as well as Firefox’s. And Chrome’s installation always leaves a bunch of other uninvited Google detritus scattered around my system and its hard drive.

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JAck

Firefox on my desktop and Internet Explorer on my tablet! Chrome, I will never use that spyware!

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RGA

It depends on your needs. FireFox has the beststest and mostest stable plugins and do things with the plugins chrome can only dream about for now. Chrome is the best for fast loading, fast efficient browsing with the smallest footprint on resources. Opera is the hands down standard for compliance with W3C. I haven’t used IE for many years.

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Julia

I like the fact that I can sign to Google in Chrome on any computer and have all my extensions and bookmarks right there! A big plus when I am logged in to teaching computers in university when lecturing x

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ellem

Ad blocking addons functionality on Firefox is second to none. Neither Chrome, IE or Opera don’t have an API allowing addon developers to interfere so deeply into the displayed HTML and JS.

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Wibble

With Opera 12 you can get well under the hood and just pretty much everything.

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Sean

I use a mixture of Firefox and Chrome. I use Firefox as my main browser and Chrome as my browser if I need to get on and off quickly because Firefox opens rather slowly with all my addons. I haven’t made the jump from Firefox to Chrome for multiple reasons.

1. Firefox and I have been together for years. (I like to think we’re friends.)
2. User accessibility. (seriously Google why don’t you have a menu bar?)
3. Ads. (even with Adblock Chrome still feels the need to open ads in new tabs.)
4. No Google I don’t want to be signed in to gmail. I have thunderbird for that.
5. Addons. (Firefox just seems to have more of them. Oh, and most of my important addons aren’t on Chrome.)
6. I don’t like Google.

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Pierre

Firefox has (or can have) any added function you ever need.
Tried Chrome again last eek, but couldn’t lock or protect tabs, so that was that…

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Ben S

For almost everyone, I recommend Chrome. Simply and fast.
For myself, though, I can’t get away from Firefox. I almost dropped it this past week because it’s been getting too slow, but that’s my fault (I love add-ons!). In addition, I love what Mozilla stands for.
I just checked out Pale Moon and I’m loving it. Everything I love about Firefox, but it’s also faster and uses less memory.
I casted my vote for Firefox, but Chrome is fantastic, too.

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Al

I use Firefox mostly because I am the most familiar with it. I might use chrome if it wasnt for the fact Google wants to track everything you do. Also use Startpage as my homepage rather than Google for the same reason

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Faustino

Firefox Rules!!!

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RW Driskill

Personally, I don’t think any of them are any good! I have been, and still am, using Firefox as my default. But FF gives me problems on a few web sites, so I need to resort to another browser, usually Opera. I tried Chrome, just don’t like it. I don’t like IE either, primarily because of years in a Corporate environment that locked down settings. I have Avant Browser and Comodo Browser installed also. I like Comodo for secure browsing, and Avant is just for grins. Overall, I would have to say FF is the best, barely.

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Anonymous

Firefox is the best because of the people behind it. Independent persons endowed with cosmic beliefs. Twist their arms, or try to buy em, they want sell you out. And while I’m at it, Snowdon is no traitor, nor is he a criminal, he’s a HERO.

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Hildy J

Firefox and its extensions allow me to create the browser that works the way I want it to. Plus, the desktop can seamlessly sync encrypted passwords, bookmarks, and history with the Android version. Lastly, I’m not thrilled with giving Google even more of my life.

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Joshua J

I trust Mozilla and Firefox a lot more, the dev tools addons are outstanding and way better then their Chrome counterparts. Mozilla doesn’t spy on you.

I use both Chrome and Firefox at the same time.

I can’t tell you how many people I know using IE that still have issues with sites in 2014. Microsoft’s IE is still a completely inferior mono-platform product. bleck.

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Resworb

For the last five years or so my choice of browser has been solely based on appearance. Firefox, Chrome and even IE (yes IE) have come leaps and bounds that they are so blisteringly fast that the different in speed is almost negligible (especially on low to mid-end internet connections).

If anyone makes me a browser like Safari (or with Mac like font rendering and elegant interface), regardless of the engine it uses, that would be best browser choice. I feel that far too many developers forget the fact that most of spend a lot of time on our browsers and while reducing the amount of screen space they occupy makes it suitable for websites it would definitely be appealing if they would spend some time on UI design.

My choice will always be “other” as long as there is something that looks unique or different.

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Dalsan M

I have to say that most of the browsers have come a long way in the past few years, but Opera browser changing its web engine from Pesto to a version of Webkit called Blink made it a comparable and quicker browser, especially on lower end devices like netbooks.

I hated Chrome, but my mind changed when I tried Comodo Dragon, a more secure variant of Chrome. It was good for the past couple of years, but started to lag and choke in the past year, to the point I could no longer use it to log into my college classes. I had to change to another browser as Chrome became very resource hungry, and didn’t want to pay nice. The lag issue was even with 8GB of RAM installed, but the processor is only a dual core 1GHz C60 AMD APU. This leads me to believe that Chrome and its Webkit engine, although similar to Opera’s Blink Webkit engine, needs higher processing power along with high RAM amounts. Unless this changes, my choice has to be elsewhere.

Opera comes with its own issues, especially using its new engine and losing several of its original functions. Having a built-in torrent downloader gives it a nice touch, as well as smooth operation and ability to work with most websites and content. Compatibility was an issue with previous versions, but the new engine helps alleviate many of those issues. Since many website and content creators do not realize the implementation of a Webkit engine like Chrome does, there are quite a few websites and content that still does not support Opera. I’m sure that with the growing usage and realization of the implementation of the WebKit engine, more support will happen, and more capabilities will be created.

Firefox has been a love/hate relationship, especially before having support for 64 bit processing. Firefox, and even the Comodo Ice Dragon variant, became cumbersome and started behaving in a way that irked me; Firefox would do it perform in the way that I wanted to, kind of like it had a mind of its own. I’m not saying that it would do things on its own, but would not do things as I’m used to, which was click and go without extras butting in. Add in the fact that there are silent installations of toolbars and extensions if not careful when installing software, and then having the most trouble trying to revert the browser back, including the default search bar search engine, I had to finally give up. Comodo Ice Dragon was a little better, but not much.

I noticed much of the despair of the previous paragraph on my father-in-law’s desktop computer, where my stepson would install anything and everything onto the computer, and would never pay attention when the option to not install toolbars and change default searches would appear. He would just click away, then complain that the computer would behave horribly. Out of the many web browsers installed on the computer, Opera was affected the least, and was the easiest to fix. Comodo Dragon came in second, Chrome third (installed by me stepson “without his knowledge”), followed by Comodo Ice Dragon, then Internet Explorer, and finally Firefox, which still has issues.

Although not the best browser in the world, Opera is the best fit for me. Compatibility with most of what I need it to do combined with decent security and speed on a lower end computer makes it worthwhile. I was a big fan several years ago, until compatibility issues occurred with many websites, but with the new WebKit engine, that has mostly gone away. I just wish some if the previous features were available with the newer version.

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Erick

I too wish there were a few of the old features in Opera like the feature of enlarging the tab’s to thumbnails of the site.

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Dalsan M

One of the features I missed was the built-in content blocker, where you had to right-click on the content (usually ads and pictures that I didn’t want to see) and click on block content. Great for when you want to block flash ads abd other advertisements without using an ad blocker that some websites give problems with.

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Anonymous

ABBAS

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G

I use Chrome, Firefox and Opera; but Firefox is my primary browser. Different sites display pages and work differently on the various browsers. 99% of the websites I visit work on Firefox, but any pages that don’t work, I use either Opera or Chrome.

One feature (or the lack of) the Opera browser I like is when you try to close or navigate away from a page, some pages show the “Are sure you want to leave this Page?” popup box in the other browsers, but not in Opera.

It’s a known fact that Firefox has memory leak problems, where the RAM usage will increase as the browser is used, and will only clear when it is closed.

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Sa J

I voted for Chrome. I use it the most; it’s the most stable for my daily tasks.

Firefox freezes and uses so much memory. It could be my machines…I don’t blame Firefox. IE is ok but it doesn’t offer the extensions like Firefox and Chrome.

Maxthon Cloud Browser would be my second choice. Their extension library is not up to par with Chrome, but it has other features I like, such as split screen.

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emc

Pale moon seems light weight

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Emmanouil

As long as i remember myself i was using firefox, but for some reason (mainly the syncing features), i used to like chrome for the last two years.

As a web developer i couldent think of myself without firebug. The developer tools on chrome though proven to be very good also.

Now, i’m writing from firefox aurora who never crashed a single time and is consuming less memory than chrome. So, i moved back to firefox and i cant be happier. For some reason i love firefox, it gives me a secure feeling and the native developer tools are great now!

Chreers and sorry for my English :)

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Rick

I used to say Firefox, and I still like it and have a soft spot for it as a secondary browser. But I was having problems with it a couple years ago, tried Chrome, and slowly got hooked. Now, I have moved so deep into the Google ecosystem – which Chrome integrates with better than any other – that I can’t see using anything else as my primary browser. It is fast , capable, and reliable. I may even get a Chromebook or Chromebox later this year. That said, I am still using Dolphin as my main browser on Android phone and Nexus 7, because it seems faster, lighter, and more capable on that platform – for now anyway. Still, I use Chrome as a second browser on my Nexus 7, and as the primary on my jailbroken iPod touch.

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a

I use old version of opera, because I need its fixed width function, do not know any other browser that suppots fixed width, it is an awesome function, unfortunatelly opera takes it out in new versions

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Erick

I use Opera. It’s clean and easy to use. Has add-ons that are useful that don’t choke up your system. Consistently is faster using any sort of speed test service you want to use wheter it’s speedtest.net, testmy.net, or comcast’s speedtest. It’s under rated which is sad, people should try it out.

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Dan

I use my iPad a lot more than I use my laptop and I use Chrome most of the time on both. But the iPad browser that is most valuable to have “just in case” (due to iPad’s lack of Flash), is Puffin. Its on-board Flash is very fast and very convenient. While I don’t use it as my go-to browser it certainly comes in handy at times.

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Anonymous

Opera 12 the best

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E.K

Useed Opera for years. Fast and safe

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pseudo555

Opera 12 rocks, opera 15+ are just a chrome with opera “light” UI.

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marines

Why would I use browser I don’t find the best?

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Ole-Henrik J

Was Opera 12.16, rest of the browsers sucks just as much as each others.

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Manfred

Right. Opera 12 has many built-in functions for that other browsers need plug-ins.

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TerDale

+1

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TerDale

Sadly, Opera 15+ (even the next v20) is far from Opera 12, as for performance and features.
Though I can understand the strategy change made by Opera (the company), in this OPERAtion, their flagship product lost its identity and plenty of features, of which some were tiny but so useful to improve productivity.
However, I finally switch to new Opera a few months ago after having tried to resist and continue using O12. I’m currently using Opera (Next) 20, but even with tons of (Chrome) extensions, I still lack several essential features that I used to love in Opera 12-.
So long Opera… (the real one, not the Chrome ersatz ;-) )

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jonweckl

I still think Opera is the best browser. I’ve always used it because it is what i felt was and still is the best browser. And, while they’ve abandoned their presto engine and “joined the chromium bandwagon”… i still think that the creative team behind this browser is what sets it apart (and will continue to set it apart) from being just another “chrome clone”

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Mohammed Ahmed

Chrome browser is smart than all.

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Anonymous

opera19 the best

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Mohsen

Opera because it’s not mainstream(I don’t like mainstream), and always pays attention to what users want. Plus it had a lot of unique features in previous versions and its trying to bring back them which is great

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Ruben

Chrome is the best browser because everyone is developing add-in’s for it and the Google integration doesn’t hurt either. Opera is a great gray area because nobody really knows where it’s headed, being based on Chromium and dropping all the nice features that brought it to prominence.

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nikos

The old version of OPERA 12.XX Is the best.. why chainche it?

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ahmadalibaloch

Opera has always been the last resort in case of
1. slow internet, for it has easy settings for banning images and over all very fast.
2. customization
3. very light weight
I use chrome too, for development, but Opera has also now same tools, may be better I think.

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Codewize

I don’t own a Chromebook yet. I’m not exactly sure how they replace a Windows laptop. I need to do more research.

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arsalan

surelly i love firfox but now its not works fine,,,,,so choose opera.

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Moritz

The presto-version of Opera (12sth) if for me the best with included email client, stacking of tabs, and session managers.
I like also the new version with the chromium base. It is as fast as the old version and allows for more apps (borrowed from chrome). Alas my some of my favourite functions are still gone – hopefully they are coming back (incl. opera link) !

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Leah

What I really like about Chrome is that I can use the same browser on my laptop, phone, and tablet as well as someone else’s computer. I sign into my account and I’ve got my bookmarks and my settings just right.

I’ll admit, I’ve only used two other browsers: Internet Explorer and Safari. IE is the one we learn on, I guess you could say, and I still think it’s good. I was not too impressed with Safari, but for some reason my sister loves it.

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sss

Opera 12

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simon

Opera with its inbuilt email client is the best for me and I will not be upgrading till opera reinstates this feature. Have used oprera since its iinception.

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waiko

Not liking Chrome itself but some of the Chromium based browsers. Personally I preffer Iron, which is almost the same thing on UI, but preserves more privacity than Google’s does.

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Junaid Ahmed

As I use low bandwidth connection, Opera is the best with its off-road mode. In past I used firefox but the cost of bandwidth(its Bangladesh) led me to Opera. Though I think Chrome and Opera is heavy for any machine. I like the new Internet Explorer 11, its fast and light but no-one else has my off-road mode.

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Steve Barker

Other.

Use Opera 12, but did not vote Opera because there is not a current Opera browser for my OS ~ FreeBSD!

Plus, do not wish to leave Presto anyway.

Hence, Other.

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Doug

I used to use Internet Explorer but every now and then try Firefox, which would work for a while then an update would cause it to crash. I’d leave FF for a while for IE and then try FF again after a few months with the same results. After I tried Chrome on Windows XP I never looked back. When I recently moved to Linux I stayed with Chrome and it works perfectly.
That’s why I voted for Chrome.

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Grcoeeg

I like Firefox the best, and use it on one laptop and Chrome on another laptop. My latest purchase is a Chromebook and I find myself using it more and more than either of my Windows based units. So of course Chrome is it there. Chrome is growing on me, but Firefox is still the one so far.

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Flow

As a web developper, I use 4 main browsers, which are Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Opera.

All are basically good at what their main purpose is, ie. web browsing, but each have differences that allow me to do a ranking of my prefered :

1. Firefox : It may not be the fastest, it may struggle with Flash, but in my opinion, it has everything that I really need. Lots and lots of excellent plugins (Adblock + was created for FF at the very beginning), very secure, open source, respects your privacy and the web standards

2. Chrome : It would be my number one choice if it didn’t get all your browsing habits to send them to Google. That’s a major deal breaker for me. Other than that, it has everything Firefox has, is actually faster, and handles flash way betteer. Minor problem : You can’t chose easily where to install it, and when you have a small SSD as system disk, it’s kinda boring.

3. Opera : I haven’t used it extensively in years, mainly because it had a lots of random crashes at one point. I Still like the fact that it is open-source, but mainly use it to check if my work is rendered properly.

4. IE : It has gotten better and better as the years go by, but is still lagging behind the others in term of plugins, web standards respect, etc. And it’s not open-source.

I don’t use Safari, as I don’t like Apple products, so I don’t know if I’m missing anything, but given the usage percentage, I really don’t think so.

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Tinkicker

Okay…
I have a chromebook, so I’m obviously tied to Chrome there, but like one poster here, I can’t see the poll!
On both my Win 7 desktop and laptop I have Chrome Beta, Firefox, Pale Moon and Opera Next. All of them have things about them I like and don’t like, so I find myself using different ones for different tasks. I like to keep all of them around because I like seeing how each one incrementally ups the others.
One of the best features for me on any browser is a sync function. In my experience, Chrome does this best, with my Android phone, chromebook and both Win computers completely in tune all the time. Firefox/Pale Moon would be next, with Opera almost out of the game now since they moved to the Chromium Project core. Their sync system isn’t operational yet.
One browser I’d LOVE to see come to the desktop is Dolphin, which I use on my phone. It’s a fast, light great browser with a lot of good features and it even syncs with Chrome! So I’m really still covered, even with Chrome on my desktops.
I use my chromebook more than any other device I own, and I do really like Chrome, but I’m thinking of buying a small Windows laptop just so I can play with Firefox and the others while I’m watching tv like I do with the cb.
I’ve tried Maxthon before both on my computers and on my phone, and while I have no complaints with it per se, it never really made me excited.
IE just annoys the p*ss out of me! Always bugging me about extensions, and for some reason it won’t even run on my desktop Win 7 machine. It’d have to get a LOT better and a LOT less annoying for me to more than glance at it. I can get pretty Bing pictures on any browser.

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Phillip Blake

I like Opera best. Very intuitive and fast. I used to use IE and Firefox. Also tried Chrome, but never liked it.

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PANKAJ

MY FAVORITE BROWSER IS OPERA, IT IS VERY FAST AND HAS ALL FEATURES THAT I WANT,

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William Moore

The fat lady’s still singing!

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Odyssee

best browser is Maxthon Cloud, it has both blink and trident engines, cloud computing, lot of built in features and is fast and stable.

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Paul

My favourite desktop browser is Opera. Aside from having the rendering engine of Chrome, it has implemented its own controls and interface. This is a winning combination,

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A G B

I Used IE, Than FF, And Now CHROME.

Using Browsers Without Extensions Is Completely Useless To Me.

Managing Extensions With CHROME Is A Lot Faster Than With FF.

I Am So Used To The Extensive Collection Of Extensions From CHROME, That Would Be Like Starting Kindergarten All Over Again, If I Had To Change Browsers ( Again ).

Cheers.

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Shahmi

There’s nothing but Firefox. It may have all the other functions that other browsers have, but it does not have the following:
- Less number of add-ons
- It’s own rendering engine unlike Opera that uses Chromium
- Privacy ensured; because I hate Google.
- Web developer tools, which are really good to me.
- I can customise it in every way possible.

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Von Adam M

I got the Firefox for this. I love the way on how you customize it and as a developer, I having a tons of tools for writing codes is very important. In addition to this, my privacy is guaranteed to be ensured, unlike the others, they spy on their users. Lastly it is comparably lighter in terms of memory usage. Overall, I love they way how Firefox has been developed and the thoughts and time in developing by the several volunteers to make competitive to the other products. It is also open-source so I appreciate it a lot. For the case of Chrome, I really really hate the way this browser spy its users, the same case also for Opera. For the Opera, I find it to be annoying as It doesn’t have the ability to put bookmarks on it. For the IE and Safari, though these products are lagging behind the competition in terms of web standards, I also have them installed in my machines for wider area of rendering my websites. For my daily use, I use the Cyberfox, mainly because of its speed and ultra minimal crashes. I have a 32 GB of ram and I never got any problem on it since the first time I used it.

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opera 12 user

Opera 12 is the best
The new opera is crap chrome like browser just like all others but opera 12 was the final update of best browser at all

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Heather

Maxthon Cloud!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why isn’t it in the list? It’s totally the best browser in the world.

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No.1 Maxthon Fan

Have been using Maxthon since 2006 and it definitely is the best browser no one knows about. Has stuff built in that other browsers need to download extensions to do. Like Split Screen, Snap, Mouse Gestures, etc. Also sync’s everything to the cloud for easy access no matter where you are. And yes, it does have other Extensions you can install. Try it, give it a couple of weeks and you’ll fall in love with it just like everyone else has.

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Terence Riley

ive voted because it plain and simply works and works well

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mb

You forgot about Maxthon.

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Dalong

It’s Firefox. It allows me to remove the address bar. Others just do not….

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grantdb

I use Firefox for general browsing and no Google services like gmail etc, have Startpage as my search engine and extensions for Android is nice. Chrome or Chromium, depending if I am on WIndows or Linux, is for using gmail, youtube and G+ etc. Also, watching Netflix on Linux seems to only work in Chromium for me.

They both work well and I switch between them many times a day. On occasion one works for a web page when the other doesn’t.

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Petra Minaler

Opera until 12.16. I used it until recently since Chropera is neither available for Linux nor does it have the features which made Opera whet it was.

I switched to Firefox now.

Feels bad, man.

:-(

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Stef V

Chrome and the algorithms of Google make it super functional in my opinion. Syncing was never more easy. Too bad this browser doesn’t support 64bit (yet?).

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Pablo

For browsing the web, Firefox, Chrome and Opera (and all your derivates) are good. You coud choose one instead other for personal taste, but all three do excellent work. I personally choose Firefox because your huge choice of extensions. Every feature you imagine is available as Firefox extensions.
But the MAIN REASON because I choose Firefox is because is not Chrome (Google).
Google is becoming in the owner of our cyberlife. The Search Engine, Analitics, Gmail, Maps, Blogs, Images, Youtube and now our phones with Android. Of the major activities on the web only Facebook and Twitter remain outside of his control.
And even his motto is: “dont be evil” sometimes his own greedy as a corporation prevails over the user’s interest. As example only look the close of Google Reader.
It is good that at least our habits of browsing the web not be controlled for them.

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Bakari Chavanu

I recently wrote an article about OmniWeb, mainly because of the sidebar preview of tabs and the ability to save what are is called webspaces , which are collection of tabs that can be saved and re-opened. Opera used to have sidebar previews, but for some odd reason they got rid of the feature.

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Anonymous

I use FF and the best thing about it are its extensions, as I’m a web developer it helps me as a friend with some common sense. Though I like chrome too, but sometimes it can’t fulfill my requirements.

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Anonymous

I prefer chrome over the others. IE when i was using it seemed a little unstable. It was a hackers first attack protocol since its installed and the worlds most used OS ( windows) and it was to slow at the time. Granted i haven’t used it for a few years and im sure its changed now. Firefox used to be my number one choice until chrome came out. Firefox was great. Had many features that chrome does now but i still felt and saw the memory leaks and slowness once you install the add-ons you wanted it became slower. As far as the others i have not tried them. Chrome for me was fast, reliable and since i already owned a chrome book and a android device it made since for me to get chrome browser as well, but this was after they came out. I changed over in the first place because it was new and i wanted to see what Google saw the internet as. At first it was ok but now its grown into one of the best browsers i have ever used.

The end point with anything tho is user preference and what they want/see in a product. Its like taste is subjective to the person tasting it. Well, so is a browser, the experience you get with that product is the experience you will carry with you.

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Anonymous

after having used chrome for 2 years i switched to firefox australis and i never looked back even for one minute firefox for ever is faster and more customizable ,also uses very little resources comapred ti crappy chrome

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Joshua

I’m a loyal Firefox user who will probably never use another browser.
I tried Opera a while back, but I was pretty annoyed by them having removed bookmarks.
So FF all the way! (Oh, yeah, and Add-Ons ROCK! :D)

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Paul Porter

I use Firefox on my desktop because it is the only one with the add-ons I like to use. I use Chrome on my Android devices as it allows me to place Flash videos.

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Dan Y

Am I reading it correctly? IE is leading for the best desktop browser?

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Kevin

Firefox. The add-ons are the best. I can’t stand surfing the web without:
1. Add blocker and add block+
2. Do not track me.
3. Ghostery.
And too many others to list.

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Rebecca S

i am using chrome now after trying all the others and chrome is about the only one that does not constantly crash during games and surfing

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MakeUseOf

Maxthon browser FTW!

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MakeUseOf

Also, why isn’t maxthon cloud browser here when its clearly has a large amount of users.

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sammy

For the Windows OS there is nothing I have used better than Avant. For Mac OS it is difficult to find one I like most but Opera is what I use when I want something fast. I hate ADS.

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sammy

For the Windows OS there is nothing I have used better than Avant. For Mac OS it is difficult to find one I like most but Opera is what I use when I want something fast. I hate ADS.

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ranmaru hibikiya

Here voted MS bots or why IE is in 1st place?, really, are there ppl who like IE?

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Matthew D

its funny how i personally feel chrome is the best but for some reason it started to eat up my CPU speeds so i switched to Firefox :(

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Claire

I mostly use Chrome, but I have become more and more frustrated with it. I try to maintain fairly high security settings, but some sites require that you accept third-party cookies or allow popups. Chrome does not make it easy to do this on a site-by-site basis; in fact, doesn’t make it easy for you to limit tracking at all.
Chrome also only has a 32-bit architecture, which means some sites simply don’t work.
When a site doesn’t work, I’ve been going more and more to Safari. I used to go to Firefox, but I use Firefox for web development, and I have so many add-ons installed that it can be a memory (and performance) hog. I love Firefox for web development, and I could probably just turn off the add-ons, but it’s easier most of the time to open Safari.

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Larry

My preference is Comodo Dragon, which is a chromium based browser like Chrome but doesn’t have Chrome’s penchant for constantly phoning home.

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Becky Roehrs

I support students and employees, and use to love Firefox, but am starting to fall out of love and am edging closer to Chrome. Why do I like Firefox?

1) It still is the most reliable web browser for our folks to get to their online materials, and submit tests/assignments.
2) It’s also open source, like our Learning Management System, which means quite a bit to me.
3) I use a few of the Firefox Add-ons, and there are not as many choices on Chrome.

Why does Chrome look better now?
1) It crashes, but for me, not as much as Firefox (I have a lot of tabs open and test a lot of stuff).
2) It displays flash better now.
3) If Firefox has an issue, I recommend Chrome, it almost always works.
4) It seems faster (on our network)

Internet Explorer is roundly hated. If I hear the words “Internet Explorer”, I immediately tell students/employees to logoff, and use Firefox or Chrome. That’s the fix for whatever was wrong.

I tried Opera for quite a while, but it kept crashing, so gave up on it.

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Me

I would really like to answer Opera. Really, really would. But until the company pulls its head out of its a** and gets a real bookmark manager again I really can’t. They had one that was at the top of the class and then removed it. Now they have bookmarks again, sort of, but no way to manage them! Too bad, it works very well in all other ways.

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Ushadarshni

After Firefox, my choice is Maxthon

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Doanh V?n L??ng

i think internet explorer 11 is best because it start very fast. and go to a website too.

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Cryio

We must be honest with our selves and answer which one is the BEST. Not which one we use. The problem is … there is not ONE single best browser out there, unfortunately. Let me explain why.

When it comes to raw speed, there is no equivalent for Internet Explorer 11. Even more so for the Modern-UI version, which won’t use Flash on most sites. Microsoft may be setting a “standard for the internetz” every time they release a new IE, but they also have lately been doing miracles related to scrolling performance and raw page loading speeds, a trend that started in 2011 with IE9 and continued to this day with IE11. I can only hope to be amazed once again when IE11 will hit their Windows Phone platform later this year.

Opera has been for at least 5 years everybody’s favorite underdog. Maybe for their dedication to pure HTML standards long before any other player started doing the same or for their sheer innovation skills, Opera was a top performer … except for the occasional site incompatibility, which was almost never their fault directly. Now Opera wanted to do something about that, but in order to compete with the best, they needed to put more focus on features and leave the engine itself to be someone else’s worry, Google and the community in this case. Unfortunately it may seem that their “brilliance” will take a while longer to show itself once again with their Blink based browser. Opera version 12.1x remains the most feature complete browser out there to this day.

Firefox has been loved and hated by many. The best add-ons on the market, the absolutely lovable smooth scrolling and the cute fox icon. While at times it matches and exceeds Chrome’s speeds, it never matches its fluidity. Chrome being multi-threaded, the whole UI never bogs down because of some workload, while Firefox’s UI being completely single threaded, often suffers from this. And since we use the UI to navigate any program, Firefox has come to suffer greatly in the last 3 years, since it upgraded from it’s 3.6 line. Maybe a true, built from ground up Firefox 2.0 will come some day.

Chrome is simply the best browser out there, weather to like it or not. Stable, fast, lag-free UI, simple to easy and featuring really powerful extensions and Chrome Apps. The only negatives towards it are large memory usage and generally unsuitable to old low-end PCs and laptops. But other than that. It’s great. As much as it pains me to say it.

Personally I use Opera v19 (stable) and think that IE11 is the fastest browser out there and Opera 12.1 is the most feature complete. But in the end, I cannot deny Chrome its merits.

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Edward Tyles

Seriously?? IE? IE is a piece of shit.

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Totoliciu D

Opera is the best!

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Bill W.

When it comes to the big 5, I would pick IE over the others. Before you go ballistic, let me explain. I use my browser to browse and download. That’s pretty much it. I use an old HP with P4 Celeron and 1gig of DDR2 ram, Win XPsp3 and Explorer 8. I have used Firefox,Opera, And now Chrome, all work fine until you start adding anything to them, then they bog down to a crawl. So if i’m going to use a slow browser it might as well be the one I am used to and like the layout of. I know i left Safari out, but, it’s Mac and Mac has never impressed me much. Now, if anyone knows of a browser that can actually browse the web and download quickly, oh and print to pdf, without slowing to a crawl over time and using all the computers resources. Let me know. If you just out to bash Microsoft or Google, or whoever. Sorry, just ignore me and go to the next comment.

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Tom Retterbush

Chrome seems to be faster, but uses a lot more memory/resources.

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Devashish

I don’t know why people are so apprehensive about IE11. For me, right now, it is the best browser around. I’ve used Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Torch and Maxthon. No browser is as good as IE when I enabled the extensions. IE is slick, you can pin the sites as well and it never ever crashes. I’m surprisingly impressed by this browser.

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JMF

I still find Chrome so, so buggy on all my platforms (Macs and PCs), but Firefox *blows* at streaming video, so I find myself watching video on Chrome, but doing everything else on Firefox.

Even so, if I have more than 20 tabs open (and I do that a lot), Firefox lets me down every time, by slowing to a crawl (and taking the entire computer — no matter the OS — with it).

I’ve tried Maxthon — great, but no add-ons available (it takes you to Chrome add-ons, but none of them are compatible), Safari for the Mac (oh puhleeze), and was never happy with Opera.

Guess what I’m saying is that I’m *still* looking for the best desktop browser!

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Hildegerd

Opera.

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Keive

IE – too many vulnerabilities, no thanks

Chrome – anything from google is untrusted, chrome itself could be a spyware. No bookmark toolbar, and can’t create RSS feed on it like firefox does. So no thanks.

Firefox – I like the old school style menu bar on top, plus bookmark toolbar. So I’ll say yes to firefox!

Opera – didn’t use it, not sure

Safari – didn’t use it, not sure

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Lori Norris

Over the years, I’ve tried a number of browsers. Internet Explorer was the first and I was extremely loyal to it for a long, long time. Then I noticed how incredibly slow it could be. So I switched to Chrome which offered speed that kept me happy.

At work, the Computer Department began concentrating on Firefox. With much grumbling, I once again change my default browser to Firefox. It’s now my go-to browser! I love the add-ons and plugins. It’s full of functionality that others cannot offer.

I’ve dabbled with Opera, Dolphin, and Safari on my mobile devices but always seem to return to Firefox. I’m an “old dog” that is willing to learn new tricks (or at least try). But it turns out that Firefox is like a favorite chew toy that I can’t give up! :-)

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Yean

Pale Moon is the best balanced browser based on Firefox.

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terry

Are some Microsoft employees voting? I don’t know a single persone that thinks IE is a good web browser let alone a majority think it’s the best. Although many of my friends and coworkers are also web developers so we may be biased by the additional hoops we jump through because of Microsoft’s appearant attemts at making the Internet proprietary.

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Bill

Firefox will always be the best browser until such time as the competing browsers have the breadth of useful extensions that FF does, and the ability to customize the browser your own way (i.e. tabs on top, etc)

Firefox has, by far, the most extensions, so it has the same appeal as Android does on the phone in having the most apps. – People want choices, not limitations! – wake up!

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Jeet Sagar

Previously I used chrome, but now I have switched to FF. I find chrome to be too resource hungry and the extension api, i.e. google in new tab irritates me. I sometimes use torch too, its a nice chrome based browser with some great inbuilt features.

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gardfield

I use FF (Mac OS X). Among other things, love its bookmark administrator with tagging and all.
Besides, it’s the only “major” browser not owned by a multiproduct multinational like IE, Chrome and Safari (conspiration theory ;-)

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JH

I use Comodo Dragon; it’s based on Chrome, fast and more secure.

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Timothy Zhu

All things considered, Chrome. Though Opera is very close.

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Lissacakes

Chrome has gotten very slow lately. IE crashes a lot as does firefox. None of them are perfect I think it is a matter of preference, I like Chrome, My husband likes Opera

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Chulo

FF by far.
Greater extensive add-ons.

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Dominic P

Lynx anyone?

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Deepak

I am using Chrome from long ago. Its faster & good. It uses resource almost similar to IE, FF or any other. FF feels very slow in my PC in windows, though in Linux, Firefox speed is as good as Chrome. So, in Linux, I use both Chrome & Firefox equally.

In our office(District Administrative) also everyone uses Chrome , even the administrator, most of the time. Though, occasionally Firefox is also being used.

I think, Chrome and Firefox both are good and comparable. IE is also good and has a lot of features by default, but I don’t like that. Many time crashes.

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Alex

As a web developer, I use all of those browsers on a daily basis and Opera 12.16 is my favorite one. It’s developer toolbox is a war machine. After Opera I’d go with Chrome or FF, either are fine too. But I’m really disappointed in Opera > 12.x : as said above, it’s basically Chrome with a red skin. All the features that made Opera different than other browsers are gone (embedded notepad, the Presto developer tool and all). The webkit developer tool isn’t as useful to me. And the stash is just a copy of the speed-dial > utterly useless. And the development for Linux seems to have been suspended.
When it comes to Safari I don’t like it / know how to use it properly. And in my opinion, IE should be made illegal. It’s a terrible browser and I spend way too many hours a month making websites IE-friendly.

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ALESSIO

MAXTHON CLOUD BROWSER ………’THE FAST AND MORE STABLE OF ANY OTHER BROWSER

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Zakaria E

firefox is the best

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Anonymous

How Come no one uses Pale Moon Browser??
Designed by the Mozilla platform team but safer & MUCH faster.
Also, uses ALL Firefox add-ons?
Another not mentioned that beats Firefox using the same platform is the Commodo IceDragon.
They also have a better IE. Commodo Dragon.
Check them out.

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Denis K

I’ve selected ‘other’ cause mine is not in the list. I’m running SRWare Iron for the last ~2 years (switched from Opera). The only drawback – updates comes with a delay in comparison to original Chrome. But it is more than compensated by the whole bunch of advantages – check the website for more ifo. Considering to make a lil donation to developers, they really deserve it.

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Ted N. M.

Opera is by far the best browser, but only the older versions, say about v12. This is because of the Save Sessions feature, the simple magnification slider at the bottom of the screen, and the tool bar customizations. These features all appear to me gon from recent versions, but v12 is still better than any other current browser.

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Dave M

Chrome – minimal toolbars, and it speaks Google, like most of my online experience, for better or worse.

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Clyde A

I like Chrome the best, but I occasionally use Firefox.

Both have useful addons, but I like Chrome’s speed.

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tashreef

My vote for Firefox!

Was using chrome from long time, but don’t know why it’s behaving weirdly and forces my PC to restart every time i open chrome on Windows XP. Now using Firefox and yes it works flawlessly without much of crashes and better resource management unlike chrome a resource hog.

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varun

Internet explorer was best when internet was first used but nowadays 3rd part browsers like chrome offer faster browsing speed and much content delivery.so chrome is the best among all.

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Max A

Firefox does everything I want it to do very fast, has an amazing number of add-ons (there are several to choose from for anything one wants), does not crash, and is quite secure. What more could one want?

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Max A

Firefox does everything I want it to do very fast, has an amazing number

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wayne blades

I like Opera 12.16 , works good , has mail which I like in a browser.
I HATE Opera 20 . When you have something good and it works
why change it!

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Hexagon

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and usually, I’d agree. However…I have three words: Coast by Opera (search if curious). Yes, it may not be for the desktop, but it’s a prime example of reinventing the wheel (or browser in this case).

Posted by a Chromium Opera user (don’t worry, I think the new Opera is still in a transition stage – more to come, fingers crossed).

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Daniel Murphy

I Recommend Firefox. Was using chrome but turned out to be slow and using crap loads of memory.. Also noticed somehow it slowed down boot up and shut down Process.So if i was to recommend a fast browser ideal for quick browsing for Facebook Applications and You tube Firefox has my vote :)

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dragonmouth

The title of the survey should be “What is your FAVORITE browser” The word “best” means different things to different people and depends on the individual’s needs, and what the individual is familiar with. If you are mostly accessing sites optimized for IE, IE or Maxthon is the “best”. If you are using a Chromebook and accessing only Google online products, then Chrome is the “best”. If you prefer a text browser, then Lynx may be the “best” for you.

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K.

Opera 12 is still the best one, but it is more than only a webbrowser!

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Stay See K

I can’t even remember when was the last time I used MFF. Chrome is more convenient for me because I sync all my tabs and bookmarks across multiple devices and not to mention the Chrome webstore apps. Oh good thing this poll just reminded me to remove IE on my laptop which I always forget only remembers after I’ve already shut it down. I remember using Opera when we still have dial-up internet before and Opera is the only browser with a feature that has a turbo engine that loads webpages and images faster but makes the images pixelated and low resolution but who cares right? it was the time where internet connection was very very slow and when someone calls on the telephone you get disconnected right away and loading webpages is more important than seeing the good images. Im sometimes forced to use Safari on iphone,ipod and ipad because obviously its the default browser on those gadgets but I still switch to Google Chrome if I have the chance more importantly I was disgust about the Apple SSL breach on their Safari browser and I cant believe it has been going on for months already.

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Eric

Definitely Chrome. It has good support for HTML5, an extension or app for everything, Google sync, auto signin, powerful dev/debug tools, GPU accelerated stuff, reasonable security, etc.

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erkanol

I still use Opera 12.16.
Occasionally Opera Developer to see it’s progress, and Firefox for some websites.

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erkanol

Why Opera 12? Mostly because of tab management and farily low memory footprint.
At this moment i have 300+ tabs open (threehundred+, not typo), i feel no slowdowns and i can still manage my tabs, i don’t get lost.

And I can add theRaWRRRRbay as a custom search engine. How cool is that?!

and many many other things..

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Kaptend_Ronal100-

I prefer other browser, such as Maxthon, Spark, and that I really like the browser, Polarity. Yeah, Polarity has various features that prove my speed and convenience of surfing the internet .., especially user-agent so delicious features for the user to change the strings as the user desires .., as a recommendation from my experience experimenting to see how fast some browsers really work .. :D

If you want to download various browser, you can download at ..
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/

That’s all and thank you for everything .. :D

[KrbK]

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zakro

Opera 12 is the best

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01101001b

I use Opera Next 12.14 (I love it) and Opera Mini.

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Chandon

I think Opera is the best, it’s the only browser that does exactly what I need it to do and I’ve tried Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer is by far the worst browser Chrome the second and Firefox the third worst. I’m sorry but they just aren’t good enough for what I do on the Internet, so for that, Opera is the best browser by far.

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Chandon

And also, Opera has never crashed, not once for me like the ten times a day for Chrome and Firefox does.