|Fact We have all come to depend on The Internet.
Fact We can't find what we want on The Internet without a Web Browser.
Fact We still have the right and the freedom to choose which Web Browser we use.
This article was originally called "The Top Ten Internet Browsers" - but the fact is...
In all seriousness there are not ten browsers worthy of mention.
When it comes to choosing a web browser - these are the only real contenders.
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Internet Explorer is the most commonly used browser.
But this is purely because It comes pre-loaded on most new computers - so you don't have to change anything.
Internet Explorer is fully integrated into the Windows operating system - so it will work with every website.
The biggest worry is the feeble levels of security that Internet Explorer provides.
The system is riddled with weaknesses that unscrupulous programmers can and do exploit - often for criminal purposes.
Internet Explorer enjoyed a long period when it was the only viable browser - and it became complacent, dull.
It has improved in recent years - but it is still a follower rather than a leader - and it is still unsafe and very dull.
Avant allows users to block all unwanted pop-up pages and Flash ads.
The integrated cleaner helps maintain privacy.
Avant provides options for blocking the download of Flash media, pictures, video, sounds, etc
All opened pages can be stopped, refreshed, closed, or arranged with one click.
Based on an Internet Explorer platform, Avant has lot of limitations.
Avant is fine as a straightforward browser - but it lacks add-ons and extensions. And it is pretty dull.
Avant doesn't work very well with Windows Vista.
Opera is fast, safe and stylish.
Opera offers tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customisable search bar, some very advanced tools,
and simple integration with search engines, e-mail, messaging sites etc.
Not in the same league as Firefox - but a nice little browser.
We can't think of anything seriously negative to say about Opera, but...
It's just not as good as Firefox - and it doesn't appear to have the ambition to be a major player.
Chrome borrows (steals?) some of the best features from Firefox.
Google have a gift for understanding what Internet users need - and then providing it.
We had high hopes for Google Chrome - but we have been disappointed.
Chrome started promisingly - but it hasn't grown or developed.
It seems to us that Google are merely paying lip-service to the idea that they "ought to have a browser".
But Google Chrome lacks the "heart and soul" factor of Firefox. It is just a browser and nothing more.
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