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There are many web browsers out on the market, so which one should you install? Which one should you use? In all my years in IT I still prefer Firefox.

Last Updated: December 23, 2016

Latest news: I have updated some browsers version and changelog.

I know that many might differ from my opinion however if you feel that using your current web browser helps you and makes your life easy then stick with it. No need to change if it is working for you. I have added my list of favorite browsers in numerical order, number 1 being the highest on my list and number 5 being the last on my list.

I have added IE and that is because after they released version 9+, it started to work great. This opinion on IE is purely from a web developer’s point of view even though there are a few minor issues that are occurring in web developing in the latest version IE 9 and 10.

To download the current version of the following browsers and other popular browsers click on filehippo. Filehippo will show you other browsers that might interest you to download and test, it also has many other utilities, tools, programs and software that might also interest you.

Important: All browsers should have a flash plugin installed, click on the following link Adobe flash player help, it will help you with flash player plugin on Windows and Mac systems.

The latest version will be highlighted in RED.

Web Browsers List

FireFox

firefox-browserClick on the following URL Firefox to learn more.

Mozilla Firefox browser is powerful and very popular. Firefox is widely used in browsing, web developing and is one of the preferred browser for web developers. It has an excellent security setup and you can add many plugins to make the browser even more powerful and manageable. You can even change the cosmetic layout and much more….Latest Version 50.1.0 Changelog

There might come a time when you can’t resolve a problem even if you remove the addons, plugins or used a tool to clean the spamware, adware. You might like to try the following option.

  • Open Mozilla Firefox and type about:config on the address bar of the browser and press Enter on your keypad or keyboard. You will see many entries.

The following image shows you the message you will see when you type about:config. It is simply letting you know that if you don’t know what you are doing and you change or delete some entries then the browser will not function correctly.

Message Options:

  • You can uncheck the message Show this warning next time. This will stop the message from appearing if you think you will be coming back to this page.
  • If you know what you are doing then press the button I’ll be careful, I promise!.

(Important: Be careful what you edit here. It could stop your browser from working correctly.)

firefox_browser_warning_message

Some have reported problems with Flash plugin especially after the updated to the following version Flash Player 11.3+. Adobe have publish some solutions that might help you, please click on the following how to troubleshoot flash player protected mode.

The flexibility, the performance and the security that Firefox provides helps me feel safe and secure especially when I do my internet banking. The list of add-ons that you can install is very long and incredibly helpful, no wonder why so many from the IT world love it so much. If you want to know some of the best add-ons you can install click on the following link https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/featured.


Seamonkey

seamonkey-browser

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one internet application suite (see below). Such a software suite was previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla, and the SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates to this concept. Containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client with an included web feed reader, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, SeaMonkey is sure to appeal to advanced users, web developers and corporate users….Latest Version 2.46 Changelog

You might like to read the following tutorial Move SeaMonkey Profile Different Computer.


Google Chrome

google-chromeClick on the following URl Google Chrome to learn more.

Is a powerful fast and versatile browser that loads very fast and runs flash and YouTube files very fast. A browser widely used by those who love watching YouTube clips online….….Latest Stable Version 55.0.2883.87 Changelog

Flash Shockwave Plugin Issues:

If you have problems with Flash shockwave in the browser, then follow these instructions.You will be disabling Google Chrome shockwave plugin and enabling MS Windows shockwave plugin.

  • Open Google Chrome browser and type the following on the address bar chrome://plugins and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  • The following image shows you Adobe Flash Player plugin disabled. It is usually found on the following path in MS Windows C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\current-browser-version\PepperFlash\pepflashplayer.dll. (The path might be different, depending on the windows version you are currently running).
  • The following image also shows you that windows shockwave plugin is enabled. It is usually found on the the following path in windows C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF_version_number.dll. (The path might be different, depending on the windows version you are currently running)

Note: Remember every time you upgrade Google Chrome or windows flash plugin, check and make sure that the above still applies.

google-chrome-browser

Google Chrome Spam

What happens when your browser is full of spam or you think it might have been injected with malware. Google has a special tool you can use to clean and reset your browser. Click on the following URL Clean Chrome of unwanted ads, pop-ups, & malware.


Opera

OperaLighting fast, secure and versatile browser. It has many smart features that makes it one of the favorite browser by many who use it……Latest Version 37 Changelog


Internet Explorer

IE: Internet Explorer as we know it is one of the most popular browsers in the market. The great way that Microsoft has market their product i.e. Windows which includes IE has control the market for many years.

Note: Microsoft release the new Windows 10 operating system. It comes with a new browser named Microsoft Edge. That means that IE will slowly be faced out.

Internet Explorer 11.0 Windows 7 Changelog

  • 30% faster for real world Web sites.
  • Leading JavaScript performance.
  • Fast, world-ready Web applications.
  • Faster development with 25 new and improved modern Web standards.
  • Few examples of how the Web is better for developers.
  • Debug faster with new F12 developer tools.
  • Hardware-accelerated 3D Web graphics.
  • The existing Web continues to work – even better.
  • Enable professional-quality video experiences on the Web.

Maxthon Cloud

Maxthon Cloud Browser: This Browser for Windows uses a unique, innovative dual-core design that uses both Webkit and Trident. Fast and efficient, our dual-core design displays all web pages quickly and reliably. With its first-place HTML 5 support and ‘out of the box’ features you can‘t get anywhere else, allows to share and send files among different devices and platforms, easily……Latest Version 5.0.1.3000 Changelog

# Functions optimized in this updated version:
– On XP operating system, no global mute option in retro mode.
– Fixed freeze when signs in with guest account after clean install.
– Optimized animation UI during installation.
– Optimized pop-up window UI on UUMail page.
# Bug fixed:
– Private messages do not display for some games.


I am sure you will find one of the above mentioned browsers to your liking.

Hint: Always delete the cache on any browser to eliminate issues that might arise while browsing, including malware, adware, cookies and other stability issues that might show up from time to time. A very good utility to use is ccleaner. This utility clears the browsers cache plus more. 

Hint: Remember that from time to time you will have to uninstall the browser and remove any trace. Down load and install the browser again. This will delete the old profile that sometimes becomes corrupted and unstable. People keep reporting issues when upgrading or updating to a newer version of the browser especially Google Chrome and Firefox. Keep in mind about the flash plugin and make sure you are up to date with the latest version.

I will be updating this post from time to time, so come back for more information.

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Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  3 Responses to “Web Browsers”

  1. A bit surprised it seems to splime and yet useful.

  2. Please add SlimBrowser from http://www.slimbrowser.net/en/ and SlimBoat from http://www.slimboat.com/en/. Both are very cool and feature-rich browsers.

    • Hello Stephen, thank you for your comment and suggestion. I have added the two browsers to my list after I did some research and found that they are very great and easy to use.

      Kind regards

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