Web browsers for WindowsBasically, all of the main web browsers for Windows
When it comes to choosing a web browser for Windows, it all boils down to personal taste.
Maybe you like a web browser's speed, reputation for privacy or security, color, clean lines, straight edges, round curvy tabs, certain functions, add-ons, plugins, developer tools, or a quick way to clear the browser cache.
This page shows, in no particular order, most of the reliable web browsers for Windows. If you're looking for the fastest browser or best browser for your needs, you should find it here.
Opera GX (Early access)
"Opera GX is a special version of the Opera browser built specifically to complement gaming. The browser includes unique features to help you get the most out of both gaming and browsing."
Opera GX comes with the usual things you associate with Opera, like built-in adblocker, access to extensions, and switchable wallpapers. However, you can also limit memory and CPU usage, use a free no-log unlimited VPN, access Twitch (and watch pop-out videos), chat on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram and VK from the sidebar, custom colorize your interface, install exclusive wallpapers, and get access to gaming deals and news. It will be interesting to see how developers and the community come together to help evolve this new concept browser. Opera GX is currently in Early Access.
The latest Microsoft Edge browser is based on the open-source Chromium Engine, making it super compatible with browser extensions formerly only available for Google Chrome. Microsoft recently announced the availabilty of the new Ege browser for all supported versions of Windows and macOS. See more..
Brave software recently released Brave 1.0.
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Vivaldi have just released Vivaldi 2.1. The browser comes with a fresh new look, new themes, sync, resizable tab tiling, floating web panels and much more.
I've always liked the simplistic style and fast page-loading performance of Opera. It was one of the first browsers with a built-in ad blocker, which was tried and tested for ages in Opera developer browser. This latest version of Opera is now said to be 38% faster than the latest Firefox Quantum. (Check out the clickable tabs, to go to the top or back to where you were on the page.)
Puffin Browser is a simple, yet fast cloud based web browser originally available on Android and iOS. By using remote servers, Puffin Browser is able to compress, encrypt and download content very quickly. If speed is your thing, try it out.
Now with twice the speed as before, Firefox Quantum will probably become many people's main web browser of choice once again. You should definitely give it a try and check out its speed.
Internet Explorer has been included with all versions of Windows for a long time. It is still a very capable web browser, but will eventually be superseded by Windows 10's Microsoft Edge.
Lunascape is highly customizable and comes with the 3 main rendering engines - Trident, Gecko, and WebKit. It also supports a plethora of add-ons.
Pale Moon is an Open Source web browser for Windows and Linux. It is originally based off of the Firefox browser and uses a layout engine called Goanna, which is similar to or based off of the Gecko engine.
Avant Browser is sleek, fast and also has the 3 rendering engines - Trident, Gecko, and WebKit. Within the settings, users can define different rendering engines for different websites.
Comodo Dragon is Chromium based, has privacy enhancements, domain validation technology that identifies inferior SSL certificates, and stops cookies and other Web spies.
Google Chrome is a very popular, modern, fast and secure web browser enjoyed by many, and there are plenty of extensions and add-ons available to fulfill all your browsing needs.
Midori is a very lightweight browser with a simple UI. It's ideal for less powerful or older computers, and it's the default web browser which comes with elementary OS.
BriskBard is a new browser with a built-in media player, email client, IRC chat client, RSS and Atom reader, Usenet newsreader, FTP client, and more.
Project Maelstrom (beta)
Project Maelstrom is a web browser based on Chromium that allows websites to work over the BitTorrent protocol and be hosted by peers, without the need for servers.
Maxthon uses the Trident and Webkit rendering engines. It also comes with Adblock Plus preinstalled, although I've had better results blocking ads with other ad blockers or browsers.
Browzar is a unique 'disposable' web browser for Windows which doesn't install on your system or leave traces. It runs off of the .exe file which you can download or carry with you. For privacy on the go, this could be the browser for you, but I had problems getting the functionality on some websites to work adequately.
SlimBrowser is based on the Trident engine and has a more advanced UI (compared to Slimjet). It comes with a built-in ad-blocker, right-click text translation, an HTML validator, downloadable skins, and many other useful features.
Epic Privacy Browser
Epic Privacy Browser offers always-on private web browsing, a one-click encrypted proxy (hides your IP address), and blocks trackers and third-party cookies.
Cyberfox is based on the Firefox web browser but has many new features, telemetry and sponsored tiles have been removed, and you can choose between australis or classic style. Click the thumbnail to see an image showing more settings.
Coowon is a web browser built for web gamers. Based off of Chrome, it offers translucent and floating windows, record and play mouse clicks, a screenshot tool, a game-friendly sidebar, a hide key and more.
Opera developer browser
Opera developer browser is updated a few times a week and includes experimental and upcoming features for future releases. Their newest version includes a built-in ad blocker.
Firefox Developer Edition
Firefox Developer Edition is designed just for developers. It has just about every developer tool you need, built right into the browser.
Chrome Canary is the preview version of Chrome for developers and early adopters. With it, you can try out the latest features coming to the standard version of the very popular Chrome web browser.
Tor helps you browse the internet anonymously and protect your privacy, by using a distributed network of relays run by volunteer users all around the world. If privacy is your priority - check it out.
Torch Browser is relatively new compared to many web browsers here, and it comes with some nice original features and customization options.
SeaMonkey is based on Firefox and comes with the browser, email & newsgroup client with an included web feed reader, an HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools.
IceDragon from Comodo is based on Firefox and is said to have improved security with SiteInspector malware scanning, and it uses Comodo Secure DNS by default.
Slimjet has a similar set of features as SlimBrowser, but is based on the Blink engine and has a simple and clean UI.
Chromodo is a Chromium based web browser made by Comodo which is very similar to their Dragon browser. They say 'It's built for speed, security, and privacy.'
So, there you have it. Most of the available web browsers for Windows.
Since August 2016, I've been using Microsoft Edge as my main web browser for Windows. I really like its performance, clean look and feel, pinnable tabs, and growing number of useful plugins. There's a lot of Microsoft Edge development going on behind the scenes.
Prior to switching to Edge, I used Opera Developer for a couple of years, Chrome for quite a while before Opera and Firefox before Chrome. Firefox is now back with a vengeance with their latest Firefox Quantum, yet Opera's latest version is said to be even faster than Quantum.