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    Ranking the web browsers

    This is a list of web browsers ranked by highest to lowest user scores from various websites that compile those scores, such as cnet, softpedia, etc. Such a ranking is mainly based on usability, since most users don’t have a way to properly test technical capabilities, such as security. The choice of scores by users ranges from a high of 5 to a low of 1. The sample size for the compiled scores ranges from hundreds of users to tens of thousands. There are more browsers than what is on this list, but only those with an adequate user sample size, along with a listing and design updated within the last year, were included. First is the score, then the browser name, and in parenthesis after each name is the underlying browser software it’s related to. My experience has been that, despite add-ons, extensions, etc., there doesn’t seem to be a single browser that does everything well, so you may want to consider having at least two different browsers, with one as your primary browser and the second for when the primary browser doesn’t do what you need, but the second one will.

    4.49 Pale Moon (Firefox) http://www.palemoon.org

    4.30 Cyberfox (Firefox) https://8pecxstudios.com

    4.27 SeaMonkey (Firefox) http://www.seamonkey-project.org

    4.21 Baidu Spark (Chromium) http://en.browser.baidu.com

    4.20 K-Meleon (Firefox) http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net

    4.12 Mozilla Firefox http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

    4.10 Opera (Chromium) http://www.opera.com

    4.05 SRWare Iron (Chromium) http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php

    3.99 CoolNovo (Chromium) http://www.coolnovo.com

    3.93 Comodo Dragon (Chromium) https://www.comodo.com/home/browsers...rs/browser.php

    3.90 Maxthon Cloud (Chromium and Internet Explorer) http://www.maxthon.com

    3.88 Waterfox (Firefox) http://www.waterfoxproject.org

    3.85 Comodo IceDragon (Firefox) https://www.comodo.com/home/browsers...on-browser.php

    3.84 SlimBrowser (Internet Explorer) http://www.slimbrowser.net/en/

    3.84 Torch (Chromium) http://torchbrowser.com

    3.77 Avant Lite (Internet Explorer) http://www.avantbrowser.com

    3.65 Midori (Chromium) http://midori-browser.org

    3.64 GreenBrowser (Internet Explorer) http://www.morequick.com/indexen.htm

    3.64 Tor Browser Bundle (Firefox) https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

    3.61 Google Chrome (Chromium) https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/

    3.55 Sleipnir (Chromium) http://www.fenrir-inc.com/us/sleipnir/

    3.43 Internet Explorer http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/i...er/download-ie

    3.43 Lunascape (Chromium, Firefox, and Internet Explorer) http://www.lunascape.tv
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    there doesn’t seem to be a single browser that does everything well, so you may want to consider having at least two different browsers
    I've found that statement to be true through experience.
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    3.93 Comodo Dragon (Chromium) https://www.comodo.com/home/browsers...rs/browser.php

    The only browser I use and I don't install updates unless I have to.
    The other browser, reluctantly because it's part of the XP bundle is IE, but have not upgraded lately, I really don't care what the latest is, as I have no use for it.

    My computing and internet is basic, as long as I can get to Excel forums, Wikipedia and search various general knowledge stuff.

    Oh, and I needed a new washing machine, so I guess I did a search on Reviews for a particular brand.
    I still had to go to the store though to actually check it out, haggle for a cash discount and then buy it.

    What more can one really want in a browser ??

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    Interesting. The only thing, and I mean ONLY thing I regularly update is the browser (also third party of course) on all my XP systems. As proof, I just happened to have let XP WU go ahead and install all the updates on a several year old VM...took a long time; 169 of them.

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    My experience with Pale Moon (64 bit) was not a good one. Slow page loads. Stuck with it for a few months and then found Cyberfox and it ran much better IMHO. I use Cyberfox for private browsing and Firefox for regular browsing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldb View Post
    My experience with Pale Moon (64 bit) was not a good one. Slow page loads. Stuck with it for a few months and then found Cyberfox and it ran much better IMHO. I use Cyberfox for private browsing and Firefox for regular browsing.
    Probably Security software 'silently' interfering with PM (and/or it's Plugin container(s)/Profile), usually a 30 second fix, just needs some exceptions created. It's not uncommon, especially with Heuristic (guesswork) behaviour that many AV's use, anything 'non-standard' is likely to suffer from it at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldb View Post
    My experience with Pale Moon (64 bit) was not a good one. Slow page loads. Stuck with it for a few months and then found Cyberfox and it ran much better IMHO. I use Cyberfox for private browsing and Firefox for regular browsing.
    I added Cyberfox to the ranking. Thanks for the tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldb View Post
    My experience with Pale Moon (64 bit) was not a good one. Slow page loads. Stuck with it for a few months and then found Cyberfox and it ran much better IMHO. I use Cyberfox for private browsing and Firefox for regular browsing.
    I've had the opposite experience - when Firefox went to version 29, they lost me, I rolled back to 28 and switched to Pale Moon (which promises never to do what FF did - which was create a Chrome lookalike - you ought google that if you want to read some funny stories from some very unhappy people) and have had no problems with it at all, it is as fast as Firefox, it uses many of the same background tools, once I migrated my profile it has been humming along perfectly. I don't use Chrome just because Google is such a monolith, they have become the Homeland Security of the Internet, I'm sure they even know what kind of toilet paper I use and I just don't like that intrusiveness, no matter what settings you choose, they just never stop hounding you to be the same across all their platforms, creeps me out. I never use IE. So, Pale Moon, Firefox as one backup, Opera as another, both used very sparingly though.
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