Which browser is the best?   85 votes

  1. 1. Best browser?

    • Firefox
      44
    • Google Chrome
      25
    • Other Firefox-based
      6
    • Other Chromium based
      10

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IE's TPL's do work, but there's near zero functionality with it, but if you just "subscribe and forget it" it does the job well enough.. tried their version of ABP, wasn't terribly impressed, if I were an IE user I'd probably go with an external solution like AdGuard or something.

 

You can always host your own TPL, way better that way because you know exactly what you're blocking. Quite easy to set it up as well. It is just a text file that gets installed with one line of code.

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I prefer Chrome, but Firefox is my close second.

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I use Comodo Dragon. A spin off of Chrome. All the benefits of Chrome without Google spying on you every move.

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For me, I found the best way is to use 3- IE, Chrome, and Palemoon64 (based off Mozilla firefox).  Seems the best way, as if one doesn't work, try one of the others.  They each have strengths/weaknesses, so experiment.  I use IE in Win8.1 for work email and work sites I use, Palemoon for news (like Neowin, Fark, etc) and Chrome for maps and facebook mainly.

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In Windows 8.1, ironically, Internet Explorer crashes on me frequently, and the same thing happens on my dad's computer, which is also running 8.1.  At work, IE is running in Windows 8.1, and I find it crashes, constantly in SharePoint sites.  Firefox takes forever to load on my PC at home, and doesn't play well with security settings where I work, so I installed Chrome today on my work PC.  All the places that crashed IE work perfectly in Chrome, including our internal SharePoint site!!  Planview (project management software which is web-based) runs great on it as well.   So, now at work, I'm running Chrome instead of IE.  A month ago I would have said to go with IE, but now, I actually prefer Chrome.

Almost the same scenario for me at home. work and my dad's computer. Chrome has saved my boss a ton of money in broken and smashed reading glasses since I switched him to Chrome.

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i been using Pale Moon x64 for roughly a few years now. it works well and don't burn a ton of RAM like Chrome does.

I have seen this claim from a few posts on here and would like to see a screenshot of the resource monitor with both running and a screenshot of the extensions being used on each. 

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I have seen this claim from a few posts on here and would like to see a screenshot of the resource monitor with both running and a screenshot of the extensions being used on each. 

 

Very easy to see.  Install both, type chrome://memory in the address bar, *poof* there's your proof. Careful with most task managers, if you just look at the one process and ignore all the others you're missing the whole picture, see a lot of people do that.

 

For example, here's mine.  Both browsers have a number of extensions installed, Chromium has 17, Firefox has 26.  Both have the same five pages loaded.  I can easily get Chrome to break a gigabyte without even thinking.

 

As far as PaleMoon goes.. my own personal results have always had it slower than the official Firefox build, I've yet to find a version of x64 Firefox that's been been faster for me.  But *shrug* mileage, variance, all that.. different usage habits will give different results.

 

 

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Actually as a regular web browser, I would vote for IE. I only use Chrome for development purposes and Firefox for testing. IE is my main browser I do my general web browsing with. I think you should at least give it a fair shot before dismissing it.

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Personally I used to swear by Firefox.  However, there was a point a few years ago where I was having way too many issues with it.  I tried Chrome for a bit and just haven't looked back.  I'm sure Firefox has changed quite a bit since then.

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IE is a mess IMO, because the UI has extremely limited customisation, and looks terrible when everything is unhidden.
Every element of the UI is in the wrong place, and there is no way to put things where they should be. The only thing

that is in the right place is the Title Bar, and even that is thanks to a third party add-on that re-enables it.

 

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That said, the IE/Trident rendering engine has certainly been improved somewhat in recent years.

The title bar text is completely redundant, as the title is already visible on the tab.
And sure, limited customisation. But doesn't that mean it's "clean"?
The menu bar you show is hidden (and should be for the majority of the users). Also nothing from with the favorites bar.
I don't get your complaint of IE being a "mess". It's simple.


By default you have Back/Forward - Adress bar - tabs - home/fav/settings icon

Explain me how that is a 'mess'.


 

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The title bar text is completely redundant, as the title is already visible on the tab.
And sure, limited customisation. But doesn't that mean it's "clean"?
The menu bar you show is hidden (and should be for the majority of the users). Also nothing from with the favorites bar.
I don't get your complaint of IE being a "mess". It's simple.

By default you have Back/Forward - Adress bar - tabs - home/fav/settings icon

Explain me how that is a 'mess'.

The title bar is NOT redundant at all. The tabs are nowhere near wide enough to accomodate the full page title of many
millions of web pages. Look at the title of this webpage for example. The only way that can fit on a tab is if the tab is
the full length of the browser window, which would look ridiculous. The only other solution is for all webpages to
have very short titles, or none at all. For these reasons, the title bar is an essential part of the web browser GUI,
there is no excuse whatsoever for it to be unused or forced to become redundant.

Customistation vs Clean: Full customisation means you can tailor the GUI to your personal tastes so you can make it
as clean or as cluttered as you like. Or anywhere in between.

The menu bar ... shouldn't be hidden by default, but should have a hide option for those than don't want it there.
On my browser, I use the spare space to the right of the menus for buttons that relate to some of my add-ons,
something like the Add-on bar in Firefox, but without using an additional toolbar

IE is a mess when everything is unhidden, because ... everything is in the WRONG place. When all the hidden by
default GUI elements are hidden, then IE looks more like something that belongs on a tablet not a desktop.

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Firefox takes forever to load on my PC at home, and doesn't play well with security settings where I work, ...

I'm not sure what would cause that, but Firefox loads faster than ever for me. I've used it for yrs, but occasionally create new profiles (maybe 1x / yr or 2).
I do clean Firefox installs - esp. on major upgrades.

Still using Vista, so can't comment on W-8, but Fx takes me < 5 sec to load. Sometimes, almost instantly. I have 13 active addons - some monitoring sites, but no active plugins.

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