TechSpot: Six Obscure Web Browsers You Might Love

It used to be that Firefox, Opera and others were the "alternative" Web browsers, but in an age of forced ballot screens that's not entirely accurate. In fact, one could say that the more experienced a user is the further and faster they run from Internet Explorer.

Excluding the "big five" you're undoubtedly familiar with (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari), there are many little-known browsers that are potentially even more suitable for your needs, no matter how basic or advanced.

This week we are taking a look at six truly alternative browsers and what separates them from the rest of the pack. This is far from an all-inclusive list, and we'd love to hear if you happen to be using any of these yourself or perhaps there's yet another unheard of browser that we missed. In alphabetical order, the browsers: Arora, Camino, Flock, K-Meleon, Maxthon, Pale Moon.

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Can anyone tell me if Pale Moon gets rid of the memory leaks Firefox is plagued with? I have a netbook running Chrome, but i miss my addons. 300 meg of ram keeps me strictly away, however.

Recon415 said,
Can anyone tell me if Pale Moon gets rid of the memory leaks Firefox is plagued with? I have a netbook running Chrome, but i miss my addons. 300 meg of ram keeps me strictly away, however.

I think its safe to say most users arent getting memory leaks, only way to really know is to try it

After browsing for a day (open and close tabs), only have 3 tabs opened and PaleMoon is using 396 MB O_o

I guess I'll uninstall this tomorrow

I tried out Arora and it seems to not load images on sites alot, such as on Impulsedriven.com it didnt load any pictures.

Sucks cause i want to get away from firefox, and opera loads sites bad in many ocasions.

they also forgot the WORLD browser which will when needed use all of the rendering engines as required by a website, I tried it awhile ago now.. Back then i thought well good try but needs more polish

TheWorld Browser is better than Maxthon for an IE replacement, IMHO.
The interface is neat and its really fast and light on resources.

I will give this list a try to see how good they are.

If anything, the more experienced someone is with web browsers the more they realize there is not a reason to "run" form Internet Explorer.

It's great to have choice, especially since web browsers are merely a matter of personal taste and preference. The only reason to "run" away from one is if you suffer from FUD.

Weak.

Installed Pale Moon, but it loaded a different profile from my Firefox settings. I uninstalled it and got the usual "Remove settings?" prompt. What I didn't realise was that instead of automatically importing from Firefox's settings, it actually used those files. So I've just had 5 profiles wiped, including my main one. That's passwords, bookmarks (even removed the automatic backups), extensions, the lot. Damn you ambiguous uninstaller, damn you.

As I said before, weak.

Ah, you're a find-the-download-link type, then, eh? I knew all about that issue because it's described thoroughly on the official download page (with a warning about what happens when you uninstall), and they have a zip download for easy deletion if you just want to check it out.

I recommend raising a little hell with whoever wrote the linked article for linking to its own download site instead of the official home page under the 'Download' link. That was actually pretty farking lame of the author, and the site, and smacks of laziness (they couldn't add two little sentences on their own page pointing out what happens when you uninstall?).

Riggers said,
Comodo now do a browser based on Chromium called Dragon, it supposedly takes out the data mining bits!
Isn't Chromium the open source version of Chrome that doesn't have data mining in anyway?

Iron is a version of Chrome without that, too.

Michael1406 said,
Isn't Chromium the open source version of Chrome that doesn't have data mining in anyway?

Iron is a version of Chrome without that, too.

Allegedly "Improved privacy over Chromium" and a few other bits and pieces, whether they do anything is anyones guess!

Riggers said,

Allegedly "Improved privacy over Chromium" and a few other bits and pieces, whether they do anything is anyones guess!

I trust they did something, just I don't know how much. However, the extensions are less reliable on non-Chrome Chromium off-springs.

Michael1406 said,
Isn't Chromium the open source version of Chrome that doesn't have data mining in anyway?

Iron is a version of Chrome without that, too.

I use Iron and love it.