Web Browsers for Windows
When it comes to choosing a web browser, it all boils down to personal taste.
Maybe you like a browser's speed, reputation for privacy or security, colour, clean lines, straight edges, round curvy tabs, certain functions, add-ons, plugins, developer tools, or a quick way to clear the browser cache.
Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, I've been using Microsoft Edge as my main browser. I really like its performance, clean look and feel, pinnable tabs and growing number of useful plugins. There have been plenty of improvements made too, with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Prior to switching to Edge I used Opera for a couple of years, Chrome for quite a while before Opera, and Firefox before Chrome.
When it comes to testing web pages, I use different web browsers, especially the popular ones, so there are always a few installed on my PC.
This page shows, in no particular order, most of the reliable web browsers for PCs. If you're looking for the fastest browser, or best browser for your needs, you should find it here.
Edge is the latest web browser from Microsoft which is included in Windows 10. It has built-in note taking and sharing, Reading View, pinned tabs, Cortana integration, and plugin support. See this page for more info: Getting the most out of Microsoft Edge
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.
Still one of my favourites, Firefox is a fast and elegant web browser. The built-in video chatting experience called Firefox Hello was recently discontinued though - with Firefox 49.
Lunascape is highly customizable and comes with the 3 main rendering engines - Trident, Gecko and WebKit. It also supports a plethora of add-ons.
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.
Brave is an open source browser which does a good job of automatically blocking ads and trackers, and loads pages quickly.
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.
Vivaldi is a browser which lets you customize the browser tabs and address bar locations, keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, and its appearance.
Maxthon Cloud Browser
Maxthon Cloud Browser 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 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.
I like the simplistic style and fast page-loading performance of Opera. It now has a built-in ad blocker, which was tried and tested for ages in Opera developer browser.
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 browsing, a one-click encrypted proxy (hides your IP address), and blocks trackers and third-party cookies.
Cyberfox is based on Firefox, 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 side bar, 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.
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 off of 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 DNSc 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 Cromium 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 web browsers available for Windows.
Be sure to let us know in the comments which web browsers for Windows you prefer, and why?