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The Best Web Browser is?

by Steve2168 / July 13, 2009 9:18 AM PDT

I have been running IE on my PC for a number of years now. I have almost come to the conclusion that there must be better Browsers out there that don't get hacked and get viruses or get attacked in some kind of way. Let me know if you have had better experience with a different Browser.

My last computer I purchased was a Macbook, it's browser is Safari. My understanding of Macs is that they aren't bothered by all of those things out there that harm these computers. I'm not sure why, I still have 2 PCs running on IE and am thinking of going with another Browser. Any suggestions?

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Reviews on Web Browsers by ZD Net
by Steve2168 / July 13, 2009 10:31 AM PDT

I found these results on ZD Net. These were copied and pasted. Any comments on these findings

Proving itself a staggering 42 times faster at rendering JavaScript than IE 7, our benchmarks confirm Apple's Safari 4 browser, released in beta Tuesday, is the fastest browser on the planet. In fact, it beat Google's Chrome, Firefox 3, Opera 9.6 and even Mozilla's developmental Minefield browser.

Below are the actual figures if you want to see how all seven browsers scored against each other, but for quick reference we determined on a PC that Safari was a whopping 42 times faster than Internet Explorer 7, just over six times faster than Internet Explorer 8, 3.5 times faster than Firefox 3, and 1.2 times faster than Google Chrome. Here's Safari versus the rest, excluding IE 7:

Add IE 7's results to the PC graph and witness the shocking truth. These are results from a PC with a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo:

1) Safari 4 (Total time: 910ms)
2) Mozilla Minefield 3.2a1 (1,136ms)
3) Google Chrome (1,177ms)
4) Firefox 3 (3,250ms)
5) Opera 9.6 (4,076ms)
6) Internet Explorer 8 (5,839ms)
7) Internet Explorer 7 (39,026ms)
Results (fastest at the top) on Mac OS X (2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo):

On Mac OS X, Safari was four times faster than Firefox 3 and a depressing (for Opera) 7.5 times faster than Opera 9.6.

1) Safari 4 (Total time 967ms)
2) Minefield 3.2a1 (969ms)
3) Firefox 3 (3803ms)
4) Opera 9.6 (7322ms)

Here is the link if you want to see it. There are graphs showing different Browsers.

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Already obsolete...
by John.Wilkinson / July 13, 2009 10:37 AM PDT

-> Firefox 3.5
-> Chrome 2
-> Opera 10


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Review of Browsers in June 2009
by Steve2168 / July 13, 2009 10:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Already obsolete...
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Nothing is foolproof...
by John.Wilkinson / July 13, 2009 10:35 AM PDT

Myth #1: There exists a browser that has no flaws.
-> Firefox, Opera, and Safari are all statistically better than Internet Explorer in terms of number and severity of vulnerabilities, but none are immune.

Myth #2: A browser can prevent viruses from infecting my computer.
-> Viruses can be downloaded/run automatically by exploiting browser vulnerabilities, but a browser itself does not prevent viral infections. In fact, most viruses are explicitly downloaded by the user because he/she clicked the "click here" button on an untrusted website. No browser protects against that; it is up to you.

Myth #3: Macs are immune to viruses, hackers, et cetera.
-> There are relatively few viruses for OS X, due to the nature of the operating system and limited market share, but they are FAR from immune. A telling sign: 300 security-focuses patches in a single update released by Apple, many of which had been discovered months earlier, followed by another round of patches the following month.

Myth #4: Safari is a 'secure' browser.
-> Safari had 50 security flaws patched last month alone, some that could lead to hackers taking over your computer remotely. Safari is not alone, but it is not immune either.

Bottom Line: Internet Explorer should be avoided if possible, but switching to another browser (your choice of which one) is only part of the solution. The other is keeping your software up-to-date and using your head when clicking the giant flashing 'click here' buttons.


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