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Here Are 2017 TOP-RATED Web Browsers


What's the most popular web browser?

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Apple Safari
  3. UC Browser
  4. Firefox
When you first turn on a new PC or laptop, you’ll find that your only route to the internet is via Internet Explorer or, if you’ve just bought a machine running Windows 10, Microsoft’s new Edge web browser.


It's the same with an iPhone or Android device. There will be Safari, Google Chrome or another browser.
But you can download whichever browser you like, either using the one on your PC or laptop already, or the app store on your phone or tablet.
And thanks to StatCounter’s browser stats (taken from March 2017), you can see which are the most popular:

Google Chrome, then, is by far the most used browser which accounts for over half of web traffic, followed by Safari in a distant second place. UC Browser comes in third, with Firefox fourth.Internet Explorer is fifth with 4.2 percent of global web traffic.
Note that Chrome is no longer supported on Windows XP and Vista. Google recommends you upgrade your OS. For more details, see Google's blog post.

Battery drain

In June 2016 it was widely reported that Microsoft had conducted controlled lab tests of several web browsers, in part to promote its own Edge browser which is replacing Internet Explorer. The headlines were that Google Chrome is a battery drain, and this is evidenced by the results in the picture below. 
Google has taken steps to improve Chrome's impact on battery life and it now throttles background tabs to save energy.
Opera also has a low-power mode that's said to improve battery life by 50 percent. It follows the introduction of an in-built advert blocker and completely free VPN service within the browser that offers unlimited use and supposedly decent speeds. Both features are now in the public version. 

Which is the best web browser?

You can’t always believe statistics, and not all surveys agree with StatCounter. W3counter, for example, puts Firefox in third place, not UC Browser. However, all agree that Chrome is by far the most popular.

That’s one measure of the ‘best’ web browser, but there are others too.
Previously we have reviewed the top six web browsers, benchmarking them for speed and rating them on features. The problem with that approach was that all of these browsers are updated constantly, meaning that those reviews quickly became outdated. And that’s why we’re not offering benchmark results here.
Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, Apple and others also add, change and remove features in those regular updates, so on the odd occasion, a feature which was a reason to use a particular browser would vanish overnight.
Even if a browser is better than its rivals because of performance, security or features, they’re all free and there’s no limit to how many you can install or run at the same time. So while many would agree when we say that Google Chrome is the ‘best’ web browser, there’s nothing stopping you from using five or six different browsers.
At PC Advisor we all use multiple browsers on a daily basis. Those of us running Windows use Chrome, Firefox and Opera most of the time with Edge when necessary, while Mac users will use a blend of Safari, Chrome and Firefox.
And all of these browsers offer decent performance and compatibility. They all offer to save your passwords and aside from Internet Explorer (and to some extent Microsoft Edge) they will sync your data, favourites and tabs between multiple computers and devices so you can grab your phone and carry on reading where you left off on your laptop.
They all support extensions and add-ons so you can add specific features, shortcuts and widgets. As of the Windows 10 Anniversary update in mid 2016, Edge finally started supporting extensions. 
If a specific extension isn't available on your favourite browser, simply check and see if it for another browser. Similarly, if a website isn't displaying properly or working in one browser, try another. These are the most common reasons why we use more than one browser.
Arguably the best browser is one that runs on all your devices and shares bookmarks, logins, current tabs and other data so you can pick up where you left off on any device. Chrome does this, as does Safari (but this is only useful if you have Apple products of course).
Here's a table which summarises the main features, as well as which platforms each browser supports. Chrome, Firefox and Opera are the most compatible. You might find older versions of Safari for Windows, but it's no longer kept up to date by Apple.
Chrome
Firefox
IE
Safari
Edge
Opera
Features
Cloud sync
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Download manager
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private browsing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Full-screen mode
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Tabs on the side
Yes
Yes (with add-on)
No
No
No
Yes
Custom extensions
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Platforms
Windows
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mac OS
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Linux
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Android
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
iOS
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Windows phone
No
No
Yes
No
Yes (Windows 10)
Yes
Details
Engine
WebKit
Gecko
Trident
WebKit
EdgeHTML
Webkit
Javascript engine
V8
TraceMonkey
Chakra
Nitro
Chakra
Carakan
Open source
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Website
N/A

Best alternative web browsers

Nonplussed by the big-name browsers? Well, there's good news: there are literally loads of alternatives which you've likely never heard of. That doesn't mean you shouldn't install or try them out, though.
We rounded up six of the best alternative web browsers and although that was a while back, most of those are still good choices today.
Here are several of the best alternative web browsers we recommend you check out in 2017:
Yandex: This is the Russian equivalent of Google Chrome, having been developed by the Russian search engine Yandex. It's available for Windows, Android, iOS and macOS. It defaults to Bing search, but you can change this to Google, Yandex or others. It's based on Chromium and supports extensions, although the list isn't as expansive as Chrome's or Firefox's.
Comodo IceDragon: Like Yandex, Comodo claims to be a secure web browser, protecting you from dodgy websites, keeping your logins safe and more. It also has full compatibilty with Firefox plugins.
Maxthon: It's not enough just to be a web browser these days. Maxthon offers extras such as Maxnote for clipping things from the web, Passkeeper for logins and UUMail for virtual inboxes. 


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