Freeware Browsers - A Freeware Graphical Web Browser Guide for Windows



Freeware Browsers This is a freeware graphical web browser guide for Windows. It compares the most popular features between each browser.



Key Page Key

Trident Engine = Uses the Microsoft Trident Layout Engine
Gecko Engine = Uses the Mozilla Gecko Layout Engine
Presto Engine = Uses the Opera Presto Layout Engine
WebKit Engine = Uses the WebKit Layout Engine

Yes = Feature is Supported
No = Feature is Not Supported
Extended = Feature is Supported through Extensions

Notes - Some of the following browsers require an archive utility to extract them. The following is recommended:

IZArc IZArc - Download - Home Page
A 100% Free archive utility that supports many archive formats including: 7-ZIP, ACE, RAR and ZIP.

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Editor's Picks

Internet Explorer 7 Internet Explorer 7 - Home Page - Download - Editor's Pick
Internet Explorer 7 maintains the most webpage compatibility of any browser and adds Tabs, Integrated Search and a much needed Anti-Phishing feature. Pop-up Blocking support was added in Windows XP SP2 and is used by Internet Explorer 7. Since the single most important feature of a browser is webpage compatibility, this is an excellent choice for most users.


Opera Opera 9 - Home Page - Download - Customize - Editor's Pick
Opera invented Tabbed like browsing and was the first web browser to include an Integrated Search feature and Pop-up Blocking. Other unique features include an integrated BitTorrent Client and Voice control. Opera is the Fastest, most Secure and most Compliant (Acid2) Graphical Web Browser for Windows. An excellent choice for advanced users.

Notes - Opera is not compatible with all webpages.

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Browsers

Acoo Browser Acoo Browser - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
Extended Download Manager (1)
Yes Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the InstantGet Extension


AOL Explorer AOL Explorer - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
No Mouse Gestures
No Download Manager
Yes Page Zooming
No Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

Notes - AOL Explorer may bundle AOL Desktop Search and AOL AntiSpyware applications.


Avant Browser Avant Browser - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
Extended Download Manager (1)
Yes Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the LeechGet Extension


Cayman Browser Cayman Browser - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
No RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
No Download Manager
No Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support


Crazy Browser Crazy Browser (AM Browser) - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
No Download Manager
Yes Page Zooming
No Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support


Deepnet Explorer Deepnet Explorer - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search *
Yes RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
No Download Manager
No Page Zooming
No Safe Recovery
Yes Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

* Search is from the address bar


Firefox Firefox - Home Page - Firefox Myths

Gecko Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
Extended Mouse Gestures (1)
Yes Download Manager
Extended Page Zooming (2)
Yes Safe Recovery
Yes Anti-Phishing
Extended Email Client (3)
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the Mouse Gestures Redox Extension
(2) Supported with the Image Zoom Extension
(3) Supported with the Simple Mail Extension


Flock Flock - Home Page - Features - Download

Gecko Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
No Mouse Gestures
Yes Download Manager
No Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
Yes Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support



Google Chrome Google Chrome - Home Page - Features - Download

WebKit Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search *
No RSS Support
No Mouse Gestures
Yes Download Manager
Yes Page Zooming
No Safe Recovery
Yes Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

* Search is from the address bar


GoSURF GoSURF - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search *
No RSS Support
Extended Mouse Gestures (1)
No Download Manager
Yes Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the StrokeIt Extension
* Search is from the address bar


GreenBrowser GreenBrowser - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
Extended Download Manager (1)
Yes Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the LeechGet Extension


Internet Explorer 6 Internet Explorer 6 - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Extended Tabs (1)
Extended Pop-up Blocker (2)
Extended Integrated Search (1)
Extended RSS Support (1)
Extended Mouse Gestures (3)
Extended Download Manager (4)
No Page Zooming
Extended Safe Recovery (1)
Extended Anti-Phishing (1)
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the Windows Live Toolbar Extension
(2) Supported with Windows XP SP2 or the Windows Live Toolbar Extension
(3) Supported with the Mouse Gesture Extension
(4) Supported with the LeechGet Extension


Internet Explorer 7 Internet Explorer 7 - Home Page - Features - Download - Editor's Pick

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
Extended Mouse Gestures (1)
Extended Download Manager (2)
Yes Page Zooming
Extended Safe Recovery (3) *
Yes Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the IE7Pro Extension
(2) Supported with the LeechGet Extension
(3) Supported with the IE7Pro Extension
* The Restore Last Tab Group Feature was in the IE7 Beta but is missing in the Final Release version.


K-Meleon K-Meleon - Home Page - Features - Download

Gecko Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search *
Yes RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
Extended Download Manager (1)
Yes Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery **
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with various Download Managers
* Search is from the address bar
** Requires manually selecting the 'Open Last Session' Feature


Maxthon Maxthon (MyIE2) - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
Yes Download Manager
Yes Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support


Mozilla Suite Mozilla Suite - Home Page *

* End of Support: Mozilla Suite - March 11, 2005

Gecko Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
No RSS Support
Extended Mouse Gestures (1)
Yes Download Manager
Extended Page Zooming (2)
Extended Safe Recovery (3)
No Anti-Phishing
Yes Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the Mouse Gesture Extension
(2) Supported with the Image Zoom Extension
(3) Supported with the SessionSaver Extension


Netscape Netscape Browser - Home Page *

* End of Support: Netscape Web Browser - February 1, 2008

Gecko Engine + Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
No Mouse Gestures
Yes Download Manager
Extended Page Zooming (1)
No Safe Recovery
Yes Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the Image Zoom Extension


Opera Opera 9 - Home Page - Features - Download - Editor's Pick

Presto Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
Yes Mouse Gestures
Yes Download Manager
Yes Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
Yes Anti-Phishing
Yes Email Client
Yes Voice Control
Yes BitTorrent Support


Safari Safari - Home Page - Features - Download

WebKit Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
No Mouse Gestures
Yes Download Manager
No Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery *
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

* Requires manually selecting the 'Reopen All Windows From Last Session' Feature


SeaMonkey SeaMonkey - Home Page - Features - Download

Gecko Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
No RSS Support
No Mouse Gestures
Yes Download Manager
No Page Zooming
Extended Safe Recovery (1)
No Anti-Phishing
Yes Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the Crash Recovery Extension


SlimBrowser SlimBrowser - Home Page - Features - Download

Trident Engine Engine
Yes Tabs
Yes Pop-up Blocker
Yes Integrated Search
Yes RSS Support
No Mouse Gestures *
Extended Download Manager (1)
Yes Page Zooming
Yes Safe Recovery
No Anti-Phishing
No Email Client
No Voice Control
No BitTorrent Support

(1) Supported with the Instant Get Extension
* Partial Mouse Gesture Support to go back and forward only

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Kids Browsers

Kids Playground Web Browser Kids Playground Web Browser - Download
"Kids Playground Web Browser is a free browser that kids can use to surf online to web links that you provide. An adult can password protect the links editor."


KidRocket Web Browser KidRocket Web Browser - Home Page - Download
"The KidRocket KidSafe Web Browser is a free browser that is a simple and effective way for kids to safely surf the internet. It will only go to the hand picked web sites programmed into the Web Browser. The rest of the internet and WWW, along with its many safety concerns and hazards... are completely LOCKED OUT!."

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Specialty Browsers

Portable Firefox Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition - Home Page - Download
"Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser bundled with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions and saved passwords with you.."


Opera USB Opera USB - Home Page - Download
"Use all the features of Opera on a USB Drive."


uBrowser uBrowser - Home Page - Download
"uBrowser is a simple Web Browser that uses the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine and OpenGL to interact with pages in a 3D environment. Any page that works in Firefox should work in uBrowser."

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This page will be revised as new browsers are released and evaluated. This information can change at any time. Feel free to submit suggestions or comments to OptimizeXP@comcast.net. Do not send Technical Support Questions.

Browser Submissions - For a browser to be listed here it must be 100% free, without ads. Include an installer and uninstaller. The browser must also be actively developed within the last year.

Rejected - The following browsers were not included for the following reasons: (Please do not submit them)

Amaya
- This is really a web editor with browsing features.
- Poor CSS Support = Unacceptable.
- Serious web page compatibility issues = Unacceptable.

Dillo
- Does not natively run in Windows. (Only official builds off the home page are acceptable)
- Does not support CSS, JavaScript, or Java = Unacceptable.
- Does not support SSL = Unacceptable.
- Frame Support is very limited = Unacceptable.
- In my opinion lack of support for all these features makes the browser useless.

Elinks
- The homepage does not compile or host the Windows builds = Unacceptable.
- None of the builds available worked = Unacceptable.
- In my opinion text only browsing is a complete waste of time with modern web pages.

Lynx
- The homepage does not compile or host the Windows builds = Unacceptable.
- Not all available Windows builds were the latest browser version = Unacceptable.
- I downloaded multiple builds that did not work = Unacceptable.
- After finding a build that did work I found the browser too complicated to use = Unacceptable.
- In my opinion text only browsing is a complete waste of time with modern web pages.

Off By One
- By far the worst interface of any graphical web browser used yet.
- No address bar = Unacceptable.
- No CSS and JavaScript support = Unacceptable.
- No applet, plug-in or Flash support = Unacceptable.

Extension Support - Only officially supported free extensions will be listed. Any extension must specifically mention the browser it supports, otherwise it will be considered unofficial and not listed here. In some instances there are multiple extensions that perform the same function. The one chosen is based on popularity and is only listed to show that a feature is supported through an extension. It is not listed to endorse a certain extension over another. Do not submit extensions if one is already listed for a feature that does the same thing.

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