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Web browsers compared; Opera comes out on top

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Many PC buyers assume there is one way to get onto the Internet — Internet Explorer. It’s already on the desktop, it seems to work, so why mess with a good thing?

But these days there are many choices when it comes to browsers, and even casual Internet users should be aware of the alternatives.

Beyond Microsoft’s Explorer, the roster of major players now includes Safari (from Apple but usable on PCs), Firefox (from Mozilla), Chrome (a new entrant from Google) and Opera (from Opera Software). And there are relatively obscure choices such as Camino, Epiphany and the cute-sounding SeaMonkey. The list goes on. Here’s a fairly complete roster: http://tinyurl.com/eed8b.

Most of us don’t want to spend a lifetime sampling browsers. All we want is one that’s fast, doesn’t crash often and offers some protection against malware and hackers.

So I’ve spent some time with each of the major browsers to find my favorites.

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