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Which Web Browser Is Best Under Windows 8?

  1. #11


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Knowing that chrome is from google and google kind of has a record of user privacy concerns, I avoid using it.
    Fair enough, a valid concern for many.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    That, along with poor malware blocking. There is even some studies that back this.
    I would like to see these studies. My experience in using and supporting computers does not confirm this statement. In fact, I've experienced far more problems with IE (6,7 and 8 for sure), with respect to malware.
    IE 6, 7, and 8 are crappy for sure. But IE 9 and 10 are the most relevant nowadays and for the enterprise along with firefox.

    Internet Explorer 9 Is the Most Secure Browser, Better Than Chrome ? Study - Softpedia
    This is the most recent one. I'm trying to find the latest one as it now says chrome's ability to block malware rose from 30 or percent to about 70.4.

    IE9 Tops On Malware Blocking Test | Apple Safari 5 | Google Chrome 10 |
    And again, even a year ago, IE 9 was still best for malware blocking.

    Study: Internet Explorer 9 Safest Browser: Associations Now
    This appears to be the most recent, and again IE 9 WHOMPS chrome.

    IE9 versus Chrome: which one blocks malware better? | ZDNet
    A year ago from ZDNet, same thing.

    Internet Explorer 9 Is the Most Secure Browser, Better Than Chrome ? Study - Softpedia
    Another recent one, from October this year, same thing.

    Shoot, this made me think of a friend that has xp and constantly had malware issues, even corruption files on USB drives and locally. He uses google chrome along with freeware anti-virus...

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  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Knowing that chrome is from google and google kind of has a record of user privacy concerns, I avoid using it.
    Fair enough, a valid concern for many.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    That, along with poor malware blocking. There is even some studies that back this.
    I would like to see these studies. My experience in using and supporting computers does not confirm this statement. In fact, I've experienced far more problems with IE (6,7 and 8 for sure), with respect to malware.
    I use Chromium. No privacy issues.

    Malware blocking doesn't seem to be poor.
    What I do like is the Adblock Plus addon that blocks most of flash and popups so that's related to malware blocking since most of the popups can execute malware.

    Too bad IE doesn't have Adblock Plus (free) or something similar (maybe I'm not aware of something here).
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  3. #13


    IE 9/10 is okay but I don't use it much. Unless I need another browser for checking two emails or something I will barely use it. The appearance of 10 really bugs me and it doesn't seem as fast as they make it seem especially when opening. 10 on windows 7(preview?) is okay but it looks flat and clashes with windows 7 plus the ugly metro scrollbar. When I fear a website could be unsafe I usually visit it with firefox plus it has a bunch of good plugins for various needs, although it's kind of slow. Google chrome I use for regular just surfing or reading. It's fast and light-weight. Of course I am only referring to the desktop versions.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The IE preview for 9 was crap as well for me. I actually caused me to do a reinstall of 7 because I couldn't figure out for the life of me why things all of a sudden went weird. Then I read a few weeks after doing so that IE 9 preview was the cause...

    Now, I wonder, do most people that use chrome have some plugins like Adblock? I feel it's a no. I do know that people that know what they're doing will have those plugins, but every chrome browser on malware affected systems are just running chrome as it is...

    But I just use Kaspersky's adblocking feature with IE.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Why we have 2 treads on witch one is the best browser ? This is an easy choice, you install and try all of them, and then you decide by yourself....
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  6. #16


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    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I used to be a firefox user, as well as a safari user, but IE 9 changed that. Knowing that chrome is from google and google kind of has a record of user privacy concerns, I avoid using it. That, along with poor malware blocking. There is even some studies that back this. I've personally have had to deal with malware that was deeply embedded into Windows 7 on some laptops that had either expired anti-virus, shoddy anti-virus, or no anti-virus. Normally, this would go to say that one should use anti-virus software especially online. But I've also seen this on some systems with IE 9 on them. Those systems didn't have deep malware that literally prevents anything from being done. The constant I've seen with those deeply affected system is the use of google chrome as the default browser. Shoot, this reminded me of a laptop that I've had to work on like three times, reinstall Windows 7 one time on it, and kept getting malware attacks. I recently read a study saying google chrome does a poor job of blocking malware, and the anti-virus being used was AVG Internet Security 2012, all up to date. Still kept getting malware, and I realized chrome was the default browser. I uninstalled it after cleaning up the STDs and idiot-proofed it. So far, I haven't had a call to service said laptop.

    Now, I read the breakdown of IE 10's performance, I have to say, ehh meh. It's third, but not dramatically, just three points behind firefox. I'll sacrifice two-three seconds of load time versus not dealing with STDs all the time.

    By the way, they used the Desktop IE 10 version, and didn't use the metro IE. Obviously the test needs to have its constants, but I've read about metro IE 10 being better and faster, as it doesn't have add-ons to load and it also uses a new media framework. So if you're watching a YouTube video or some other online video, metro IE adjusts the quality to keep the video going. I'd like to see a breakdown of metro IE 10, that's all.
    Interesting. I've been running Chrome on all my systems for several years and I haven't had a single malware incursion that I've been able to detect. Maybe it would be a good idea to stay away from porn sites, eh?

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  7. #17


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Too bad IE doesn't have Adblock Plus (free) or something similar (maybe I'm not aware of something here).
    Turn on ActiveX filtering in IE9 and it does pretty much the same job as Adblock.
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  8. #18


    Yeah, I've certainly experienced more malware type problems on IE boxes at work and with friends in their homes. But I also have to take into account that they are less sophisticated computer users as well...so that may explain why they get themselves into some situations that I might not find myself in.

    Also, when I look at my web usage, I'm far more conservative than many others. I don't pirate software, I don't download movies, music, software torrents, etc. I think when you stay away from a lot of those types of things, you have far fewer problems on your computer.
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  9. #19


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Yeah, I've certainly experienced more malware type problems on IE boxes at work and with friends in their homes. But I also have to take into account that they are less sophisticated computer users as well...so that may explain why they get themselves into some situations that I might not find myself in.

    Also, when I look at my web usage, I'm far more conservative than many others. I don't pirate software, I don't download movies, music, software torrents, etc. I think when you stay away from a lot of those types of things, you have far fewer problems on your computer.
    Concur. Anyone that I've known that has ever had problems with their system seem to be the ones who are into pirating stuff. One guy I work with makes no bones about the fact that he steals music and video. If you're going to visit sites that provide that service then you're more likely to pull down a payload.

    Don't get me going about piracy. I'm one of the few people on this planet that PAYS for my copy of WinZIP!

    -Max
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  10. #20


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    I pay for all my software too, as for the music, I don't care about the one you download as it's crap to my ears, I still prefer vinyl.
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