Best Secondary Web Browser?


Okay by now most of us are familiar with Mozilla Firefox, and a lot of us prefer it over the pre-installed Internet Explorer, and the ancient Netscape, but there are several other browsers out there definitely worth a mention, and could possibly have you guys wanting to make a switch. Here are the top ten web browsers for 2009 according to several PC magazines ranked by features set, speed, security, ease of use, and help & support.

The rankings and ratings:

1 Firefox (3.5 out of 4.0)
2 Google Chrome (3.5 out of 4.0)
3 IE (3.5 out of 4.0)
4 Opera (3.0 out of 4.0)
5 Safari (3.0 out of 4.0)
6 Maxthon (3.0 out of 4.0)
7 Flock (3.0 out of 4.0)
8 Avant Browser (3.0 out of 4.0)
9 Deepnet Explorer (2.5 out of 4.0)
10 Phaseout (2.0 out of 4.0)

So which secondary web browser do the PC Pitstop users prefer?

So which secondary web browser do the PC Pitstop users prefer? For the sake of research we are not going to include Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Mozilla Firefox in our comparison because we consider these to be main browsers. We are considering the aforementioned three as main browsers because of market share, name recognition, and number of years since release. Now let us define our secondary browser. A secondary browser is one that is not preinstalled, is fairly new to the market, and is typically used alongside one of the main browsers. Although Deepnet Explorer and Phaseout are good secondary browsers, they have little to no prevalence amongst Pitstop users, so we have fazed them out of the analysis. Now we are only left with Safari, Opera, Google Chrome, Maxthon, Flock, and Avant Browser. Below are the prevalence comparisons for each browser, first for all users and then for each region:

Pitstop Users Rank Safari # 1, Google #2, and Opera third.

Go on a Middle Eastern Safari.

Maxthon may be in the feeling-out process.

The Avant Browser more popular in the Row Region.

No one is flocking to this browser.

Latin America likes to surf with Chrome.

Everyone enjoys the Opera about the same.

I personally like Google Chrome, but if I was more of a Facebook, Myspace, or Twitter type of guy I would go with Opera or Flock. However, at the end of the day the best secondary web browser is the one that meets your individual needs. All these browsers offer great features, but personally I just look for speed, and Google Chrome is fast. Check-out a brief description of each browser below:


Opera and Flock are both social web browsers, but Opera does a better job of combining Internet-related task such as displaying websites, page zooming, and protecting against malware with the social environment.


Google Chrome is a free web browser that was created to make the web faster, easier, and safer. Another alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the public stable version of Chrome was just released in December 2008, and by the end of January 2009 it had a share of 1.12% of the web browser market.


Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc first released on the company’s Mac OS X operating system; it became Apple’s default browser beginning with Mac OS X Panther. When Apple released the iPhone, Safari was also made the native browser for the iPhone OS. Finally a version of Safari for the Microsoft Windows operating system was released in 2007.

Deepnet Explorer

Deepnet Explorer is a web browser that is unique in the fact that it allows users to browse the web while simultaneously sharing files using P2P technology. Sure it also offers the cool browser features like Pop-up blocking, auto login/auto fill, and tab browsing, but the P2P technology and built-in RSS/Atom News Reader make it stand-out.


Phaseout is a browser that does not do much to differentiate itself from other web browsers, but it does apply advanced tools and new skin graphics to your internet experience.


Offering many rich features, 1,400 plug-ins, and a highly customizable interface, Maxthon makes it mark in the web browser market by allowing each user to create a web browser that will fit their individual needs.

Avant Browser

Usability is the best word to describe Avant Browser; it is extremely light, fast, and easy to use. The tabbed browsing feature is amazing, allowing you to open all your favorites with just one click, instead of one at a time. The popup blocker is very effective, you can create keyboard shortcuts to favorite sites, and it also features a RSS reader. The only thing negative about this browser is that the security features are not as good as other popular browsers like Firefox or Chrome.


A Mozilla-based browser that is very similar to Firefox. However, this browser has a few new features that help separate it from Firefox. Basically removing all the trouble of adding “add-ons”, Flock builds all the features you will need right into the browser. Offering web service within the browser, flock users can get to the favorites they have created even when using another browser, as well as share their favorites with other users. Also use Flock’s blog editor with Blogger, WordPress, or Flickr when you want to blog about pictures that you have taken.

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22 thoughts on “Best Secondary Web Browser?”

  1. Wendell D Mitchell

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  3. I prefer very low memory usage, very easy to customize (such disable JavaScript, ActiveX, …), being able to block ads and pop-ups. I wonder why MS doesn`t do the same for us.

  4. I installed Firefox because Gmail was running miserably slow, and I wasn’t happy about installing Chrome until it’s been used some more.

    Firefox does indeed handle Gmail well – no more of that irritating lag between keyboard and screen – but apparently had a major-league conflict with Norton. Norton would simply cut out mid-session, usually (but not always) with an error message to the effect that “Norton Security Framework Encountered a Problem and Needed to Close”.

    I uninstalled Firefox, un- and re- installed Norton, and everything went back to normal; including the sluggish screen response in Gmail.

  5. I am currently testing Lunascape and am somewhat impressed
    with the three built-in rendering engines. Not bad thought
    I noticed that when I close it it takes awhile to release
    itself from memory.

    SlimBrowser has been my default browser for years on various
    machines. After upgrading to IE7 (IE8 is a no-go) memory usage
    starts to climb quite fast due to flash and whatnot.
    For awhile K-Meleon was the secondary browser as it’s also
    quick to start and browses just fine like SlimBrowser.
    However, after revisiting the Moz/NS combo via SeaMonkey I
    find myself using this one more and more.

    Opera has been in use since the Win3 days but I still can’t
    quite get comfortable with it. If only RoboForm worked with
    it I’d be in Opera more often.

    As for Firefox, well, I’ve been using it since the beginning
    but man it just takes way too long get loaded lately.
    It’s starting to feel a bit heavy.
    On my old ThinkPad it ranks #4 or 5 in use.
    Google Chrome is okay but I don’t like the look.

    So for me, on the IE side it’s SlimBrowser. SeaMonkey is now
    getting equal use.

  6. I have been using Flashpeak Slimbrowser for about 6 years and have had just about zero problems. No pop-ups is the big thing. They offer a bunch of superfulous add-ons that I don’t use.

  7. Why the assumption of one browser use I don’t know.
    “Plus, you didn’t mention Seamonkey, the all in one “suite”, originally Mozilla Suite, then the split off to Firefox, that took over after Netscape tanked.”

    I use multiple browsers, IE 8, KM Lite, K-Meleon, Firefox, SeaMonkey, with SeaMonkey as the (main) default. Multiple browsers with SeaMonkey the center allows me to extend home office to webpages of interest. My word processor Jarte Plus has buttons and links, so I can open webpages, e.g. for specific areas of research from within it. SeaMonkey with Address book, Mail & Newsgroups, Composer, IRC Chat, and Navigator (multiple homepages) the essential core internet application. Several other of the browsers support multiple homepages too. Multiple browsers the way for me.

  8. Hate IE, because it is too slow and clunky.
    Really like Firefox, but it is slowing down. Love the add-ons & extensions (I have about 25-30 of them). But I find with a widescreen monitor with high resolution, the text and images are pretty small. While I can zoom in easily with my Wave keyboard, I find that images and flash videos do not enlarge with this feature. So I find Chrome handy for this. But Chrome allows too many ads for my taste, so I recently (just yesterday) discovered and installed Iron, which is basically a slightly better version (skin?) of Chrome. So far I think it may soon become my favorite. Apparently it is currently in development, but I can add an ad-blocker (Ad Muncher) to it, and it works pretty well. I hope it gets more attention soon, and I can see some reviews of it. It seems many people really dislike all the advertising on Chrome, with no good way to block it. Apparently the only add-on to deal with it has been discontinued and is no longer supported.

  9. I’m not sure why, but I see no mention of the open source browser K-Meleon. I’ve used it for quite some time now and it’s light, fast and takes me everywhere I need to go. I have Firefox but it’s long in loading and I get a -228 error every time I download something. The error code is something I cannot seem to resolve. I do use Firefox with Ubuntu though and it zips along.

  10. I have been a computer user since the Apple IIe, and seeing all of the advances in technology throughout the years I would say that ‘over-all’ firefox is the best. IE8 had been deleted from my system (I hate Microsoft, and I hate Apple even more). I can’t use Linux because the programs I use wont function with it. So I am stuck with Windows XP Pro. The only way to get great browsing from any of them is to build yourself a custom system with lots of RAM and a fast CPU.

  11. Egbert van den Bosch

    By trial and error I used a lot of different browsers, just to get a stable connection in Vista Home Premium. I even rolled IE8 back to IE7. I must agree with Marty Pekar that I miss Slimbrowser in the lineup. As many other mentioned, it is also a shell for a main browser, but far ahead in it’s time with tabbed browsing. I use Slimbrowser for many years now and I keep coming back to it, because ease of use and speed.

    Sadly even this browser doesn’t help in solving my Vista connection troubles, but it is still on the top of my list.

  12. Well, lots of choice that’s for certain.
    I was a dedicated Firefox user, but find lately it’s slow to boot up.
    I tried Safari for Windows, but the darn thing after a while bogged down & was frightfully large & horribly slow, so it was goodbye Safari! (I did like the layout though)
    I then tried Google Chrome, Works fine, but not really my cup of tea. It did not have all the functions or additions I was looking for, and I found websites it would not handle. (Online gaming sites)
    Internet Explorer, well, periodically I use it, however I find it’s okay, but not real intuitive to use, and can be slow.
    Right now I’m using Opera. Has some nice features, quick, and can be nicely modded to suit individual tastes quite well.
    So as of now it’s kind of a triple alliance, Opera-Firefox-IE8, with Opera seeing about 70% of the browsing load, followed by Firefox with 25% and 5% going to IE8

  13. Deepnet needs to be removed from any browser candidate list. It is dead in the water and has had no development/support for at least three years.

  14. I been using ORCA Browser..
    I have Firefox +slow boot up ,
    Safari fast nice boring
    opera interesting but just can;t get familar with it
    IE8 nothing so say here yuck
    Orca a firefox with a new lease of life in it

    Fantastic features and so fast

  15. Two browsers you didn’t mention are TheWorld and Slimbrowser. Both are basically improved versions of IE similar to Maxthon (which has been known to mysteriously close on me without warning) and my previous favorite, Avant. I currently use SlimBrowser, in my opinion the current best of the bunch. TheWorld is also excellent although SlimBrowser seems a bit faster in loading pages.

  16. Plus, you didn’t mention Seamonkey, the all in one “suite”, originally Mozilla Suite, then the split off to Firefox, that took over after Netscape tanked. Curiously, their browser is still called “Navigator”. I use it quite often, especially when I need to edit a web page.

  17. I tend to prefer Chrome but every once in awhile I come across a webpage that Chrome does not handle well and I either load it in Firefox or IE. Safari I detest because it does not work well for me and Chrome performs better so I stick with Chrome.

  18. I find it odd that you don’t include Firefox/mozilla/netscape but include variants of it.

    Flock is a variant of firefox/mozilla/netscape.

    Some of the others in your results are also just another browser with a skin slapped on it. aka several of them are nothing more then IE.

    Safari? Well it does come “pre-installed” on computers, in fact it’s code base has been in use before it existed ( Konqueror KHTML)

    Opera does indeed come pre-installed on some computers.

    That would likely leave Chrome as the only one that fits your criteria as a browser that isn’t IE, isn’t netscape/mozilla/firefox, and isn’t “pre-installed”.

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