Alternatives to Chrome Firefox and Internet Explorer

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According to several reputable sources (w3schools, statcounter and others) there are five browsers that dominate the Internet market. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari have over 90% usage share. You can read more about this in a previous article named best web browsers for Windows. If you don't like those popular browsers, try other free alternatives. The current list has 9 browsers.
1. Chromium
Chromium is the free, open-source project behind Google Chrome. The main difference is that Google Chrome comes with several features integrated. Examples would be Flash Player, PDF viewer, print options, auto-update (Google Updater) and others. If you're looking for a minimalist, lightweight version of Google Chrome, try Chromium.
First release date: 2008 (also known as The Chromium Project)
It works with: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD and Android.
2. Pale Moon
Pale Moon is a browser based on Mozilla Firefox code. The difference between Pale Moon and Mozilla Firefox is given by performance optimization, software interface and hardware support. Firefox was built to offer maximum compatibility for older operating systems and computers. Pale Moon, requires newer operating systems and PC's but the result is: more speed. Also, accessibility features, Parental controls, Maintenance service and a few other things have been disabled.
First release date: 2009 (also known as The Pale Moon Project)
It works with: Windows
Pale Moon
3. SeaMonkey
SeaMonkey is the continuation of Mozilla Application Suite. It's not just a browser, it is a cross-platform Internet Suite. The Internet Suite comes with a browser, mail & newsgroups, composer, irc chat (chatzilla) and several web development tools. Obviously, you can customize the program and choose to install only the web browser. Just a couple of well-known features: sync, tabbed browsing, session restore, add-ons and data manager, lightweight themes, feed detections, smart location bar, pop-up blocker, safe mode etc.
First release date: 2006 (also known as The SeaMonkey Project )
It works with: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
4. Avant Browser
This browser uses three rendering engines: Trident, Gecko and Webkit. As the author describes them, these engines are the same used by the most popular web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer). The greatest advantage is that you can switch between them anytime. It's like having all three browsers, the only difference is the design of the browser and the list of features. Regarding, his features, let's say that it has almost all options found at other browsers. It comes in two versions: Lite (contains only one rendering engine - the one behind Internet Explorer) and Ultimate (this one has all engines).
First release date: 2004
It works with: Windows
Avant Browser
5. QupZilla
Another cross-platform, free, open-source web browser based on WebKit layout engine. This browser use the same layout engine from Chromium, Google Chrome and Apple Safari. Additional features include: a different default search engine (DuckDuckGo), Native look'n'feel, unified library, integrated adblock and speed dial (like Opera browser). It is a lightweight browser focused on speed and simplicity.
First release date: 2010
It works with: Windows, Linux, OS/2, Haiku OS
6. Midori
Like other browsers, Midori use the WebKit layout engine. The only requirement is the GTK+ also known as the GIMP Toolkit (toolkit to create graphical user interfaces). Just a couple of features: tabs, session management, private browsing, sensitive data options, scripts and style support, bookmark management, customizable interface and other extensions known in other browsers as add-ons. Adblock, form history, mouse gestures, cookie management and others can be enabled or disabled from "Preferences - Extensions" section.
First release date: 2007
It works with: Windows, Linux
7. Arora
Arora is a cross-platform browser that use QtWebKit port of the WebKit layout engine. This browser runs on any platform supported by Qt toolkit. It contains all the standard features plus several others: integration with desktop environments, smart location bar, session management, ClickToFlash plugin, WebInspector (tools for web developers) and many others.
First release date: 2010
It works with: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, OS/2, Haiku
8. Wyzo
Wyzo is a media browser based on Mozilla Firefox. The main difference between them is in their license type. Firefox is open-source while Wyzo is free but under a proprietary license. However, if you're looking for a media browser, I guess Wyzo is probably the best option. It features BitTorrent Integration, Supercharged Downloads, Quick Switch Tabs, Add-ons compatibility for Mozilla web browsers and much more. It aims to accelerate all web downloads and it's built for the best online media experience.
First release date: 2010
It works with: Windows, Mac OS X
9. Maxthon
Originally known as MyIE2, Maxthon is an interesting browser. It won numerous awards and has a long development history. It uses both Trident (used by Internet Explorer) and Webkit layout engines. It has a huge list of features. Those are just a couple of them (latest added): URL Alias, Calendar History, Multiple Sessions in the Same Browser, Multi-Search, Zoom In and Out, Drag-Drop Commands and Search, Mouse Gestures, Group Feature, Ad Hunter, Spell Checker and others. You can customize the browser in any way and as I said, the list of his features is simply overwhelming.
First release date: 2000
It works with: Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, Android

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