Well, like previous replies, you're already learning that there really is no "best" browser; however, the IT industry folks or guru's like myself, you have to understand the backend of the browser.
For example, security wise, Mozilla Firefox or just Mozilla are you best bets. Why? Because almost all the other browsers including IE are built using the mozilla kernel. Firefox, so far, has held on to the reputation of, most secured browser and it is what I use; however, like every browser different coding or plugin's will influence how fast your going to surf.
There are things that IE, Mozilla and Firefox have problems with queriying Java, which is odd, because its a Virtual Machine design by Microsoft unless your using Sun Microsystems Java. Firefox is still my choice; however, I recently (and it shames me to say it), Netscape has come out with a the fastest I've seen in a while. Pages I use to have a problem with loading because the browser is spending too much time on a line or lines of code of the actual page are opening much faster in Netscape's new release. And remember, I'm biased against Netscape. The overall purpose I'm trying to convay is, forget about the best browser and focus on the best tools to protect your computer from virus, malware/grayware and maybe a firewall that all work well with your choice of a browser. Your only as good as your weekest link. When browser software compaines start overwhelming a browser with all sorts of "enhanced" features, you ultimately lose control of your online experience. Some browsers are coming with Virus protection built in, which defeats a standalone you may already have and you should never have more then one anti-virus on any one machine (NOD32 still being the champ in the anti virus department). The shell, or Kernels are all pretty much the sime, like linux is based on a core then open source or designers will cater it to their design. Keep it simple. Something you find user friendly backed up by good protection (I use Firefox with NOD32 for anti virus, Raptor firewall through a proxy and Norton Internet Security for my client, which has enabled me to go, so far, spyware and virus free. But you always get spyware, no way around that. Thats why you stay up on the most current tools, like Spybot, ad-aware, housecall.trendmicro.com and keep them all up-to-date. I will say that the most exploitable browser out there is, at current, Microsoft's IE, so if you think your safe with just IE, I can show you a 1000 different exploits to gather information if I wanted to or was that type of person. Not hard to find. So, I would only suggest not using IE. Something that blocks all these sites like yahoo, msn etc to push a malware item that puts yahoo toolbar on your browser without your permission that has a built in pop up blocker, well, thats just not good, so go with a browser that will notify you of anything it see's and ask's for your approval before it changes, like firefox.
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