A web browser is a software application which enables a user to display and interact with text, images, videos, music, games and other information typically located on a Web page at a website on the World Wide Web or a local area network. Text and images on a Web page can contain hyperlinks to other Web pages at the same or different website. Web browsers allow a user to quickly and easily access information provided on many Web pages at many websites by traversing these links. Web browsers format HTML information for display, so the appearance of a Web page may differ between browsers.
The major popular web brousers are listed below.
Free Download: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Firefox remains the most-recommended web browser for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux users. Mozilla's Firefox an open-source XML/HTML browser which is a fast standards-compliant free web browser based on the Gecko rendering engine. It contains many useful features including multi-page tabbed browsing, privacy enhancements, developer tools, popup blocking, themes, plugins and hundreds of useful browser extensions. One thing that helps to make Firefox safer than Internet Explorer is the absense of ActiveX support, which is often used by spyware to infect computers.Firefox is the safest and most enjoyable way to surf the Web.
Google Chrome (beta)
Free Download: http://www.google.com/chromeThe Google Chrome browser takes a minimalist approach, stripping down to basic browsing with an ultra-simple, intuitive interface. Reviewers find it very fast, with superb search features, private browsing and the best crash protection available. It also makes it possible to use Google desktop applications offline, and users can search the text of pages in the browser's history. The main drawbacks are fairly primitive bookmarking plus the lack of customization. For those who want RSS feeds and many other options within the browser, we recommend Firefox 3, as it's just as fast but much more customizable. The popularity of Google Chrome has really taken off since its first beta release three months ago. The browser now boasts over 10 million active users and has proven that it can compete with the big boys like Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer 8(beta)
Free Download: http://www.opera.com/
The Opera browser is a super fast standards-compliant web browser offering advanced technologies not found in other web browsers. Opera browsers are available for mobile phones, desktops, home media and verticals. It has its own rendering engine and offers great features including tabbed browsing, popup blocking, fast forward, skins, email and chat. Security and anti-phishing features block spyware and malicious web sites. Opera's Voice function allows you to use spoken commands and have web pages and text read back to you. Opera beats the other browsers in compliance with web standards, and builds in loads of convenient features. It runs on Windows, Mac or Linux, and excels in synchronization.
Free Download: http://flock.com/Flock 2 is for people who 'live on the web' since it has all the speed, security and options of Firefox 3, but builds in a blog editor, photo-up-loader and big sidebar to keep current with social networking friends, RSS feeds and photo-sharing sites.A horizontal photo bar shows thumbnails from photo-sharing sites. For those who love multitasking, this is a great browser choice.
Free Download: http://www.apple.com/safari/
Safari is a proprietary Internet web browser developed by Apple Inc. First released as a public beta on January 7, 2003 on the company's Mac OS X operating system, it became Apple's default browser beginning with Mac OS X v10.3, commonly known as "OS X Panther." Apple has also made Safari the native browser for the iPhone and iPod Touch. On June 11, 2007, a version of Safari was released for the Microsoft Windows operating system, supporting both Windows XP and Windows Vista. Safari has a 4% market share as of December 2008
Free Download: http://browser.netscape.com/
Netscape was the first commercial Internet browser. It was introduced in 1994. Netscape gradually lost its popularity to Internet Explorer. The development of Netscape officially ended in February 2008.