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Jeanine
13 Feb 2018

Nope, tried Chrome but don't use it. It gave me the creepy feeling it was stalking me (which it was).

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Sherry McDonald
13 Feb 2018

I have used Chrome for years but lately, on my W10 Surface Pro, Chrome is acting up and crashing often. I couldn't uninstall it because I couldn't see it. It disappeared but error msgs kept telling me it was open. Finally got it off and will never use it again. I'm shopping for a good reliable browser and will check Opera out as I liked it years ago. Never been a fan of MS Edge or Fire Fox. We should have more options.

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Bruce Gray
13 Feb 2018

For many years I have been using the Firefox variant known as Pale Moon. Never any problems and it does offer periodic updates -- although I'm not sure that most are meaningful. Like others have written, there are alternative search engines and Google may be the most popular but I've learned to distrust the listings since I always get ads that I don't want and only have to delete. By the way: your webpage, Bob, is getting to be excessively heavy with sidebars and similar distractions. It may pay you but annoys -- at least -- this viewer.

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RandiO
13 Feb 2018

On your oft-repeated insistence that Google-anything is the greatest thing since sliced bread; I'll bring my finest pair of spectator binoculars for the Chrome users' "jumping off the bridge" party! I'll be one of the pathetic-sheep-following-the-heard on the sidelines of that bridge with the green dunce [dunst?] hat!
What is next, Mr. Rankin? Are you going to extol the virtues of google DNS because it is the fastest (and most reliable) set of IP#s in the universe?
Oh, pleeeease!

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Connie
13 Feb 2018

Chrome? Oh bad bad. Resource hog and I rather enjoy my privacy instead of being barraged by 50 gillion ads whenever I happen to go check something on a website.
I was always a Netscape lover since the mid 90's. Eventually I switched to Firefox because of the Mozilla platform. Sea Monkey is another that is nearly identical to Netscape and it's still updated on a regular basis. I use it too. I like Opera too as it's light on resources.
Firefox was my default but it's gotten to be such a CPU hog that I have to shut it down after an hour or less. But Chrome..I don't like it at all, don't like being spied on and having to reload it too because of CPU usage.
Going to try out the Vivaldi and Brave browsers and see how they stand up.

Posted by:

Lady Fitzgerald
13 Feb 2018

@John Vaeth Using the apostrophe in the possessive "its" is an easy mistake to make. I know darned well it's not supposed to be there yet I habitually wind up putting it in there anyway and have to go back and take it out (and I don't always catch myself, either, as is evident in my other post in this thread).

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Marc de Piolenc
13 Feb 2018

It's about choice, Bob. Just because the majority are swarming in one direction doesn't mean that browser is for me. I use Firefox, because it does work for me. I use Chrome or Internet Exploiter when I run into an "optimized" site that basically only allows that browser to render it.

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James
13 Feb 2018

I play an on-line game @ plarium.com. It says that chrome is the preferred Browser. HOWEVER, OPERA seems to have less issues, and YES OPERA is a CHROME based Browser.

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Dane
13 Feb 2018

I have installed many browsers and surf randomly on all of them. Just to be sure that google and microsoft and other have problems in tracking me.

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Robert Beveridge
13 Feb 2018

I have also tried several different browsers and most have some good points but I always return to Chrome, because it works well for me :-) If Chrome actually snoops I'd like to see some real proof, anyway I have nothing to hide I don't visit dark webs (whatever they are) I just use my PC for pleasure and for searching, I do think users should have another browser for emergencies if the favourite goes down, at the moment mine is Epic

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Eli Marcus
13 Feb 2018

I have been pretty loyal to Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox/Thunderbird since I first logged on to the internet in 1997.
I never could stand using MS IE, but I don't mind using Chrome some of the time, but I absolutely cannot stand being "bullied" and pushed by a monopoly into using a single browser or operating system or document authoring system as Google and Microsoft often do. I enjoy having the freedom of choice in browsers, and have used Opera off and on for at least 10 years.It's good to have alternatives for technical reasons too - a recent bug I had in Chrome, caused a potential security breach in my office computer, and forced me to go to another browser - so I have been using Opera as my default in the last 6 months. Handling of popups and spam also differs completely from browser to browser, and certain sites simply don't behave properly in Chrome or MS IE. I have also been using the new Brave browser recently when I want to reduce the usual security/popup/spam problems. In addition, as a regular Linux user, I have never minded being in the minority share of computer users, and sometimes, as with Linux, the minority grows to become a more significant force in the computing world.

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Ron
13 Feb 2018

I have been using AOL for my main browser for a long time now. Currently, AOL Desktop Gold is what I use most of the time. I find that their email program is the most intuitive to use over other browsers. I recently also changed to Windows 10 when my computer service facility cleaned and reloaded my computer and upgraded it from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It's faster now.

Posted by:

SharonH
13 Feb 2018

Running Win 7 Professional.
First some background: I had been using Chrome for years. One day it crashed for no reason. Well, no problem, I'll just re-install. A few days and crash #2. This time it took everything with it, including all my bookmarks and my history (which I keep for a while). Gone for good. Chrome will no longer install itself on my PC, regardless of how I try. Tell the truth, I don't really want it now.

Enter Opera. Worked great-for a while. I knew that not all websites display properly on it, but they were few and not a bother. Now the latest Opera arbitrarily discards whatever Opera theme I choose, reverting to one of their default abstracts (and eye straining) colors. Seems nobody can figure out why it is doing this. Just about had it with Opera as well. Guess it's back to Firefox and I'm not thrilled about that. I gave Opera a real fighting chance and it failed miserably.

Posted by:

NewvilleTK
13 Feb 2018

Don't like Google or Chrome. Too pervasive, intrusive and downright nosy. Chrome's interface is not intuitive. As a capitalist, I'm for competition in the marketplace. No one working on/for Opera HAS to be there, so it must not be that bad. I remember when NetScape was the "de facto" standard of browsers. Everything comes and goes. I love choices!

Posted by:

Steve Laubach
13 Feb 2018

I've been using/working on PC's since the mid 80's. I've used many different browsers and found they all have some redeeming quality. The #1 reason I sometimes use Opera is the built in VPN. It seems to have little impact on page loads and most pages appear to look as they should. No other browser I am aware of has built in VPN.

Thanks Bob for you thoughtful insights over the years. I appreciate your efforts.

Posted by:

jonathan
13 Feb 2018

I use Firefox mostly. I refuse to use IE. But keep in mind that MS will not update unless I use IE. It will not download updates if I go to MS site directly using Firfox. Clicking on Windows Updates will use IE. And even though I have Firefox as my default browser, many programs will use IE when clicking on their update tabs.
I don't like the way Chrome displays bookmarks. I have it on my computer and use it very little.
I used Opera for a time when some of my favorite websites would not open in Firefox if I wanted to open multiple sites. Have been thinking of tyrying it again.

Posted by:

James Wray
14 Feb 2018

I've tried the Opera browser in the past and never got it to work right. I 7se Google Chrome for most everything I do on the computer.

Posted by:

thenudehamster
14 Feb 2018

I stopped using Chrome several years ago simply because EVERYTHING I did was tracked and I got more intrusive junk than my poor brain could cope with. I'd be interested to know where you get your stats and information, too, because nobody I know uses Chrome, simply because they don't trust Google. I have used Opera, and Vivaldi, and both have their limitations, but at least I don't get bombarded with unwanted ads. Firefox, despite its limitations, does seem to have the user's safety at heart, so it's my browser of choice and will remain so.
Looking at your list of 'related articles' it seems that your basic premise is: 'Google is great, they can do no wrong, and everything else is rubbish.' I used to think that you had a sound and unbiased outlook on computer related matters; now I'm not so sure. You might just have lost a long-time subscriber over this article alone.

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Robert
14 Feb 2018

I have started using the Torch browser because it has a download button that, without further action, will download whatever video is playing on your screen at the time and also a separate file containing only the sound portion of the video (e.g., if you only want the music). I have Opera on both my laptop and my desktop because of its built-in free (although limited capacity) VPN. So if I am using public Wi-Fi, I use Opera with its VPN. I use Opera's VPN on my desktop when I am trying to access a BBC program that the BBC will not allow access to by computers located outside of Britain.

Posted by:

Boris
14 Feb 2018

I avoid anything and everything having to do with Google. Everyone knows the CIA and NSA connection to Google. Any tin foil hat comments will be deleted but go ahead anyway. I like anonymity - that's why I don't have (have no use for) a faceplant account.

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