Browsing the internet

If you are bored with your Internet Explorer (IE) which is shipped along with your computer, there are a number of browsers which can be used to surf the internet. Browser is a programe which you use to surf the internet. There is nothing wrong with the IE but after using this for sometime one needs a change. Different browsers is something which I am going to discuss today.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is the most popular browser these days. It has been created by the Mozilla Foundation which was started by former browser maker Netscape back in 1998. Earlier incarnations, but which had the same core technology, were called Phoenix and Firebird. Since then the software has been gaining praise and converts, not least because of the large number of security problems that have come to light in the Internet Explorer. Firefox is proving popular because, at the moment, it has far fewer security holes than Internet Explorer and has some innovations lacking in Microsoft’s program. Firefox is an open source organisation which means that the creators of the browser are happy for others to play around with the core code for the program. This has resulted in many different add-ons or extensions for the browser which now include everything from a version of the familiar Google toolbar for instant searches.

I have found, Firefox happens to be the fastest browser on a broadband connection. Here’s something for broadband people that will really speed Firefox up:

1.Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.

This works for those using Broadband pages load MUCH faster. Download Firefox here. Happy surfing..!!


Aside from the emphasis on good security and fast rendering, Opera is packed with great features that make browsing faster, easier and more powerful. I can only highlight a small number of features here and the selection is based on features I enjoy most or features that really set Opera apart from other browsers. A major selling point of Opera for me is the fact that it is an internet suite and not merely a browser. I use Opera for browsing, e-mailing, newsfeeds and chatting: for me it is an all-in-one portal to the web. Download Opera here


MaxthonMaxthon is in my view the best alternative to Internet Explorer. Firefox and Opera are doing a great job but they just don’t catch up with Maxthon.

Founded by the young and brilliant Jeff Chen in 2003 in China (under MyIE name), Maxthon became very quickly popular in China and all over the world. The big difference with other browsers is that Maxthon is based on IE code which makes the software very familiar from the beginning but with a few twists. Unlike IE, it is very fast, safe and very stable and brings a unique browsing experience as it enables you to customize nearly any part of the software. Like Firefox, Maxthon brings tab browsing, embedded RSS and podcast reader search bar… but without necessity to add any extension. All those I know who tried it loved it. Downlaod Maxthon here.


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