Best browser alternatives for the once-popular, now-retired Internet Explorer
If your desktop, laptop or mobile device is still running Internet Explorer, you should know that last month, Microsoft officially decided to end what was once its most popular browser.
This means that the company will no longer provide technical support or security updates for the browser. Before you freak out, there are other internet browsing alternatives you can use, and it is likely you might like them even more.
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Why is Microsoft removing its Internet Explorer browser?
Internet Explorer has been around for 27 years, and when it first came out, people were all about it. However, more advanced browsers have been introduced since then, and to put it simply, Internet Explorer just can’t keep up anymore.
With its performance and security issues becoming a more consistent nightmare for Microsoft, the company has decided to fully switch to its Microsoft Edge browser, which is available for Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS, iOS and Android.
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Microsoft Edge is designed to be faster, more secure and more compatible with modern web standards than Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer will no longer be available on any Microsoft device. As a result, Microsoft is sending a software update to users of Internet Explorer 11 that will permanently disable the browser on any Windows computer that still has it installed.
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What browsers can I use instead?
As mentioned before, Microsoft is fully pushing its users to use Microsoft Edge, which is a pretty reputable browser. Although, there are plenty of alternatives for you to use as well if you do not wish to use Microsoft Edge. Here’s a list of four alternatives.
Chrome is one of the best browsers out there with an endless library of resources and knowledge. It is also convenient because you can log in to your Google account if you have one and have your Chrome be a little more personalized with autofill and sync features.
Mozilla Firefox is another great web browser to use. It can block notification pop-ups, alert you when your email has been involved in a data breach, and is super customizable so you can make your browsing experience more personal to you.
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Safari is a web browser developed by Apple for Apple devices. It is easy to use, works superfast and has some of the best privacy features of any web browser in the game. Plus, it has great syncing features to make your browsing experience easier for you.
While Opera is not as well-known, it is widely adopted because of its superfast performance and ability to use add-ons from the Chrome library. It also has a built-in ad blocker and VPN, as well as in-browser messaging.
Brave is quickly picking up steam and proving to be an excellent browser for all. It will automatically block ads and other online trackers. It also works superfast, allows you to customize your privacy controls, has a free video conference tool built within it.
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How do I change the default browser on my Windows PC?
Note: On Windows 11, the computer’s default state is “S” mode which is meant to lock down the Windows operating system to keep it safe. If you want to install apps outside the Microsoft Store, you will first have to turn off S mode to get a non-Microsoft app like Google Chrome to download. Follow these steps:
Open SettingsGo to SystemClick ActivationIn the Switch to Windows 11 Pro section, click Go to the StoreOn the Switch out of S mode page, select Get.
Then follow these steps.
Select the Start buttonType Default Apps in the search bar and select Default AppsScroll to the app or type in the one you want to make your browser, such as Google ChromeSelect the appClick Set Default and that will make it your default browser.
How do I change the default browser on my Android?
On your Android device, open Settings Scroll down and tap AppsUnder “General,” tap Default appsTap Browser app and select the browser you wish to use.
Settings may vary depending on your Android phone’s manufacturer.
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How do I change the default web browser on my iPhone or iPad
Download the app that you want to use as your browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.)Go to SettingsScroll down and select the browser app you want your default to beClick Default Browser AppCheck off the app you want as your default.
How do I change the default browser on my Mac?
From the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen, choose System Settings (or System Preferences depending on your operating system)Click Desktop & Dock in the sidebar (or General depending on your operating system)Scroll down and choose a web browser from the “Default web browser” menu.
Bonus: 5 important settings to change on your Google Chrome browser
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1. Unlink browser from your Google account
Click Preferences from the Chrome menu > Settings > Privacy and security > Sync and Google services > from Allow Chrome sign-in > switch toggle to Off so that it does not automatically log in your browser to your Google account.
2. Turn off sending usage data to Google
From same section turn off toggle from Help improve Chrome’s features and performance.
3. Turn off URLs you visit being sent to Google
From same section turn off from Make searching and browsing better.
4. Turn off sites asking to send notifications
Click Preferences from the Chrome menu > Settings > Privacy and security > Site Settings > click Notifications in the Permissions section > turn off Sites can ask to send notifications.
5. Set new default search engine from your computer’s web browser
Click Preferences from the Chrome menu > Settings > Privacy and security > scroll down to Search engine section and make selections to alternative search engine instead of Google.
Which internet browser do you find to be the best? Let us know your thoughts.
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