What Are Examples of Web Browsers?

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Popular web browsers include Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Netscape, Camino and K-Meleon. There are nearly 80 different web browsers according to Web Developers Notes. Britain’s Daily Mail reported in June 2014 that, at that point, Chrome had surpassed Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser in the United States, with 31.8 percent of the American market.

Chrome is a Google product that has been slowly gaining ground on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer since 2008. Safari is Apple’s web browser, which has about 25 percent of the browser market. Mozilla makes Firefox, and Opera Software owns Opera.

A web browser is a computer program that allows users to view information, graphics, interactive pages and videos on the Internet. Various computer programming languages, including HTML, create text and images on the screen, which web browsers interpret to display information visually. Web browsers also know how to communicate with web servers that host websites and pages that are transmitted to computers.

Web browsers let users input a website’s address, scroll through pages of information, go backward, move forward and save favorite sites for future use. Security settings on web browsers prevent malicious computer viruses from downloading to a computer.