Best Free Mega Web Browser



The selection of web browsers has become more bewildering due to the proliferation of browsers and the increased frequency of browser updates. What will make it easier to choose between them is to be aware of four conditions: popularity, web engines, key features and performance. Read more about these conditions on how to select a browser at the end of this page.

Your final choice will probably be decided by which one you prefer subjectively rather than by objectively comparing feature by feature. It is relatively easy to switch web browsers provided that you are not dependent upon unique features or specific add-ons. I suggest that you install more than one web browser so you have an alternative if you strike any problems with your preferred browser.

This page covers Mega Browsers. You might want to check out our reviews on Lightweight Browsers and Specialised Browsers.


Rated Products

Google Chrome  

The most popular, fastest, secure and standards-compliant browser

Our Rating: 
License: Free
Supports multiple operating systems, frequent & silent updates, built-in flash and pdf viewer, large selection of extensions, cloud printing, now has a 64-bit Windows version.
Getting slower, newer version has some backward software compatibility.
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Mozilla Firefox  

A popular open-source web browser well-known for its add-ons

Our Rating: 
License: Free (Open source)
Simplified interface, competitively fast, broad cross platform support, very secure, sync & panoramas, thousands of add-ons, excellent website compatibility, large developer community.
Doesn't play well with Adobe Flash Player.
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Internet Explorer  

The oldest mega browser bundled with Windows

Our Rating: 
License: Free
Amazing speed, minimalistic interface, pinned sites, improved web standard compliance, download manager with malware protection, tracking protection, hardware acceleration, good OS integration.
Tab handling not as good as others, limited extension support, not as cloud friendly, no cross platform syncing, Windows only.
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A refreshing web browser that is fast and efficient

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License: Free
Fast, feature rich, cross platform support, tab stacking, web standard compliant, built in mail & torrent client, extension & themes support, visual tabs & mouse gestures, Opera turbo, account syncing.
Limited Extension gallery, key features layered in extensive menus.
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A light and fast web browser with some distinctive features

Our Rating: 
License: Free
Small footprint, fast, true cloud sync across devices, split screen view, custom skins, cloud push, cloud download, resource sniffer, dual engine (but only useful for compatibility).
Inadequate tab functions. The core is still lagging some technologies of bigger browsers.
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How to Select a Browser

Most Popular Browsers

The most popular browsers globally are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Opera with about 95% of the online market share and Chrome has half of that. StatCounter's graph of the top five desktop and tablet web browsers for the last five years or so illustrates the decline of IE and the rise of Chrome.

Chrome and Firefox tend to lead the pack technically for two main reasons: strong application support and compatibility with many platforms (Windows, Apple OS and iOS, Linux and other Unix-like operating systems including Android). These browsers also have a range of variations built on the same engines. For Google Chrome this can be quite confusing because the web browser code which Chrome is based on is called Chromium. You will see that there are several other browsers built from the Chromium code-base.

Most Popular Web Engines

Most web browsers create web pages by using software called a web engine. Many of these web engines or layout and rendering engines, as they are also named, are used by more than one browser. This software combines the mark-up content (HTML, XML, SVG, JPEG, PNG, etc.), the formatting (CSS, XSL, etc.), and the scripting (JavaScript) to display it on your screen. Typically a web engine uses a JavaScript engine to process JavaScript instructions. Taking the WebKit engine as an example, it has two components: the WebCore layout engine and the JavaSciptCore engine.

If you are having problems with the engines in your web browser then one way to resolve this can be to choose another web browser that uses different engines.

The four main web browser layout engines being actively developed are displayed in Table 1 in order of age. I have omitted the fifth major web engine in use, Presto which is used by older versions of Opera. You can also view a more detailed time-line graphic.

 Mega Browsers 


 Lightweight Browsers 


 Specialised Browsers 

Table 1 - Current web engines





Microsoft Windows
Internet Explorer
Chrome + IE Tab
Mozilla Firefox + IE Tab
Avant Ultimate
Avant Lite
Sleipnir (v.4+)
SeaMonkey + IE Tab
K-Meleon + IE Tab
Mozilla Firefox
Comodo IceDragon
Avant Ultimate
Chrome (to v.27)
Comodo DragonC
Avant Ultimate
Sleipnir (v.3.5+)
Konqueror (v.4+)
SRWare IronC
Chrome (v.28+)
Opera2 (v.15+)
Sleipnir (v.4.3+)
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Key Features

Due to modern advances and competitiveness, all of the major web browsers share similar, and what I would call, essential features. Examples of these features are; tabbed browsing, privacy browsing, password manager, download manager, searchable address bar, and cross application syncing. The individual browsers may use different names for their respective features but the functions are basically the same. The reviews will attempt to highlight the key elements of each browser to help you decide which browser may be best for you.

Wiki Comparison of Web Browsers compares web browsers in several categories.  For a web browser to be classified as Mega, it must compare to IE, Chrome and Firefox in all similar categories.


There are two aspects of performance: compliance with web standards and speed of processing. There are standard tests for benchmarking the performance of your web browser. The best known are benchmarks like html5test, acidtests and Octane but there are several others. They primarily test the compliance of the browser's HTML layout and the processing speed of the JavaScript engine.

You can use these tests yourself but be aware that they won't tell you how well the browser suits the way that you work. That is why I recommend that you select your browser based on the features that you use  because there is not as much difference between the performance of the main browsers. If you decide to test browsers yourself then be aware that your particular combination of hardware, software and browser configuration will affect performance. So your results may be wildly different to other people's benchmark results.

If your hardware is very limited then you should refer to the lightweight web browsers which require less resources.


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"... The AMP Browser is an open source web browser based on Chromium, which accelerates web browsing by automatically loading AMP web pages, saves bandwidth by enabling data compression, and respects privacy by blocking ads and tracking scripts ...": Miniature browser: Min browser:
Addap's browser:
NetRunner browser:

The language used to describe the browser in one of the screenshots is downright offensive. Put me off immediately.

Sushi Browser - "... The Next Generation Multi-Panel Browser ...":
"... The Classic Browser uses the Chromium renderer to give you a faster, safer web browser by using its own interface and number-crunching routines...":

Fair point. But only to the point. Example: Panzer pointed to Nano Browser - obvious recommendation; Nano's home page gives info/descriptions and is full of praises; tested it...look in 127870. Search, by-the-way, showed no info aside from Nano's. However, Search is one very helpful tool in many cases, and gives much broader view- not recommendation, mind You, but INFO from various sources. Quite sure, general users aren't limiting themselves to reading just info on , say, browsers creators home pages, or material on GIZMO (which is one of my fav sources; others- Bleepingcomputer. Filehippo, Softpedia); and the reason is- variety of opinions, helping me to decide- to try or not this or that item . Regards. ARaa.

Every Co praises its product, good example- Nano Browser does it in minute details, even repeating some statements .
Such is the reality. ARaa.
Nano Browser...It installs with "CCCP (that's USSR/Soviet Union for those in need of deciphering) setting" ,doesn't import bookmarks, doesn't have settings, its search doesn't work...nothing; that big bunch of boys & girls, pictured on Co home page, produced... what?! No wander not one download site is offering it.
Perhaps, this one "ll be to Your liking, bhai Anupam.

I am not talking about feedback (which is what user opinion is) or praises of the software. I am talking about simple information of the software in detail, its features, etc, which should be provided on the site of the software, without resorting to search engines about it. That's a simple requirement. If there are no details about such information, I don't consider that software worth recommending.

What you are telling about is feedback and it is not information.

I understand that you are a browser enthusiast, and you like to try out different browsers, and so, it would be okay for you to try out different browsers. But, I wouldn't recommend such browsers to general users, and on Gizmo's Freeware, general users form a large part of the visitors.

The new Edge isn't least so far... But I need a browser that will multi-row tabs before I let go of Cyberfox

just discovered qualities of 2 browsers, which didn't want try before- AOL Shield and Secure Browser, and was pleasantly surprised :
easily installed ( Acer , Win 7 ), imported all bookmarks from my default ( Slimjet ) and started working without a hitch. Try'em, You just might enjoy.

There is not much information about AOL Shield on its site.

And I couldn't even find the link for Secure Browser via search.

Hi, Anupam,
info on AOL Shield can be found thru Google Search , link for Secure Browser can be found on Softpedia.

What's the use when I have to find out about a browser through a search, when its own site cannot provide the details?

I wouldn't go for such a software.

I agree. Some of the biggest complaints we get here are related to PUP's and privacy issues and both these browsers apply. IMO there is no good reason to use one of these in preference to a recognized mainstream browser complete with a set of appropriate add-ons. MC - Site Manager.
AOL Shield has nothing to do with AOL and is produced by SentryBay Security for AOL and is designed to make money for both parties via search results. Anyone with a standard Windows security suite installed has no need of a browser like this. Secure Browser is produced by Safer Technologies LLC. Most of the programs developed by this company are classified as adware or other potentially unwanted programs. MC - Site Manager.

Right. However, both browsers work just fine for me, so far, and if they make money - let'em . ARaa.

"...AOL Shield Browser is based off of the popular Chromium browser framework, and supports most Chrome extensions, apps, themes, and more ... ": pcxFirefox: lawlietfox: Tete's private builds of FF:

You can add Slimjet to Blink Engine browsers. It is a nice browser on chromium and way faster and better than many browsers listed here.

It has best of the features and does not really annoys you like Chrome crashes or Firefox for that matter.

Secure and in built Ad blocker, Download accelerator..

nice one really!

I have tried the W10 Edge browser.
I cannot for the life of me, find how to show menus.
Can anyone help ?
PS I am not a fan of minimalistic browsers such as Chrome
PPS For general browsing I only feel safe, when using FF with NoScript
PPPS For those frustrated with the need to click "allow scripts" a few times, I have found the setting that can reduce it to a single click.

Hi, Everyone, and here is my latest discovery- 7star browser.
Yes, it is chinese product, which some won't use (being afraid of spying-for one of reasons), but..
I'm working with it for a few days now and found it to be fast ( it's base- Chrome ), reliable (it gives me foreign radiotranslations and videos, which some browsers refuse to do, and plenty of functions; also, it has another engine- Internet Explorer ( which isn't all that exciting these days ) and auto or manual switching - depending of which site you want to open.
Try it, boys and girls, I'm quite sure You'll be glad You did. ARaa.

"... Cent Browser is an enhanced version of the Chromium web browser that bundles many useful features, such as scrollable tab bar, automatic memory optimization, lazy session loading, mouse gesture, super drag and a lot of tab options.It makes your web surfing easier, more comfortable and more secure ...:"

Opaque browser:

Two complaints (just mumbles) -
1) Cannot find much info about it on the web (nor on their home page)
2) Compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10

Still using XP,