List of Alternative Browsers for Windows

While some of prefer to use the default Microsoft Edge, there are many who use Chrome or Firefox browser. But apart from these, there are several other web browsers available for Windows OS, some with a specifically targeted feature set, that you may want to check out.

Alternative Browsers for Windows


List of a total of alternative browsers for Windows

Microsoft Edge is the new default browser on Windows 10 systems.

Internet Explorer – Browse with more confidence knowing Internet Explorer 10 helps protect you from evolving online threats right out of the box.

Google Chrome – Google rethought basic assumptions about what a browser should do & stripped it down to its essentials.

Firefox – Mozilla Firefox has been the most successful alternative web browser. The browser traces its lineage back to Netscape.

Vivaldi browser – It will surely suit power users of the Internet. Not is just awesome for regular browsing, the tools that it provides will make life easier if you are using the browser for studying, researching, marking things and more.

Colibri is a minimalist Browser without Tabs for Windows PC.

Iridium is a Chromium-based browser with strong Privacy features

Maxthon – Maxthon is an IE based feature-rich secure Browser, which gives a great browsing experience.

Cyberfox is an x64 bit web browser which is compiled with Microsoft Visual Studio, Windows 8 SDK & Intel Composer XE 2013, and based on the Firefox code.

Waterfox is made for Windows 64-bit, based on the Mozilla Firefox code and is said to be fast.

Pale Moon browser is a stripped-down version of Firefox, which leaves out certain features, to focus on speed of browsing. It has improved after each update.

Avant – Avant Browser’s user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability.

Tor browser provides anonymity when you are browsing the Internet.

Flock – Flock is a social browser that integrates with web services for blogging, photo sharing, and bookmark sharing. Update: 13th April 2011. Flock has decided to shut down.

Kid Rocket – A Kids Web Browser with an Internet Filter, PC Desktop Protection & more.

Lunascape – Lunascape is the world’s first and only triple engine browser. It has been downloaded over 20 million times, and it’s available globally in 11 languages.

RockMelt makes it easy to stay in touch with friends, search online, and get updates from your favorite websites.

Slim Browser – SlimBrowser is a fast-tabbed multiple-site web browser software. Also, check out feature-rich SlimBoat.

Sea Monkey – It is a Web-browser, with an advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple; all your Internet needs in one application.

Prism – There are two ways to use Prism; as a Firefox extension or a standalone application. Either way, you can easily turn any website into a Prism application.

Deepnet Explorer – Deepnet Explorer, is the world’s first browser with RSS news reader, P2P client integration, and phishing alarm.

K-Meleon – K-Meleon is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight web browser based on the Gecko layout engine.

Amaya – Amaya is a Web editor/browser, i.e. a tool used to create and update documents directly on the Web. Browsing features are seamlessly integrated with the editing and remote access features in a uniform environment.

Midori – Midori is a lightweight web browser.

Browse 3D – The Browse3D web browser offers a user a visual advantage making finding and using web information more productive.  Using multiple browsing engines is made easier because each web page is represented by an image of that page, not just a generic tab.

ShenzBrowser – This is a customized browser for individual use. It is simple yet functional. JonDoFox Browser – Try it for private & secure browsing. – PhaseOut adds functionality to your current Internet Explorer version. Once you install PhaseOut, your version of Internet Explorer and its settings are not modified or touched. – It is an easy-to-use fast browser.

Smart Bro – Smart Bro is a tabbed browser, similar to Internet Explorer, but with many new features, introduced to help you browse the Internet in an easier and more exciting way.

Bitty Browser – Bitty Browser helps you keep track of your favorite Web stuff by enabling navigable windows directly within your favorite sites — it’s like Picture-in-Picture for the Web.

Safari – Safari is an open invitation to innovate & claims to continuously redefine the browser, providing the most enjoyable way to experience the Internet. Update: Safari is no longer supported on Windows. Hence we can no longer recommend it.

xb Browser for Anonymous Browsing – The main advantage compared to other anonymous web browsers is that xB Browser requires no configuration or technical knowledge in order to achieve anonymity. xB Browser is open-source, so you can feel safe knowing what goes into our code. Additionally, it is even portable on a USB stick so you can take it to work, school, or on vacation.

Sleipnir – Sleipnir is designed to be a highly customizable browser that you can configure to suit your individual needs. With Sleipnir, you can create your ideal browser by changing the design, skin, and visual appearance. You can also add custom functionality to Sleipnir with a wide range of plugins and user scripts. It is a social, stylish, fast and a free alternative Browser for Windows. Based on HTML5 and the engine of Internet Explorer, this browser can just load any web page for you. It also supports WebKit rendering engine.

Browzar is a shell browser for Internet Explorer which lets you browse anonymously without leaving any trace. Being based on Internet Explorer makes it that much more secure. It also offers a Private Search too, but you are free to set any alternative search engine of your choice. It does not support ActiveX downloading and auto-complete too.

Jumpto Browser offers parental controls and is good only for preschool kids.

Tor is an acronym that stands for The Onion Router. While the name suggests it is a router, it is actually a browser. The Tor browser stands for anonymity and privacy on the Internet.

WebLock for Kids is a browser; parents can use to avoid their child’s exposure to the dangerous side of the Internet. It can customize your child’s homepage with included artwork, defined colors or images and apply browsing restrictions at the same time.

Comodo Dragon Internet Browser is based on the Chromium technology and offers most of Chrome’s features, but with an additional level of security and privacy.

Comodo IceDragon Browser is a new secure browser designed and built on the core features of the Mozilla Firefox browser.

SRWare Iron Browser, or simply called as Iron, is a browser, based on the Chromium source, offering the same features as Chrome – but without compromising on Privacy.

CoolNovo, based on Chromium, is fast and light-weight browser just like Google Chrome, but with some useful extras. The browser uses a lesser amount of system resources than Chrome.

QupZilla is a lightweight, open-source web for desktop computers. It is based on WebKit core and Qt Framework. WebKit is a layout engine software designed specifically to allow web browsers to render web pages.

Firefox Light is a slimmed down version of Firefox.

Opera – Opera’s newest Web browser introduces a new technology platform, Opera Unite, allowing you to stream music or share files, photos and more, right from the browser. Take a look at our Open Neon browser review too.

Epic Privacy Browser. The main features of Epic are – Maximum Security, Malicious Website Warnings, Anti-Publishing Protection, Fast Browsing, and Downloads.

Citrio is a fast Web Browser with an intelligent Download Manager. Torch Web Browser is for heavy Torrent Downloaders.

UltraSurf is a Proxy-based Privacy Tool for Risk Blogging & Anonymous Reporting.

PirateBrowser is a browser base on Firefox bundled with the anonymity tool Tor and is designed to help you browse all the blocked websites.

Slimjet is a powerful browser for Windows, Powered by Bling Engine.

Coowon is a Chrome-based browser for Online Gamers.

Baidu Spark is a free, lightweight and a Chromium-based alternative browser, that comes with amazing features, like  Torrent Client, built-in media downloader, etc.

Of course, Netscape now no longer finds mention here.

Not all may run on Windows 10/8/7,  so do check the requirements.

Also read: 5 anti-mainstream browsers you should give a try.

If you have any more to add or if feel any of them have been wrongly classified here, please do share in the comments below.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Picky, picky, picky. There are many grammer errors on this page. A few examples, 1) to continuously redefines .. to continuously redefine 2) It is a Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup, etc .. It is a Web-browser with advanced e-mail, newsgroup, etc 3) SlimBrowser is a fast tabbed .. SlimBrowser is fast-tabbed 4) use Prism; A Firefox .. use Prism; as a Firefox 5) Deepnet Explorer, the world’s .. Deepnet Explorer is the world’s . I could go on but have to get back to work!

  2. Thanks Peg.

    It was after midnight here when I posted this. And most of the descriptions were copy-pasted from the main sites and hence this may have happened.

  3. WolvenSpectre

    Deepnet Explorer was not the first browser with integrated P2P and RSS. Opera had it integrated Before the Deepnet company actually existed.

    it also had anti phishing (calling it Page Security Info) about the same time.

    Also you can do more customization of the browser and its functionality with Opera than Slepinir. For a while there was a distrabution of Opera that just by customizing the layout of the UI through the .ini files seperated the Mail client from the browser. It was named after Odin’s Crows and was called Hugnin and Munin, which was to give Opera a more Tunderbird/Firefox feel.

    Also most UserJS/Greasemonkey Scripts work on Opera, and there are those written just for Opera for a myriad of reasons, so it is estimated that it has as many UserJSs as Firefox. This gives both Firefox and Opera more script customizations than Slepinir.

    I think that all the browsers deserve to be on this list and on the ballotbox in Europe, but I believe that they have to accurately portray themselves, and that it should be the strenght of the community using the browser and its support/developement that should determine validity.

    Take Opera for example. It has a small marketshare and its community is not impactful on the markets userbase, but having worked with the communities behind IE, Firefox/Mozilla, and Webkit (a loooong time ago when they were starting to be noticed) I haven’t found a more supporting, friendly, and varied community.

    The Opera user base is just under 3 times the population of Canada, but it is treated like its failing because it doesn’t have marketshare.

  4. eddie


    Looks exactly like Google. But without the feedback.

  5. veldt35

    There is also the Arora light-weight browser.

  6. how did u forget about cometbird,,its xerox of firefox n faster than firefox,,,hav a look at it once

  7. George

    What about Browzar and its safety features?

  8. wonder-boy

    Lunascape – the world’s first and only triple engine browser

    Comodo – Fast & versatile, based on Chrome

  9. BrianL

    You mentioned Avent but forgot OCRA. Rather odd.

  10. M.N.Rajan

    i am use in AceExplorer is very fast and safe browser

  11. Andres N

    and how about NeoPlanet???
    one of my very long time favorites…simple, fast, and powerful…with TONS of skins

  12. lionjimi

    Also you can do more customization of the browser and its functionality with Opera than Slepinir. For a while there was a distrabution of Opera that just by customizing the layout of the UI through the .ini files seperated the Mail client from the browser. It was named after Odin’s Crows and was called Hugnin and Munin, which was to give Opera a more Tunderbird/Firefox feel.


    well i know all of these browsers and their slow! so slow like a sloth! i want new browsers that are better! 🙁

  14. Bella_carl

    u spelled tunderbird its thunderbird write slower

  15. guest

    @ peg kilbourne.
    you rearly must get a life.

  16. Majed_magimon


  17. rj

    I think the browser Smart Bro is not confused with the broadband internet of the same name from the Philippines (where I live).

  18. Flynn Ron98


  19. nyc

    Many “grammer” errors? Ha ha, he he …

  20. Cinnamon Chestnut

    i would’ve kept my comments to myself until i learned to spell better.

  21. Cinnamon Chestnut

    she can’t even spell, so i wouldn’t even worry about it. you’re helping us with browser, not english class. i appreciate your efforts.

  22. gopalakrishnan

    Sometimes Lunascaoe does not work, but Comodo Dragon works very well.

  23. mindy

    are you people really going to be so petty as to make fun of the way someone spells? u jerks make me wanna spell wrong nd talk wrong jus to make u mad…i hope u no how stupid ur makin urself sound nd i hope my spelling drives u nuts…u petty insensitive snobby jerks…ima go on my fb nd tell all my friends to boycott this site nd wen they ask y…ima say cuz its supposed to be a review site but instead they only make fun of ppl…i havent seen a review yet

  24. rs200e

    I.E. suffers Googleads. which makes it stick on web page – unless this because google search – but “bing” is useless it picks what you should view rather than actually search.
    Firefox crashes with Flash player all the time.

  25. chuck

    many grandma errors, yep.

  26. safari801

    Cyberfox is another 64 bit browser based on Firefox.

  27. RudzLong

    for me, Cyberfox ( )
    The best browser based on firefox

  28. Mick

    Most of us prefer to use Internet Explorer? Hm…

  29. TorVic

    May I suggest to indicate the rendering engine of the browser, so others easily looking for other alternatives from its main browser.

  30. Steve Johnson

    Please list Slimjet from It is fast and reliable like Chrome, but more powerful and customizable.

  31. Michael

    Wow, you’re not very educated. The educated write well, and the uneducated make comments such as yours. So, only those teaching grammar (you refer to it as an English class, as if English is the only language that matters), need to practice proper grammar? Who do you suppose this grammar is taught to? Maybe those who write articles for educated folk…ya WE don’t like to wade through poorly written articles, it’s annoying and unlike what we have become accustomed to. So, ya he should worry about it because we dismiss anything written poorly because it attests to the validity of the content.

    You wrote..”you’re helping us with browser”, Well-taught, private school, third graders don’t write this poorly; your public school, inner-city kid probably does.

  32. Larry

    I’m sure your efforts were well-intended.

    There is never and excuse for poor work, such as the lateness of the hour.

  33. David Stroud

    CoolNovo and CometFox have not have any updates since last year. They seem to be dead. Waterfox is another Firefox alternative. QTWeb still having updates to it. Nightly seems to be a Firefox alternative. AM Browser is just like Crazy Browser. Seems both are dead, and can’t use them now until they catch up to be able to access websites. Any older browsers that does not have any updates lately would be denied access to certain websites. Some on the list might get the message.

  34. Max

    This list needs updating. Many have died and many new really good alternatives have emerged.

  35. We do try and update it regularly. If you think any need to be added, please let us know.

  36. Andrewpalandrew

    There are many ‘grammer’ errors. There are many grammatical errors.

  37. ARNUB


  38. larryx

    I tried Slim Browser on two laptops: a toshiba with win 7 and a dell with xp.
    It crashed both, but worse, every time I tried to remove it from my dell, it crashed the computer. finally a friend got it off.
    I recommend Comodo, it is excellent as is the Avant browser.

  39. PhredE

    Or even ‘ spell more correctly’.

  40. East

    To those still using Windows XP, I can recommend Pale Moon. Pale Moon maintains a special build for XP 32-bit: . It’s notably faster and far more responsive than the main contenders (Firefox, Chrome) that I tried on XP SP3. Pale Moon also has a stable and solid ‘feel’ to it. Finally a browser that still runs nicely on my fairly old XP machine.

  41. Fiona Gregory

    What is your job? Gasman?

  42. Kade Medina

    Pale Moon is the Greatest!

  43. Barbara

    SeaMonkey is my favorite. It is EXCELLENT!

  44. timbo

    Sorry. I read your post, downloaded it and it wouldn’t connect. Bye-bye.

  45. Why the fuck isn’t opera the only browser I use not working on windows 10?

  46. Peter D Nielsen

    Because you have not been using Windows 10 long enough yet. I spent nearly 45 minutes waiting for a Microsoft tech – only to have her tell me it’s the makers of all the 3rd party providers that Opera, Maxthon, Chrome, and even Chromodo that are to blame for the their ALL not longer being compatible. She even tried to blame Opera for the fact that system restore failed 3 times!!!

  47. Kelly Jo

    really? im sick and tired of you spell nazi’s. grow up and get a life. nothing better to do with your life than complain to someone about how they spelled. like youre so perfect. give me a break.

  48. Bob643

    Almost as many people live in Texas as Canada. Seems that three times the population of Canada in a worldwide browser market isn’t all that much. OTOH, could be that Opera is vastly underappreciated. IDK.

  49. Bob643

    You forgot punctuation and capitalization. Write slower. 🙂

  50. Bob643

    Spend a couple of man years writing one and then give it to us for free.

  51. Bob643

    Bleh, bleh, bleh. Like you have enough friends that their boycott would make a difference. Ha.

  52. Bob643

    Surely you jest

  53. Elisha Morris

    Hi, I have read your blog and came to know about many new browsers. I like your post and will give a try to these new browser. Currently I am using Nano Browser. It’s also a very useful browser that gives an amazing browsing experience. You can also add this browser to your article.

  54. Anisha sharma

    Hi, thanks for sharing this informative post with us. Nano browser is also a good option for web surfing.

  55. Anisha sharma

    Thanks for sharing this list of web browsers. All such browsers are really useful, you can also add one more browser to your list, Nano Browser.Nano Browser is a multi-device compatible browser. It consumes less memory space and runs very fast. It has an astonishing set of features like cloud print, private browsing, on-screen keyboard, free updates etc.. Its a useful browser for fastest web surfing.

  56. Anjali Mohal

    If you are fedup with your old browser then switch to Nano Browser as this browser carries lots of features that may be you had not found in your current browser. Nano Browser is good to use as the downloading speed is much high and you can also changes the page’s text size,
    contrast and layout for better readability.Moreover, you can capture the page accordingly.So, there are ample of features more that you can find through the link:

  57. Anjali Mohal

    Nice Post, you can add one more browser in you list Nano Browser, It is user friendly, easy to access, free to download and developed with multiple advanced features even compatible with multiple devices like, Window PC, MAC, Linux, Android/ iOS etc. It is a first browser of India –

  58. Eric Leiven

    Vivaldi seems nice.

  59. Jaspreet Singh

    Hi, great post you have shared with us. You have enlisted a useful list of web browsers. But, if you allow me then I also would like to add one more web browser Nano Browser to your list. Its a fastest web browser with having lots of advanced features like Nano-shot, My Notepad, My Contact list etc… It is compatible with major devices like Windows, MAC, Linux, Android, Tablets and iOS.

  60. AJaxx

    Fact! Using roight now.

  61. AJaxx

    Suck it, Peg!

  62. Lukman Sulistyo

    how to download MS-Edge manually to install it on my windows 8.1….?

    Baidu Spark is bad…….too bad.

  63. Edge is built into Windows 10 only and not available as a separate download.

  64. LamiaLove

    It’s either correct or not. Not more or less.

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  66. liberaldisgust

    Thank GOD ….

  67. John Doe

    OF course he forgot torbrowser….

  68. Charlie Curtis

    Get a life !!!

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