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Internet Explorer Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Internet Explorer for Windows and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Mozilla Firefox, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Internet Explorer and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Internet Explorer are Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera and Chromium.

Internet Explorer alternatives are mainly Web Browsers but may also be Ad Blockers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Internet Explorer.
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  1. Mozilla Firefox icon

    Mozilla Firefox

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    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
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    • Gecko

    Firefox is a cross-platform web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is a popular product, used in over 50 languages and available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedMozilla Firefox is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableMozilla Firefox is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMozilla Firefox can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Block TrackersMozilla Firefox has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
    ⚫︎ PortableMozilla Firefox can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Picture in PictureMozilla Firefox allows you to put a video, web page or app in a floating window (always on top of other windows).
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeMozilla Firefox supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Almost everyone thinks Mozilla Firefox is a great alternative to Internet Explorer.
    Buster_Blue

    More features, more customizable, more platforms, and open source.

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    On android it is a little slow

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    Open Source and Respects Privacy.

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    mozilla uses a ton of ram, internet explorer really doesnt

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  2. Google Chrome icon

    Google Chrome

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    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • PortableApps.com

    A free web browser developed by Google from the open source Chromium project with a focus on speed and minimalism.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGoogle Chrome can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Website TranslationGoogle Chrome uses a built-in translator to translate content into any language in real time.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeGoogle Chrome supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGoogle Chrome is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableGoogle Chrome can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Integrated Password ManagerGoogle Chrome lets you access all the passwords you’ve saved across your different devices.
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    Google Chrome vs Internet Explorer opinions
    Most users think Google Chrome is a great alternative to Internet Explorer.

    IE sucks while Chrome is fast. Chrome is even better than IE.

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  3. Vivaldi is extremely customizable, presenting a wide range of settings and built-in features designed to put the user in control.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableVivaldi is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedVivaldi is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Block TrackersVivaldi has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVivaldi can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechVivaldi allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesVivaldi can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeVivaldi supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Vivaldi vs Internet Explorer opinions
    Most users think Vivaldi is a great alternative to Internet Explorer.

    Vivaldi is in my opinion the greatest alternative to any browser because of it's focus on privacy, customizability and the overall user experience. a browser for even the most extreme maximalists or minimalists among us

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  4. Opera icon

    Opera

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    • PortableApps.com
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    • ReactOS

    Opera is an innovative browser that focus on implementing new technologies without dropping simplicity and ease of use, speed, and security; supporting and contributing to open web standards.

    ⚫︎ Built-in VPNOpera has a built-in VPN feature that enhances your privacy and allows you to browse the web from anywhere.
    ⚫︎ PortableOpera can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableOpera is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Picture in PictureOpera allows you to put a video, web page or app in a floating window (always on top of other windows).
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeOpera supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Currency ConversionOpera lets you convert different currencies based on the latest exchange rates.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsOpera can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesOpera can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
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    Opera vs Internet Explorer opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Opera is a great alternative to Internet Explorer.
  5. Chromium icon

    Chromium

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    • BSD
    • PC-BSD
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    Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsChromium can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ PortableChromium can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Chromium vs Internet Explorer opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Chromium is a great alternative to Internet Explorer.
    North444

    Make a switch from a browser that is about to die to an open source and privacy protecting alternative. I believe it is a good choice for those who still use IE.

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  6. Waterfox is a high performance browser based on the Mozilla platform. Made specifically for 64-Bit systems, Waterfox has one thing in mind: speed.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedWaterfox is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableWaterfox is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableWaterfox can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsWaterfox can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Waterfox vs Internet Explorer opinions
    Most users think Waterfox is a great alternative to Internet Explorer.
  7. Pale Moon is an Open Source, Goanna-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development), focusing on efficiency and customization. Make sure to get the most out of your browser!.

    ⚫︎ LightweightPale Moon consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedPale Moon is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ CustomizablePale Moon is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortablePale Moon can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPale Moon can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Pale Moon vs Internet Explorer opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Pale Moon is a great alternative to Internet Explorer.
  8. Rebuilt from the ground up using Chromium, the new Microsoft Edge brings you world-class compatibility and performance, the security and privacy you deserve, and new features designed to bring you the best of the web.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationMicrosoft Edge support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Annotate ScreenshotEdit and annotate a screenshot with various editing tools and options.
    ⚫︎ Support for 4KMicrosoft Edge supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMicrosoft Edge can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechMicrosoft Edge allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    Some users think Microsoft Edge is a great alternative to Internet Explorer, some don't.

    There is no add-on support and is too tied into the operating system.

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    Internet Explorer Is Dying And You Should Replace It With Microsoft Edge, It's The Fastest Browser, Stronger Privacy, And Good Performance.

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  9. Firefox Developer Edition icon

    Firefox Developer Edition

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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    Firefox Developer Edition brings you latest features, fast performance, and the development tools you need to build for the open web. Its powerful development tools will extend your ability to work across multiple platforms from one place.

    ⚫︎ PortableFirefox Developer Edition can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Block TrackersFirefox Developer Edition has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
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  10. Falkon, formerly QupZilla, is a QtWebEngine based cross-platform web browser.

    ⚫︎ LightweightFalkon consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ PortableFalkon can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsFalkon can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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