For many, the web browsers pre-loaded onto our PCs and Macs are perfectly fine. They do everything we need, and after all, they’re the ones recommended by the manufacturers, right? Well, an increasing number of users are turning their backs on the pre-installed choices of Microsoft and Apple, instead choosing to take control of how they browse and what they browse with. So without further ado, here’s our Top 5 list of alternatives to the big name browsers. To download these or any from our huge range, click here. Got your own favourite? We’d love to know. Just leave a comment at the bottom of the page!


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Opera is a secure web browser that’s both fast and rich in features. We love its slick interface that embraces a modern, minimalist look, coupled with stacks of tools to make browsing a pleasure. These include such tools as Speed Dial, which houses your favorites and Opera Turbo mode, which compresses pages to give you quicker navigation – even when you have a bad connection! Opera has a reputation for innovation – and was the first browser to include tabbed browsing and built-in search. Opera continues to stay ahead of the curve with cool new features in every update: it’s the gift that keeps on giving.