Avast Secure Browser is a free Chromium based web browser developed by Avast that focuses on internet security and privacy. Avast Secure Browser was originally called “SafeZone” before being revamped and rebranded as ‘Avast Secure Browser’ in early 2018. Before the revamp and rename, SafeZone’s design was similar to that of the Opera browser. It has features such as Ad Block, Bank mode, Passwords, Video downloader, Anti-tracking & Anti-fingerprinting, Anti-fishing, etc.
Chromium is an open-source web browser project by Google that forms the basis for Google Chrome. While Chrome is based on Chromium, Google also adds a number of proprietary features to Chrome like automatic updates and support for additional video formats. The Chromium source code is also widely used by other parties to create their own browsers, in a similar manner as Google, while others simply build it as-is and release browsers with the Chromium name.
The Google Chrome Web browser is based on the open source Chromium project. Google released Chrome in 2008 and issues several updates a year. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS operating systems. The Google Chrome browser takes a sandboxing-based approach to Web security. Each open website runs as its own process, which helps prevent malicious code on one page from affecting others (or the computer operating system at large).
Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft. Edge includes integration with Cortana and has extensions hosted on the Microsoft Store. Unlike Internet Explorer, Edge does not support the legacy ActiveX and BHO technologies. Originally built with Microsoft’s own EdgeHTML and Chakra engines, in 2019 Edge was rebuilt as a Chromium-based browser, using the Blink and V8 engines. Though, for iOS, Microsoft Edge is based on WebKit. Microsoft released the first Chromium-based Edge version on January 15, 2020.
Mozilla Firefox (or simply Firefox) is a free and open-source web browser developed by The Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, Mozilla Corporation. Firefox is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, BSD illumos and Solaris operating systems. Its sibling, Firefox for Android, is also available. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards. In 2017, Firefox began incorporating new technology under the code name Quantum to promote parallelism and a more intuitive user interface.
Opera is a freeware web browser developed by Opera Software. Opera is a Chromium-based browser using the Blink layout engine. Opera was conceived at Telenor as a research project in 1994 and was bought by Opera Software in 1995. It was a commercial software for the first ten years and had its own proprietary Presto layout engine. The Presto versions of Opera received many awards, but Presto development ended after a milestone transition to Chromium in 2013.
UC Browser is a web browser developed by the Singapore/China-based mobile Internet company UCWeb, which is in turn owned by the Alibaba Group. It uses Chromium browser as its base. It is more popular than Google Chrome in some of Asia’s fastest-growing markets like India and Indonesia. The browser uses cloud acceleration and data compression technology. UC Browser’s servers act as a proxy which compresses and renders web pages before sending them to users.