Google Chrome world’s most popular browser

The Internet king is dead, or at least has to share the crown.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the web browser leader since the Netscape coup (circa 1995), has been surpassed globally by Google’s Chrome browser, according to recent numbers from StatCounter.com. There’s a good write-up at PC Magazine.

Chrome now make up about 33 percent of web traffic, a percentage point or two over IE. Firefox has about 24 percent of the market.

It is quite a change from a year ago, when Google only had a 20 percent share, IE 45 percent. Since then, Chrome has been on a tear: IE has dipped quite a bit and Firefox, largely funded by Google revenues, has remained fairly stable.

Chrome surpassed Firefox to become the No. 2 browser in December.

IE still reigns supreme in North America, however, 38 percent to about 24 percent, but Chrome is gaining ground there too.

So what’s your favorite browser?

34 comments Add your comment

Kelcie

May 21st, 2012
4:58 pm

Chrome! Using it as I type actually.

Chrome Hater

May 21st, 2012
6:11 pm

Chrome, and its parent Google, are collectively “The Anti-Christ of the Internet.”

Google secretly stockpiles every search you make and every web site you visit, ready to hand that information any marketing firm, advertiser, direct seller, reseller or sleazebag, commission-based sales person willing to pay for it.

Oh, they have no qualms about handing your online history over to Big Brother, either.
Just ask the citizens of Red China what Google did for them.

stinky pinky

May 21st, 2012
6:18 pm

I use Comodo Dragon which is rooted in Chrome but has WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better security features. For one, when you surf, you go through their security servers to help eliminate any malware before it gets to the end user. Two, it fully integrates with the free Comodo Internet Securit y Suite. This helps keep down conflicts with your security suite and browser not being able to co-exist. Third, it is fully customizable (I know that’s not a word,) like Chrome and Firefox with the various extensions. And finally, they don’t track your surfing like Google does with basic Chrome to set you up with all that spam email and “targeted” advertising.

Johns creek

May 21st, 2012
7:04 pm

mark

May 21st, 2012
7:09 pm

1. Chrome – recently started using, I like it
2. Safari – still my default but not using as much lately
3. Firefox – have on my computer, rarely use

lkjlkj

May 21st, 2012
7:14 pm

Chrome seems to be compatible with the most websites and it’s definitely the fastest. A lot of sites crap out on IE with JavaScript errors, & both Chrome & Firefox handle them fine. My one complaint with Chrome is I don’t like how toolbars for add-ons go at the bottom. Just a personal preference that they go along the top…

Holier Than Thou

May 21st, 2012
8:00 pm

1. Safari – I’m a “Mac Head”
2. Firefox – needed an alternative – use occasionally
3. Chrome – Have it on my “Dock” – rarely use
Maybe I’ll try Chrome a little more often to see if it adds more joy to my life. :-)

Wally

May 21st, 2012
8:04 pm

I switched to chrome when Flash stopped working with IE on my home PC and I haven’t looked back. Now if they would just port it to Android so I can use it on my tablet…

Wayne stuck in AL

May 21st, 2012
8:26 pm

1. Firefox for websurfing…Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil”. Well, they’re evil.
2. IE for listening to streaming radio/music (Live365.com)

Lefty + 20

May 21st, 2012
8:42 pm

Let I/E over 6 months ago for Chrome and have never looked back.

Chrome Dome

May 21st, 2012
8:58 pm

Yeah, only Google’s evil…and “monitors” and “tracks” your searches….sheesh…

Have a look here…..

http://bigthink.com/ideas/26756

iTiSi

May 21st, 2012
9:40 pm

I know one thing. I should have switched over to Google Chrome long before I did. I was already on 4G with VZW but after going Chrome the speed increased even more. The big reason I’m sticking with Chrome is my usage. I was consistently exceeding my 5G limit before but after going to GC I haven’t even come close to my max. I don’t know why but I sure use lots less data and my daily usage is the same hourly wise. I did have to do one thing though to solve a slow connection problem with it. I had to go in and de-select Net Guard on my McAfee security service. That worked and all is fine now.

FBYJ

May 21st, 2012
9:43 pm

I began having trouble with IE a few weeks ago, so I looked for other options. I tried Chrome first, but didn’t care for the way it handled toolbars. Additionally, there were a few web sites (including my employer’s) that wouldn’t run on Chrome. Since then, I’ve converted to Firefox full-time, and like it very well.

Surfer Dude

May 21st, 2012
9:48 pm

Google is “Faster” in your surfing due to the fact is has already cached everything site you are going to visit (including your favorite p0rn site).

Kelly Brown

May 21st, 2012
9:53 pm

I’ve used Firefox for many years. Before that, used Netscape out of college. I’m a bit tired of trying every new bell and whistle some nerd comes up with.

fes

May 21st, 2012
10:05 pm

Firefox is my preferred browser. Chrome is still too resource intensive for a daily driver. I use lots of tabs and Chrome chokes under those conditions.

Johnny DangerDawg

May 21st, 2012
10:10 pm

I usually use Chrome because it has good security features and seems to be the fastest. It doesn’t hog my system resources as much as other browsers. But Firefox’s bookmarks and text-search features are handier than their Chrome counterparts. Meanwhile, I’ve downloaded the latest version of IE and still rate it behind Firefox and Chrome.

Cal

May 21st, 2012
10:56 pm

I’ve used ‘em all at one time or another, but I’ve been with Chrome for the last couple of years. I really tried to like Opera (just to be different) but it had too many bugs when I tried it. It might be better now…maybe have to try it again, although I have no complaints about Chrome.

My Two Cents

May 21st, 2012
10:58 pm

Cal

May 21st, 2012
10:59 pm

My order of preference:
1 Chrome (preferred)
2 Firefox (acceptable)
3 Internet Explorer (big drop-off from the first two)
4 Opera (way too many bugs)
5 Safari (slower than Christmas)

William Coit

May 21st, 2012
11:09 pm

I’ve been using Google Chrome for the past 7 months. Prior to that I was using Firefox. I had too many issues with Internet explorer so I switched.

http://www.williamcoit.com

Andy

May 22nd, 2012
5:13 am

“Actually?”

Brenda

May 22nd, 2012
7:01 am

I started using Google Chrome when it first came out and loved it. I bought a new computer in March 2011 and had to install Chrome on my new computer with windows 7. I have deleted Chrome now. I had too many issues with Chrome and it kept crashing. I tried disabling the add on that was causing the problem but it still crashed all the time. I decided it was not worth it so I loaded Firefox. Still have a few issues but not as many. I think it is windows 7 that is causing the problem. Stopped using IE when it and Norton anti-virus software to allow a virus on my computer.

MtnSteve

May 22nd, 2012
7:12 am

Opera…

It has some bugs but it works really well and then my wife uses chrome and we don’t fight for browser windows, etc.

Joel Edge

May 22nd, 2012
7:37 am

Roberto

May 22nd, 2012
7:44 am

Mozilla Firefox.

commoncents

May 22nd, 2012
7:52 am

Jeff

May 22nd, 2012
8:52 am

I use Chrome for speed reasons alone and the fact I like to set it up with the 8 most visited websites on the main page. IE is just OK. I think the people who like Safari must just want to stick with anything Apple. That is so much slower than chrome.

von

May 22nd, 2012
9:10 am

I use Ubuntu Linux as my OS and while I could use Chrome, I prefer the browser upon which it was based…Chromium. If Using my laptop which has windows then I will use Opera.

Bob from Accounttemps

May 22nd, 2012
9:16 am

The lone IE9 user (with Do Not Track Plus installed that speeds up browsing and improves security). I never found Firefox to be meaningfully faster and IE works better when connecting to various MS office systems. Won’t use Chrome. Just won’t. The office remains on IE8 — simply terrible.

Zomby Woof

May 22nd, 2012
9:27 am

I switched from MSIE to Firefox a couple of years ago when I found it would work some of the same toolbars I like to used on MSIE. I don’t think Chrome will use any toolbars. That’s why I avoid it.

Jason

May 22nd, 2012
9:57 am

Firefox. Google (and their software) is for chumps.

4xtra

May 22nd, 2012
10:25 am

If you like chrome BUT do not want google tracking your activity try the
SR WARE IRON BROWSER.
It is the absolute exact clone of CHROME but it will not allow google to track you
You can also add apps from the chrome app store on this browser as well

should be working but surfing the net instead

May 22nd, 2012
10:25 am

I like Firefox and Chrome for surfing the net. I like that Firefox has the undo button and if you misspell words frequently (like I do), it underlines and you can right click to correct.