Internet Explorer

Updated March 31, 2014
Internet Explorer

Bottom line

New life has been breathed into Internet Explorer, which boasts superior privacy protection and controls, excellent anti-malware and fast browsing to boot. On the downside, the browser only works with Windows 7 and above and it's at the bottom of the pack in phishing protection.

Performance

The comeback kid. Microsoft stunned the browser market with its release of Internet Explorer 10, which boasted superior privacy and anti-malware protection. The tech giant -- which like Google isn't exactly known as a champion of privacy -- built on its successful model by creating an even faster and more efficient browser with version 11. According to some metrics, IE has always held the greatest share of the browser market (about 50 percent) but Internet Explorer had fallen behind competitors in recent years, to put it mildly. (CNET's review of IE8 has a stern warning advising readers to use IE8 only as a "last resort" because of its "numerous security and stability flaws as a legacy browser.")

ProsExcellent privacy protection, Top-notch anti-malware, FastConsNot compatible with older Windows operating systems, Limited syncing and add-ons