Although Internet Explorer is an extremely popular choice for browsing online, many people do not realize the disadvantages it carries as well. Its speed, tabbed browsing options, and spyware can be undesirable traits for many users.
Although Internet Explorer may be decently quick, its rivals such as Firefox and Google Chrome are much faster. Downloading items at only half the speed, Explorer has fallen behind when it comes to the race. Most people are surprised to find that there is a noticeable difference between these browsers.
Tabbed browsing is available with Internet Explorer; however, more options are available on other browsers. There are actually limitations on what users can do with their tabbed items. A small handful of choices are sufficient, but if more options are desired, the other browsers may be the way to go. Also, some people argue that since Explorers tabs are already on the screen, this cuts in on screen space altogether. Pictures and available information may be left off the screen unless users move the cursors at the bottom of the page.
The search bar in the top, right-hand corner of the screen is usually not used in Explorer. Again, some declare this another waste of screen space. Most users go through Google for all of their searching, so the small Live Search bar is rendered useless.
Spyware runs rampant on Internet Explorer. Cookies for following user’s activities are often left behind, and personal information can be gathered. Arguably, Explorer is susceptible to more viruses and spyware due to its age as well as unused pop-up blockers. The ability to turn them off makes computers vulnerable.