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Firefox 2.0

We highly recommend Firefox as your web browser, since it’s less bloated than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and is less of a target for attack, too. It supports tabbed browsing, which makes it much easier to work with multiple pages.

Internet Explorer has pulled up its socks and now offers some of the useful functions that both Firefox and the recently updated Opera browser offer. Even so, we like Firefox for the ease with which you can prevent pop-ups and the array of add-ons with which you can customise it.

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Opera 9.2

The developers of Opera appear to have had a long hard look at what the likes of Google and Mozilla do well with their popular web browsers. Opera has emulated these browsers’ streamlined look and cleanliness.

Widgets such as newsfeeds, BitTorrent downloads, in-browser search engines and thumbnail previews of the multiple tabs you have open at any one time make Opera a very strong contender for the title of web browser of choice.

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Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0

An alternative to Microsoft’s Outlook Express, Thunderbird's appeal lies in its ability to siphon email from any POP3 or SMTP account.

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