Beyond the browser wars

Navigator and Explorer aren't the only games in town

Opera). The number of sites that can be opened is limited only by system memory, and the tabs can be positioned at the top or bottom of the screen.

NetCaptor’s no one-trick pony. In addition to browsing multiple Websites at the same time, you can customize toolbars, open groups of sites with a single click and drag and drop URLs on other browser tabs. One of its most refreshing features is its ability to automatically close pop-up windows. You’ll also have a good deal of control over the loading of multimedia effects, such as sound and video. To support the price of the browser, which is free, NetCaptor displays an advertisement in the upper right-hand corner. Shell out $19.95 and you can be free of the ad. NetCaptor requires Internet Explorer 4.01 or greater to run.

LYNX 2.8.2 | A shareware program | www.slcc.edu/lynx
Want to slide through the Web like a hot knife through butter but your PC’s performance is more like a sled on gravel? Try a text-based browser such as the widely respected Lynx. Lynx isn’t pretty, nor is it a hayride, but if your only concern is text and you’re willing to devote some time to learning the old-fashioned Unix-like interface, you can shave a lot of time off your Web travels with this free software.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to alternative browsers, so do some investigating and find one that fits your needs. To break the chains of the Navigator/Explorer dominance, visit the following sites and type “browser” in the search box: www.zdnet.com, www.yahoo.com and www.cnet .com.

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