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2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Web Browsers

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February 19, 2013

For the sixth year in a row we have opened voting for the About.com Readers' Choice Awards, designed to honor the best products, features and services across hundreds of diverse categories. Between February 19 and March 19, readers can pledge their allegiance to everything ranging from the best Irish whiskey to their favorite Hawaiian island; with the winners announced on March 27.

The finalists in each category were selected based upon reader input during a four week nomination period, which spanned parts of January and February.

The Web Browsers section of the 2013 awards highlights the year's best browsers and browser-related software according to you, the reader. The nine categories, each containing five finalists from the nomination period, are as follows.

Note: Users must provide an email address or log in via their Facebook or About.com accounts to vote. Votes are limited to one vote per award category per user per day, and any votes not originating from the about.com domain will be rejected. We have internal checks in place to detect fraudulent voting activity, and in some cases the poll results shown during voting may not reflect the accurate final counts used to determine winners.

Best Major Desktop Browser

The Best Major Desktop Browser category accepted nominations for desktop browsers that are considered to be mainstream. Although "major Web browsers" is technically a grouping reserved for those released by well known browser makers, lesser known offerings that boast a relatively significant user base were also considered for inclusion.

This year's finalists are as follows: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, and Apple Safari

Best Android Browser

The Best Android Browser category accepted nominations for any Web browsers that run on the Android platform. This included Android's stock browser as well as those available via the Market, both free and paid.

This year's finalists are as follows: Dolphin Browser HD, Maxthon Cloud Browser, Mobicip, Opera Mini, and UC Browser

Best iPad Browser

The Best iPad Browser category accepted nominations for any Web browsers that run on the popular Apple tablet. This included the device's integrated browser as well as those available via the App Store, both free and paid.

This year's finalists are as follows: Dolphin Browser, Maxthon Cloud Browser, Mercury Browser Pro, Opera Mini, and Safari

Best iPhone/iPod touch Browser

The Best iPhone/iPod touch Browser category accepted nominations for any Web browsers that run on both of these popular Apple portables. This included Apple's integrated browser as well as those available via the App Store, both free and paid.

This year's finalists are as follows: Chrome, Dolphin Browser, Opera Mini, Photon Flash Browser, and Safari

Best Overall (Non-Security) Add-On

The Best Overall (Non-Security) Add-On category accepted nominations for any browser add-on, plug-in, or extension that is not related to privacy or security. Privacy and security-related add-ons were given their own separate category. Add-ons which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration were allowed.

This year's finalists are as follows: Booly, DownThemAll!, Evernote Web Clipper, Firebug, and Turn Off the Lights

Best Privacy/Security Add-On

The Best Privacy/Security Add-On category accepted nominations for any browser add-ons, plug-ins, or extensions that are designed to protect your privacy and ensure your safety while surfing the Web. This included add-ons which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration.

This year's finalists are as follows: Adblock Plus, anonymoX, Collusion, Ghostery, and WOT (Web of Trust)

Best Small Market Desktop Browser

The Best Small Market Desktop Browser category accepted nominations for any Web browsers not considered to be mainstream (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). Independent browsers are normally developed by smaller development companies or individual developers. They are usually not created to compete directly with the "big boys", but rather to focus on niche markets.

This year's finalists are as follows: Lunascape, Maxthon Cloud Browser, Pale Moon, SlimBrowser, and Torch Browser

Best Browser Theme

The Best Browser Theme category accepted nominations for any skins or themes that alter the appearance of your favorite browser. Themes which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration were allowed.

This year's finalists are as follows: Beautiful Landscape (Chrome), Blue RP7 (Opera), Fantastic Spring Foliage (Firefox), Raindrops (Chrome), and Silvermel (Firefox)

Best User Script

The Best User Script category accepted nominations for any browser user scripts (Greasemonkey scripts, Google Chrome user scripts, etc.) whatsoever. This included scripts which run on multiple browsers and platforms as well as those only compatible with specific configurations.

This year's finalists are as follows: Download YouTube Videos As MP4, FB Wall Manager, GoogleMonkeyR, Keep Tube, and Social Fixer

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