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A web browser is a software application which enables a user to display and interact with text, images, videos, music, games and other information typically located on an Internet website.
From a security perspective, there are two potential problems to need to defend against, while still allowing the user to access useful information, any web browser can be used to (unintentionally) install malware.
Some fraudulent web sites trick the user into downloading and installing a trojan, a keylogger<ref name=":0">"Are the Browser Wars Back? How Mozilla's Firefox trumps Internet Explorer." by Paul Boutin 2004 </ref>, or other malware, and some web sites exploit a vulnerability in some web browsers, directly downloading and installing malware without the user doing anything.
A web browser can also gain private information over the user.
Internet Explorer has had so many vulnerabilities that Bruce Schneier, David A. Wheeler, and other security experts recommend switching to a different web browser<ref>"Time to Dump Internet Explorer" by Scott Granneman, 2004 </ref><ref>"Safe Personal Computing" by Bruce Schneier, 2004 </ref><ref>"Securing Microsoft Windows (for Home and Small Business Users)" by David A. Wheeler, 2008 </ref>.
Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome