What are the best private browsers for Windows?

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    #1Tor Browser

    Tor Browser

    Tor Browser is a free multiplatform web browser developed with privacy in mind. It lets users browse the internet anonymously and privately, reducing the risk of personal data breaches and hacks. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Debra Flores
    Written on November 1, 2017
    "I like to keep my browsing history private on my Windows work computer. The best browser for keeping my keeping my browsing history that's secure is Tor. I'm so satisfied with Tor's performance at work that I now use it at home too."
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    #2Brave Browser

    Brave Browser
    Brave Web Browser is a free web browser focused on ad blocking, security protection, data optimization and an enhanced battery experience for the user. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
    Software

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Wei Zhang
    Written on November 20, 2018
    "Privacy is a must, so whoever put this here, TYSM for finding this for me and putting it here for me to use :D"
  3. 10

    #3Epic

    Epic

    Epic is a private browser that immediately disables lots of the most common ways your privacy is comprised when you are surfing the web as it doesn't save your history, no autofill feature and more. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Nicole Fisher
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "This browser has literally everything you could need—for free—all in one. The privacy modes are fantastic and highly adjustable, and the built in VPN makes it not only "private," but safe too. I finally feel comfortable working on anything from my writing to my taxes in the coffee shop!"

DID YOU KNOW?

Simple mainstream web browsers already existed as early as the 1990s? If we talk the best ones at the time, it would be Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The former was one of the most popular web browsers in the market during those times for quite some time. Microsoft's own web browser called Internet Explorer changed the landscape when it came. A big reason for this was that it came built-in with the company's Windows operating system. Internet Explorer took major market share and dominated Netscape Navigator. The company decided to make it source code open-source and handed it over to another company. That was the non-profit entity, Mozilla Foundation.

The Mozilla Firefox web browser was born back in 2004. Together with Internet Explorer, they were two of the most popular web browsers at the time. Well, that was until Google released its Chrome web browser. The rest is, as they say, history. To this day, Google Chrome is one of the best web browsers for most users due to its speed and ease of use. That doesn't mean that there aren't other web browsers around. Web browsers that had specific use cases like private browsers were also popular. Net Neutrality has become a major concern in recent years. These browsers are what people need right now. Private browsers for Windows are plenty. Some are bare-bones are you'll get while others try to include some nice extras.

  1. 10

    #4HTTPS Everywhere

    HTTPS Everywhere
    HTTPS Everywhere began as an ad block but now is more than that. It has become one of the most reliable browser extensions: it can encrypt pages that you open and rewrite them into HTTPS. This action upgrades your system security.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Joe Burke
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "HTTPS Everywhere is a secure and private web browser for windows. Worried about security, this secures any website you use no matter what is involved with the website. Added layer of security is never a bad thing."
  2. 10

    #5Firefox Quantum

    Firefox Quantum

    Firefox Quantum is a free, lightweight, web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop computers. It is capable of loading pages up to 44% faster with its built-in ad and script blocker, and secure private browsing.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Harold Day
    Written on September 25, 2018
    "In fairness, Quantum works pretty smooth. My developer friend recommended this to me due to privacy settings."
  3. 6

    #6Dooble

    Dooble

    Dooble is an open source and free web browser aiming to allow users to browse the Internet with more privacy. This browser was developed by Dooble Project Team through the WebKit engine.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Theresa Armstrong
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "Dooble looks suspicious to me at first but when I started to use this private browser, it proved itself to me. It was fast and reliable. 👍"
  4. 4

    #7Pale Moon

    Pale Moon

    Pale Moon is an open source web browser based from Mozilla Firefox code. Developed by M.C. Straver through Goanna and SpiderMonkey engines, this browser is compatible with Windows 7 or later, and Linux.

    Software

    Windows, Linux

    Free

    Nicholas Russell
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "If you're looking for a secure browser which is for older versions like Windows 7, I suggest Pale Moon. "
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    #8Yandex Search Engine

    Yandex Search Engine

    Yandex is a Russian internet provider that offers a search engine based on privacy and anonymity. It is mainly used in Russia and nearby countries like Ukraine, Belarus and other European countries. 

    Websites

    Free

    William Thomas
    Written on December 18, 2017
    "In Russia, engine search you! Ha ha, I couldn't resist. I use Yandex mostly for finding Russian bridges. I don't actually order them, because I think that might be illegal in my country. I just look at their pictures... sometimes for quite awhile."
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    #9Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox is a web browser developed by Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corp. Compatible with Linux, macOS, Windows, Fire TV, and other operating systems, Firefox features private browsing, spell-checking, plugins, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Juan Henderson
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "Mozilla Firefox looks outdated to some but I still use it from time to time. Since this is a private browser for Windows, I use this whenever I'm checking a sensitive information online such as business documents."
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    #10Avast Secure Browser

    Avast Secure Browser

    Avast Secure Browser is a private browser that automatically blocks ads which is compatible with Windows. It also features a video downloader and lets the user customize the privacy setting based on their needs. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Olivia Grant
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "Who wouldn't this browser? It blocks the ads and even has a bank mode. Now I felt secure when I'm checking my bank details. 😉"

Summary

Best What are the best private browsers for Windows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tor BrowserSoftware 18 Free
2Brave BrowserSoftware 11 Free
3EpicSoftware 10 Free
4HTTPS EverywhereSoftware 10 Free
5Firefox QuantumSoftware 10 Free
6DoobleSoftware 6 Free
7Pale MoonSoftware 4 Free
8Yandex Search EngineWebsites 2 Free
9Mozilla FirefoxSoftware 1 Free
10Avast Secure BrowserSoftware 0 Free
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