A browser is a software program that, once loaded onto a computer, helps the user to navigate the Web. Popular browsers include Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. Most computers come with Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator already loaded. Some Internet service providers (ISPs) such as AOL and Earthlink offer their own browsers as part of the software package. In most cases users can exit their software and use other browsers once they are connected to their ISP.

When loaded, browsers act like attractive, colorful universal remote controls for the Web. Whereas a universal remote for television controls what and how the viewer watches, a Web browser influences the user's Web surfing experience. Any time a user visits a site, she views it through a template ...

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