Web browsers, often referred to as simply browsers, are the software programs that allow you to "browse" the internet. More technically, they're network client applications that connect to web servers to request webpages and other web resources. All web browsers have a URL box that allows you to enter a website's URL (also known as a web address) and visit that website. Here is a list of the most popular web browsers:
- Chrome (Google's web browser product)
- Internet Explorer (Microsoft's web browser product)
- Safari (Apple's web browser product)
In the most recent versions of these browsers you are able to do an internet search through the URL box. So instead to typing the web address (for example
www.whiterootmedia.com) of the website you are trying to go to, you can search for something using the same URL box (for example
White Root Media). Once you do a search the web browser will pull up search results in its default search engine. So if you are using Google's internet browser: Chrome, your internet search will pull up results in Google: Google's search engine.
Because search engine companies make millions of dollars through their advertisements on their search engine results pages (SERPs), there is a huge push to advertise their browser. Their browser doesn't make them money, but the searches you do in your browser will generate them money. That's why there have been lots of commercials for both Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.