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Last Release Date: 2020/06/04
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2020: Google Chrome market share for March of 67.88%

On April 2, 2020 it became known that browser Edge, released Microsoft along with OS Windows 10, took the second place in the universal rating of desktop observers by the number of users. According to the statistics of NetMarketShare for March, 2020, the total share of Edge in the market browsers made 7.59% (the second place) against 7.37% in February, 2020 (the third place) and 5.2% in March, 2019 (the fourth place).

As it was reported, the leader among all observers was and there is a Google Chrome existing since 2008, and Edge cannot catch up with it yet. As of March, 2019 its share made 67.88%, and in a year it increased to 68.5%. [[Article:#.2A 2020 web browser|Read more here.]]


May, 2012

Google Chrome is recognized the most popular browser in the world, The Verge with reference to data of the StatCounter service tracing data on visitors more than 3 million websites from around the world reports.

To the edition the fact that Chrome for the first time held on on the first place in popularity during the whole week - from May 14 to May 20 allowed to draw this conclusion, The Verge explains. Before the honourable first place sometimes belonged to Chrome only on the days off.

According to the latest data of StatCounter, Chrome 32.76% of the market whereas Internet Explorer - 31.94% belonged. On the third place - Firefox from shares of 25.47%. On the fourth - Safari from shares of 7.08%. The five of the most popular web browsers is closed by Opera which possesses 1.74%.

It is necessary to add that data of statistical services can differ considerably. For example, according to Net Applications, the most popular browser is still Internet Explorer. And Chrome - only on the third the place. Firefox is also ahead of him.

These w3schools also differ though also point that the most popular browser is Google Chrome, and since March of this year. As for the second place then the opinion matches opinion of Net Applications (Firefox). At last, the share of Safari is much less than StatCounter assessment closer to Opera share.

February 6, 2012

The agency of cyber security of Germany the other day recommended to users of Windows 7 to use the Chrome browser from Google, referring to such advantages as automatic update and existence of functionality of protection of applications in so-called "sandbox" (sandbox, the mechanism of safe start of programs).

Being guided by reasons of practical security, federal agency of Germany on protection of information technologies, known under the German abbreviation of BSI (Bundesamt fuer Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik), called Chrome the best browser. "The Internet browser of your system is a key component for access to services on the Internet, therefore, is the main target for cyber attacks", - BSI in the published recommendations noted. - When using Google Chrome in combination with other measures described above you will be able significantly to reduce effect of the probable attacks".

As the bases for such recommendations of BSI noted existence in Chrome of sandboxes technology which isolates the browser from the operating system and the computer, the mechanism of imperceptible updating and also a program linking of Chrome-Adobe Flash. "This [sandbox] technology of protection most consistently is implemented in Chrome..., similar mechanisms in other browsers are weak now or do not exist", - BSI explained.

BSI, unlike the similar agencies of the USA, have a tradition to make to users recommendations for the software, in particular, of browsers. Two years ago BSI urged Germans to refuse use of Internet Explorer (IE) until Microsoft corrects vulnerability which was allegedly used by the Chinese hackers for penetration into the networks belonging to Google and tens of other western companies.

Unlike the USA where users of Windows 7 automatically turn on IE as the browser by default, to Germans when they for the first time start Windows, on the screen show the menu of the choice of the browser. It helps users to select the browser which they want to install as the browser by default, and if it is necessary, to load and install it.

The procedure of this choice is based on the agreement between Microsoft and antimonopoly structures of the European Union which was concluded in 2009, two years later after Opera Software officially complained of unfair competition from Microsoft. Remembering it, it is no wonder that Google was delighted to the recommendation. "For us a great honor – to detect in this recommendation recognition of several advantages of a security system [in Chrome]", - Wieland Holfelder, the head of engineering developments of Google in Germany wrote in the official blog of the company.

For reading documents in the PDF BSI format recommended the Adobe Reader X program which, as well as Chrome, is created using sandboxes technology for protection of users against exploits, and urged citizens to use the system of automatic update Windows for support of the computers all updates and corrections of a security system of the operating system.

Now, according to data of StatCounter company, the share of Chrome makes only 14.3% of all browsers used in Germany. Firefox occupies 51% of the German market while IE - 24.8%.

At the same time Mozilla, giving acceleration to development of the mechanism of automatic update for the browser, will not be able to complete the project till June, 2012. The technology similar to Chrome "sandbox" will also not be included into new release of Firefox, but the company works on differentiation of processes of each tab (something similar assumes also Chrome) to make the browser steadier against failures.

Today Chrome is the popular browser: according to StatCounter, its share makes 28.4% that puts it on the second place after 37.5% of IE, but advancing Firefox from its 24.8%.


On December 1, 2011 the Irish analytical company StatCounter collecting statistics of visit of billions of web pages built Google Chrome to the second place among the most popular web browsers in the world. Before the second place long time belonged to the browser Mozilla Firefox which now, according to StatCounter, is in the third place. The first place still belongs Internet Explorer from Microsoft which is offered as the browser by default in to the operating system Windows[1].

According to StatCounter, in November the share of Chrome reached 25.70% against 25.23% at Firefox. Internet Explorer occupied 40.63% of the market.

Chrome continues to gather audience surely. The previous year the web browser of Google which was created only three years ago possessed only 4.66% of the world market, and in July, 2011 it became the second most popular web browser among users in Great Britain, TechCrunch writes.

StatCounter of the first announced that Chrome became more popular than Firefox. The Net Applications company which also collects data on visitors of websites does not hurry with release of the similar report.

According to data of Net Applications for November, 2011, Firefox from shares of 22.14%, Chrome - on third from shares of 18.18% still is in the second place. Earlier experts of Net Applications reported that they expect shift not earlier than April, 2012 if dynamics remains.

Growth of popularity of Google Chrome is partially caused by short turnover cycles of the browser which allows developers to add to it new features and to increase stability in the shortest possible time. Since launch Google updates the application of times in 6 weeks, and now on a beta cycle there is the sixteenth version of the browser which final release is planned for December, 2011.

Besides, Chrome is in the lead on performance. According to results of the research conducted at the beginning of November by the ZDNet resource among the freshest versions of Chrome, Firefox, IE and Opera, the browser from Google showed record results in the greatest number of tests among other programs.


According to the statistics Net Applications for August, 2009, Google Chrome possessed 2.9% of the world market of web browsers. Internet Explorer – 66.6%, Firefox – 23.3%, Safari – 4.1%, Opera – 2.9%. Thus, the web browser from Google takes the fourth place.

With a release of the third version in Google declared ambitious plans: increase Chrome share in the market of web browsers to 5% by second anniversary of a product (September, 2010) and up to 10% – by the end of the third year of existence (September, 2011). According to the analyst Ray Valdes from Gartner, such plan is incredibly difficult, but is feasible: "Google has a huge impact on the Internet, however for achievement of such share of the company it will be required to make something bigger, than what it does now. It, for example, can be different initiatives". One of such initiatives is already started – since summer of 2009 of Sony began to preset Chrome on the computers. Besides, Google it is necessary to be engaged more actively in development of the browser for Mac OS X and Linux, the analyst considers until neither for that, nor for other platform of the final, complete version of the program it is released.

According to Net Applications, in January, 2010 Internet Explorer remained the most popular browser, in a year having seriously handed over positions from 62.1 to 56 %. In December Microsoft controlled 57.1 % of the market. Firefox takes the second place (22.8 %). The previous year this indicator equaled 24.4 %. Closes the three of Google Chrome, for the first time taken a mark of 10 %, having completed January from 10.7 %. The previous year 5.2% of users gave to this packet preference. The number of adherents of Apple Safari within last month increased from 5.9 to 6.3 %. The share of Opera rose from 2.2 to 2.3%, and Opera Mini handed over positions a little and now occupies 0.9% of the market against about 1.0% in December. All other browsers occupy 1.1% of the market.

According to data of Net Applicatons, in November, 2010 its share in the world reached 9.27%, having increased in comparison with the last month by one percent point, mainly due to replacement of Internet Explorer. Growth is also caused by fast distribution of the last stable release - Chrome 7, - left in the middle of October of this year. In a month it reached a share in 5.64%. Now Chrome which is released in September, 2008 is the third most popular browser in the world after Internet Explorer and Firefox. In Russia it is the fourth most popular, conceding also to Opera.

According to Net Applications, in January, 2011 Google Chrome for the first time overcame a mark of 10% of the market of browsers, having completed month with an indicator of 10.7% and having taken the third place among the most popular browsers. The championship in popularity was saved by Internet Explorer from 56%. On the second place of Firefox from 22.8%

Representatives of Google company during the Google I/O conference (May, 2011) announced that the user base of the Chrome browser for the last year "more than doubled". Now worldwide there are about 160 million users of Chrome against 70 million the previous year. As the staff of Internet giant notes, they managed to achieve such impressive result substantially thanks to start of versions of Chrome for all basic operation systems - Linux, Windows and OS X. Within the next months Google is going to implement a number of large-scale improvements in the browser, including support of voice commands and the improved rendering of HTML5.



Because of defects in Chrome users of 32 million times downloaded espionage expansions from the directory of Google

In the middle of June, 2020 researchers from Awake Security found out that because of defects in Chrome users of 32 million times downloaded espionage expansions from the directory of Google. Researchers immediately warned Google company which deleted more than 70 harmful superstructures from the official Online store.

The majority of spywares were advertized as the expansions protecting users from doubtful websites, however instead they downloaded the history of viewings and credentials. It was the most large-scale harmful campaign which struck Chrome. Google refused to discuss the scale of damage and the reason on which spyware got to online store.

Spyware collecting data on search history and other data of users was set by users of the Google Chrome browser through 32 million loadings of different expansions for the browser

Who stood behind distribution of the malware, still not clearly. Analysts of Awake reported that developers provided false contact information. All expansions were developed so that to avoid detection by an anti-virus software or software which estimates reputation of web domains.

All suspicious domains found researchers, more than 15,000, were purchased at the small registrar in Israel, Galcomm, formally known as CommuniGal Communication. The owner of Galcomm considers that his company here at anything. The Internet corporation which exercises supervision of registrars, stated that for all years of work for Galcomm it arrived very few complaints, and any of them did not concern the malware.

Developers of viruses use Google Chrome Store in link quality of distribution long ago. In 2018 Google promised to increase security of shop, but in February, 2020 the independent researcher of Jamila Kaya and Cisco Systems Duo Security opened a similar campaign for distribution of the malware Chrome during which the given about 1.7 million users were stolen.[2]

The websites can still detect the mode "incognito" in Chrome

On June 4, 2020 it became known that the websites can still detect the mode "incognito" in Chrome. In August, 2019 Google promised to correct a problem, but still did not make it. Despite all efforts of Google made in 2019, the websites can still define whether the mode "incognito" is used in Chrome.


Some websites block the content for the users who turned on in the browser the mode "incognito" and on it there is a variety of reasons. For example, many use this mode for free access to paid content and a bypass of different filters and limiters. Besides, for the beginning of June, 2020 the mode "incognito" has the aggressive anti-tracking functions blocking to the websites an opportunity to keep track of activity of users and to monetize the traffic. All aforesaid has an adverse effect on income of the websites therefore in recent years the great popularity was won by the scripts allowing to learn whether the mode "incognito" is included in the browser.

At the beginning of 2019 Google decided to implement protection against similar scripts in the browser. In released in July, 2019 Chrome 76 there was a mechanism blocking to the websites an opportunity to use FileSystem API for detection of the mode "incognito". To Chrome 76 in the mode "incognito" FileSystem API was not available. The websites requested this API, and if it was not available, defined that the anonymous mode is used.

For solution of the problem of Google made FileSystem API available in all modes. However the hitch is that it became available not completely. The producer set a tight restriction on the amount of memory available to windows in the mode "incognito" (to 120 MB). Only a week later programmers understood that they to what, and created the script investigating FileSystem API regarding the amount of memory, available to the website, and by that allowing to define indirectly whether the anonymous mode is used.

In August, 2019 Google promised to correct a problem and to block a possibility of identification of the mode "incognito". Nevertheless, there passed nine months, but the company did not keep the promise. Both in Chrome, and in other browsers based on Chromium (including in Edge, Opera, Vivaldi and Brave), it is still possible to define whether the anonymous mode is included. Moreover, developers added support of Firefox and Safari to the scripts [3].