There are no web browsers left (for Windows/non-Macs). Chrome and Firefox are both pure spyware to the point where they are utterly unusable. 100% of all other browsers except for Safari (Mac-only) are "skins" on top of those same compromised softwares.
I’ve looked long and hard but there just seems to be no browser left. It feels absurd to type that, but it’s the truth. I’m typing this from Pale Moon, which is a Firefox fork, and other than Tor browser (also a Firefox fork and only usable for .onions), I simply cannot find any browser to install on my system.
There just is no usable browser left.
Pale Moon is a nightmare to use for YouTube, Twitch or shopping food. I have to wait for many seconds for each page to sluggishly load, and every click and scroll takes an eternity. There’s constant issues with videos and streams breaking in various ways, start repeating, or just generally load at turtle speed, unrelated to connection issues. (And this is a monster PC, so it’s definitely not related to local performance.)
Pale Moon is also very broken (just like Firefox) in terms of specifying a profile to use when opening a URL from the command line/script, and the same goes for "private browsing mode" which it ignores entirely. It’s basically an unmaintained, rotting mess. It’s so broken that it’s not even meaningful to call it a "browser", frankly.
No, Chromium, Vivaldi, "Brave", "Opera", "Edge" etc. are not browsers. They are skins on the same compromised Chrome spy tech. The only possible way to make a browser is to do what Opera did until 2012: actually make it. Not take an existing piece of code which you have zero control over and slap your logo on it, pretending that it’s a browser. It’s not. It’s a skin on top of Google’s or Mozilla’s junk.
I have zero confidence left in either Google or Mozilla. I will never use anything made by or depending on them.
And please, don’t make any tongue-in-cheek recommendation for Lynx or Links: http://links.twibright.com/download.php That page is like a cruel joke.
Frankly, I already know the answer to my own question: "no". There is no browser. All there is is Chrome and Firefox, and both are literally unusable.
I truly cannot understand how there can exist people who claim that Mozilla is somehow "fighting evil" when they are the evil. Maybe they run Linux and their distro has put heavy modifications on their Firefox package; that’s the only explanation I can think of. Try it on Windows, or just "unmodified" from Mozilla, and you will start crying.
And no, Chromium is not "Chrome without the spying".
What I don’t understand is what all these intelligent people could possibly be using. They seem to be all using Chrome, somehow ignoring all the spying. It’s like I’ve ended up in some parallel dimension or something.
Seriously: this is not a "rant". What do you suggest other than "stop using computers entirely", which I’d love to do but isn’t practically possible in my situation?