The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000

It is hard to say what the best internet browser for Windows 2000 is because of its age so let’s be clear here, if you are still using Windows 2000, you need to at least upgrade to Windows XP.  Windows 2000 is over 14 years old and is just not up to the day-to-day modern internet browsing.  That being said there are still people using it and there are still a few things you can do to make your time browsing the internet in 2000 more enjoyable and secure.

The last version of Internet Explorer released for Windows 2000 was IE 6 Service Pack 1. It is not updated anymore at all and has not been updated with new features to make browsing the internet easier and more secure.  Internet Explorer 6 was first released in 2001 and was no longer supported on July 13, 2010. Now Windows 2000 came with IE 5.5 and I do not suggest you keep that on your system.  Update to IE 6 SP1 and install all the updates for it, however I do not suggest using it for daily browsing as Internet Explorer is not the best internet browser for Windows 2000.

As far as current major browsers that support Windows 2000 there is only one, Opera.  So which browsers are the best for Windows 2000 and are some of the lesser known browsers maybe a good choice in this case.

I will be running Windows 2000 in a virtual machine within Oracle VirtualBox.  It will be running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.  I also have the latest versions of Flash, Java, and Silverlight that support Windows 2000 and you can read about how to get those and how to secure Windows 2000 better.

1. Opera 12.o2, being that this is the only major browser that still supports Windows 2000 it already is far ahead but it also supports major internet standards and supports plug-ins.  Opera in a way is like Netscape in that is supports other functions like e-mail and torrents. I also like its Tab Preview which just gives it a nice touch.  You can get it at  www.opera.com

Opera1 The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000

Opera 12 in Windows 2000

2. QupZilla 1.3.5 is not very well-known but is a big help in Windows 2000.  It is a Webkit based browser like Google Chrome, or Apple Safari and it is still being developed and updated.  This means it will get security updates and new features as time goes on.  QupZilla is pretty good at being compliment with web standards and it also has a tab preview which I just find to be a great feature, especially when you have multiple tabs open.  You can check it out at www.qupzilla.com

QupZilla The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000

QupZilla 1.3.5 in Windows 2000

3. Firefox 12 is the last version of Firefox that works in Windows 2000.  I really suggest you use one of the two browsers above before using Firefox as it will no longer be getting any security updates.  Again use this browser with caution.  It is still very web standard compliant so it will not have an issue displaying todays websites but as time goes on it will not be a good option.  You can download this version at http://www.oldversion.com/download-Mozilla-Firefox-12.0.html

Firefox 12 The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000

Firefox 12 in Windows 2000

4. FlashPeak SlimBrowser 6.01 Build 076 is a great option is you have websites that only work in Internet Explorer.  FlashPeak SlimBrowser uses the same rendering engine as Internet Explorer, however it uses the one already installed on your computer so while FlashPeak SlimBrowser has a lot of great features like Facebook integration and tabbed browsing it will not load any websites any better than Internet Explorer.  FlashPeak SlimBrowser is being developed and updated so it will be safer to use than Internet Explorer and if you have to use it I suggest you give FlashPeak SlimBrowser a try.  I also like the weather update in the Status Bar.  You can check it out at http://www.slimbrowser.net/en/

FlashPeak SlimBrowser The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000

FlashPeak SlimBrowser 6.01 in Windows 2000

5. Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (6.0.2800.1106)  Microsoft does not support this and does not have the modern security that Opera and QupZilla have.  Also is does not display some pages properly and is slower than the others.  The user interface looks dated and old.  I would not suggest using this for your daily browsing, however is you are still running an older version update to IE 6 SP1, it will help protect  you a little better and allow other Windows programs to get access to web features better.  You can get it at  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1e1550cb-5e5d-48f5-b02b-20b602228de6&DisplayLang=en

Internet Explorer The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000

Internet Explorer 6 in Windows 2000

6. Amaya 11.4.4 is not a browser for every day use.  This is made by the World Wide Web Consortium or the W3C, who decides what is and is not HTML.  Now this browser is really more for web developers as it really digs into a website to display many components.  It is pretty cool but it does not run any scripts so it is not good for every day web browsing.  Check it out at http://www.w3.org/Amaya/

Amaya The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000

Amaya 11.4.4 on Windows 2000

It is a good thing that Opera and QubZilla have paid attention to the fact that Windows 2000 is still being used to this day.  Windows 2000 is past its prime and I do suggest updating to at least Windows XP as soon as you can, remember all support ended for 2000 on July 13, 2010 and that includes IE 6 SP1.  I will write more articles about Windows 2000, (Like Making Windows 2000 more secure with Free Anti-virus) (And installing Windows 2000 in Windows Virtual PC) As I can see some people still use it.

Also check out the Best Internet Browser for Windows XP

And check out the Best Internet Browser for Windows Introduction

61 thoughts on “The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000

  1. Linda

    UPDATE from LINDA … got a ‘new’ computer, a laptop with Windows XP. Free! Enjoying it but spending around 2 hours daily fixing this and that, and learning. I was quite sad when I dismantled my Windows 2000; so sad I took pictures of the thing, along with all the dust inside of it! So I will no longer be posting on this specific forum for Windows 2000. This old woman has advanced and will reading about Windows XP here! (PS: have a PC with Windows 7 and I do not like it!) This website is a gem! Soooo helpful.

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  4. Linda

    Year ago, Oct 15, 2012 was first time I posted here. Have tried MANY browsers and non work properly. Thinking of buying an Apple. My computer’s almost at a standstill. And my mind is fried. Of all the websies I’ve visited in past year this place is by far the BEST. … even though I still have the same problem of a year ago! Linda

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    1. Usefulwindows Post author

      Hey thank you for that, well I would not suggest an Apple but I do highly suggest any of the new computers running Windows 8.1, I really like it I admit. The truth be told 90% of your problems are from Windows 2000.
      Thanks for reading.

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      1. Linda

        To all of you helpful folks who are computer-savvy: Garage sale this weekend, bought a Dell laptop with Windows XP. With a sealed disk. $50! Yesterday I studied 4 hrs and did a Clean Install. Laptop works! And it’s not much different than my faithful Windows 2000 I’m using right now. So now my NEW problem is how to connect laptop to Internet. Will try again today.

        I remain disgruntled with Microsoft making things obsolete. Some people cannot afford to upgrade and, like me (senior citizen), become frustrated trying to learn something new. Wish me luck setting up Internet on laptop. Am certain I’ll be back for help. Linda

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        1. Usefulwindows Post author

          Awesome, Windows XP is really not that different from Windows 2000 and will continue to get security updates until April 2014. To connect it to the internet (if it has a wireless card and the driver is installed) there should be an icon in the system tray, right click on it for options to connect to a network. unfortunately as operating systems age they become too expensive to support and their user base dwindle. For instance Windows 2000 has less than 0.5% users and that number drops every month. Most users out there use Windows 7, or Windows XP. It is also not just Microsoft but third party vendors (like Google, Mozilla, Apple, ect) that stopped supporting Windows 2000. I hope to revisit this article soon and update it as the information has changed and there has been some suggestions.

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  6. macsnafu

    A very thorough article–I hadn’t known of the lesser known browsers. But one thing I would add: Firefox 10 ESR version is probably better and more secure than Firefox 12 for Win2K. They kept updating 10 ESR until January of 2013.

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    1. Usefulwindows Post author

      Thanks for the info and the compliment I will have to check and see about Firefox 10 I thought all ESR versions that were still getting updates were after 12.

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  7. Linda

    One problem resolved: porn stuff on my ‘puter. I bought my computer used. The previous owner was probably a person who visited porn sites!

    I wish everyone who frequents this forum a HEALTHY and happy and prosperous 2013.

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    1. Usefulwindows Post author

      Yeah Nigerian websites are sketchy The ntuser.log is just that, a log, if you want open it up in notepad, delete the entries and save it, it should be fine but you might want to make a backup copy of the file just in case. As far as removing spyware and viruses I would use, Super Antispyware, Malwarebytes Anti Malware, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Avast Antivirus (you can use the free version on Windows 2000)

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  8. Linda

    Did what you suggested and got rid of Firefox’s popup … for a few weeks. I thank you. However, on 12/26/12 pop-ups returned, along with yet another problem. Will post my new issue and apologize if I’m putting this in the wrong place.

    On 12/26/12 I was doing research; ended up on Nigerian website. Now my computer’s oh so slow. Looked in a whole bunch of C-drive files. In NTUSER.LOG (opened it in Wordpad) found these words (as examples): porntrack.com, daily pornmag.com, porncollection.com, pornohome.net. What? I NEVER have gone to any porn website, so what are these words doing in my ntuser.log file?

    Have run the following: Glary Utilities, SpyBot, CCleaner, LavaSoft, WinUtilities, MS Malicious SW Remover, HijackThis, and Trend Micro HouseCall. NOTHING was found. So my question is: WHY all those *porn* words in NTUSER.log and can they be deleted?

    Goodness gracious, these words make me feel dirty!
    Thanks in advance. — Linda

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  9. Linda

    Breakthrough! Located a website with old flash player apps; downloaded one after another, installed, and when they didn’t work deleted them. Am clueless how I made flash player work, but it does right now. I*think* it’s version 10.1.102.64, but not sure. Locating what my windows 2000 needed was quite a daunting task, but my determination won. So now I can watch videos. Even figured out which “hole” to plug my speakers into so I even have voice now!

    To all you very intelligent young computer techies who explain things in ‘simple English’ so we old timers can understand, I thank you.

    Maybe now Firefox will stop with those horrendous update pop-ups! — Linda

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    1. Usefulwindows Post author

      I am glad you were able to figure a few things out. As for the update pop-ups in Firefox, open Firefox, click on the Tools menu and then Options, click on the last icon (it looks like a gear) on the top labeled Advanced, then click on the Update tab. Now under Firefox Updates: you want to make sure Never Check For Updates is selected. Then click on OK. This should get rid of the update message when you start Firefox.

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  10. Linda

    Me, again! I have not given up all hope. Still somewhat determined to continue using my wonderful Windows 2000 computer. Without a doubt, this website has been extremely helpful to me, and my gratitude continues. In the interim (while trying to fix/understand JAVA, Firefox, and flash whatever), have been busy looking for a replacement for my Quicken DOS software I’m using since the late 1980s. Not fer nuttin’, I spend many hours a day learning and taking notes.

    As for any ‘puter problem I had, still can’t get rid of that Firefox pop-up telling me to update. Otherwise, am okay. … I’ll be back. Linda

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  11. Hakka

    Suddenly Google Drive (former Docs) has decided to become so heavy to break my CPU with Firefox and I was searching for alternative browsers for my Win2000. Opera didn’t work well (Google Docs never supported Opera) but then I stumbled upon this articole! <3
    I didn't know about QupZilla and I'm so thankful you suggested it because with it I can open again Google Docs with less straining on my CPU than Firefox ever did – for now at least. :)

    Thank you again, you're a life saver! :)

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    1. Usefulwindows Post author

      Awesome, well that’s why I write this site. Windows 2000 is getting older but there are still some people using it today. I hope some of my articles may help you in the future. Thanks for reading.

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  13. Linda

    Ugh, me again. Tried very hard to install what was suggested to me on this forum. With each new update installation encountered add’l problems. Much too frustrating for me. So got rid of Firefox 12 and went back to 3.whatever. Now all I have to contend with is Firefox’s popup telling me to update, update, update. Tried to get rid of it, to no avail. Okay, so I won’t be able to watch videos. No big deal to me.

    Also, will put this computer with Windows 2000 Pro into another room so I can use my Quicken DOS. It will not be hooked up to Internet. And I will put my Windows 7 here on my desk. Ugh!

    Dear “Usefulwindows”, your help and that you share your knowledge with others is very much appreciated. And because there are many who continue to use older operating systems your posts are a savior to many, I am sure. I’ll be back! … have a nice weekend. Linda

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  15. Linda

    Me again, with original problem and MORE ! My computer is almost at a stand-still. Took 5 minutes to open local newspaper’s webdsite and read Obits. Now I’m getting something like “script isn’t responding” and am clueless what script is. Oh well, just one more problem to contend with. This new problem began after I installed Firefox 12. … I think what I’ve decided to do is this: Put this computer I’m using right now in another room and use it only for my bookkeeping (Quicken DOS) and NOT use it for Internet things. And start using my other un-used computer with Windows 7. It’s got too many whistles and bells so did not like it.

    I am tired of waiting for websites to open. I am tired of trying to learn new things. I am frustrated to the point of tears. … The home I live in was built in 1852. It’s 160 years old. My computer operating system is 10 years old and it’s not functional anymore. As far as I’m concerned Microsoft isn’t out to help anyone. All they want is more $ in their pockets. However, “The best THINGS in life aren’t THINGS”.

    Thanks for all your previous help. Sadly, think I have to throw in the towel before I drop dead in front of this (almost) useless piece of machinery. — Linda

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    1. Usefulwindows Post author

      Linda I am sorry you are still having issues, I hope I have been a help, I am still looking into your issue. The one to blame though is not Microsoft but the rest of the computer community as they have moved on its Adobe, Java, and Web developers that have moved to make the Web more safe and useful, but these things to break capability. Windows 2000 came out in 1999 that is 13 years ago and that is a good run. Now Microsoft offers support for Windows for 10 years which is much better than Apple which only supports Mac for a few. I have re-written the Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000 article and I hope that information helps, I would say Opera is going to give you the best support in Windows 2000 even over Firefox 12 as Opera is still supported. Again I will be sending another reply to help with Java and I think your issues might be related.

      Hang in there and you can learn to Master Windows 7, if you have any questions I will do request articles too just let me know.

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  16. Linda

    Firefox was updated to version 12. Computer remains so slow it’s boring me. Clicked on JAVA link you supplied and it had me download “jre-6u31-windows-i586″. Just tried again to install and popup read “The feature you are tryin to use is on a network resource that is unavailable. … Click okay to try again, or enter an alternate path to a folder containing the installation package ‘jre 1.6.0_20-c.msi’ in the box below.”

    The ‘box below’ was path to something in a file with the words documents, has to do with my Internet mail. I tried to change the path to where I stored the original JAVA file, to no avail. Am clueless what an ‘.msi’ file is.

    Last time I got an error 1500. Today I think the error ws 1716 or something. Sorry, forgot to write it down. … You have a wonderful weekend and again, thank you for trying to help me. — Linda

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  17. Linda

    MUCH thanks! Downloaded Java 6 Update 31 as suggested. When installing got “error 1500″. Still working on this.OH! And also need “jre 1.6.0_20c.msi” AND seems I need ‘installation package *.mis’. Down loaded Flash 11.1 for Firefox (I use firefox) and hit upon another problem that I haven’t worked out yet. (Did learn from neighbor my ‘puter is 32-bit, but am clueless what this means!)

    I will continue trying to solve my problem. And again, thank you oh so much for leading me in the right direction. — Linda

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    1. Usefulwindows Post author

      If you click on the links I provided in the reply they will take you directly to the correct download. 16bit 32bit and 64bit have to do with how the software is programed, most newer operating systems come in both 32bit and 64bit versions however Windows 2000 was always 32bit so only 32bit software will work on it. I am not sure about the other issues you are having, but Java 6 U 31 is never then JRE 1.6.20, If you can send me the whole error message through email I may be able to help you further. Thanks again for reading and I hope to have this whole article revamped with new information you might find useful in a few days.

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  18. Linda

    This senior citizen uses Win 2000 pro but it’s getting difficult these days. First, it’s easy for me. Second, I can not afford to update OS when microsoft wants more $. Third, being ‘older’ it’s sometimes difficult to learn this new technology. And I am FRUSTRATED !

    Firefox pop-ups telling me to check my “plugins” all the time. “Missing JAVA”. Have tried for 5 days to get JAVA and am told to “Update” to version 7, but version 7 isn’t good for Windows 2000. There is no SIMPLE way to download JAVA; don’t know difference between JRK, JRE, and whatever! Hey, just give me the link, JAVA !

    Then I’m told I need “flash player”. Well, I’ve downloaded around 5 different versions. None work or sometimes can’t be installed. Hey Flash Player, which one for Windows 2000 Pro, and where’s the link?

    I luv my computer and Windows 2000 Pro. Don’t understand why software companies want to make our lived so difficult. Your website has provided me with a lot of info. I will continue to read. And read. And read … Linda

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    1. Usefulwindows Post author

      I want to start with you are not alone, and never believe that lie that being “older” means learning new technology is difficult both my mother (in her 50′s) and grandmother (in her 80′s) are using Windows 7 currently. I believe that you can to, one of the best things about computers today is that they are really hard to break, so do not feel scared to poke around and try something new and see what it does. The fact that you have come here to find a solution means you are already ahead of a lot of people using computers out there. Now Windows 2000 is 13 years almost 14 years old and I do not recommend using it online. Microsoft supports a version of Windows for about 10 years, while they release a new version of Windows about every three years. Just because they release a new version does not mean you need to upgrade to a newer one, but after it is no longer supported I do suggest upgrading as other software companies will not support it as the older systems do not support modern software programing. So a long term solution is to upgrade to at least Windows XP (which is supported till April 2014) in the short term I can give you a few links to upgrade to the last versions of Flash, Java, and Firefox that support Windows 2000, even so some websites may still want newer versions of Flash and Java and unfortunately there is nothing you can do about that but upgrade to a newer version of Windows, or just not use those websites. First you can get Firefox 12 Second you want Java 6 Update 31 for Flash there are two types first is the one that will work in Firefox Flash 11.1 for FF and then there is Flash 11.1 for Internet Explorer Finally I would get Silverlight 4 this will work on sites like Netflix. I will also be updating this post with some better Internet Browser options and with this information. I hope this has been a help Linda and I hope that you never stop learning. If you have any other questions you can always e-mail me at usefulwindows@outlook.com

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  25. Rob Y

    Thank you for your recommendations. Would you please elaborate on why you chose Firefox v 3.5.3 for Windows 2000 instead of a later version? Version 3.6 claims to support Windows 2000. Does your recommendation depend on hardware, or is stricly a matching of firescape version versus Windows version?

    Thanks,
    Rob

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    1. usefulwindows

      The reason was simple, Firefox 3.6 was not out at the time I wrote the article, I plan to update all Internet Browser articles as soon as possible. Thank you for reading.

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      True and that is why I do not suggest using it, however keeping it updated is key, I can not stress that enought, being that IE is intergrated into the OS keeping IE updated is the only way to help keep your computer secure.

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