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Due to the doubts and the incipient erroneous articles published on the Internet saying that Windows XP does not have updated browsers, I open this post indicating the complete information on all the companies or software programmers that make versions of browsers compatible with Windows XP.
But first it is necessary to clarify some fundamental concepts.
The first is that today there are only 2 Internet browser projects for Windows. The Chromium project and the Mozilla foundation.
No, the basic existing browsers are not Google Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
Opera abandoned its own "Presto" browser engine in 2012, Microsoft stopped developing its own browser known as Internet Explorer in 2015 & and later stopped developing its own motor in Edge in 2019.
Now both the Opera browser and Microsoft's browser are based on the Chromium project. An open source database for developing a web browser, maintained by various companies that later use the source code to create their own version of the browser with additional features.
Google develops Chrome and Microsoft develops Edge, same as multiple companies using the same codebase as above, for example Opera. None of these companies develops versions compatible with Windows XP but many others do, for many they are unknown companies but in China they generally work with Windows XP due to the delicacy of the manufacturing processes and the independent control provided by this operating system. By not needing direct connections with Microsoft and therefore with the US Government.

There are many Chinese browsers based on both Chromium and Mozilla, the Chromium versions come with telemetry for the Chinese Government to know which websites you visit (Google also does it for the USA and stronger) but there are modified versions that have this capacity removed .
There are also browsers from other places but they are less developed such as Otter Browser or RetroZilla.

Based on Mozilla we can also find updated browsers even for Windows 2000, although for this system they have not passed the beta phase as forks of K-Meleon and PaleMoon developed by Roytam1. Sin embargo for Windows XP you can find several browsers modified to work on this operating system, whose versions are continuously updated. These come in English and many can be patched in another language.

For Windows XP I recommend using the English Chromium-based versions, especially 360 Extreme Explorer modified version without telemetry, due to their speed compared to Mozilla-based browsers. 
User interface can be found in English and in Chinese. Multilanguage only come with Kafan MiniBrowser (except installer), Maxthon and UC Browser. If we want to view the web pages in other specific languages, we must also modify the language in which we want to view them by default.

To work with Chromium it is essential that we understand the Windows certificate system, since the https web pages display depends on our Windows certificates being up to date. While for Mozilla-based browsers it is not necessary, since they are integrated into the browser itself and it is not necessary to update them independently.
To update the Windows XP certificates, download a package updated by the Japanese @blackwingcat on its Windows Legacy Update website:
http://win2k.org/wlu/wluen.htm
We go to the manual update section and look for certificates. Unzip the file with 7-Zip or WinRar and then install it.
Note: The files on this website come in a format that I have not been able to use in Spanish XP, even discussing it with the author. They may work in other languages but if not don't worry, unzip with 7-zip and install.

Below I indicate which are the best developments for Windows XP and its base code version in April 2022.

BASED ON MOZILLA. THE BEST BROWSERS ARE THESE:

By @roytam1 (Goanna based):

-New Moon (Pale Moon fork & Firefox fork)
-K-Meleon (K-Meleon fork & Firefox fork)
-Serpent / UXP basilisk52 (Basilisk fork & Firefox fork)
-Serpent / Mobieus basilisk55 (Basilisk fork & Firefox fork)
All are versioned by Roytam1 and lack telemetry for the use of any Government,
this is their website to download:
http://rtfreesoft.blogspot.com/search/label/browser
And in this post on the MSFN forum you can ask questions:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/182647-my-browser-builds-part-3/
He also has forks of:
-Artic-Fox (MAC fork)
-Borealis (Borealis Navigator fork - Netscape Navigator fork)
-IceApe (IceWesel fork)
And special versions for SSE 1 processors.

Automatic unofficial installer for roytam1’s browsers by @i430VX
http://i430vx.net/files/XP/RoyTam Browser Installer.exe
(this may not work on multiple languages or personalized installations)


By @feodor2

Quantum 68-78 based (NEW):

-MyPal 68
https://github.com/Feodor2/Mypal68/

Goanna based (project is down on September 2021):

-MyPal (Pale Moon fork & Firefox fork)
https://github.com/Feodor2/Mypal
http://www.mypal-browser.org/release
-Centaury (Basilisk fork & Firefox fork)
https://github.com/Feodor2/Centaury/releases


THE FULL LIST OF CHROMIUM_BASED BROWSERS IS THIS:

-2345 Explorer (Chinese only)
http://ie.2345.cc/ (for PC)
https://app.2345.com/ (for phone)


-360 Extreme Explorer (webkit adapted to Blink + Trident (IE according to web compatibility)
360 Extreme Explorer is the current name of the international version of the Chinese 360 Secure Explorer. Not to be confused with the name "Browser 360" which refers to an old international version whose latest version is 7.5.2.104 and it is based on Chromium 31 https://360-browser.en.softonic.com/
International versions based on Chromium 78 or higher are called "360 Extreme Explorer", in this post on the MSFN forum you can ask questions:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/178380-extreme-explorer-360-chromium-78-general-discussion

Download Links:
Official international version (web english version only download old version 11):
https://browser.360.cn/ee/en.html
On Septembre 2021 web for english version only on Chinese (careful, uninstall 360 also only on Chinese)
https://browser.360.cn/ee/

360 Extreme Explorer versions with telemetry removed:
From versions 12 and 13 (Chromium 86), for 360 Extreme Explorer to correctly display the certificate on some https pages, and their style sheet, it requires activating compatibility mode with Windows 2000 by right clicking on the executable file .EXE.

@Humming Owl modified versions:
-post on MSFN:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/182876-360-extreme-explorer-modified-version/
-folders:
https://www.mediafire.com/folder/fuwfohw2b75ot/02-10-21
https://archive.org/details/360EE_Modified_Version

Arcticfoxie modified versions:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/182993-360-extreme-explorer-arcticfoxie-versions/#comments

Modified in China:
(several users report that the telemetry is not completely canceled, that the deletion is partial)
http://www.qiuquan.cc/browser/360chrome.html

Modified in Russia:
(several users report that the telemetry is not completely canceled, that the deletion is partial)
https://rsload.net/soft/browser/17362-360-browser.html
https://lrepacks.ru/repaki-programm-dlya-interneta/182-360-extreme-explorer-amp-portable.html
Forum in Russian to modify the official international version:
http://forum.ru-board.com/topic.cgi?forum=5&topic=49673

The current version for the Chinese market is called ...
-360 Secure Explorer also known as 360 Secure Browser
The official version can be downloaded here (only in Chinese language)
http://browser.360.cn/
And here is the modified version in China:
http://www.qiuquan.cc/browser/360se.html


-DC Browser v.4 (Chromium 75)
Note: With the official version I have experienced multiple blue screens, the modified version I have not tried yet.
Official version:
http://dcbrowser.cqttech.com/home
@Humming Owl modified versions:
-post on MSFN:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/182876-360-extreme-explorer-modified-version/
-download folders
https://www.mediafire.com/folder/gc3rbagwt99pr/DC_Browser_Modified_Version


-Kafan MiniBrowser aka MiniBlink aka MiniChrome (Chromium 87)
Official version multilanguage (install only Chinese):
https://browser.kfsafe.cn
Forum:
https://bbs.kafan.cn/forum-298-1.html
Maximum perfomance:
2 GiB RAM: 5 tabs open
8 GiB RAM: 25 tabs open
@Humming Owl modified versions:
-Post on MSFN:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/182876-360-extreme-explorer-modified-version/
-Download folders
https://www.mediafire.com/folder/ytdozcs6wco9x/Mini_Browser_Modified_Version


-Liebao aka Kingsoft Cheetah Secure Browser
Official version:
https://www.liebao.cn/
Change Chinese language to English:
https://malwaretips.com/threads/liebao-cheetah-browser.381.
Portable version
https://www.portableSoft.org/down/3022/


-Maxthon (Blink + Trident + Webkit) (Chromium 69)
Official multilanguage version: *
https://www.maxthon.com/
* Version 6.x is not compatible with Windows XP.
* Version 5.x is the latest compatible with Windows XP.
MaxThon 5.3.8.2100 Beta (2020-01-06):
https://forum.maxthon.com/index.php?/release-notes5/%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%0%C2%A0%C2% A0V-5382100-R214 /
MaxThom 5.3.8.2000 Release (2019-10-24):
https://forum.maxthon.com/index.php?/release-notes5/%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%0%C2%A0%C2% A0V-5382000-R213 /


-QQ Browser (Blink + Trident)
Official version (care, better not install, it looks like a virus / spyware that makes a lot of advertising in all your computer)
https://browser.qq.com/


-Sogou Explorer
(It only exists in Chinese language)
Official version:
https://ie.sogou.com/
Version modified in China:
http://www.qiuquan.cc/browser/sogouexplorer.html.
Both on Windows XP and on Windows 10 it gives me the following error:
w10 error xx183 cannot create a file that already exists


-UC Browser (Chromium 54)
This browser has been discontinued, after being accused of stealing user data.
The latest version for Windows (7.0.185.1002) is from the year 2018.
Official links have stopped working in some countries.
Official version multilanguage:
http://www.ucweb.com/ucbrowser/download/
Alternative download:
https://www.filehorse.com/download-uc-browser-for-windows/
Modified version in China (it is possible to change the language to English after navigating the menu in Chinese):
http://www.qiuquan.cc/browser/ucbrower.html


-TS Browser (Chromium 75)
Official version:
http://tsbrowser.xiangtatech.com
It seems to work as well as 360 Extreme Explorer but I haven't gotten it to read the updated certificates.


OTHER BROWSERS FOR WINDOWS XP

-ArtisBrowser (prevents the user from copying anything from sites)
Copy extensions to the browser profile, many of the extensions it will work.
Firefox based browser, which apparently prevents the user from copying anything from the sites, although not found it to be the case.
It doesn't work for all websites, although it does work on 'some' sites where the newer modified Mozilla type modded browsers don't work as well... maybe it's related to the API...
Many extensions work.
Link that determines the operating system you are using:
https://artistscope.com/artisbrowser/artisbrowser-download.asp
Link that downloads the latest version that works on Windows XP:
https://images.artistscope.com/download/ASPS_Browser_install_XP.zip
 

-Lobo Evolution (Java browser in Alpha phase)
This is a current fork of the Lobo browser that was discontinued in 2009.
Tested the latest version 3.0, it works exaggeratedly slow.
Official Downloads:
Github (last updated version)
https://github.com/LoboEvolution/LoboEvolution/releases
Sourceforge (only up to v.2.0)
https://sourceforge.net/projects/loboevolution/
Original Wolf of the Year 2009:
https://lobobrowser.org/


-Netsurf (experimental without Javascript)
https://www.netsurf-browser.org/downloads/windows/


-Otter Browser (Opera Classic - Qt5)
https://otter-browser.org


-Opera 12.18_45 unofficial (mod 06.11.20) (russian original but english is possible)
https://www.upload.ee/files/12483022/Opera_Unofficial_Portable_12.18_45.zip.html (link is down)
alternatives download:
https://disk.yandex.ru/d/HbQfEL8dnx_c7A
https://yadi.sk/d/ANkjyZ6Hfws34w
With certificates (zip password "111"):

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/xndaaefaebnib/Browsers

Instruction for menu Opera with english language
https://msfn.org/board/topic/182794-updated-browser-list-for-windows-xp/?do=findComment&comment=1208594
Forum:
https://www.tenforums.com/general-support/172922-windows-xp-2021-system-build-modern-pc.html
http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=8570
Forum certificates:
https://forums.opera.com/topic/9630/opera-12-17-tls-1-1-and-tls-1-2-settings-not-persistent/9



-RetroZilla (Gecko 1.8.1 fork)
https://github.com/rn10950/RetroZilla/releases/
Also compatible with Windows 95Ç


-Tor Browser 7.5.6 unoffial updated internal components, with Tor 0.4.5.8 (Release May, 2021). English and Russian packs.
https://www.upload.ee/files/13208675/TB756_en_0458.ZIP.html (English)
SHA256: a22a94bd1d4f23b6b1538ce3cddc3555e0c67fe423d80f4e541b8c8a409f3dc4
https://www.upload.ee/files/13208684/TB756_ru_0458.ZIP.html (Russian)
SHA256: d0036853c3fd6de568f274f10a63fa4b46db0c0bc7669045f41c2f37f8a20fb9
Forum:
https://forum.ru-board.com/topic.cgi?forum=2&topic=5834#20
https://www.tenforums.com/general-support/172922-windows-xp-2021-system-build-modern-pc.html


BROWSERS FOR TEST WEB PAGES

-Utility Firefox Collection
http://utilu.com/UtiluMFC/#download

-Utility IE Collection
http://utilu.com/IECollection/#download



CLIENTS THAT DISPLAY MODERN WEB PAGES IN OLD BROWSERS, THANKS TO A PROXY SERVER THAT CONVERTS WEB PAGES INTO IMAGES

-Browser Service (requires own Linux server):
https://github.com/ttalvitie/browservice/releases/tag/v0.9.2.2
Instruction:
https://github.com/ttalvitie/browservice

-WRP (requires own server):
https://github.com/tenox7/wrp/releases/
Instruction:
https://github.com/tenox7/wrp


SEARCH ENGINE THAT WORKS IN OLDER BROWSERS

-FrogFind (showing only text)
http://www.frogfind.com


PAGES ARE BEING CREATED WITH VARIOUS UPDATED INFORMATION

-XPforever
https://xpforever.miraheze.org/wiki/Main_Page

-retrobrowser.com
http://retrobrowsers.com/windowsxp

-Retro System Revival
https://retrosystemsrevival.blogspot.com/p/final-versions-of-working-software-on.html


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CURRENT WINDOWS XP OPERATION

Visit MSFN forum Windows XP section:
https://msfn.org/board/forum/34-windows-xp/

This post is available in Spanish here:
https://foro.elhacker.net/windows/listado_de_navegadores_actualizados_para_windows_xp-t510585.0.html

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Updated 2022-10-26
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1 hour ago, Cixert said:

-Tor Browser 7.5.6 unoffial updated internal components, added support for Node version 3. (Russian only)
https://www.upload.ee/files/12349986/TB756_ru_0445.ZIP.html
Forum:
https://www.tenforums.com/general-support/172922-windows-xp-2021-system-build-modern-pc.html

Available new version TB 7.5.6 with Tor  0.4.5.8 (Release May, 2021). English and Russian packs. From here - https://forum.ru-board.com/topic.cgi?forum=2&topic=5834#20


https://www.upload.ee/files/13208675/TB756_en_0458.ZIP.html
SHA256: a22a94bd1d4f23b6b1538ce3cddc3555e0c67fe423d80f4e541b8c8a409f3dc4
 
https://www.upload.ee/files/13208684/TB756_ru_0458.ZIP.html
SHA256: d0036853c3fd6de568f274f10a63fa4b46db0c0bc7669045f41c2f37f8a20fb9

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5 hours ago, Cixert said:

And in this post on the MSFN forum you can ask questions:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/180462-my-browser-builds-part-2/

This one is locked, change it to part 3.

5 hours ago, Cixert said:

Opera 12.18_45 unofficial (mod 06.11.20) (Russian only)

"File does not exist"

Got a copy of this?

 

Could somebody with XP and SSE2 try Avant Browser?

Here only the Trident engine seems to work, Gecko crashes immediately, and Webkit is not shown at all despite its files being available in the browser folder.

 

Lunascape looks interesting as well, but needs SSE2, no clue about XP support ...

Github releases

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19 hours ago, RainyShadow said:

Lunascape looks interesting as well, but needs SSE2, no clue about XP support ...

 

Github releases

it works under XP atleast on me for both qecko and trident. It readme claims support even windows 2000 but atleast on my vanilla w2k install it gave not valid win32 app error

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23 hours ago, ArcticFoxie said:

The Liebao portable link seems to be dead.

portable version link is old version, sorry. I haven't new version link.

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@Cixerthi , in 360 Extreme Explorer russians did not remove all telemetry , it's only *partially* removed , please add this information. 

You may see by yourself in my posts. This one , for example.

https://msfn.org/board/topic/182304-extreme-explorer-360-chromium-78-86-general-discussion/page/15/?tab=comments#comment-1194253

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On 6/7/2021 at 7:53 PM, RainyShadow said:

Lunascape looks interesting as well, but needs SSE2, no clue about XP support ...

Github releases

The last release is from 2018-02-17. It doesn´t a browser updated.
If someone wants to try you should download this github full version
LunaSetup6152_ml11_gl_full.exe
https://github.com/lunascape/orion-installer/releases/download/v6.15.2.27564/LunaSetup6152_ml11_gl_full.exe
The webpage version is only a downloader for the Gecko and Webkit engines that does not work.
It says that the Trident engine is included but it actually uses the engine from the Internet Explorer version that is installed on Windows.
Gecko and Webkit are only compatible with Windows XP SP1. It is not compatible with Windows 2000.

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I can't find MiniBrowser, can you put a link?
This is from 2011
https://dmkho.tripod.com/mb/index.html

I have found the Vivaldi browser to be compatible with Windows XP but it seems to use the Google Chrome engine 49.0.2623.110
can anyone give more information? Edit: Opening with 7-Zip I see it is from 2016.
https://vivaldi.com

As a curiosity, I add the following tools to the list:
Clients that displays modern web pages in old browsers thanks to a proxy server that converts web pages into images:

-Browser Service (requires own Linux server):
https://github.com/ttalvitie/browservice/releases/tag/v0.9.2.2
Instruction:
https://github.com/ttalvitie/browservice

-WRP (requires own server):
https://github.com/tenox7/wrp
Instruction:
https://github.com/tenox7/wrp

Search engine that works in older browsers (showing only text)

http://www.frogfind.com

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3 minutes ago, Cixert said:


I can't find MiniBrowser, can you put a link?

I was never able to find a "homepage" for it.

@user57 originally posted the links and I copied them over to this thread -> https://msfn.org/board/topic/182304-extreme-explorer-360-chromium-78-86-general-discussion/?do=findComment&comment=1198952

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On 6/7/2021 at 9:38 PM, Cixert said:

All are versioned by a Chinese named Roytam1

 

On 5/13/2021 at 9:38 PM, roytam1 said:

I hope people can distinguish Hongkongers from Chineses.

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1 hour ago, ArcticFoxie said:

I was never able to find a "homepage" for it.

@user57 originally posted the links and I copied them over to this thread -> https://msfn.org/board/topic/182304-extreme-explorer-360-chromium-78-86-general-discussion/?do=findComment&comment=1198952

It seems to work fine (Chromium 87) and it is multilanguage.
This is the web site
https://browser.kfsafe.cn

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The original MiniBrowser I tried was an 83.4 MB download and now the download is 73.8 MB so I will have to try this browser again and compare to 360Chrome.

The last time I tried it, I preferred my inoculated 360Chrome but the story may change this time around.

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On 6/7/2021 at 8:53 PM, RainyShadow said:

Could somebody with XP and SSE2 try Avant Browser?

Here only the Trident engine seems to work, Gecko crashes immediately, and Webkit is not shown at all despite its files being available in the browser folder.

I don't see how to change the Trident motor

 

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