360 Secure Browser

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360 Secure Browser (Chinese: 360安全浏览器) is a web browser developed by Qihoo,[1] a company based in China.[2] It uses the Trident layout engine (as does Internet Explorer). It was first released in September 2008.[1]

Market share[edit]

As of January 2011, Qihoo claims that it was the second most popular web browser in China (after Internet Explorer),[2] with 172 million monthly active users, 44.1% of Internet users in China.[3] The true figure is much lower (in the 2-7% range) according to multiple independent sources.[4][5]

Controversy[edit]

The high usage numbers are in large part due to the software being very difficult to uninstall. Furthermore, whenever a user attempts to install another browser, a warning pop-up claims that the new browser is unsafe and should not be run.[6][7]

All Chinese public and private Education institutions’ network administrators are required by Chinese law to use 360 antivirus on all workstations. The 360 browser comes with the 360 antivirus.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.chinatechnews.com/2008/09/18/7557-qihoo-formally-launches-web-browser-product-in-china
  2. ^ a b http://seekingalpha.com/article/260381-ipo-pick-of-the-week-qihoo-360-tech
  3. ^ http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1508913/000104746911002598/a2202773zf-1a.htm
  4. ^ http://visual.ly/world-web-browser-market-share
  5. ^ http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-CN-monthly-201201-201301-bar
  6. ^ Pierce, Doug (January 11, 2012). "How Qihoo 360 Won the Browser War in China". Digital Due Diligence. 
  7. ^ http://www.techinasia.com/360-safe-browser-malware/