What is the Brave browser?

Brave is a more-or-less standard browser that lets users navigate to websites, run web apps and display or play online content. Like other browsers, it is free to download and use, remembers site authentication information and can block online ads from appearing on sites.

Its maker, Brave Software, is a relatively new entry in the browser battles, having first previewed the browser in January 2016. The firm was co-founded by Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and a co-founder of Mozilla, after he left that browser vendor under pressure for supporting California’s 2008 Proposition 8, a ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage.

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What makes Brave different from other browsers?

What sets Brave apart is its aggressive anti-ad attitude. The browser was built to strip online ads from websites and its maker’s business model relies not only on ad blocking but on replacing the scratched-out ads with advertisements from its own network. It’s as if a new TV network announced it would use technology to remove ads from other networks’ programs, then rebroadcast those programs with ads of its own devising, ads that it sold.

Does Brave block ads within search results?

No. Brave doesn’t lay a finger on those, including the ubiquitous AdWords advertisements within Google’s results. (Google will soon rebrand AdWords as “Google Ads.”) That’s not a surprise: Ad blocking extensions don’t stymie search ads either.

Where can I download Brave?

Brave can be downloaded from bravedownload.co

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