Desktop browser market share figures as of September 2011.
Google’s Chrome Web browser continues to shine; it’s making its way up the list of top desktop browsers, according to Net Applications, which shows Chrome at 16.20 percent, compared to 8.76 percent a year ago around this time.
In contrast, Internet Explorer’s market share continues to decline, from 60.99 percent a year ago to 54.39 percent; and Firefox, which had 23.55 percent last year now has 22.48 percent of the desktop market share. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)
Apple’s Safari Web browser, like Chrome, also has come up in percentage; last year it had 3.87 percent, and is at 5.02 percent, as of September.
Desktop browser market share figures as of October 2010.
Unrelated to these figures, last Friday Microsoft’s security tools erroneously marked Chrome as malware and removed it from approximately 3,000 Windows computers.
It wasn’t about competition; it was about searching for a Trojan named Zeus, which cyber crooks have used to steal from people’s bank accounts worldwide.
“An incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified and as a result, Google Chrome was inadvertently blocked and in some cases removed,” Microsoft said on its Malware Protection Center site. “Within a few hours, Microsoft released an update that addresses the issue.”
If you were one of those affected, check the website above for a fix, then reinstall Chrome.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused our customers,” Microsoft said.