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Avant Browser Ultimate

CNET Editors' review

The ongoing battle for Web browser supremacy leaves many Internet users confused about which one to use: Internet Explorer? Mozilla Firefox? Or Google Chrome, the current top browser? You can have all three with Avant Browser, a feature-packed free browser that incorporates the latest rendering engines of IE, Firefox, and Chrome, and lets you switch among them. Avant uses multiprocessing to keep one crashed or frozen tab from crashing the whole browser, and it's frugal with memory. It also offers optional free online storage for your bookmarks and other browser data. It offers tons of options, including the ability to enable AdBlocker and disable scripts, Java, ActiveX, and more with single clicks. Avant also boasts a Split View feature; customizable Mouse Gestures; a detached, always-on-top tab; and sidebars for bookmarks, history, feeds, and more.

Avant's attractive interface has just enough differences to stand out without being radically different from other browsers. The new Aero Glass theme supports all Windows 7 display advances and adds a few of its own, such as a hotkey-capable full-screen view that shows the browser toolbars when you mouse over them. The File, View, Tools, and other menus each offered some of the most extensive selections we've seen, such as a Clear Records submenu that let us clear 11 different browser caches or clear them all at once. When you first launch Avant, a pop-up lets you sign up for the optional Web-based data storage feature, a process that involves entering an email address and password. This feature lets you access your bookmarks and personal data from other locations. The browser lets users block Web site features that can cause sites to load slowly or crash, such as Flash animations.

Clicking Default Rendering on the Tools menu shows four options: IE Standard, IE Compatible, Firefox, and Chrome. We started by comparing Avant's Chrome engine with standalone Chrome, our default, and then to Firefox and both IE versions. Avant ran as fast as the standard browsers. Chrome still rules in either version, but the latest IE and Firefox engines are catching up. We could also set each browser engine's options separately.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 37 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current version:

    2.5 stars

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Prone to crashing&when it does it crashes your computer"

    April 19, 2014  |   By AspieMum

    Version: Avant Browser Ultimate 2014 build 002

    Pros

    More than one browser in one browser. If the page doesn't work in say Firefox you can easily re-load it in IE or chrome.

    Cons

    Ever so often it crashes. When it crashes your computer freezes. You use control Alt Delete & then all options just give you a black screen. Only way out: turn off with power button- that broke my laptops wireless adapter on one of those occasions.

    Summary

    The benefits do not outway the risks of using this software. I've had to permanently uninstall it. When it works its brilliant but once it starts crashing it keeps crashing even if uninstalled & re-installed.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Liking a lot but their refining broke too much"

    April 12, 2014  |   By xelos

    Version: Avant Browser Ultimate 2014 build 002

    Pros

    Multiple explorers in one and you can use addons if you take the time to explore and find where they are. Quick load time.

    Cons

    Not intuitive, windows + right or left key no longer works with new releases, browser toolbars are not friendly with resizing your window where they get jumbled or disappear (maximize usually disappears when you make window smaller)

    Summary

    I like the browser but with the new release and the non-compatible window it makes it hard to love it. Give it a shot if you have time and patience to explore...just keep the window maximized heh

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