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Avant Browser

CNET Editors' review

Starting from the Internet Explorer engine, Avant Browser adds useful capabilities, such as grouped favorites, an RSS reader, and tabbed browsing. The first thing we noticed upon launch was the aesthetically pleasing skin that came as the default with Avant Browser, but you can choose from among many preloaded skins in the Tools menu. The tabbed-browsing feature lets you quickly switch among Web sites, rather than having to shuffle through several browser instances in the Windows taskbar. If you visit several Favorites often, you can save them as a group and open the whole group with one click. When you shut down the program, Avant Browser remembers which windows were open and launches them the next time it starts up. You also can automatically refresh all windows, or only the current one, at regular intervals. A simple pop-up blocker works in most cases, but it was powerless against some floating banners and other, more obscure pop-up methods. Overall, we found Avant Browser a great alternative to Internet Explorer, with useful features that make browsing even more efficient.
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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 3,248 votes

    • 5 star: 2084
    • 4 star: 662
    • 3 star: 211
    • 2 star: 84
    • 1 star: 207
  • Current version:

    4.8 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 30
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "100 % compatible with ie but without its anoying disadvantages"

    September 29, 2005  |   By Marc Geets

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    specially like the tabs and the fact that it reopens the pages i was on before

    Cons

    roboform is limited or one has to buy a license

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I like it a lot"

    September 26, 2005  |   By maryewhit

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    It had the things I like about IE, but it doesn't seem to be a crapmagnet like IE...

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I liked IE but was already tired from its bugs. Than I found Awant"

    September 22, 2005  |   By sokol8

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    1) IE compatible

    2) greater functionality

    3) comfortable interface

    4) tabs

    Cons

    no particular bugs, but sometimes I use Firefox.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great browser!"

    September 19, 2005  |   By flash_thirteen

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    Tabbed browsing, one window to deal with, popup blocker, tons of options to turn on or off objects on websites.

    Cons

    Seems to get a little memory/processor happy if you use it for opening and closing several pages. Just close it and restart to resolve the issue.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Avant Browser is the best browser hands down"

    September 14, 2005  |   By neubrain

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    I have been a long-time user of MyIE2 because of its excellent tabbed functionality and because it worked consistently. I have tried Maxthon, but it was so buggy I went back to MyIE2. I have tried Opera and Firefox, but their tabbed functionality was so poorly done, that I went back to MyIE2. I even tried Avant Browser many months ago, and went back to MyIE2. Well, I tried the newest version of Avant Browser just a few days ago, and must say that, unless some major bug surfaces, I have now switched permanently from MyIE2 to Avant. Not only is the tabbed functionality comparable to MyIE2, but it is superior in some regards; for example, you can make your tabs as a floating window off to the side of your browser. Also, the 'similar websites' feature is very interesting and fun (I only wonder where the similar website info is coming from and what server I'm querying).

    Another interesting feature involves leaked memory. Check out an image-rich web page, such as brainmaps.org/index.php?dirname=HBP/m.mulatta/RH10-highres/&file=HBP/m.mulatta/RH10-highres/505/&viewerZoom=1 , and you'll notice that on all browsers, the working set memory will explode to over 60 MB, and oftentimes get as high as 200 MB or more; this has the effect of slowing down your browsing considerably. The only solution I had worked out to the problem was to restart the browser (whether it be MyIE2, Firefox, Opera, or whatever). However, for the first time, I've seen that Avant Browser (and only Avant Browser) can deal with this memory leakage problem without having to restart the browser; by simply minimizing the browser (and then restoring it).

    Finally, Avant Browser has the most style I've seen of any browser; it is a beautiful front-end that makes Firefox look hideous by comparison. My best regards and appreciation go out to the developers of Avant Browser.

    Cons

    None. Yes, it's based on IE core and therefore has security issues, but this comes with the benefit of enhanced functionality and better page rendering.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply magnificent"

    September 12, 2005  |   By OctavioO

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    All. Quick, pop up blocker, no compatibility problems, saves web page if crashes, its free, and many other features. In my opinion its better than any of the other browsers including Firefox, Opera, Mozilla, and IE. Its a must download program, so what are you waiting for? Its free!

    Cons

    Didn't found any.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent product"

    September 12, 2005  |   By mad_man_inc

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    Similar to IE only in looks

    Good speeds

    Second only to Opera but better than everything else

    Advantage over Opera is the ability to work with Microsoft and MSN sites

    No ads

    Cons

    Second to Opera

    Too many taskbars

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  • 5.0 stars

    "can't use anything else"

    September 9, 2005  |   By carolinawolf

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    after using this browser, i tryed all the others, always come back to advant. don't know how i used IE so long. never again after advant

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good, better and easy to a lot lot extend than many other browsers"

    September 8, 2005  |   By Digish

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    easy skin changing, fast browsing, lovely interface.cool.

    Cons

    well being based on ie have some setting freedom less than the other browsers, but then the way it is made you feel still to like it more

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best browser till the new IE comes out!"

    September 8, 2005  |   By MadNuggu

    Version: Avant Browser 10.1 build 23

    Pros

    Great browser. Works better than: IE, Opera, and Firefox to me. Is fast and has alot of features. This program is so easy to use :)

    Cons

    It wont protect you against spyware.

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