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Avant Browser

CNET Editors' review

For those who like their customization in-house, the Avant Browser's latest update might appeal to you. Built on an IE-rendering engine, Avant takes off in a different direction--IE if it were being produced by a small firm instead of Microsoft.

The browser is sufficiently fast, preloaded with two dozen similar skins as well as tabbed browsing and modular toolbars that let you move around and hide the Status bar, Toolbar, Search window, and navigation controls. The Menu bar, though, is counterintuitively pinned to the upper-right corner, and icons for proprietary functions, such as an in-page search term highlighting toggle, aren't instantly comprehensible.

Avant can save personalized data online, making bookmarks and form content accessible from any machine. Around the same size as Firefox, Avant includes many features that are available to Firefox users only through plug-ins--such as automatic form fillers. The Full Screen view autohides all menu bars, a nice touch, but certain plug-ins--notably Flash--didn't work on Windows Vista.

Avant is a good browser with some nice built-in features and interface-customization options, but the lack of extensibility and Vista problems don't help. We recommend it to users who want a Microsoft-based engine but think that Internet Explorer 7 is a pain.

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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:

    3.5 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great but with care"

    March 2, 2009  |   By chawanwa

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    Good at hand-on functionalities

    Cons

    Withhold too much memory when leaving it open for a long hour.

    Summary

    First of all, everything is superb. However, sometimes it consume too much physical memory, instead of virtual memory (I guess). It hinders the whole performance of PC. Moreover, I need the History of opened-pages in chronological order (timely manner) in each single day, apart from in website group at present.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast, Fun and User Friendly!"

    February 21, 2009  |   By WhenUglyWasIn

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    Synchronized bookmarks, clear intructions, tabbed windows and super fast web browsing make Avant a stand out amongst the rest.

    Cons

    While not the prettiest thing....what Avant lacks in the "looks" department certainly makes up in the way she moves around the World Wide Web.

    Summary

    After an three unpleasant experiences with Opera, I decided to try Avant and I'm glad I did.

    You'll like what you experience with Avant. And you will be satisfied.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not many icons and the browser is to plain"

    February 19, 2009  |   By sheilarobb55

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    When I first looked at Avant I thought this browser is different from the rest but that is all.

    Cons

    Too plain and that all the icons IE file etc are on the top left of the screen. The browser looked empty when other browser are cramped with icons. I'm afraid I just uninstalled it.

    Summary

    When I first downloaded this browser, I thought this look nice but its not. I will try something else.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not a bad little browser"

    February 18, 2009  |   By damon1281

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    Offers yet another alternative to Microsoft and works fine.

    Cons

    It's pretty slow compared to other browsers

    Summary

    This is an 'OK' browser. I found it to be more stable than Google's Chrome, but very lacking in the speed department. I like the feature set as arranged in menus but at least one didn't even work (skins). I very much liked the ability to minimize to the tray. This is overall a decent alternative to IE but I still prefer Firefox.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great browser!"

    February 18, 2009  |   By ytbpom

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    The most useful feature is the "Online Storage". I can synchronize my bookmarks easily and access them from the office or home without any problem.

    Cons

    Some IE add-ons can't run here

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  • 5.0 stars

    "love its size, simplicity and speed"

    February 15, 2009  |   By bashiramin

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    ease of its use

    Cons

    don't know any yet but will evaluate more with time

    Summary

    excellent program

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This browser is very useful"

    February 15, 2009  |   By nth56890

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    Avant Browser accepts Vietnamese more easily thant Microsoft IE

    Cons

    Sometimes spams get through your firewalls

    Summary

    Some weeks ago I got messages from a spammer who blocked my other Internet uses. But I could cancel his spy programme

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  • 1.0 stars

    "very slow!!"

    February 9, 2009  |   By rockhil

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    very slow!!

    Cons

    very slow!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not bad at all"

    February 7, 2009  |   By bastones

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    It's quite a good browser with some decent features. Preloaded skins that you can use from the Tools menu and the great thing about Avant is plenty of room for the web page.

    You can close tabs quickly and easily by double-clicking on it.

    Cons

    Although I didn't like that it was IE based at the start and is somewhat slow with loading *some* pages.

    Summary

    Great alternative browser and not made me running back to Firefox. Not bad really...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not use this terrible piece of bloatware!"

    January 27, 2009  |   By ryork272

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 21

    Pros

    There really isn't any good things to say about this product.

    Cons

    Slow. Slow. Slow. Very buggy!

    Summary

    Don't waste your time on this product. Several years ago it was very good alternative to IE. This version is so bad that I couldn't wait to get it off my PC. I was actually afraid it may have screwed something else up. It is so slow and so buggy that even Microsoft would be proud. Stay clear. This is bloatware at its finest!

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