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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 versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 3,248 votes

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  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "105 better than 103"

    January 4, 2012  |   By MISS_sunshine2012

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    Yeah.Avant Browse pre-alpha lots of problem.The best avant come back .Thank you

    Cons

    so far so good, I haven't found avant's cons.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great work"

    January 4, 2012  |   By yaoqq2009

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    Love the firefox rendering engine, really fast,love the vidoe sniffer, a useful tool,love the feature I can assign some webpage to open with certain web pages.
    Fast and stable also.

    Cons

    no changes in skins and UI

    Summary

    Over all,Avant browser is a good browser,the firefox engine is stable, since I updated to this version, the blank page problem hasn't happened to me once.
    I really like the video sniffer.It's a useful tool for the ones like me who like watching and downloading videos.
    You have done a great jog.Thanks for this great browser.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "problems with 2012 build 8"

    January 3, 2012  |   By yosnok

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    I had upgrade my avant to 2012 build 12 but the new browseris not browsing at all. IE and Chrome working good

    Cons

    how to go back to early version

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  • 2.0 stars

    "BUG RIDDEN"

    January 2, 2012  |   By anoldman2

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    Great interface and fast page loads.

    Cons

    Crashes frequently.

    Summary

    I tried Avant browser and loved the interface. It offered considerable customization and pages loaded very quickly. I immediately installed it on two other Windows 7 computers. When the frequent crashes began I started trying to tweak the browser thinking I had a conflict somewhere. I have had no luck at all and have reluctantly given up. My search of their forums returned many complaints with crashing as well. This could have been a great browser if only it was reliable, but for now I'll move on.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent dual-core browser"

    December 28, 2011  |   By no1no

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    I switch back to Avant Browser mainly beacause of the integration of firefox renderig engine and the video sniffer. It satisfied my needs for using gecko in avant brwoser's interface and freely using the download sniffer. I discarded my IDM since!

    for using gecko in avant brwoser's interface and freely using the

    download sniffer. I discarded my IDM since!

    Cons

    uninteresting skin.

    Summary

    It's not well-known but it's truely very good. I suggest you all give it a try.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best browser"

    December 20, 2011  |   By wugaga

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    I have been using this browser for a long time,the features I like are these:auto refresh,I use this feature every day, really useful;The rendering switcher is good. When I have problem to dispaly some pages, just switch to other engines. that works most of then time;I can also assign these pages to open with certain rendeirng engine, that saved me a lot of works.

    Cons

    none .so far so good

    Summary



    Updated on Jan 4, 2012

    Love the firefox rendering engine, since I used it, no crash,no freeze and the speed is really fast.In the earlier versions,I got blank webpage say something is wrong with it and I need to refresh. Since I updated to 2012 build 8,this problem hasn't happened to once.
    Good work,thanks for this great browser.

    Updated on Jan 4, 2012

    Love the firefox rendering engine, since I used it, no crash,no freeze and the speed is really fast.In the earlier versions,I got blank webpage say something is wrong with it and I need to refresh. Since I updated to 2012 build 8,this problem hasn't happened to once.
    Good work,thanks for this great browser.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The newest dual-core avant browser 2012 is very stable!"

    December 20, 2011  |   By abelyahoo

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    After installing the lite version, my Avant Browser lite version auto upgraded to the final ultimate version.
    The newest avant browser ultimate 2012 has inherited the good performance of firefox 8: fast, stable, memory saving. The newest Avant downloader can sniffer and download videos in the webpages. Superb, the downloader is small size and totally free.

    Cons

    Skin maker needs improvement.

    Summary

    Keep the good work! I expect more from the three core browser !

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems like a downgrade...actually."

    December 12, 2011  |   By scottjsmith

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    Still faster and more user-friendly than Microsoft's and Mozilla's offerings.

    Cons

    "Create a new tab" function loads the page from the previous tab, instead of a new blank page. There may be an option to change this (need to dig through the settings), but my previous preference should have been imported as the default.

    Prior version would load pages as IE8, IE9 or FFox. I thought this was a grand step in getting away from separate Avant/Orca browsers. Newest version dropped the FFox render engine. Why?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "dual-core bro"

    December 9, 2011  |   By bella2011111

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    faster ,easier to use .stable

    Cons

    poor skin,none..

    Summary

    Avant 2012 has two versions which are lite and ultimate .why there isn't the ultimate version in download.com?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast but Quirky"

    December 8, 2011  |   By Basie

    Version: Avant Browser 2012 build 8

    Pros

    I use Avant along with a Comodo Dragon, Safari and Firefox. Avant is equally as fast.

    Cons

    At times it is erratic.

    Summary

    Avant is like a fine Linux Distro that needs a little more tweaking

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