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Comodo Dragon

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Popular security software developer Comodo has developed a Chrome remix said to have higher security features than its predecessors. Comodo Dragon is an aesthetically minimalist browser that is attractive, responsive, and secure.

Apart from the red hue, the Chromium-based browser's interface is identical to that of market contender Google Chrome. From the detachable tabs at the top of the screen to the bookmark-syncing option, it is impossible to instantly recognize where the "remix" takes place. The Help tab even redirects you to Google Chrome's Help page and the Extensions tab redirects you to Google as well. It also keeps Chrome's incognito mode option, where all browsing information and cookies are deleted following the user's Web session. Upon poking around the Options menu, there are a couple of visible differences: there are no location settings and Dragon does not present an option to send "usage statistics and crash reports to Google."

A browser developed by a company that is best known for its firewall software can leave people feeling more secure about their Internet usage. Comodo Dragon will pull up a bright-yellow caution message warning people that sending information may be unsafe when they are entering a Web site with an unstable security certificate. One such message pops up even when logging into large sites like Facebook. Also, Dragon does not send browsing information to a remote server.

Based on simple timer tests run on Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3, the average cold start-up time was 4.53 seconds, warm start-up was 0.92s, and navigation time from nytimes.com to facebook.com was 0.87s. Comodo Dragon proves to have slightly faster page-loading speed than Google Chrome 5.0.375.70, which had results of 5.71s, 1.27s, and 1.23s, respectively. However, in Sunspider JavaScript benchmark testing, Comodo Dragon received an average score of 929.6 milliseconds, whereas Google got 734ms. Based on these results, Google may have faster JavaScript performance than Comodo.

Dragon is not only fast, but like Google Chrome, it is not strewn with numerous icons, leaving more room for Web viewing. For those who are extra cautious about their online security, or for those who are worried about Google's data-mining, this fast browser is a great choice.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 194 votes

    • 5 star: 122
    • 4 star: 30
    • 3 star: 17
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 19
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    4.8 stars

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    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "I feel like I'm cheating.."

    October 30, 2013  |   By boscorocks

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    Fast, Secure, Say no to Google

    Cons

    Still nervous that Chrome is related to Google

    Summary

    I have been using Firefox since early beta, so at least 10 years now. I tried Chrome for a while but knew it was tied in too much to Google which I did not care for.
    I was having problems with my computer only when browsing with the latest version of Firefox and a new Windows install.In the midst of my troubleshooting I found Comodo Dragon.
    Yes, it is wonderful enough for me to leave Firefox for! It is so fast and it has the extensions that I use available.
    I tried Comodo's Ice Dragon which is their version of Firefox and I still do not like it as much as this one.
    I am actually enjoying the internet much more now!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Better than Chrome"

    October 17, 2013  |   By Sherif Ayad

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    It works very great

    Cons

    You cannot resize omnibox extensions bar

    Summary

    Very good chrome browser

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can be the best secure alternative to other browsers!"

    September 30, 2013  |   By Busail

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    Quick startup, secure, private, the cool thing that has feature called "Virtual mode" which allow you to switch the browser as it is running on a sandbox.

    Cons

    Slow redirecting to some domains.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "New king of the Internet"

    August 31, 2013  |   By Rishant_Kr

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    - Fast and secure browsing
    - Effective options
    - Fast for social networking websites
    - Quick loading the flash games

    Cons

    Some time it takes time to load pages, especially when u havn't any page from some time. Heavy on system but not showing because different pages will be treated like different processes.

    Summary

    Good all rounder. You will start loving your internet browsing habit.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Chrome without the phone home!"

    August 30, 2013  |   By pcrepairdude

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    Its fast, doesn't have the phoning home of Chrome while still supporting all the popular extensions like Adblock. Comes with privdog to protect your privacy (can be easily removed if you don't want) has the option of using their secure DNS ONLY in the browser without affecting your system wide DNS (again trivially disabled if you don't want) and is VERY fast and rock solid stable.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is they don't have a mobile version for Android, that would be sweet!

    Summary

    If you want a browser that is fast, solid, respects your privacy, has better security than Chrome and is easy to pick up? Then you owe it to yourself to try this. I even gave it to my 71 year old dad and after just 10 minutes of using Dragon he said goodbye to Firefox and had me install it on his home and business machines.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WOW it's amazing!!!"

    August 12, 2013  |   By Mervic17

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    Fast,Secured,Same as Chrome but feels a little faster in responds,Stable,Easy to install...

    Cons

    Nothing really i can think of.

    Summary

    I never try CD but it seems im switching to this as my default browser. Its a chrome like on most options with a little extra security and speed.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My Number 1 Pick"

    August 11, 2013  |   By shadowball123

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    I love this browser its amazing,its got a privdog extension that stops annoying adware and cookies so webpages dont take forever to load like in chrome. it supports all my favourite chrome extensions and my fave chrome themes, im so glad i found this browser im sticking with this for the long term

    Cons

    none at all

    Summary

    i have already recommended this browser to many people and when i setup a new computer for anyone i install this as a browser for them, im sold

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A big bit of browser genius!"

    August 11, 2013  |   By GCG1000

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    Easy to use. Safe, fast and very secure. Very compatible with Chrome Web Store extensions. Using Comodo's DNS and HTTPS/SSL Certificate Settings provides an additional level of excellent security!

    Cons

    None at this time!

    Summary

    Probably the BEST Chrome-based browser available. It's FREE! When combined withe the right add-ons CD can't be beat! Excellent browser replacement for Windows. I use CD as my default, with no regrets! Get it and enjoy it!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Better than Chrome"

    August 10, 2013  |   By bramster03

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    Great Compared to Chrome much Better security and it works great on Vista.

    Cons

    Wish Dragon had more of their own Extensions. But otherwise no Cons.

    Summary

    Good Browser. But I prefer Ice Dragon because of all the Firefox extensions.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Alternative to chrome"

    August 3, 2013  |   By JEFL

    Version: Comodo Dragon 28.1

    Pros

    Very fast like chrome and secure

    Cons

    None at all

    Summary

    Very well built browser definitely in my top 5 I use for sure

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