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Comodo IceDragon

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Comodo IceDragon is a secure Web browser based on the same open-source browser engine that powers Mozilla's Firefox. Like the Chrome-based Comodo Dragon, IceDragon offers a variety of security and performance enhancements to the browser core, such as improved social media integration, fast page loading via Comodo's integrated secure DNS service, and SiteInspector, which scans Web pages for malware directly from the browser. IceDragon is fully compatible with all Firefox plug-ins and add-ons, too. There's currently no 64-bit IceDragon release, but we tried the regular 32-bit version in 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, and it browsed with the best of them, and not just Firefox but also Chrome and its Comodo cousin, Dragon. The latest version, IceDragon v22, is the same as Mozilla's latest Firefox release, v22.

IceDragon's installation involves several options, including setting your Internet connection to use Comodo's secure (and free) Secure DNS service all the time, just with IceDragon (the default option, and our choice) or not at all. We started with our usual broadband settings and then tried Comodo's DNS service. We could also create a portable version of the software and import favorites, cookies, passwords, and other data from our other browsers. IceDragon has its own look. The biggest visual difference between it and Firefox is IceDragon's blue dragon mascot, though Comodo's icy-cool take on Mozilla's style fits the name, too. With our normal connection, IceDragon performed well against the latest Firefox and Chrome releases in bandwidth tests. While Chrome and Dragon basically tied for overall speed champ, Firefox has narrowed the gap. The surprise was how fast IceDragon was with Comodo's Secure DNS service: Still not as fast as Chrome or Dragon, but close, and consistently faster than box-standard Firefox. Speed usually gives way to security in proxy services, but Comodo's is the first we've tried that actually made secure connections faster.

We've seen more Firefox clones than we care to remember; and the same goes for Chrome. But IceDragon really stands out; and the same goes for Dragon. Both Comodo browsers loaded surprisingly fast using Comodo's Secure DNS Service. We're adding IceDragon to our regular roster.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    4.8 stars

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

    "No flaws in this product"

    April 11, 2014  |   By lanquihue

    Version: Comodo IceDragon 26.0.0.2

    Pros

    Uses Firefox's core code, so you know it's very good

    Cons

    None that I have found

    Summary

    I know it uses Firefox's open source code, but I could no longer bring myself to use Firefox after they decided to endorse the totalitarian thought police's use of mob rule.

    Comodo is a separate entity, and so I view Ice Dragon as Comodo taking advantage of what others have done, and since this involves Mozilla, I cheer them on.

    That said, this functions the same as Firefox, meaning it's very, very good. Additionally, the user can take advantage of Comodo's DNS service to filter out malicious sites, but you don't have to. One bonus, and this I insisted on before using full time, is that the Firefox plugin for "do not track me" works. My only concern is that Comodo will put this gem out, and then tire of it as fast as it started. Mozilla made a huge mistake, a massive mis-calculation with not understanding that their users are overwhelmingly libertarian and not pitchfork carrying brown shirts.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I'll check back on that last plus/minus half point.."

    April 7, 2014  |   By Fastmover

    Version: Comodo IceDragon 26.0.0.2

    Pros

    > Nice, smooth install with no extra baggage, clear and accurate transfer of (almost, see below) everything I had on the "old" browser and the Big Plus of the DNS system for us Tinfoil Hat guys.
    > Could just be that I'm running XP yet, but absolutely no problem with losing the FB tag or modifying Search Engine selections. (I'll prove that guess when I get to the Win7 machines later.)
    > Looks a lot like 'Fox (particularly when you go shopping for addons), but skosh smaller footprint and runs enough faster that it surprises.
    >Only been running it for a few days but no apparent problems with crashes (although I've been doing everything I can think of to make it go boom...) and nothing but nice smooth, fast startups.

    Cons

    > Didn't get a successful transfer of passwords 'Fox-to-IceDragon, but I probably fatfingered one of those selection boxes and it's really about time I changed some of those passwords anyway.

    Summary

    Suffered through IE, switched to Netscape and then moved to 'Fox. If it's time for another move, this IceDragon looks like a real good choice.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superior than today's Firefox"

    March 30, 2014  |   By talljj

    Version: Comodo IceDragon 26.0.0.2

    Pros

    Light,like the features, fast and has better security. Like Firefox 3.36 from 3 years ago. Been using it since July 2012.

    Cons

    Can not think of any.

    Summary

    Upload it now.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good alternative vs Mozilla Firefox!"

    March 10, 2014  |   By ujku77

    Version: Comodo IceDragon 26.0.0.2

    Pros

    1. Based on Gecko layout engine.
    2. Faster & lighter than Mozilla Firefox.
    3. Compatible with Firefox add-ons.
    4. Comodo Secure DNS (should be improved).
    5. Omnibar

    Cons

    1. This web browser comes with Yahoo!, Home Page, Search Engine etc. I understand, its all about marketing nowadays. But the bad thing is, it doesn't allow you to change Yahoo Search!. :)
    2. Social Media button. I would prefer a pure web browser without these things.
    3. Some minor bugs.

    Summary

    Why I'm using Ice Dragon?
    It's simple, the speed and the smooth design! Things that Firefox doesn't have anymore!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A FIREFOX CLONE AND WAY BETTER THAN IT IN ITS JOB."

    February 25, 2014  |   By sbose64

    Version: Comodo IceDragon 26.0.0.2

    Pros

    loads faster than firefox,securedns server of comodo doesnt compromise with browsing speed while ensuring safety(one may opt out during installation),all firefox addons work seamlessly,crashes less often,browsing speed is way ahead than firefoxes all versions,stable,beta and aurora.

    Cons

    hardly any i can think of at the moment.the popup of comodo server with every page load can be distracting and irksome a bit.

    Summary

    comodo has a winner browser in its kitty with this nimble footed freeware that topples its core engine original,the mozilla firefox,from superiority by an wide margin in several aspects,mostly speed and ease of navigation.i am using this browser ever since it appeared on the scene and found it very pleasing,user friendly and withouht any issues that bog down firefox.a keep by all parameters.undoubtedly,one of the big name in non mainstream browser crowd and definitely best firefox clone at the moment.

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