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Google Chrome Portable

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Google Chrome is a free Web browser that's become a legitimate contender due to its speed and versatility. It's especially easy for programmers to create and share extensions that add useful capabilities to the basic Chrome engine and framework. We looked at Google Chrome Portable, a portable version of Chrome from PortableApps. PortableApps modifies popular open source programs for portability, packaging them with an installer that copies the program file to a destination of your choice, which can be on your hard drive or a removable device such as a USB drive or memory stick. All you have to do is click the executable file to run the program without having to install it in Windows or alter the directory.

If you haven't tried Chrome yet, you've probably had a whiff of it since other browsers are copying many of its features and functions, such as the versatile Omnibar address bar and its simplified interface. Chrome consistently kicks apps in browser speed tests, and it doesn't get as bloated and dumpy as the others do when you've customized them with add-ons. No browser's add-ons add on as quickly and easily as Chrome's, and they're easy to manage from the Extensions page on the Tools menu, which is accessed by clicking the wrench icon on the interface. Google Chrome Portable seems to perform exactly like the installed version, with pretty much all the features and extras.

So what makes Google Chrome Portable different from Google Chrome? Since it's portable, it doesn't leave your encrypted passwords behind, which means you can't retrieve them on another machine. However, PortableApps includes password portability as an advanced function that users must enable. More significant is digital certificate storage: Google Chrome Portable uses Windows for certificates, so any certificates it installs are saved in the local copy of Windows and won't travel with you, plus they'll be accessible from that particular machine. Therefore, you shouldn't use any private certificates with it, except on your own PC.

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All User Reviews

Results 1-10 of 17

  • 5.0 stars

    "capital program"

    April 11, 2014  |   By Chloefpgjhdf

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 34.0.1847.116

    Pros

    Does the job exactly.Have had no problems.. Enough said.

    Cons

    None yet... Seriously.

    Summary

    Download it now. Personally, I like it very much. Another fav of mine is **********. ,

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not very portable"

    June 15, 2013  |   By drstranger20737

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 27.0.1453.110

    Pros

    Nothing positive about this app

    Cons

    Installs local files; wouldn't run on another PC

    Summary

    I downloaded this because I like how fast chrome runs on my home computer. My intent was to bring it to work because they only use Explorer and it gets slow. I installed Chrome on my flash drive at home, and when I run it at the office, I recieve messages that local files could not be found.
    HUGE disappointment.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I love the way I can navigate from place to place."

    June 2, 2012  |   By mmddlove777

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 19.0.1084.52

    Pros

    Bookmarking options are so handy. I think IE is outdated as far as the browser and only have it as a backup in case of a total crash. Google chrome is by far the most effecient way to use a laptop in my opinion.

    Cons

    aw snap, and flash player are not responding correctly. My recently restored computer is running a bit slower as well. It should not be.

    Summary

    I am thinking of uninstalling chrome again as I did before my laptop was restored with windows discs, by me, less than 2 months ago. My browser (chrome) has only been on my computer for that length of time as well.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A bitter disappointment"

    February 20, 2012  |   By Azraelsrl

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 17.0.963.56

    Pros

    Nothing worth mentioning here.

    Cons

    Huge install footprint (over 200 MB), slow as a snail, filled absolutely to the brim with other Google services that i didn't want or requested, basically impossible to tweak (installing preapproved addons isn't tweaking), not really portable - it leaves a lot of traces in the host pc, and finally not secure enough - using one is basically inviting Google to monitor whatever you do and there's no way to remove/deny that.

    Summary

    Using it is worse than having a root canal done. Going back to Opera Portable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is all you need for fast surfing!"

    December 23, 2011  |   By strikemaster1

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 16.0.912.63

    Pros

    Does exactly what I want to do...and fast!

    Cons

    None I can see

    Summary

    If I want a browser thats has the lot, but takes forever to load and takes up half the screen with useless icons and such, then I will get a browser to do that ... like FF and IE etc, BUT for speed and service, there is only one at the moment, and that is Chrome.

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  • 4.0 stars

    ""Flash Player Crashes too Often""

    November 1, 2011  |   By tonybuttino

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 15.0.874.106

    Pros

    Great to use on a computer, user friendly, very easy to customize.

    Cons

    Flash player crashes constantly, can't use it for more than 10 or 15 minutes without this happening on Google TV. On my computer, it's fine and i don't seem to have any issues.

    Summary

    Fix to issue with flash player crashing all the time...and you get 5 stars!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good fast browser but flash player still crashes"

    October 28, 2011  |   By gregbauder

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 15.0.874.106

    Pros

    simple to use and customize

    Cons

    flash player crashes constantly

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it! Loads quick, easy to use."

    October 28, 2011  |   By fricard

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 15.0.874.106

    Pros

    Speed
    Simplicity
    Customizable

    Cons

    none at this time

    Summary

    The only one I use!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works beautifully!"

    September 8, 2011  |   By fricard

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 13.0.782.220

    Pros

    Can 'install' it at work without needing administrator installation rights.

    Cons

    Can't see any yet.

    Summary

    Works like my regular install at home.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it does a good job"

    June 27, 2011  |   By nancyF18

    Version: Google Chrome Portable 12.0.742.100

    Pros

    it does a good job

    Cons

    it takes a half a dozen times or more to get it to down load it still has not

    Summary

    I like google

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