Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3098 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    40.0.2214.93
  • Total Downloads:
    25,684,294
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25,534
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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Chrome is the lightweight flagship browser that originated from an open-source Google project called Chromium. It is now one of the more widely used browsers, with a vast ecosystem of extensions and add-ons, a robust JavaScript engine, and a rapid-release development cycle that keeps it competitive.

Pros

Minimal UI: Chrome's overall UI has remained stable since version 1.0: a minimal two-row window with tabs resting above the address bar (Omnibox), three browser controls (Back, Forward, Stop/Reload), a star-shaped toggle for bookmarking, and a settings icon. As you install extensions, active icons appear to the right of the address bar; but beyond that, Google has strict restrictions on adding visible add-ons. That means no toolbars or any undesired overlays, which used to be standard practice. Chrome is minimal for a reason: to maintain a clean browsing experience with maximum screen space for websites. A new Immersive mode hides UI elements to create a full-screen experience without distractions.

Incognito mode: Incognito is Chrome's response to Mozilla's Private Browsing feature. Incognito opens a new window that disables history recording and tracking cookies, and reduces the amount of traceable breadcrumbs. Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean you are free to act unethically, as your ISP still tracks your activity. Chrome version 36 improves upon Incognito mode's design, which features cleaner pop-up notifications and alerts when the browser encounters a crash.

Dev tools: Under the hood, Chrome has some awesome features that make it developer friendly: hardware acceleration for rendering 3D CSS effects; Google's own NaCl (Native Client), which allows secure execution of C and C++ codes within the browser; and an in-house JavaScript engine that improves load times with every release. The Inspect Element tool lays out a website's Document Object Model intuitively for those who want to understand how a site's objects are interacting in HTML and CSS.

Cons

Internet Explorer: If you run an older computer, you may have to use Internet Explorer's insecure browser to get Chrome. Try not to stay in those waters for too long.

Bottom Line

Google has regularly set the standard for speed, stability, and security, so it's no surprise that Chrome's market share continues to rise, especially when combined with its mobile cousin on Android. Google's Internet browser is for casual user and developer alike.

Note: Review updated 7/18/2014.

 
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1 stars

"I finally just gave up"

January 25, 2015  |  By mia2524

 |  Version: Google Chrome 40.0.2214.91

Pros

Much faster than firefox or IE. I loved the older versions, I was very happy until

Cons

got a virus. I worked for weeks to get rid of it and searched and searched. it was only on Chrome.
Flashplayer - stopped working., again tried everything to no avail. I hated it.
Seems like a lots of the short cuts were upgraded with now I get to try to remember keyboard short cut Oh goody. Where is my cut, paste, print, new window or tab? And the best of all my please bookmark my page? Now to get to bookmarks I have to go to another place, click on that, then some dumb screen comes up with bunches of little boxes (like ie) and I have to search for my page. Very disturbing. then when day when the nerves on on a bit of an edge, one more thing happened and then a lightbulb went off, delete the damn thing, so i did.

Summary

newer technology does not mean improvement. Work smarter not harder. When you get used to something you don't like to see it change unless it is an improvement. Adding steps is not an improvement. I liked chrome, I did not want to go back to firefox but considering all the cons, I had to. sad day in this household. sad day.

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1 stars

"Chrome virus Vosteran"

January 17, 2015  |  By agick

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.99

Pros

None due to virus Vosteran

Cons

Chrome as a browser is very good but if you install with it Vosteran, a browser hijacker, you will find its search engine forced into a new tab which cannot be removed. Vosteran will be installed without your permission when you install other software such as Google 'Play'. I found Vosteran to severely impact the workings of both Chrome and IE. There are many web reports dealing with this virus and how to remove it if you Google. Unfortunately I finally had to resort to reformatting my hard-drive, reinstalling files and software, all very time consuming. Chrome Web Store promotes Vosteran and the myriad good reviews there makes me wonder if it's all just a come-on. I'm now looking again at Firefox.

Summary

Chrome users need to be very cautious of not installing virus Vosteran.

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2 stars

"Getting Worst!"

January 11, 2015

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95

Pros

Used to be a champ!

Cons

Working like a old junkie! No good stuff in it!!!

Summary

I used to enjoy browsing with chrome a lot but my recent experiences forced me to move on to Firefox!

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1 stars

"I am not interested in invasion of privacy"

January 05, 2015  |  By dabeda.tiludlisi

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95

Pros

i am not interested in invasion of privacy

Cons

i am not interested in invasion of privacy

Summary

i am not interested in invasion of privacy

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1 stars

"browser never seems to work right."

January 05, 2015  |  By pukendog

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95

Pros

It is Googles browser.

Cons

In the past years, lost count how many times, I have installed and then uninstalled Chrome, due to its many problems. Now I get 'reload' when trying to get a Google page!

Summary

I thought Google was a better company than that.

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5 stars

"Is there another browser besides Google Chrome?"

January 02, 2015  |  By jerrymoose

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95

Pros

I have tried both IE and Chrome and as far as I am concerned, there is no comparison between the two. Chrome is Light years ahead of the Windows IE browser when it comes to ease of operation and simply user friendliness. Tell your friends and they will Thank You....

Cons

Microsoft is very complicated and unlike Chrome which is very easy, it takes too much time and effort.

Summary

There is no comparison between IE and Chrome and the only way is to try and see for your self. All of the pundits can't be wrong when they say Chrome is far and away the best Browser on the open market today.....

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1 stars

""A plug-in (Shockwave Flash) isn't responding""

December 31, 2014  |  By Holybride

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95

Pros

Long time ago, it can translate foreign language websites. Now it cannot display anything.

Cons

It CANNOT display anything. It crashes in first few seconds everytime you start the program to surf the internet.

Summary

I regret using this and recommending this to my friends.

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4 stars

"Great browser!"

December 15, 2014  |  By JohnRobinson14

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95

Pros

Fast, Intuitive, simple but powerful.

Cons

A lot of crashing in 10.10 Yosemite.

Summary

Probably my favorite web browser.

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3 stars

"Going back to Firefox"

December 01, 2014  |  By toeser

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.71

Pros

Integrate across several devices, Windows, Android, etc.
Reasonably fast.
Good clean design.

Cons

Google cannot seem to get its act together with flash applications. Everything was fine until a recent update, and now nothing but crashes and other problems.

Summary

I'm done with all the lockups, slowdowns, and crashes caused by flash incompatibilities. I'm going back to Firefox. Hopefully, that browser works.

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1 stars

"A plug-in (Shockwave Flash) isn't responding"

November 29, 2014  |  By Holybride

 |  Version: Google Chrome 39.0.2171.71

Pros

No matter which shockwave flash version I disable, the problem still occurs. And if I disable the other flash version, it will not load youtube video. What a loser program now!

Cons

I don't know why, this problem has occured for a year, and it still has not been resolved by GOOGLE.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 40.0.2214.93
This release contains a number of security fixes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date January 26, 2015
Date Added January 27, 2015
Version 40.0.2214.93
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
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File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
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Total Downloads 25,684,294
Downloads Last Week 25,534
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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