Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.7
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    41.0.2272.101
  • Total Downloads:
    25,899,238
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 20, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    21,764
  • 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

"This 'Chrome' sure doesn't shine!"

March 28, 2015  |  By mpralf27

 |  Version: Google Chrome 41.0.2272.101

Pros

It wasn't a big hassle to remove. I never had to deal w that Vosteran virus others have mentioned. I'll consider myself pretty lucky on that count!

Cons

I don't know *** is wrong w Google Chrome. I looked forward to a great browser, but it has failed miserably. First time I loaded it it crashed and pages refused to load. I deleted the first install completely, even used CCleaner to remove all traces to be certain I could do a clean reinstall. BTW I have used the always dependable CCleaner (free version) for yrs and it's my favorite must-have cleaning tool! Anyway, next day I reinstalled Google Chrome and it acted the same way. To hell w it! I can't be bothered wasting time trying it again. I am no fan of I.E. but you can't beat it for reliability. But the browser I employ 90% of the time is Firefox. Other than the occasional annoying crash, it rocks! A computer geek friend is a big fan of Opera, but from what I see from others comments, it's a resource hog. To each his own I guess. I'll just stick w Firefox for now and use I.E. as my backup. I'll be glad to try a future version of Chrome when they eventually get the bugs out.

Summary

The current version of Google Chrome just wasn't made for me. I have 24 GB of RAM and am using Windows 8.1 (not a fan at all, can't wait to dump it for 10!) Even though I use the Google search portal before all others, I am very disappointed. This 'Chrome' sure doesn't shine! IMHO it's a real clunker of a browser at this point. I'll be glad to try it again one day.......when they decide to give it a major tuneup - and if it's not loaded down w a lot of useless POS options I'd just naturally want to remove.

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1 stars

"its just dumb"

March 07, 2015  |  By jericho smith

 |  Version: Google Chrome 41.0.2272.76

Pros

i cant think of any right now

Cons

The new update decided to add a new task bar which i just hate. it displays my name on the top right and when i turn that off it displays my picture on the top left. it also displays my picture on the chome png on the task bar of windows. With the new update it also decides to save all the tabs i have open whether if i want them or not, this dramatically reduces the speed of google chrome. I am currently looking at new browsers because it is now to laggy and just to frustrating to navigate. I know its not my computer that is lagging, i am running a 8 core amd fx 8300, 16gb ram, 1tb black c hdd, msi 4gb graphics. Google has definitely been on a roll lately they just bricked my nexus 7 2nd gen i am now unable to connect to wifi, and i cannot open any app.

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1 stars

"Google Chrome's a hog. Can't set internet cache limit."

January 31, 2015  |  By dcburdi

 |  Version: Google Chrome 40.0.2214.93

Pros

Better than MS's I.E. Yahoo!'s "Move" function stays at the last folder, I.E. doesn't. Multiple moves to the same folder area is facilitated.

Cons

Again, can't set internet cache limit in Chrome. Uses lotta memory.

Summary

If you can get past the internet cache limit, Chrome's great. But Mozilla Firefox is better - doesn't hog the cache.

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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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What's new in version 41.0.2272.101
This release contains a number of security fixes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date March 19, 2015
Date Added March 20, 2015
Version 41.0.2272.101
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Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
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Total Downloads 25,899,238
Downloads Last Week 21,764
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Price Free

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