Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3091 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    39.0.2171.95
  • Total Downloads:
    25,544,980
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25,166
  • 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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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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5 stars

"Best browser around!"

November 16, 2014  |  By EYES-T

 |  Version: Google Chrome 38.0.2125.122

Pros

Much faster than the other browsers around

Cons

Are there any ??

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1 stars

"Virus Scam"

November 13, 2014  |  By snowbeard

 |  Version: Google Chrome 38.0.2125.122

Pros

worthless piece of junk

Cons

I downloaded a major virus

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1 stars

"What update?"

October 17, 2014  |  By bryan sisson

 |  Version: Google Chrome 38.0.2125.104

Pros

Can't comment yet

Cons

My antivirus informs me to install out of date chrome! Cannot download it! I've dropped my firewall and still no joy!

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4 stars

"Can freeze laptops until closed."

October 15, 2014  |  By CanHandletheTruth

 |  Version: Google Chrome 38.0.2125.101

Pros

Reliable over the years. Its from Google.

Cons

It freezes on laptops.

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1 stars

"Clunky uncomfortable ..."

October 12, 2014  |  By Steelpen5

 |  Version: Google Chrome 38.0.2125.101

Pros

None that Mozilla or Opera cant do much better and more graceful.

Cons

What an ugly and tiresome browser. No style. A pain to find the old tools, making page bigger, etc. The real fun is having to see the idiotic "Google didnt close correctly" over and over, even if you did.

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3 stars

"Buggy Buggy"

October 10, 2014  |  By 9fox9

 |  Version: Google Chrome 38.0.2125.101

Pros

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Cons

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5 stars

"Only Browser I Use"

October 09, 2014  |  By JHammer68

 |  Version: Google Chrome 38.0.2125.101

Pros

Only Browser I Use all in one , Fast, simple there is no separate address bar from search bar, which is easier in my opinion

Cons

Only Browser I Use all in one , Fast, simple there is no separate address bar from search bar, which is easier in my opinio

Summary

Only Browser I Use all in one , Fast, simple there is no separate address bar from search bar, which is easier in my opinio

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 39.0.2171.95
This release contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date December 09, 2014
Date Added December 10, 2014
Version 39.0.2171.95
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,544,980
Downloads Last Week 25,166
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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