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  • Version:
    48.0.2564.103
  • Total Downloads:
    26,864,781
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 04, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
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  • Downloads Last Week:
    26,454
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Web Browsers

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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

"A piece of crap"

January 23, 2016  |  By gtitus09

2016-01-23 10:28:25  |  By gtitus09

 |  Version: Google Chrome 48.0.2564.82

Pros

I can't think of any.

Cons

Slow. Doesn't do what other browsers do and a host of other problems.

Summary

I don't see how this can be listed as a great browser. It says it's lightweight. That's a joke to be sure! It uses up so much of my system resources. Furthermore some of the games on Facebook will not load at all. And now it just started doing this. It will not open full screen when presented with the option for a game in Facebook. It was working fine since I installed it and now it's not opening full screen. I have no problems with Firefox and games except that it too uses up resources and I cannot use Firefox for games, but it tries at least to open them.

Finally I cannot STAND that information bar that comes up EVERY single time I open the browser saying Google updates will no longer be applied to this computer as support is ending for Windows XP and Widows Vista. There is no way to turn it off. You have to manually x it out or refresh the browser! WHY must a user have to do this every single fricking time? You can keep this browser Google. It's garbage.

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5 stars

"Version 47 is as good as it gets."

December 19, 2015  |  By fredg06

2015-12-19 11:03:20  |  By fredg06

 |  Version: Google Chrome 47.0.2526.106

Pros

I downloaded the execute file from the website from CNET, then ran the file. It installed itself, updating my previous version of Chrome, no problems.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

I really like Chrome, and this new version 47 seems to be running very well. It's faster than Firefox, which I finally uninstalled.
After downloading Chrome, I went to Control Panel, Scheduled Tasks, and deleted the 2 entries from Chrome updates. I then checked in Start, Run, MSCONFIG, and then clicked on Services, then clicked on Hide Microsoft Services. I chose the Stop the 2 Chrome update services.
I don't like Chrome updating itself every 2 hours or so and slowing down everything else. I like to update the program myself, when I choose to do so. I also use the "Video Controller for HTML" from Extensions, not using Flash most of the time.

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1 stars

"Fails After Update from ver 46"

December 02, 2015  |  By flyboy141

2015-12-02 09:00:15  |  By flyboy141

 |  Version: Google Chrome 47.0.2526.73

Pros

None, now will not load itself or any pages

Cons

See above information version 46 was fine 47 crashed whole system

Summary

I have been running version 46.0.2490.86 for well over a year, yesterday it decides to update to the 47.2526.73 and "bam" everything crashes I uninstalled it, tried a system restore but nothing works. Todays I uninstalled the new and reinstalled, but it wont load anything the tabs just sit there doing wheelies Come on Google get it together, I lost a years worth of setups, book marks, etc.

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5 stars

"BEST. THERE. IS."

December 01, 2015  |  By mattybarks

2015-12-01 13:01:34  |  By mattybarks

 |  Version: Google Chrome 46.0.2490.86

Pros

Quick, easy to use, and I have tons of bookmarks on my Bookmark Bar.

Cons

None. Really can't think of anything. Never had any problems whatsoever.

Summary

As someone who who designs websites, I have just about every browser available for Windows. While I use everyone of those during the course of the week, the one is use most by far is Chrome.

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1 stars

"Crashes every second after an update."

November 19, 2015  |  By Holybride

2015-11-19 22:04:42  |  By Holybride

 |  Version: Google Chrome 46.0.2490.86

Pros

It was okay for a month. and then crashed every second after loading. Cannot load anymore. After I uninstalled and then installed a newly downloaded file, it was okay for a month, and then the same thing happened, it crashed again and again.

Cons

It crashed every second again. It has happened for a year and no fix was made. When uninstall and install a newly downloaded file, it crashed again and again after a month using it. Complaints are not answered at all by the programmers.

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5 stars

"Excellent!"

November 19, 2015  |  By cngzz1

2015-11-19 20:12:19  |  By cngzz1

 |  Version: Google Chrome 46.0.2490.86

Pros

Minimalist and user friendly design
Clean interface
Fast

Cons

Bookmark manager can be better

Summary

Highly recommended

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5 stars

"Fastest browser I have found...and very good one."

September 02, 2015  |  By fredg06

2015-09-02 13:12:40  |  By fredg06

 |  Version: Google Chrome 45.0.2454.85

Pros

Using Ghostery addon, Chrome is faster than my default Firefox.
Also added a 1-click icon from Chrome Apps, that gives my bookmarks right in front of me with 1-click (a gold star icon.).

Cons

Do not like the way it auto updates itself anytime it wants to.....

Summary

I finally found how to STOP the Chrome auto updating itself. I don't remember the web site, but found it using Google search.
1. Go so Start, Run, type in "msconfig" without quotes, click on the "services" tab at the top, then look for at least two "Google Chrome Update.....". Uncheck those, click on Apply, and OK. Then reboot the computer, or do it later.
2. Go to Control Panel, double click on Schedule Tasks. There should be at least two "Google Chrom Update.......". Delete both or all of them.
Now, Google Chrome has not updated itself on my computer since the last three versions.

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3 stars

"update fails"

September 01, 2015  |  By renardym

2015-09-01 18:43:59  |  By renardym

 |  Version: Google Chrome 44.0.2403.157

Pros

used to work

Cons

update does not work

Summary

I just uninstalled Google Chrome from all my machines. After the last update, it asks me at the end to relaunch the browser, and then all I get is a window that says "Google Chrome has stopped working."

Back in the stone age when I was a student, we were supposed to run our code before we handed in an assignment. Clearly such rules do not apply anymore, because this sort of thing obviously would not happen if the update had been tested JUST ONCE.

I do not intend to reinstall Google Chrome. At least not until the folks at Mozilla pull the same kind of stunt. Which is probably just a matter of time.

Updated on Sep 1, 2015

I would like to add that I would have shared this with the people at Google before posting it here if they had the courtesy to provide an email contact which does not require installing Google software, signing up for a Google account or some such thing. If such an option exits, it takes a longer investment of time to locate than I am willing to spend.

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2 stars

"No good Anymore-Slow-Too Many Bugs-"

August 24, 2015  |  By andreaborman

2015-08-24 13:04:19  |  By andreaborman

 |  Version: Google Chrome 44.0.2403.157

Pros

Used to be a good browser but now the new versions are very slow.. Also no good on Windows 8 as it gets permanently stuck in Metro/Windows 8 mode and won't revert back to normal mode.

Cons

Does not block pop ups like Firefox and other browsers do. As I said no good on Windows 8. Slow and crashes and installs adware.

Summary

Google Chrome used to be a good browsers but it is not anymore. As I said when I used it on Windows 8 it keeps on getting stuck in Windows 8 mode. And as I am running Windows 8 on a netbook,I don't have the screen resolution so Google Chrome no longer works at all because it's stuck in Metro mode and won't open in ordinary mode. It also installed adware and did not block pop ups. So now had to re-install Windows 7 because of this. Slow and freezes and worst still I cannot use it on 8 as it's stuck in Metro mode and won't launch on my netbooks.

Why the bloody hell does Chrome come in Metro mode when other wen browsers don't and who wants metro mode anyway??

I have now uninstalled Google Chrome and I am using Comodo Dragon which is better and faster. And does not have any Metro modes.
Verdict:Forget Google chrome and if you are still using it time to dump Gogle chrome and switch to Comodo Dragon instead as I have done.

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4 stars

"Google Chrome Download"

August 23, 2015  |  By Alizy Butt

2015-08-23 00:30:30  |  By Alizy Butt

 |  Version: Google Chrome 44.0.2403.157

Pros

Google Chrome Download : http://hushsoft.com/google-chrome-final/

Cons

Google Chrome Download : http://hushsoft.com/google-chrome-final/

Summary

Google Chrome Download

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What's new in version 48.0.2564.103
This release contains a number of security fixes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date February 03, 2016
Date Added February 04, 2016
Version 48.0.2564.103
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
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File Name External File
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Total Downloads 26,864,781
Downloads Last Week 26,454
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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