Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3086 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    38.0.2125.104
  • Total Downloads:
    25,346,668
  • Date Added:
    October 15, 2014
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13,602
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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

"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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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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1 stars

"Average Browser."

September 30, 2014  |  By Lance B

 |  Version: Google Chrome 37.0.2062.124

Pros

It works....most of the time.

Cons

Buggy and very bland in terms of customization, if that is your thing. The security level seems very suspect as well.

Summary

Avoid, so many better browsers out there.

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3 stars

"Average browser, popular because of the owner"

September 06, 2014  |  By LLI-JBS

 |  Version: Google Chrome 37.0.2062.103

Pros

- Clean user interface.
- Easy to use for normal users.
- Automatic updating.
- Google integration.
- Great HTML5 support.
- Good Dev Tools.
- Sync.
- Built-in Flash.

Cons

- Quite slow on all my computers.
- Concerned about privacy (Google is a known tracker).
- Not very friendly UI for power users.
- Poor customization features.
- Large (about 250 MB of hard disk).
- Some webpages are broken in Chrome.
- Doesn't work at all at poor Internet connection.
- Extensions are not as useful as in Firefox.

Summary

It's not a bad browser, but there are much better browsers. Many users say it's great; it's probably just because of the owner (Google) and its power in Internet world. If you're not a power user and you love Google, you'll probably like Chrome. But if you want to have a really good browser, I recommend Firefox.

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1 stars

"worst browsers on the market by far"

August 05, 2014  |  By Jaymans101

 |  Version: Google Chrome 36.0.1985.125

Pros

none that I can remotely find simply doesn't work

Cons

absolutely everything about this junk sucks my computer and me hate it bad

Summary

man all the horror stories I heard last 3 days from **** google and chrome lol browsers junk best anyone can do there is get rid of it literally it's pure **** trust me garbage ONLY trust the fox best browsers there is could careless what anyone else uses but thats all I'm using problem free 9 years love the FOX it rocks!!!!!

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4 stars

"Great browser, but still has processes..."

July 31, 2014  |  By wbonham

 |  Version: Google Chrome 36.0.1985.125

Pros

This is a fast browser and my favorite.

Cons

After closing the Chrome browser, there are still Chrome processes running as seen in the Task Manager.

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5 stars

"The best Browser for pros that have objectives."

July 24, 2014  |  By STRAVO96

 |  Version: Google Chrome 36.0.1985.125

Pros

None better anywhere.

Cons

None to speak of.

Summary

Chrome is the best as it has the what we all look for smooth operation. I have been with Chrome for many years after trying other that have faded away. The overview spells it all out, and the rest is up to you!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 38.0.2125.104
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 October 14, 2014
Date Added October 15, 2014
Version 38.0.2125.104
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,346,668
Downloads Last Week 13,602
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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