Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3079 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
37.0.2062.102
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
August 29, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
25,190,844
Downloads Last Week:
31,982
Product ranking:
#2 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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 star: 789
    • 3 star: 440
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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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  • 5 stars

    "Probably the best browser out there"

    July 22, 2014   |   By Pollock55

    Version: Google Chrome 36.0.1985.125

    Pros

    - fast

    - simple

    -nice design and overall quality

    Cons

    - didn't find

    Summary

    For those who wish to simply browse the internet, but can't stand IE.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good browser but not the best."

    July 19, 2014   |   By benfulghum

    Version: Google Chrome 36.0.1985.125

    Pros

    Free, frequent updates,

    Cons

    Slower than MSIE, does not open all web sites that MSIE does

    Summary

    I tryed Firefox and Chrome, both good browsers but I always go back to MSIE because it`s faster than the others and I have yet to find a web site that it wouldn't open.

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  • 5 stars

    "When it's working it's great."

    July 14, 2014   |   By bluesmanbass

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Easy to use and understand Intuitive. Does what it should most of the time.

    Cons

    Application Shortcuts exclude bookmark bar, search window, etc.....

    All was well until I hit a wall. Google Chrome refuses to update!
    Version 35.0.1916.114 dev-m
    Update failed (error: 3)An error occurred while checking for updates: Update check failed to start (error code 3: 0x80040154 -- system level).

    I've been trying to update for MONTHS without success and it's driving me crazy! I've been using Chrome for over two years and now....?

    Summary

    I have thoroughly enjoyed Google Chrome for over two years. I love it but now... I'm lost! It will not update. It has slowed down. Sometimes it won't function and the updates carry the security fixes! I have tried and followed every lead. I have restored browser settings to their original defaults to no avail!

    I am going to keep up the good fight for another week or two, but in mean time; If anyone in the Cnet domain happens upon a resolution to my quandary will you please contact me? If you can help I will be forever in your debt......and may the odds be ever in my favor! (There's the nerd in me!)

    Though this has happened to me I'm sure I'm one in a million! I would still highly recommend this browser. It has been a delight. Just go slow when you click on About Google Chrome!

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  • 2 stars

    "I quit Google Chrome"

    June 18, 2014   |   By losmeme

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Fast generally reliable

    Cons

    Uncontrollable

    Summary

    Today is the last day I fight with the little man that resides in each and every chrome browser. This man has been tasked by Google to infuriate you at any cost, to trip you up and make you loose work. The little man is there to ensure you use chrome how Google sees fit, and not how you would like to work. The little man will not play videos on certain sites, the little man will inexplicably launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, and then refuse to return to the desktop without a restart. The little man will loose a decades worth of bookmarks during a simple upgrade. The little man will arbitrarily decide to trash all your settings, and use only the Google approved ones.

    The internet was never meant to be this difficult to access, why Google can't understand that is beyond me.

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  • 5 stars

    "My default browser."

    June 14, 2014   |   By sammojr

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Fastest browser I know of. Google leads the way in new web technologies currently. It's also leads the way in standards compliance by W3C standards. There is much additional functionality to add between Chrome Apps & Chrome Extensions as well as nice pretty themes. It's minimalist design makes the use of the browser fairly easy. There is no redundant buttons, toolbars or any redundant bars for that matter. The omni-bar simplifies the interface, there is no separate address bar from search bar, which is easier in my opinion than having to click between two boxes to type in a search query, or type in a URL.

    Cons

    It could use a better download manager. As far as I know there is no good download manager extension, or app for Google Chrome. There is no open file ability from the download manager, only save file can be selected. Incognito mode opens a new window. There is no option to set it to open in new tab.

    Summary

    Google Chrome is a great browser. Fast, simple, yet extensive-able. It's at fore front of new web technologies in attempt to make the web better, from WebP to Native Client. Google Chrome is a serious choice for people who want the latest, fastest, and efficient browsing.

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  • 5 stars

    "I have used Google Chrome for years and its the Best"

    June 14, 2014   |   By emaildavidnow

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Its fast with many options to customize it and they are always improving it

    Cons

    I have used most of the web browsers out there and Google Chrome is Great. No major problems that I have had with it

    Summary

    You really must try it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very nice add-ons"

    June 13, 2014   |   By GenevieveRance

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Many useful features
    Great HTML5 support

    Cons

    Very nice add-ons

    Summary

    Never crashed on my PC
    Speed
    And most important: Sync with Android version works perfectly. :)

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