Google Chrome

Google Chrome

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.249.78
  • Total Downloads:
    25,333,785
  • Date Added:
    January 25, 2010
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13,523
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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In slightly more than a year, Google Chrome has surprised users and critics alike by leapfrogging to more than 4 percent of the browser market share. That attention and heavy usage is not undeserved. Chrome 4 is blazingly fast, more stable than previous versions, and introduces support for extensions, bookmark syncing, and some HTML5 innovations.

Based on Webkit, the same open-source engine that powers Apple Safari, Google's Android mobile platform, and several other Web-browsing tools, but with a different JavaScript engine, Chrome's interface is a drastic departure from other browsers. Instead of the traditional toolbar, Chrome puts its tabs on top. Moreover, the tabs are detachable: "tabs" and "windows" are interchangeable here. Detached tabs can be dragged and dropped into the browser, and tabs can be rearranged at any time. By isolating each tab's processes, when one site crashes, the other tabs do not.

The search box and the address bar have been fused into a hybrid "Omnibox," which includes suggestions for URLs culled from your browser's history and search suggestions from your search engine. It remembers site-specific search engine results. There's also Application Shortcuts, a feature that lets you create desktop icons for Web-only applications, such as Gmail. The stealth mode, Incognito, lets you surf without the history-recording cookies.

Despite all that's good and new in the browser from Google, it is still a work in development and users are not universally enthralled with Chrome's sheen. Complaints ranging from secure log-in issues to occasional site rendering hang-ups to support for PDFs and some media players. Problems aside, Chrome is more than a surface polish and is well worth using.

 
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  • Current Version

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"What update?"

October 17, 2014  |  By bryan sisson

 |  Version: Google Chrome 38.0.2125.104

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My antivirus informs me to install out of date chrome!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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.249.78

The stable channel has been updated to 4.0.249.78 for Windows, and includes the following features and security fixes (since 3.0):

  • Extensions
  • Bookmark sync
  • Enhanced developer tools
  • HTML5: Notifications, Web Database, Local Storage, WebSockets, Ruby support
  • v8 performance improvements
  • Skia performance improvements
  • Full ACID3 pass, due to re-enabled remote font support (with added defense against bugs in operating system font libraries)
  • HTTP byte range support
  • New security feature: "Strict Transport Security" support
  • Experimental new anti-reflected-XSS feature called "XSS Auditor"

Security Fixes:

  • [3275] Low Pop-up blocker bypass. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (SkyLined).
  • [9877] Medium Cross-domain theft due to CSS design error. Credit to Chris Evans of the Google Security Team.
  • [12523] Medium Browser memory error with stale pop-up block menu. Credit to Jacob Balle and Carsten Eiram, Secunia Research.
  • [20450] Low Prevent XHR to directories. Credit to the Chromium development community.
  • [23693] Low Escape more characters in shortcuts. Credit to Michal Zalewski of the Google Security Team and, independently, Inferno of SecureThoughts.com.
  • [8864] [24701] [24646] High Renderer memory errors drawing on canvases. Credit to Michal Zalewski of the Google Security Team and Google Chrome Security Team (SkyLined).
  • [28566] High Image decoding memory error. Credit to Robert Swiecki of the Google Security Team.
  • [29920] Low Corner case failure to strip Referer. Credit to the Chromium development community.
  • [30666] High Cross-domain access error. Credit to Tokuji Akamine, Senior Consultant at Symantec Consulting Services.
  • [31307] High Bitmap deserialization error. Credit to Mark Dowd, under contract to Google Chrome Security Team.
  • [31517] Low Browser crash with nested URL.

General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date January 25, 2010
Date Added January 25, 2010
Version 4.0.249.78
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,333,785
Downloads Last Week 13,523
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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