Google Chrome

Google Chrome

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    30.0.1599.101
  • Total Downloads:
    25,508,521
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 16, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    23,876
  • 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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1 stars

"STILL NO 64-BIT VERSION (MAC)"

November 07, 2013  |  By JCPayne

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101

Pros

Liked it. Browser feels nice to use.

Cons

Plugins constantly scream that Chrome for mac isn't 64-bit yet. Surprising that with the billions Google has and the amount of time which has passed that they can't create a 64-bit version for MAC.

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4 stars

"fast but clumsy on password handling<br />fast overall"

October 22, 2013  |  By jeff sullivan

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101

Pros

love its speed playing games and loading on facebook

Cons

it does a bad job of handling passwords... I have to enter the full email and password to get into facebook even if the email and password are on the list of saved passwords

Summary

I will use it instead of Firefox if they make the password handling as good as Firefox...

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4 stars

"Nothing special"

October 22, 2013  |  By Slofrog

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101

Pros

- Easy to install
- Silent automatic updating
- Good and easy for basic browsing
- Easy to use if you use many Google features
- Built-in Flash Player

Cons

- Big (250 MB)
- Doesn't work at slow internet connection
- Average speed?
- no menu bar
- Useless for users that don't use many Google features

Summary

I browsed the Internet with Chrome some time and I think it's nothing special. It's very popular because Google promoted it very well. I think it wasn't faster than my other browsers, but many people say it's very fast. (Is it only a suggestion by Google or it's slow only on my computer?)
I use Google's search engine and nothing other Google's features, but Chrome offers these features on each step. I think it's very annoying for users that don't use Google.

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4 stars

"Very solid."

October 19, 2013  |  By morse11

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101

Pros

Solid non crashing. Explorer crashed a lot for me. Windows 7, 8 64bit

Cons

Not that fast to me and do not like the bookmark scheme at all

Summary

Overall I use this more than any other browser right now.

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4 stars

"Above issues ??"

October 19, 2013  |  By desertdan1

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101

Pros

Great Browser

Cons

I see above issues Malware etc, and wonder where they downloaded 30.0 from? I had issues also after installing from cnet? Went directly to Chromes site and no issues

Summary

After having considerable issues with downloads from cnet I now check for new downloads on cnet but go directly to their site to install ?

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1 stars

"Worst browsers on the net my friends"

October 19, 2013  |  By jaymans

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101

Pros

NONE at All or that I know of lol Garbage

Cons

absolute crap and full of malware cost me 500 dollars to fix the computer it hates this garbage lol

Summary

Best browsers on the net is Firefox by far puts all others to absolute shame thank you!!!! Googles crap to much malware

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1 stars

"start up nightmare"

October 18, 2013  |  By gary3455

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101

Pros

like most of it

Cons

opens to many tabs and makes everything run slow

Summary

should have left chrome the way it was, have dumped it and use other now.

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What's new in version 30.0.1599.101

Chrome v30.0.1599.101 This update includes 5 high security fixes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date October 15, 2013
Date Added October 16, 2013
Version 30.0.1599.101
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,508,521
Downloads Last Week 23,876
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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