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Maxthon

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Based on Internet Explorer's engine, Maxthon is probably something of a curiosity for most North American users. It never really caught on there, but elsewhere--especially China--it's one of the most popular browsers around. It renders pages fast and comes loaded with features, as if Firefox came with 90 percent of its most popular plug-ins. Maxthon 2 features loads more customization ability, but sacrifices a bit of stability for the privilege. Its design is stylish compared to the old version, and its new approach to accessing functions makes this free browser more competitive.

All the basics are represented here, from tabbed browsing to skins to add-ons, and many of the rolled-in features make Maxthon hard to ignore. Some of our favorite features include rolled-in auto-form filling, the ability to set up bookmark groups that open on start-up--excellent for news or blogs, the ability to autoscroll Web pages, and pop-up and content filters for blocking ads and specific content formats you don't want. There are also customizable hotkey commands for such nifty features as auto-completing URLs, so if you type "download" and hold down the Ctrl key, it will auto-fill the "http://" and the ".com". The online favorites service is similar to that offered by other browsers, and works well.

We also like the super drag-and-drop feature, which lets you directly select and drag keywords to a current Web page or directly to the address bar. Maxthon is fast, small, flexible, and easy to use, and the extra features make it a browser we highly recommend for those looking for a change of pace.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 226 votes

    • 5 star: 102
    • 4 star: 66
    • 3 star: 25
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 26
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Browser Out There"

    September 26, 2013  |   By supaslick88

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    Fast, Different, Fun,

    Cons

    Not alot of Add-ons

    Summary

    IE drives people away, Chrome is too Light, Mozilla keeps crashing, Opera seems it's for old pople, Maxthon is the way to go. Have no idea why people on here are bashing it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "As good as Chrome"

    September 13, 2013  |   By BlackSpikedClouds

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    You have the split screen ability, and the ability to close tabs faster than chrome, Maxthon has a nice, clean look. Has a built-in flash player for YouTube and other sites that needs flash.

    Cons

    Adhunter(ad blocker built in on Maxthon) is not that fully functional, you need to choose and close the ads one-by-one.

    Summary

    Not recommended for noobs who does not want ads in their browser.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "BEST MOBILE & DESKTOP BROWSWER BEATS BING/GOOGLE 100%"

    July 15, 2013  |   By jamyschoby

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    MOBILE: Ease of use and auto keeps your setting for desktop pages w/o auto changing back to mobile pages! Very easy to use, setup, understand how it operates, etc. & works perfect each time!
    DOES NOT CRASH AT ALL! Super fast about 30% faster than Bing/Google!

    FEATURES: Not enough space on here for me to tell you!

    DOWNLOADS: I only have 3g speeds and things that take 5 minutes take 2!

    VIDs: You don't need flash on your phone to watch videos or switch over to the YouTube app to watch them...TOTALLY SO EASY!

    DESKTOP: You can keep all your settings like you have on the phone so you don't have to get used to using two different browsers!

    Cons

    This could just be me, but when searches first load the page shows up in very tiny font, using the desktop version...doesn't with mobile.

    Summary

    Overall this is an OUTSTANDING browser, it's very fast, doesn't crash like Bing Opera or Google does on my cell. Pages load like a version of Bing & Google mixed together...so you have the best of both worlds! I learned how to use this browser in just the first 2 minutes of loading it up on my cell & tab, settings are easy & clear to understand! I'm amazed it only has 4 stars!

    Give it a try, after just two minutes you'll see exactly how nice & easy this is to use. Any beginner can get it if you know how to click or tap it's an absolute BREEZE!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "LOVE IT!!!!"

    June 14, 2013  |   By noobkiller5921

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    Great Browser Fast, Easy, And Simple. Great Features, Customizable Interface I Love It! Maxthon Works And Looks Like IE Interface But Better! I Would Recommend For Newbies And Kids Really Easy And Safe To Use.

    Cons

    Freezes(For Few Seconds) Slightly On Videos And High End Flash Sites! Otherwise Great Browser.

    Summary

    All In All Maxthon Browser Is Great Better Then Chrome And Firefox. Would Highly Recommend For Newbies And Kids Very Easy To Use. I Love It!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "crashes alot"

    April 3, 2013  |   By jaguar0

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    Record video, without opening another program up.

    Cons

    Crashes to much. Every fews days everything is gone and you have to start over. It will not let me into site i been to before after it crash and you fix it.

    Summary

    Next crash this is history.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "crash continius by youtube"

    March 17, 2013  |   By loooping8

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    crash always by Mega upload

    Cons

    uninstall it!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Big surprise!!I like Maxthon"

    February 17, 2013  |   By neil e. potter

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    It is fast and find it to be very much to the point without excess extra stuff.

    Cons

    I has a LastPass plug in that does't work and I must have a Password Manager as I do with Firefox,Chrome and IE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Basically useless"

    February 11, 2013  |   By lopmIII

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    Fairly fast for the mondane stuff.

    Cons

    Many pages are not properly displayed. I was trying to pass an order on a website it took for ever to process it. The final order confirmation page hung and finally crashed.

    Summary

    Unrealiable, hence I uninstalled it right away.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent bullet-proof browser, very user friendly."

    December 18, 2012  |   By LJB001_1969

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    Very stable browser that rarely complains about anything unlike IE9 0r 10 which fall over at each and every given opportunity. Built-in download-manager is basic but functional. It deals with my proxy settings by itself and without complaint, and has definitely grown on me over time. It works fine with my Win 8 pro o/s and is not noticeably slow or clunky which I was expecting it to be. Overall, it was a pleasant surprise and made the process of bending Win 8 back into shape. I advise anybody who'se installed 8 to download a third party start-button and with Maxthon installed as default browser you suddenly have a whole new familiar and powerful machine again. For those who like a bit more privacy there is Comodo, but for everyday hassle-free interwebbing Maxthon has got what it takes for a happy new relationship with your previously horrible machine. You get a Maxthon multi-search option already built-in which was innovative too, which can be handy for finding well, anything really.

    Cons

    Not many cons at all. Download manager could use a bit of tarting-up and facilities for hitting mirror sites for those fast downloads. A choice of Nice techhy skins and bolt-ons would be nice for advanced users, but the icons it comes with aren't that bad. Could maybe just be a little quicker, but if the leisurely speed is the price of stability it works for me.

    Summary

    Download it, try it, it's not a huge program and once you've gotten used to it I'm pretty sure it'll not be long till you default it.
    It's strong, it never panics, it does what you want it to. It has a lot to offer and if it's not ruined by over-zealous development it's gonna be a serious rival to some browsers such as IE. which is buggy as a mangy dog by comparison. The combination of IE with an un-corrected Win 8 is a recipe for misery and frustration. Maxthon goes a long way to fixing that and making using your PC or laptop nice again. I have Win 8 on my new laptop, and I very nearly took it back to the shop to get my money back it was that nasty. But again, a 3rd party start button and Maxthon made it all nice like it shoulda been to start with. I'm enjoying my computing again - Hurrah!!
    So, plenty of good points and plenty of potential. Does what you want, when you want. Now that's gotta be good.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "What happened?"

    November 7, 2012  |   By pangdudu

    Version: Maxthon 2.5.18.1000

    Pros

    Has a lot of features,like the UI.

    Cons

    takes up too much resource and crashes very often.

    Summary

    Don't know if its maxthon' problem or my computer. This browser doesn't work very well.Crashes frequently and the Memory usage is huge. I have switched back to Avant .

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