Paltalk Messenger

Paltalk Messenger

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Date Added:
July 20, 2005
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/NT/2000/XP
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Product ranking:
#13 in Chat
Additional Requirements:
Windows 98/NT/2000/XP, Internet Explorer 5.0

Editors' review

Paltalk's integration of video, audio and text chatting unified into one window makes for a strong chatware program that includes a wealth of features.

Parental controls employ a password to change settings or block groups; adult content is hidden by default and all rooms are moderated. Add in the room ratings of G, R and A, and safe chatting is a cinch. Right-clicking a person's name gives a user-defined amount of personal information, with private room invite and file sending options. Sessions can be printed and saved, and buddy lists from other chat accounts can be automatically imported. Version 9 includes music feeds from Rhapsody and multiplayer games in case you get bored talking.

However, the abundance of pop-up ads, which strike even while you're in the middle of joining a room, might motivate users to pay for a subscription or look elsewhere. Free accounts only can open Webcams for a few seconds; paid users can open multiple video windows. The app crashed for us when closing, and the system slowdowns were disappointing. Uninstalling Paltalk left an icon on the desktop.

Still, the thousands of rooms for politics, karaoke, tech advice, and porn mean that anybody can find a connection on Paltalk.

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    • 3 star: 90
    • 2 star: 66
    • 1 star: 133
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    out of 73 votes

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    • 4 star: 16
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 9
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    "Truly, truly awful user experience"

    May 28, 2014   |   By swim_for_it

    Version: Paltalk Messenger 11.4 build 562


    OK, you pay $65 for an annual subscription and then the login server times out. I've been using this service since 2001 and I have to say it's gotten steadily worse. Clearly Practice does not make perfect for Paltalk.


    Can only log in once out of 10 attempts. No meaningful Mac support. Rooms load slowly, cams don't load at all.. what exactly does my money buy me here?

    Everybody on Paltalk agrees that it sucks, but guess what. They already have your money.


    Don't waste your money. Seriously.

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