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Torch Browser

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An all-in-one Web browser is nothing to sneeze at, but Torch Browser isn't going to pry you away from Chrome or Firefox. While it has options that make sharing and social media a breeze, Torch Browser just isn't unique enough to win people's hearts. It lags in performance and its major features aren't worth making the switch.

Torch Browser tries to carve out its niche by being an all-in-one Web browser. This means it can be a media player, a torrent downloader, and a place to combine all of your social networks. However, it doesn't do any of those things well enough to replace what you currently use. Once you get over the novelty, it becomes obvious that Torch Browser isn't that powerful as a Web portal. It's noticeably slower than other browsers and it doesn't have the same sort of add-on support. The layout is just a rip-off of the open-canvas setup of other, more popular browsers. None of this is to say that using it is all a bad experience. Torch Browser still runs circles around Internet Explorer and would be a major upgrade there.

While not a threat to Firefox or Chrome, Torch Browser is easy enough to use and might just impress Internet Explorer users. Heavy downloaders might enjoy the torrent downloader and media player that come with it, too.

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All User Reviews

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great browser set but so very unsecure."

    March 17, 2014  |   By THE TRUTH TELLER

    Version: Torch Browser 29.0.0.6090

    Pros

    LOT'S OF GOODIES MAKE THIS BROWSER SEEM DO SWEET.

    Cons

    This browser is so unsecure. do not and i mean do not torrent with this thing. you've been warned!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does everything Chrome does and more"

    January 19, 2014  |   By Mikeyzxcvbn

    Version: Torch Browser 29.0.0.5530

    Pros

    I installed and from the first time I ran it all my bookmarks and settings from Chrome are there! Even the cookies are there! I can download videos and torrents simply by clicking on them. I have Roboform lite installed as an extension to manage all my passwords. I tried a few apps, they run the same as in Chrome.

    Cons

    None yet...

    Summary

    I have not used the torrent engine enough to know if the old bugs are still there. But it's nice to make one click and it downloads in background.
    Does everything Chrome does, I don't need Chrome anymore.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Excellent"

    January 16, 2014  |   By jal9904

    Version: Torch Browser 29.0.0.5530

    Pros

    Awesime features, more than chrome, so if your used to chrome this is based off of it.

    Cons

    Trying to think, not really any!

    Summary

    Simalar to chrome, but with excellent new features.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horribly Invasive!"

    December 27, 2013  |   By renewme2010

    Version: Torch Browser 29.0.0.5165

    Pros

    None. Absolutely freaking none!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    Was not able to use! Very careful to "deny" every step of the install giving me the opportunity to uncheck all the 'frivolous' junk ware attached and still ended up with at least 4 programs I did not want. After unloading them through control panel I was still stuck with the Yahoo "My-Start" page as my default start page on "EVERY SINGLE BROWSER ON MY MACHINE". One by one these had to be taken care of with the exception of Mozilla Firefox which by their own help page instructions, after exhausting all the options they instruct you to remove and reload. What a piece of crap! I go to other readers for my reviews

    Summary

    Piece of crap! Unless you are 12 years old and just watch movies and 'fake' book!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best browser of the universe"

    December 25, 2013  |   By martimaustin

    Version: Torch Browser 1.0.0.1250

    Pros

    i love it in everything, specially torch music
    i love it in everything, specially torch music

    Cons

    nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing

    Summary

    i suggest a song downloader at the tool bar

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  • 5.0 stars

    "c-net must be getting paid by google"

    December 10, 2013  |   By geezcanijustpostsomething

    Version: Torch Browser 29.0.0.5165

    Pros

    love torch! everything i like to do online all in one spot. built in torrent! it's fast (doesnt crash like myself and lot of others have noticed chrome tends to do a lot now) love their music recommendations and how i can listen to entire albums and watch the videos that go along with it. social sharing so easy. it really does have a feel of what a next gen browser should be. i love the editor's comment of how its good if you do a lot of downloads social media music/movies etc. ehhhh...yeah if you like to do all that fun stuff on the internet then try torch. all my friends have switched.

    Cons

    none so far. i love the layout. i love it's capabilities.

    Summary

    c-net really missed this one

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  • 5.0 stars

    "CNET reviewer apparently doesn't get it"

    December 9, 2013  |   By Clay_Cassin

    Version: Torch Browser 29.0.0.5165

    Pros

    It is NOT "noticeably slower than other browsers". It is FAST and reliable.
    It DOES have the same add-on support(at least it all works for me!)
    "it doesn't do any of those things well enough to replace what you currently use"- NOT true... it's built in torrent client is JUST as fast and effective as my uTorrent client- and much easier to use. The media recorder is the best I have ever tried. Once I applied a different theme, I find it much more attractive than Firefox. Everything about this browser works brilliantly!

    Cons

    I have had the media grabber cut short a few videos on some more obscure sites- but it still gets most of it. It does not work well on Hulu, but YouTube is perfect.
    It was a bit sluggish at first, until I realized that the "Hola" VPN service was enabled by default... turn it off, and it works fine. Maybe the reviewer did not catch that... that's the only explanation for their "noticeably slower" comment I can think of. Of course, ALL VPN's slow down the browsing experience, as they use servers in far away countries.
    Not a CON- The aforementioned "Hola" VPN is a wonderful built in feature for those in restrictive countries with heavy internet censorship- this let's them defeat censorship and access banned sites(one of those is quite often facebook
    Honestly, those are the only issues I have seen, and VPN enabled by default is minor and correctable.

    Summary

    If you are a social media user, put down the Firefox and Chrome and USE THIS BROWSER!!! You will not be disappointed. In fact, I believe you will simply be amazed and impressed!
    This is the very BEST browser I have ever used... by far. Ignore the ill-informed CNET reviewer and get it now!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I can play on Facebook with virtually no problems."

    December 2, 2013  |   By Packer54

    Version: Torch Browser 29.0.0.5165

    Pros

    It's fast and easy and is updated frequently. I switched because I was having problems playing on Facebook with IE and Firefox, and accidentally found Torch. It's my main browser.

    Cons

    It freezes once in a while, but not as often as IE or Firefox did.

    Summary

    I think it's great! I really like the Torch browser.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very easy and fast"

    November 15, 2013  |   By p0xyea

    Version: Torch Browser 25.0.0.4626

    Pros

    very easy and fast

    Cons

    very easy and fast

    Summary

    very easy and fast

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Media grabber button didn't work"

    November 8, 2013  |   By gohanrage

    Version: Torch Browser 25.0.0.4626

    Pros

    It would of been a pro to use torch as my media grabber since it doesn't require third party plugin.

    Cons

    Con's Youtube and Other websites I visited wouldn't activate the Media button it was always grayed out and unusable.

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