Waterfox (64-Bit)

Waterfox (64-Bit)


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 44 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
18.0.1
File Size:
30.48MB
Date Added:
January 24, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 7 64-bit/Vista 64-bit/XP 64-bit
Total Downloads:
78,943
Downloads Last Week:
578
Product ranking:
#25 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Waterfox is a 64-bit version of Firefox. The browser's developers modified the Firefox source code specifically for machines running 64-bit versions of Windows. Software designed for 64-bit Windows editions can take advantage of faster RAM and processing speeds and greater stability in 64-bit systems. Just converting Mozilla's source code for 64-bit Windows doesn't do enough to make Waterfox stand apart from Firefox and other Firefox-based Web browsers; other unique tweaks help it exploit the speed of 64-bit systems. As the Waterfox Web site states, speed is its mission.

When we first opened Waterfox, it displayed our bookmarks and other personal data from Firefox. When it comes to looks and extras, Waterfox doesn't disappoint in a side-by-side comparison with the latest Firefox release. Waterfox has a family resemblance to other Mozilla-based browsers, with a dark blue Start button instead of Firefox's orange. Otherwise, Waterfox looks and functions like Firefox, including its various customizable features and options. Our add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins worked in Waterfox, too, including Microsoft's Office and Silverlight plug-ins. Waterfox also has regular updates.

We could tell with just a few quick trips to familiar sites that Waterfox is fast, so we visited some of our favorite browser speed test sites to see how it stacks up against the competition, including Firefox and our current default, Chrome. For the most revealing results, we threw Peacekeeper's HTML5 torture test at each, pitting Waterfox against the site's Chrome benchmark and our own copy of Chrome.

This online benchmarking tool separates the smartphones from the gaming desktops with a series of increasingly grueling tests that took some 5 minutes to run through. Waterfox bested Firefox but not Chrome, both in speed and HTML5-rendering capability, though the results were close enough to make it a matter of choice. Raw speed tests with CNET's Bandwidth Meter produced much closer results. Chrome held a consistent edge, but Waterfox is fast, too. Subjectively, it "feels" fast, which might be the advantages of 64-bit operation. In any case, we like Waterfox a lot. If you prefer Firefox but run 64-bit Windows, give Waterfox a try.

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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star: 25
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current Version:

    3.9

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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    Results 1-10 of 13

  • 1 stars

    "Not any better than Chrome"

    July 05, 2014   |   By mary981

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    don't know any pros

    Cons

    When i play Castleville on facebook it acts slow and sluggish same as Chrome does

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  • 5 stars

    "Works when 32bit browsers won't and FF add-ons all work"

    May 03, 2014   |   By BOBRGR

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    Excellent replacement when 32bit browsers can't connect.
    Imports all Firefox favorites, add-ons & search-plugins and they all work just as well as firefox..I have about 20 add-ons including WOT, Adblock Plus, Disconnect, DownThemAll, NoScript & priceblink...none or disabled and no problems seen

    Cons

    The only plugins available appear to be Java, Adobe flash and silverlight...this is fine by me, but others might want something more.

    Summary

    A yet to be identified problem prevents me from connecting to the net with any 32bit browser and 32bit IE immediately shuts down...this despite lots of expert troubleshooting. While doing something else, I ran across 64bit IE which opened and browsed with no problem. IE is better than nothing, but for me way inferior to firefox. I'd tried Waterfox awhile ago but the lack of plugins and compatibility issues combined with no need caused me to not use it. But when I discovered 64bit IE worked, I download v28 and it worked great.

    Updated on May 3, 2014

    No malware: After installation I scanned the Pc with Super Antispyware & Malwarebytes...there was no malware or spyware. Those that say there was downloaded Waterfox with an installer that carries a payload of adware...Cnet's installer does this, so go to Waterfox site or use the direct download link.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fixed Firefox Bugs"

    February 25, 2014   |   By eatdrumz

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    Very, very fast!
    EZ to install & Import all Firefox settings
    Stable
    Flash works perfectly

    Cons

    Can't get Roboform to work

    Summary

    If you want a Firefox, without the crashing, bugs, and Flash player problems, Wha La! Waterfox is Very fast, and is all the best parts of Firefox, with the bugs worked out. Why Firefox exists with this browser out there...well, maybe it won't be.
    The only, "Malware," that exists, is from website installers. You have to be Very careful now to pick, "Custom Install," than, carefully read every window that pops up. Most of those windows want to install crapware onto you're computer. It's not a Waterfox problem, it's from sites downloaders.
    Great, great browser I would recommend to anyone. The only problem for me, is RoboForm toolbar doesn't work with it yet. It's not quite a deal breaker, but, I did download Pale Moon, another Great Mozilla browser, that isn't Firefox. Roboform works fine with it.

    Updated on Feb 25, 2014

    Yep, it's a downloader problem, NOT a Waterfox problem. Pay attention when downloading programs from C-net, or any other site! They will download crap on your computer, you don't ever want on it!

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  • 1 stars

    "Awful browser!"

    December 27, 2013   |   By morganash44

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    None - took me hours to get rid of all the spyware/adware that came with this browser.

    Cons

    Just got rid of Firefox that had inbedded viruses that were resistent to all malware removers. Thought Waterfox would be a good replacement and it immediately infected my system with a virus/adware called PASSSHOW which infected all my video & flash players.. still not sure i've erradicated it completely. Download.com said it was safe to download and spyware free!!!! never trust anything from them again nor will I ever download anything relating to Firefox. By the way I did a custom install as I always do and the PASSSHOW virus was still hiding in the download.

    Summary

    Dont trust this browser

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  • 5 stars

    "BY FAR THE BEST BROWSER I HAVE EVER USED!!!"

    December 10, 2013   |   By andeyejah

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    LIGHTNING FAST SUPPORTS ALL MY AD ON'S WITHOUT ISSUE NO CRASHES OR FREEZING WHICH WAS COMMON ON FIREFOX 32 BIT

    Cons

    NONE SO FAR

    Summary

    GET IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!! THANKS SO MUCH WHOEVER YOU ARE THAT MADE THIS 64BIT VERSION :):) :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Best version of Firefox"

    November 16, 2013   |   By 11ryanc

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    This browser takes advantage of x64 processors and displays web pages significantly snappier than Firefox. Everything looks and functions just like Firefox, the only visual difference is the blue start button instead of the orange colored button that Firefox has. Most plugins, and all extensions work without any problem.

    Cons

    My only issue with Waterfox is that it is behind Firefox with updates, currently 24.0 is the latest build.

    Summary

    This x64 browser definitely performs much better than regular Firefox, looks and acts the same. Only x64 optimized.
    Worth a try!

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  • 5 stars

    "Really really fast"

    October 27, 2013   |   By MAFinOKC

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    I started with Netscape, then perforce switched to Firefox, and then switched to Pale Moon, which is a streamlined version of Firefox, which also has a 64-bit version. Then I came across Waterfox. Waterfox opens and displays its start page in 4 seconds flat; by contrast, Pale Moon can take up to 15-20 seconds and Firefox 20-30 seconds. This browser can do everything Firefox can do, only faster. I have seen negative reviews that state that the project has stagnated, but this does not seem to be the case according to the Waterfox website, and the creator seems to be very cognizant of current security pitfalls and their avoidance.

    Cons

    Most of Firefox's quirks, Waterfox also has. I get the same annoyance of proliferating and cluttered bookmarks when I sync the browser. Also, if you use programs like Ccleaner, Advanced System Care, or Malwarebytes, those programs don't recognize Waterfox (or Pale Moon) as Firefox equivalents, so they don't "clean" it. However, what I read on the Waterfox website seems to indicate that that is a GOOD thing according to the project's author. Also, Waterfox is not immune from that constant maddening "(Not Responding)" aggravation that is the bane of users of Windows 7 and 8.

    Summary

    There are some (usually technical or scientific) sites on which only Internet Explorer works, and Chrome is fast and has lots of good features (a 64-bit version not being one of them); but if you like the features and customizability of Firefox and have a 64-bit machine, Waterfox is worth a try for its blazing speed.

    Updated on Jul 5, 2014

    After about nine months of using Waterfox, my experience has been that Waterfox and the 64-bit version of Pale Moon both bog down on older machines, even older 64-bit machines capable of running Windows 7 and 8. I constantly reassess Waterfox's performance on our newer machines and it seems to work well; however, on our older machines I have gone back to the 32-bit version of Pale Moon. Even older 64-bit machines don't seem to do as well with 64-bit browsers as with 32-bit browsers.

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  • 4 stars

    "WORKS AND IS FAST!"

    June 14, 2013   |   By TECHCRZY

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    You Can Use All Of Mozilla Add Ons.

    Cons

    None As Of Yet

    Summary

    @bilglas You Really Shouldn't Dog A Program Without Sufficient Knowledge Of Where You Got SweetPacks. If You Use Daemon Tools That's Where You Got Said Malware By Not carefully reviewing Your Install Options.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware nightmare"

    May 31, 2013   |   By bilglas

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    Familiar interface; nearly identical to Firefox.

    Cons

    Installing Waterfox on my system (Win7/64-bit) was a malware nightmare! Couple of things called SweetPacks and SweetIM wreaked havoc on my system, and were VERY difficult to get rid of. They not only infected Waterfox ... they also imposed themselves on Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Took some scary Registry editing to finally get rid of it all. There was some other pernicious malware, too, but I don't remember what it was called.

    Summary

    I'm seeing all these glowing reviews, which makes me think I must be delusional, but if you're as dumb or unlucky as I am, you might want to proceed with caution.

    Updated on Jun 12, 2013

    Yeah, well blow me, Gene. At least I proofread my post before submitting it. So I guess we're both idiots, huh?

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  • 5 stars

    "Solved all my Firefox 18 problems"

    April 05, 2013   |   By gary7654

    Version: Waterfox (64-Bit) 18.0.1

    Pros

    No more freezing videos or other issues.

    Cons

    There are no cons.

    Summary

    I have windows 7 64 bit. waterfox works much better than firefox on 64 bit machines. I've always preferred firefox for default browser and now with waterfox it works great again.

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