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Avant Browser Ultimate

By Avant Force Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2015

Avant Browser Ultimate combines the three most popular Web browser engines -- Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer -- in one app, allowing you to switch between them with just two clicks, without needing to have any of those browsers installed on your computer. There is also an impressive array of customizations and advanced features that can make your Web browsing more efficient.

Pros

Three-in-one Web browser: With a single button located at the end of the address bar, Avant Browser Ultimate enables you to choose which engine to use on the page: Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Chrome. Even better, you can have different pages displayed using different engines in the same window.

Side-by-side comparison: You can view multiple site tabs at once in the same window by placing them side by side. This can be very helpful if you're a Web developer and want to compare how your site looks in different Web browsers.

Highly customizable: Since Avant Browser doesn't support all third-party Web browser extensions, the developers have tried to ensure that all popular functionality is present in the app itself. This includes things like a password manager, page translation, mouse gestures, cloud backup, ad and Flash blocker, auto refresh, and even a video downloader.

Cons

Buggy: During our tests, we regularly ran into Chrome engine errors although that didn't crash our system or the app itself. Another bug that we discovered is that you cannot open a blank new tab -- it will always load the site that you were looking at prior to pressing the "New Tab" button.

Limited extension support: Although the app sports three of the most popular Web browser engines under its hood, not all extensions for the three platforms can be installed and used successfully. In our tests we've had a 60 percent success rate when trying to add extensions to the browser.

Bottom Line

Avant Browser Ultimate is a good companion for Web developers since it allows rapid testing and comparison between different browser engines. You should also give this free app a go, if you're not happy with your current Web browser and are looking for something different and more powerful.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2017 build 5

  • [Update]Chrome: 57.0.2987.98
  • [Update]Firefox: 52.0.0.6280
  • [Fix]A bug of firefox dialog

General

Release March 29, 2017
Date Added March 29, 2017
Version 2017 build 5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 47,209
Downloads Last Week 3
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Developer's Description

Tri-core Avant Browser(Chrome,Firefox,IE),it's user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability. Multi-Processing: Multi-Processing design offers you a crash-free, lock-up-free, memory-leak-free internet browsing experience and high reliability. When one tab fails, it won't freeze the browser or pull other pages down. Online Bookmarks: Access your Bookmarks with Avant Online Bookmarks Service from anywhere, and don't need to worry about losing those data when re-install windows.. The encrypted stand-alone bookmarks file format can protect your privacy on a shared computer. AutoFills: Forgot a web password? Avant Browser will memorize passwords for you. You can fill web forms with Auto-Filler by a single click. And you can protect all your web forms with one master password. Flash Animation Filter: Experiencing slow page loading with GPRS/3G connection? More than 85% of all flash animations on web pages are advertising, and normally take up to 90% of the size of the page you're visiting. With Avant Browser you can save the bandwidth by blocking the download of these flash files with just one easy click. AD/Pop-up Blocker: Easily eliminate unwanted AD banners and pop-up pages automatically with just one click. Mouse Gestures: If you click a link in the web page with the middle mouse button, the link will be opened in a new window in the background. This feature is extremely useful for opening posts in forums. Avant Browser also comes with customizable Mouse Gestures, with which you can easily navigate the browser by moving the mouse. Private Browsing: Designed to set in a Private Mode, Avant Browser doesn't keep web data in your computer. So anybody else sharing the same computer with you won't be able to see which pages you have visited and which files you have displayed during your private web browsing section.