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Free Browser

By LilSarge Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

An IE replica in most respects, Free Browser suffers from some inexcusable misses. As expected, you'll find standard navigational buttons, robust search capabilities, and pop-up protection.

The search bar appears below the address bar for quick look-ups. Searches can be accomplished using AltaVista, Ask.com, Google, Yahoo, and a few others. You'll get to choose how pop-ups are handled and whether to show the number in the browser or to log them. Although the entire scheme isn't skinnable, you can change the background and font of the address and search bars.

Password protection to guard your favorites, history, options, and e-mail is offered, although the check boxes to select to do so are off-limits. We also found it odd that our favorites list from IE didn't merge in. Even worse, Free Browser's IE Favorites Converter on the toolbar menu didn't work at all. Web surfing wasn't bad, but it wasn't any faster than any other browser out there.

Although you can surf as usual with it, there isn't anything special here for you to give up your current browser.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.8

Version 1.8 improves navigation and fixes various bugs.

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added June 1, 2007
Version 1.8

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Popularity

Total Downloads 28,632
Downloads Last Week 8
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Developer's Description

Free Browser is a fast Web browser. Includes popup blocker to keep away annoying pop-ups. Change address bar font and colors, button, and program colors, convert Internet Explorer favorites to Free Browser favorites, history, auto refresher, custom Web Search bar, and Crash Free.

Version 1.8 added buttons such as What's New in about menu, Lock The Web, Yes and No button to convert favorites from IE to FB. Moved searchbar and search button. Moved search URL to options under homepage. Removed search button from toolbar and tools menu. Fixed the download link, colors of buttons and text, all ontop Windows, and some minor and major bug issues.