Pale Moon is an Open Source, Goanna-based web browser focusing on efficiency and customization. It's completely built from its own, independently developed source that has been forked off from Firefox/Mozilla code a number of years ago, and focuses on efficiency and ease of use by carefully selecting features and optimizations to improve the browser's stability and user experience, while offering full customization and a growing collection of extensions and themes to make the browser truly your own. Following the trend of other browsers, Pale Moon Portable has been created, which, thanks to winPenPack's X-launcher that the portable launcher is based on, is completely self-contained. Nothing is stored on the host computer; your bookmarks, passwords, history, downloads, etc. stay neatly where they belong: on your stick.
How do I use this? Three simple steps:
- 1. Download the Pale Moon Portable file.
- 2. Extract the contents of the file to your USB stick in a folder of your choice: Run the .EXE file and tell it where to unpack (should be an empty or new folder).
- 3. Run palemoon-portable.exe (not palemoon.exe) in the location you unpacked to.
The first time you run Pale Moon Portable, it may take a fairly long time to load, because it creates a new personal profile on your USB stick for you. This can take some time, also depending on the speed of your stick - up to 30 seconds, usually. After that, it will be much faster to start. Of course, you don't have to use a USB stick; any writable medium would work: External harddisk, a networked drive, even an MP3 player if it allows you to access it as a drive in Windows. Do note, however, that Pale Moon Portable doesn't run from read-only media like CD-ROM or DVD-ROM; it needs write access to the location it is run from.
Note: Pale Moon Portable is not meant to have file/URL associations or integration with the desktop. Their settings cater specifically to use on multiple hosts, run from removable media. If you require desktop integration of any kind (including pinned taskbar entries, launching a mail application from mailto: links, remembering default download locations, etc.), it is recommended that you do not use Pale Moon Portable, but the normal desktop version instead! Pale Moon portable has been specifically designed to take with you on removable media with high wear and slow access, and its default settings reflect this. Using it on a stationary computer has a number of drawbacks and is not recommended.