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WindowSurfer

By WindowSurfer Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
WindowSurfer is one of a handful of alternative Web browsers that use Microsoft's Internet Explorer technology as a foundation, hoping to attract users with a redesigned interface and a few new features. This particular program aims at Web surfers who often revisit the same sites, with a side panel full of links that help users log on to a group of favorite pages simultaneously and automatically. Like most other modern browsers, it allows users to surf several sites at once inside the same window.

It offers user accounts that make most sense with older operating systems such as Windows 98 or ME. It doesn't allow customizable toolbars, a strategy which can help keep some spyware or adware applications off a machine, but can also block some useful tools from big Web sites like Yahoo or Google. We found the pop-up blocker to work well, and liked a feature that lets users manually delete individual links from the browsing history. On the whole, it's not a bad entry in the browser wars, worthy of a look by those hardy souls willing to venture beyond Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.9.20

Version 1.9.20 adds an option to go to another page, before attempting login.

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added November 28, 2006
Version 1.9.20

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista, Internet Explorer 5.5

Popularity

Total Downloads 7,552
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

WindowSurfer is a tabbed web browser and is designed for users who have to keep logged into several web sites throughout the day. The user does a one time setup by creating Links to desired websites in a side panel and fills in the site details like URL, UserName, Password. User also selects if she wants Auto-Load, Auto-Refresh and popup blocking for each Link. Once this setup is done, then WindowSurfer does the rest of work of keeping the user logged into desired web sites every day. Each site opens in its own tab and the user can easily switch between different sites. Passwords are securely encrypted and stored on the user's own computer. It is a great productivity tool for users where they have to login to multiple Web sites throughout the day. It is also useful for busy people as it enables them to quickly go through their web accounts without any typing. Access is controlled by a user set master password. It has a unique side-by-side web search interface using Google/Yahoo/MSN.

Version 1.9.20 adds an option to go to another page, before attempting login.