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#1 flynempire

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 16:22

Hi. For a few years I have been using CoolNovo as my Chrome browser and after having a bit of an exchange with someone here I realize now that I was wrong and they were right.

I apologize to them because CoolNovo's Chromium has not been updated in a long time. While Google and I am sure other alternatives are at the latest or close to the latest version - 38.0.2107.3 (may be newer version out there).

I loved CoolNovo and it did away with the privacy issues Chrome gives you but for several months now it has given me problems like web pages rendered bad or slowness and other issues. So I need to start fresh and need some advice on which Chrome alternative is worth it and do they update to the latest versions and regular Google Chrome?
 

Also I would like the alternative to do away with privacy issues and has good security. I tried once SWIron but did not like it at all. I plan to import the bookmarks I have in CoolNovo and I can install again whatever extensions/plug ins I need.

Thank you for any and all answers.




#2 Max Norris

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 16:31

If you want to stick with the Chrome flavor of browsers, could always just go with Chromium itself, updated (usually) daily-ish, currently at 38.0.2114.0.  Build it yourself or grab a prebuilt below, x86 or x64, has portable versions too.
http://chromium.woolyss.com/

#3 OP flynempire

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 16:42

Does this call home to Google or no? Does it look like Google Chrome?

 

I would love 64-bit browser



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 16:45

Does this call home to Google or no? Does it look like Google Chrome?

Chrome is built on top of Chromium with some Google specific stuff added. You can still log into a Google account, hit the Chrome store and all that, you can tell it what it can and can't send to Google.. that's up to you. There's a few writeups you can find on what's different.. but they're still the same browser under the hood. And yes, the x64 build (at least on my systems) work fine.. between the x64 build and AdGuard (the standalone version, not the extension), it finally got me to switch from Firefox.. held out for the longest time just because the block extensions for Chrome are rather weak.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:02

^ You'll be back to Firefox after a while. I also tried to switch to chrome, chromium itself and other browsers based on it (swiron for example), but always returned back to the god of browsers; Firefox.

Couldn't get the best functionality that I currently have on Firefox and all of them used more resources than Firefox ever did.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:12

Maxthon.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:14

^ You'll be back to Firefox after a while. I also tried to switch to chrome, chromium itself and other browsers based on it (swiron for example), but always returned back to the god of browsers; Firefox.

I wouldn't rule it out. I love Firefox's extensibility, best out of any browser hands down. It's the engine itself that's killing me.. some script-heavy sites just slow it to a crawl. I hear they're finally working on a multiprocess model for the thing, hopefully that gives it a much needed kick in the pants to get performance up where it should be.. if they can pull that off (and addons work with it properly) I'll definitely reconsider it. I also won't lie, I use Firefox on my phone still, again mainly because of ABP, the Chrome version runs as a proxy and only works when I'm on my wifi.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:18

Maxthon.

 

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:28

Maxthon is indeed a viable Chrome, especially CoolNovo alternative.



#10 shozilla

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:32

Maxthon is indeed a viable Chrome, especially CoolNovo alternative.

 

Thought Maxthon is using the IE engine.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:33

Thought Maxthon is using the IE engine.

Last I checked (a while ago) it was both, Webkit and Trident. You can toggle on the fly.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:36

Mostly it uses WebKit (probably Blink soon) as its primary engine with IE's as a 'retro' engine.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 17:36

Last I checked (a while ago) it was both, Webkit and Trident. You can toggle on the fly.

 

Cool. I haven't used Maxathon for a long time.  I used MyIE2 for short time, a long time ago before they renamed it. Then I tried Maxathon when it came out after they renamed it.. I didn't like it.. I went back to FF.



#14 OP flynempire

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 18:51

Thanks guys. Any other opinions out there?

Also what about Firefox. I have been having problems too and was thinking of switching to Pale Moon



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 18:56

Thanks guys. Any other opinions out there?

Also what about Firefox. I have been having problems too and was thinking of switching to Pale Moon

 

There are many browsers that are similar to FF... such as:

 

PaleMoon

Waterfox (64bit)

...

 

 

Here is a list of the browsers so you will see the features about what is based on, what engine, etc.:

 

https://developer.mo...ed_Applications