Yandex Browser 13.12.1599.12785

Yandex.Browser is a simple and easy-to-use internet browser. The minimalist design allows you to focus on more important things. Its clutter-free interface gives you plenty of space for viewing webpages. Webpages load rapidly even with low connection speeds.

The Yandex browser uses the WebKit engine, popular with a large number of web developers. The browser's user interface is based on the open-source Chromium code. The Yandex browser platform has, through a technological partnership with a key long term partner, been expanded to incorporate Opera Software's Turbo technology, which allows to boost the browser's page loading capacity even with a slow connection.

Turbo mode
Turbo mode will turn on automatically if your internet connection speed drops. Webpages open faster thanks to data compression technology, saving you both time and traffic. Loading speed is increased by reducing the amount of data to transfer. Page content is first compressed on Yandex servers before sending it to your browser. “Heavy” page elements (such as multimedia) are blocked and are not loaded at all. By default, automatic activation of Turbo mode is enabled in the browser settings. Turbo mode is activated if the download speed is less than 128 Kbit/s. When activated, the Turbo icon is displayed at the end of the address bar. When the speed reaches 512 Kbit/s or higher, Turbo mode is turned off and the icon disappears.

Virus protection
Yandex' own system scans millions of websites every day. Yandex.Browser will warn you if you try to visit a harmful site. Every file you download will also be scanned for viruses by Kaspersky. The company's cloud-based safe browsing technology, together with Kaspersky Lab's security solution, enhances the browser's safety by warning the users about potentially malicious websites.

Download: Yandex Browser 13.12.1599.12785 | 37.6 MB (Freeware)
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Between this browser and Baidu's Spark browser....I'm having a good time with these chromium based deals. Spark is my current favorite but Yandex is pretty good as well. Hopefully this version is a bit less buggy though.

Spark is terrible, seems like bloatware really. Yandex on the other hand, it's a mix of Chrome and Opera. It brings opera turbo mode while using Chrome as it's base. Only issue I have with Yandex is that it keeps offering to translate the page from English to Russian even if I set English as default.

How is Spark bloatware? It runs the same processes as Chrome does and doesn't install anything 3rd party (as far as I'm aware really) or spyware wise.

I just think Spark is super fast compared to Chrome and even Chromium that's all. UI wise, I don't really care how it looks to be honest as long as it serves it's purpose.

Well the interface is quite bulky for one, there's that giant icon in the top left corner, which I don't understand why it has to take up so much space. Spark isn't any faster than chrome or any other browser, Baidu didn't seem to change anything from the blink engine.

In fact, the layout is very similar to Torch browser, also based on Chromium:

in yandex, when it offers to translate, if you didnt notice, on the right there is an option "never translate english" and it turns it off forever

what turns me off from spark is that tabs are on top, yet they dont reach the edge of the screen, thus i have to be a bit more precise when clicking on a tab, which is stupid...
they could just put tabs below the address bar, like Midori and QupZilla, this way at least it makes more sense

"UI wise, I don't really care how it looks to be honest as long as it serves it's purpose"

No way! You can't use that logic here!
I mean everyone just sets and looks at that stuff, don't you know? So, if it's ugly, it's unusable.