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Best Free Windows 64-bit Browser

Now is a good time to try a 64-bit browser. Just don't get rid of your 32-bit browser until you are sure that you can do without it.

64-bit versions of Windows Vista, 7 and 8 include both the 32 and 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer, version 8 in the case of Windows 7, version 10 for Windows 8. The 32-bit versions of Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera also work without a hitch under both operating systems.

For a many months I have used all the browsers. I rate them similarly to the 32-bit versions (see Best Free Web Browser). Although my personal preference is for Firefox and its derivatives, your preference is likely to be determined by what you use in a 32-bit version. On my systems, the 64-bit versions seem smoother and faster than the 32-bit versions when running on 64-bit Windows but they are usually no faster than their 32-bit versions running on 32-bit Windows.

The issues are the same for all 64-bit versions, they use more memory and they may not be able to run your favourite 32-bit add-on or plug-in. However, the main roadblocks to using 64-bit browsers have been removed:

Pale Moon

Pale Moon is a fast version of Firefox optimized to run on newer hardware. Speed is increased by optimizing the compiled program through removing support for older processors, utilising the features of newer processors, and configuring some features differently. The main difference you will notice is that the user interface is slightly different retaining some of the older placements.

Compatibility is maintained by using only 'unmodified Firefox code' but removing some 'less useful' features which don't affect the ability to display web pages correctly. Useful features that are removed are: accessibility features - if you need them you won't want this browser; and parental controls - see Best Free Internet Safety Checkwhich describes how parental controls improve browsing safety. You will also lose crash support because Pale Moon does not have the same infrastructure as Firefox.

Pale Moon installation was easy but a separate utility has to be downloaded to migrate my Firefox settings. One benefit of 100% Firefox source code is that I can use Firefox Sync which synchronizes Firefox history, bookmarks, etc on different platforms. I'm using it to synchronize 32-bit Firefox, 64-bit Firefox and 64-bit Pale Moon so I don't lose any of my work while I'm evaluating them.


Waterfox, like Pale Moon, is an optimized 64-bit version of Firefox that doesn't remove major components. It appears to be faster than Pale Moon but has one annoying feature:"Waterfox uses the same profile that Firefox does. If you uninstall Waterfox make sure you don't have the remove personal data box ticked!".


Opera might well be my main browser if it wasn't so aggressive at making itself the default. With smaller market share, I guess that they try harder to overcome conservatism and inertia that keeps Opera off more desktops.

Internet Explorer

While Internet Explorer 64-bit is a very good browser, I don't using it much because I have had more problems with the websites I rely upon and work on. Even so, I enjoyed using it as it was also noticeably smoother and faster than the 32-bit version.

Google Chrome

Even with four 64-bit browsers to choose from, 32-bit Chrome Chrome is still a very attractive product with features that you might consider essential like multiple user profiles.


  Best Free Windows 64-bit Email

Microsoft offer no real 64-bit solution for the latest versions of Windows:

  • Windows 8 Mail is a Modern UI application but it is very limited. If you use it, you will have to complement it with webmail or another email program.
  • Windows 7 does not include an email client.
  • Windows Vista 64 has a 64-bit version of Windows Mail which makes it Microsoft's only competent 64-bit email client.


Thunderbirdis our recommended client for the 32-bit Windows desktop but Mozilla's only 64-bit version is the unsupported beta Earlybird. It is good enough to use but be warned that you may strike problems although I haven't ... yet.

Unfortunately, moving from your existing email client to 64-bit Thunderbird 3 can be quite a challenge. Users moving from Thunderbird 2 under Windows 7 and Vista 64 will need to use two third party freeware products, MozBackupand MailStore Home. Migration from Outlook is relatively simple under Vista 64 using the import function. This approach doesn't work under Windows 7 due to changes in the registration of MAPI entries which no one appears to want to acknowledge or address.


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by marliana on 1. December 2011 - 0:36  (84201)

i would like to download ths

by Remah on 1. December 2011 - 3:04  (84207)

What problem are you having?

This is a review spread across several pages. Select the category you want to look at and go to that page. The page will list various sub-categories with reviews of recommended products. At end of the reviews is a Quick Selection Guide that contains all the download links.

by Lee Sacks (not verified) on 27. November 2011 - 20:50  (84016)
The 64 bit download serves only the 32 bit version.

The 64 bit download is available at:

by Remah on 27. November 2011 - 21:05  (84017)

Thanks for picking up my mistake.

by Fausto (not verified) on 21. November 2011 - 2:27  (83620)

Are you kidding us? iTunes????
that thing is intrusive, spies on the users activities, music and video files and calls back home, and here we have it as recommended?

For the welfare of the users, please remove that abomination... that thing from this useful site.

by Remah on 21. November 2011 - 2:55  (83621)

Not kidding, and I knew it wouldn't take long for this to be pilloried. :)

As you've rightly pointed out there are hidden costs to using Apple products and iTunes is no different.

The problem in this category is that 64-bit applications for 64-bit Windows are curtailed so I will list as many as I can with appropriate ratings.

iTunes is recommended as an option for those who want a free 64-bit media player as it caters for the many with Apple devices. Daum PotPlayer and Media Player Classic are superior in many ways but they don't do much with iPods, iPads, and iPhones.

In future, I may move it to a special category for products that support Apple products. Handbrake is another Apple-oriented application.

by az (not verified) on 16. November 2011 - 21:10  (83400)

Take a look at Lazarus/FreePascal. It is the first 64 bit compiler for windows, and a nice RAD/IDE.

by Remah on 16. November 2011 - 21:20  (83401)

Thanks for that. I'll try them out.

by bobsobol (not verified) on 8. November 2011 - 0:29  (82885)

What is wrong with Pale Moon x64 (Mozilla 7.0.1 at the time of writing) Flash x64 is also pretty usable now, even if it is still Beta. ;)

by aangekoekt on 9. November 2011 - 9:11  (82968)

You need to include Pale Moon, for me it's far and away the best 64 bit browser, and I've tried them all. Beats the hell out of Firefox, and all the rest!

by Remah on 9. November 2011 - 9:50  (82973)

I've done that already. Read the browser section or check What's New.

I love using Pale Moon because there is no learning curve for a Firefox user. I also appreciate the elegance of using 100% Firefox code while reconfiguring the final program. Despite this, the emphasis on speed means that it is difficult to rate it that highly because browsing safety, security and accessibility features are important to many people. Mozilla's security is overly restrictive at times but it benefits most users.

For those who are willing to live without such features and security, Pale Moon is clearly in first place.

by Snuffy (not verified) on 28. September 2012 - 0:23  (99888)

You might want to take a look at WaterFox.

by Remah on 8. November 2011 - 23:51  (82938)

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have a look at it.

by Costas (not verified) on 6. November 2011 - 19:38  (82827)

Hi all,

it is stated there is a windows x64 version of libreoffice but I cannot find it on their website. Please remove it from this list which is specifically for windows programs!

Many thanks,


by Remah on 7. November 2011 - 1:18  (82834)

My mistake. There is 64-bit for Linux but not Windows.

At the moment I'm adding products from our reviews and when that is completed I will evaluate them under Windows 64-bit.

by revratdd (not verified) on 5. November 2011 - 16:18  (82771)

I wish I had the time to help with editing for Gizmo. This is my goto site for recommendations on software.

by charlieb (not verified) on 5. November 2011 - 12:25  (82757)

None of the links for the pages work in my Firefox v 7.01, both those at the top of the website and those right at the end of the article just above POST NEW COMMENT

by Balayage on 5. November 2011 - 0:30  (82733)

Most of the links do not work in my Firefox.

by Jojo Yee on 5. November 2011 - 1:29  (82734)

Thanks Balayage. Please help give a few examples and we'll try to fix them.

by Remah on 5. November 2011 - 3:46  (82739)

The problems with the links were due to the changeover to the new format. They have now been resolved - thanks Jojoyee.

I always like to be told about any issues with the article.

FYI, my primary focus at the moment is finding 64-bit software in the many categories before completing fuller reviews at a later date.

by sunlightforever (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 19:42  (82726)

Hello all, site rocks, and so does SmartDefrag from Iobit. May I ask why it is not included in your list?

by Anupam on 4. November 2011 - 19:52  (82727)

No products from Iobit will be included on our site, because their site has got unsatisfactory WOT ratings. We do not feature products from such sites.

by Bill Jacobs (not verified) on 20. November 2011 - 17:10  (83601)

I read that WOT has listed some sites as bad when they are, in fact, not. What say you?

by Remah on 20. November 2011 - 22:02  (83609)

There are lots of types of bad collected under WOT's rating: malware and other security risks, fraud, bad customer service, child safety, ethics, etc. So my answer is a qualified 'Yes'.

WOT has the same problem as all reputation rating systems. It is the equivalent of website scanners getting false positives. It is difficult to avoid because a website can be hacked, then flagged as bad, then repaired, but it will remain flagged as bad until it is proved good.

If you want to visit a "bad" site check why it is flagged as bad because it might not be an internet security risk. It could be flagged bad for child safety or unhappy customers or simply because people don't like the views expressed on the site (mainly for political and religious sites).

In part, you can set WOT options to adjust what is included in the bad rating for your system.

You can also double-check security issues by using online scanners and meta-raters, such as VirusTotal.

This is not the right place to be going into more detail about WOT. So if you have more questions about this either then I'm happy to answer them in forums or in the comments for the relevant articles, which you could also read for more info about WOT:
Best Free Internet Safety Check
Best Free Internet Safety Check - Supplement.

Remah - Category Editor

by Bill Jacobs (not verified) on 30. November 2011 - 15:07  (84176)

Thank you for that detailed reply. My comment was based on Thundercloud's complaint that they (WOT) had given them a bad rating. I trust Thundercloud a lot, and use many of their tips and suggested sites. I will follow your advice and see why they were so designated.

Thanks again,

by Remah on 30. November 2011 - 22:35  (84194)

Bill, Thanks for bringing this up and connecting the dots for me. I read their article earlier this week but hadn't connected Thundercloud with Cloud Eight.

In their 2009 article 'Why we cannot recommend WOT any longer' they had a tantrum because WOT gave them a bad rating. Apparently they never checked what happened. WOT uses trusted third-party sources and the rating was based on Cloud Eight's blacklisting in hphosts. See hphosts response from December 9, 2009. Apparently, Hphosts only blacklisted it because it was provided by their trusted third-party malwareURL.

As I said previously, find out why. It usually pays to be specific with your questions.

PS The false positive was corrected at source and today, two years later, WOT, hphosts or malwareURL do not have negative ratings or listings for

by Dave Faulkner (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 12:53  (82712)

Malwarebytes is great and has been a life-saver for me. However, I'd hesitate to describe the free version as 'fast'. Not when a full scan takes 14 hours to get through my 450 GB of stuff.

[Moderator's note : Part about commercial version removed]

by Sudip (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 9:55  (82703)

Pale Moon is a 64-bit (as also 32-bit) browser based on Firefox. In my system it works flawlessly along with 64-bit Java and Flash downloaded from Adobe Labs. 20 odd add-ons I use all work too. Highly recommended.

by Remah on 8. November 2011 - 23:52  (82939)

Thanks for that suggestion.

by Anonymous LADYDOG (not verified) on 3. November 2011 - 22:32  (82675)

this is my first trip here but it is execellent and I intend to help them in some way as much as they have helped me.