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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 8 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

Nexus Image is free even for commercial use, as they specifically say so.  I guess Honeyview could also be used commercially, as I haven't found any warnings against that, and it supports RAW files. You can read my review of both programs in my article.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 8 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

I'm sorry I can't help. I have Android devices for tablet and phone and I use QuickPic myself. A quick search for "free picture viewer for windows tablet" gave me the link I'm providing below, but those are specifically photo editors. Anyway, I guess they must have some kind of viewer to relay on, so you might give them a try.

http://connect.dpreview.com/post/5723574687/photography-apps-android-tablet

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 8 months 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee

Try also "My Fotos" which probably has some basic features that are needed, such as rotate, crop and zoom.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/apps/my-fotos/9wzdncrdfxpf

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 8 months 2 weeks ago Stamimail

Hi, I'm looking for alternative to Windows Photo Viewer.
I very like Windows Photo Viewer, but my 2 big problems are the:
1. in zooming the quality is bad
2. There is no FullScreen.
I'm looking for the same thing with those two fixed. A lite app without a lot of features.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 8 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

Any of the first few programs that can be found in the Related Products and Links section of the article are suitable for what you want. Pictus, Nexus Image, Honeyview and Xlideit are simple programs that can display a fullscreen view and have a good rendering quality.

Be aware, though, that the viewing quality of a zoomed image doesn't just depend on the program but also on the kind of interpolation algorithm used for the magnification. Some programs let you choose from a list of algorithms for that matter.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 8 months 1 week ago Stamimail

At bfief looking:

Pictus - I needed to set a lot of hotkeys to get what I want. The default keys was an issue.
Nexus Image - not my style.
Honeyview and Xlideit - are impressive, but needs more few improvements.

I'll look into it more and will decide. Thank You very much.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 7 months 11 hours ago weltall

That moment that a negative is a positive! IrfanView has been my image viewer for as long as I remember myself being online, even before google became a known and good search engine. It was my change from ACDSee which I used before to something more simplistic and fast. I changed firstly cause it was free vs paid and second the simplicity. Indeed IrfanView must be the most simplistic and bare image viewer I have ever seen. It opens pictures in seconds and there is no UI really, just the picture and the toolbar on the top. You can scroll through pictures with the mouse wheel and with the Enter key go full screen.

I always used a second library program, which changes from one to another over the years, with Picasa being the one i currently use scarcely when I want to organize. But no other program managed to take IrfanView's place, because I never wanted an interface to appear when I view images and to be easy to scroll through them, at least by default.

I tried XnView some years back, but I remember it did not open images in a window that just shown the image, but more like the image inside a windows with a grey background color. I blame IrfanView's simplicity and all the years I have been using it, for making me dislike that kind of image viewer.

Irfan view was, is and probably will be for a long time to come, my favorite simplistic image viewer~ I want to add that nowadays Picasa comes with a quite nice and windows 10 themed simplistic viewer too, letting you see just your images in a darkened background which looks really sleek and futuristic. IrfanView though when you finish scrolling through the folder it automatically opens a folder browser in case you want to jump to another folder and keep watching, rather than close it and do it through the windows explorer. That and the fact IrfanView has more image format support, makes me stick to it for sure.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 4 weeks ago crombierob

For a moment there I thought you were describing my image viewer (FastStone), which opens full screen, with no form etc. Which I love.
I do have IrfanView, but it does not open full screen. The Form opens full screen, with the image a bit shrunk inside the form (which I hate).

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 4 weeks ago marcdarkin

Crombierob's response pretty much synthesizes my own opinion. Details like these make a big difference in everyone's experience once you've learned to appreciate them. And every program mentioned here has that kind of little details that someone will appreciate, so it's up to one's appreciation. One thing is true; any of those apps are here because they're good. Bless all of them, because they're free too...

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 4 weeks ago weltall

For me irfanView by default opens as a window that has the form of the picture and changed along with the next picture. Pressing enter goes to fullscreen. I like that because a lot of the times when I open images, I want t keep them open and move them around, not closing them. If I ever want to go throguh just pictures without the need of the window, I hit enter.

Even in full screen though, by default the images are their default size, rather than the full size.I hated that too in the past, but since i have been using IrfanView for many years and back then I did not know for a better one, I learnt to go in the settings. in the fullscreen / Slideshow, I change the option from the default "Fit to Screen: Large images only" to "Fit to screen: All Images/movies". Considering I too would prefer a software that has that by default, but since I use it for many years, changing that option and ticking "Apply Resample function for zooming" when it comes to fullscreen, has becoming something I do mechanically as soon as IrfanView is installed.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 3 weeks ago Brian Boru

Yep, Xnview just quit on me, I didn't like Zoner when I tried it 1-2 years ago, so I've just started with FastStone. Impressed so far, interface seems as good as Xnview.

I've used IrfanView for I suppose 20 years, and have no plans to drop it anytime soon. Superb program, which I use for doing processing jobs, especially in batch mode. It does indeed open fullscreen, as Weltall mentioned.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 2 weeks ago heya556

I've been using FastStone Image Viewer for almost a decade. I'm so used to its interface and enormous possibilities. Alas, in the last couple of years, startup times have gotten really long. Funny thing it happens only on newer PCs (with a windows 8.1 or 10 on SSD), no matter if it's a new system or used for a year. On a PC with Windwos 10 on a HDD, everything works flawlessly.
With that in mind, I wanted to try something new.
I always like the Zoner Photo's UI but never got around to testing it. So, I installed it today to test it.
It's an understatement to say that it feels really poor compared to FastStone Viewer. Crop and batch processing are nowhere to be found. I don't use them very often, but I do use them when backing up photos from dSLR to OneDrive. I'm guessing these 2 are only included in the paid account.
I'll test it a little bit more, but the honeymoon phase was really short with this one. :(

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

This kind of debate and all the latest comments prove my opinion that no application is for everybody and when you've grown to appreciate one of them, it's very hard to move to another one. That's just a reason why testing all these apps feels tricky, and recommending one over the others is just a matter of personal considerations, just as with almost anything meant to be used in one's life. Quite a lot of them are so good that it's those little details what tips the balance in favor of this or that. And it's also why (fortunately) there are so many of them to choose from in the first place. I don't use just one since it's virtually impossible to have everything exactly as I like in just one single program.

Zoner studio is full of features but is a bit lacking in areas like those you have mentioned and it even has a few other inconveniences that I consider much worse. They might be important but I still think it's a very powerful application. And by the way, the crop tool is found in the editor window, although it should be present in the viewer too. Moreover, not nearly as with FastStone, but Zoner offers some batch processing possibilities for a few functions such as quickfix, resize, convert and rename: select any number of pictures in the manager window, click on the icon corresponding to the function you want, adjust the settings you wish and click on the 'Apply to all' button.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 2 weeks ago heya556

I couldn't agree more. I just wanted to give my 2 cents. Devil's in the details.
As for Zoner, later I found how I could batch process images. Now only the crop is missing (I don't have the editor tab).
I guess paint.net will do in those situations. :)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

"(I don't have the editor tab)"

Strange. I can't think of a cause. The latest v.18 of Zoner has three main tabs to select (manager, develop, editor) and I don't think they can be detached or left off the layout.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 2 weeks ago heya556

Hey, I just started 30 day trial, and finally got that editor tab. I'll see if it disappears after 30 days. :D

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

It won't disappear :)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 1 week ago rhiannon

I was looking at the FastPictureViewer site (http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/) and all I see on offer is the Pro version. Is there a free version hiding somwhere? :)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 months 1 week ago marcdarkin

If you click on 'Downloads' on the menu bar, you'll be presented with links to full-program installers for 32 and 64 bit versions. After the 30-day trial period, the program will revert to the free version if you haven't got a registration key.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

Maverick Photo Viewer:

http://tepesoft.com/maverick-photo-viewer/

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Viewers/Maverick...

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

Nomacs version 3 is out:

http://nomacs.org/nomacs-3/

What's new:

    - New online installer  – Windows
    - Plugins are now available on Linux
    - Full SVG support
    - Quick Launch added
    - Tiny planet option added
    - Batch processing improved
    - Signed executable – Windows only
    - Libraries updated – Qt 5.5, OpenCV 3
    - Command line arguments added
    - Zoom control improved
    - nomacs learned two new languages – Bulgarian and Ukrainian
    - new plugin: Page Extraction – detects and/or crops document pages

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

Thanks for the heads up, Panzer.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 2 weeks ago MassimoIT

Thank you for this detailed review.
I would like to know if any of the mentioned software is capable of 30 bit color display.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 1 week ago marcdarkin

Sorry for the late answer. As far as I know, 10 bit per channel (30 bit color) is not available in any of the programs included in the review except for the paid version of Zoner Photo Studio. Fast Picture Viewer seems to have support for that too, but I can't ascertain whether the feature remains available in its free version.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 1 week ago heya556

Just a heads up, it does disappear.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 1 week ago marcdarkin

Thanks. Yes, it does :( I learned that myself a few days ago and I have already changed my review accordingly. Sadly, this is new in version 18. Other versions used to keep the editor after the trial period (heavily stripped down, though), so you might want to install v.17 or older, which can be found on the same page as the main program from our download link. But I don't think this is what you need. The cropping tool you were looking for is now much better implemented and is found in the 'Develop' module, with lots of useful options for that task. As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining :)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 1 week ago marcdarkin Reviewed in comment (125936). Thanks. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 1 week ago marcdarkin

I've carried out another set of tests to review several programs that were suggested here in the comments and others I had in my own list.
The programs were JPEG View, InViewer, Maverick Photo Viewer, PicTwiddle Lite, and ModernView.
I think none of these offer a clear reason to be included in the article, but I'll give my arguments just for the ones that our readers cared about.

- I reviewed JPEG View several years ago and reposted my thoughts again in comment #123792, after our reader PKSengupta asked about it. I gave it another try now and I'm not changing anything of what I wrote then.

- InViewer may seem a potential security threat. I went to download it from the official site and when I clicked the button, my antivirus popped up a warning about malware, so I aborted the operation. MajorGeeks' download links turned out to be invalid. Cnet does not include the link to the direct download for this one, and I know about their wrapped installers, so I didn't go on there. I finally went to Softpedia and downloaded the setup file, which they have as 100% clean, and then I analyzed it at Virustotal with a 1/56 detection score (Rising -  NS:Malware.MalwSite!8.B1 [F]). A search showed many people reported it as dangerous a while back, although just a few do so currently. It's probably a false positive but I don't want to take the risk. No other product included in the article has that kind of record and I'm going to keep it exactly as that.

- Maverick Photo Viewer (MPV) has been conceived as a simple replacement for Windows native viewer, which means it has very few features. But it has no thumbnails and, unlike the program it means to replace, it will always need to open your file Explorer to view pictures, either by direct integration with Windows shell or opening MPV and dragging file icons from Explorer onto its interface. In every case you'll have to open Explorer yourself since there's no straight command inside the program to open a file, and I dislike this kind of workflow. The navigation is linear, since you can just browse the previous/next image in a folder. There are just four zoom levels when you zoom out and then the image disappears if you keep turning the wheel, so there's no possibility to see how a thumbnail version would look like, for example. The black background (unchangeable) is inadequate for a proper view of the perceived luminosity of a picture. Despite what the developers claim, its general speed is just average and even falls on the poor side when it comes to loading PSDs and big files. RAW files are also very slow to be displayed because MPV uses the full rendering instead of showing the embedded JPG preview, and the results aren't good either.

On the bright side, MPV offers excellent image quality with several rendering methods, it supports quite a lot of formats, all the shortcuts can be customized and it's very light. This is not enough to outweigh the issues I mentioned above, though other potential users might think it's just what they need for its simplicity.
 

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago BillK

Picasa is being retired and moving to Google Photos.
http://googlephotos.blogspot.co.uk/

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago HiTechHiTouch

How about viewing damaged images???

I've found the Irfanview works where many programs won't. And it displays every area it can, instead of stopping cold at the first error.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago movrshakr

Which ones have the best annotation tools if you stay in the free zone? to do circles, ovals, rectangles, text, lines, arrows?

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago movrshakr

"I do have IrfanView, but it does not open full screen. The Form opens full screen, with the image a bit shrunk inside the form (which I hate)."

View>Display Options...in there, set how you want the initial image displayed in Irfanview window, and use the OS to set the initial size of the overall window when it opens.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago marcdarkin Thanks. Yes, I knew about this. I'll have to remove Picasa from my article at some point, I guess. But the program is good enough to stay for a while although its development has been stopped. I've included a warning about this now. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago marcdarkin Thank you very much. This is a point I'd never thought about since my images aren't usually damaged :) But yes, there were some times I had that problem and the program I was using just didn't go further than "couldn't open image". I'll test this and will make a reference to it if it's appropriate. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago marcdarkin In my opinion, FastStone is the top program for this kind of task. Easy and quite comprehensive. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago Redondo

This is a splendid article. Thank you so very much and keep up the good work!!!

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago marcdarkin Thank you for reading!! view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 4 days ago br1anstorm

I agree with others who have praised this as a useful and comprehensive review.

My own favourites are FastStone Image Viewer (for all the reasons mentioned in the article), with Zoner as a very close runner up. I use them both. FastStone does just about all I ever need, and is the slickest and most user-friendly. I like the way menus can be hidden or made to appear from the edges of an image you are editing; the option to compare different images side by side; and also the easy way of comparing original with modified image before saving changes. On the other hand, one particularly useful feature of Zoner, not offered by FastStone, is the option to create panoramas.

It was disappointing to read that the latest (free) version of Zoner (v.18) disables some important editing features. The conclusion I draw from that is that it is wiser to find and download, or to stick with, an earlier version. I'm still using Zoner v.14, and it's still fine.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 3 days ago emphyrio

Just wanted to let you know that Imagina is probably no longer under development. The website domain has expired.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 3 days ago marcdarkin Thanks for that. I'll look into it. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 3 days ago godel

IrfanView has just gone to version 4.42, mainly for bug fixes to work with Windows 10. Some new plugins versions are also required.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 1 day ago marcdarkin Thanks. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 1 day ago marcdarkin A few hours of search in these past days haven't given me a clue of what has happened to Imagina. Maybe it's a bit too soon to know because I checked out the links in my article early in March and the official page was still online at that time. Until I have more information about the issue, I have redirected the link to Softpedia. I hope such a good program survives whatever problems the development might be having. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 1 day ago Remah

Sad. It is a great product for digital photography. :-(

As it hasn't been updated since February 2014 it is quite likely a lapsed subscription. The latest archive I could load from the Internet Archive is January 2016 as the March 3 snapshot wouldn't load: https://web.archive.org/web/20160110221410/http://planetimagina.com/

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 months 3 weeks ago zdub

I also stuck with v14 after they made undesirable changes with v15. I used Irfanview and XnView for many years but stopped using them for Zoner. (FastStone is great but by now I forgot why I preferred Zoner.)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 months 3 weeks ago EdK

I have been using IrfanView for years and I love it! I also have tried Picasa and it has one feature that I WISH IrfanView had: It will crawl all over your hard drive and find every single photo on your system. Other things about Picasa are annoying but this feature is great. Now they are ending support on Picasa and I don't really want to install it on Windows 10. Does anyone know if any of these other programs have that feature?

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 1 year 8 months ago satyateja

When you are about to download a web browser, its important you should search for the pro's. Chrome is the most popular browser used, but it still has its con's. See the complete details of Chrome vs Maxthon -> http://bit.ly/1rxbPc9 ..

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 1 year 7 months ago nambrath

Till recently Chrome was working not only good but the best, but recently one ominous trend became visible. Of its own some windows opens as tab of Chrome with some survey on Chrome browser. As the window opened by itself as tab of existing Chrome browser it is taken as authentic and people participate in it and at the end they offer different items in throw away prices. People taking it seriously pay through online and after the cash (it is a huge sum to certain extent) is transferred then only it declares the process being a lottery and expressing thanks for participating. Ultimately, to end the amount is gobbled up by unscrupulous internet cheats leaving the browsing person helpless!! I use different types of browsers it happens only with Chrome. I uninstalled Chrome for few days and reinstalled it. The problem reappeared again. With all the self opening tabs, I used to complain the Chrome people sending online complain but till to date no remedy has been taken. Now I think to delet completely the Chrome for ever.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 4 months ago tsndnm

Just came across an(other) open source browser (it is still in beta, and appears to be actively developed)

https://opensource.conformal.com/wiki/xombrero

as per their homepage

xombrero is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks.

Hope it is worth your time...

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago ichabod

George, do you have an update about Safari and the advisability of using it on Windows?

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago fca

Don't understand why Google Chrome has been given top marks, given what I've read about Chrome being a security risk because Google is tracking & recording everything the user does online. Just do a search -- Google Chrome invasive OR invading privacy -- & you see many articles expressing concern. Can anyone please comment on that. Also, how do you rate SRWare Iron browser. It is based on Chrome, but with "massively modified source" to remove the privacy robbing features built into a full version of Chrome from Google.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago George.J Privacy and Security are two different facets in a browser, and they aren't related. Chrome is one of the most secure browsers out there. Sandboxing, Built-in Flash and PDF Viewers with critical auto-update feature, Safe browsing technology to name a few. Add to that there are a number of extensions available at Chrome store to improve security beyond your imagination. On the other hand, there have been many conspiracy theories against privacy of the browser. To an average user who's simply surfing around the web and cliking on links, there are wouldn't be any privacy problems, and in fact there is only limited communication b/w Chrome and Google.com. Read here: Preventing paranoia Browsing the web without sharing *any* information is a task which is nearly impossible in most of the cases. Google Search became the ultimate source of information around the web due to a reason, and there is certainly a 'Give and Take' policy concerning everything that's useful. For instance, I don't mind when the Search tries to correct my mispelled word to match it with their database to give better/suitable results. Most of the privacy related options in the browser can be controlled and toggled from Under the Hood, and this article shows you how: Optimizing Chrome for better privacy Changing your default search engine from Google to an alternative like DuckDuckGo or Ixquick would relieve most of your privacy concern, while still getting the best bits of the browser. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago George.J The browser hasn't been updated for a long time since my last review, and could you be more specific as to what you need advice on? view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago crombierob

Comodo now has a free version of FF
It is virtually identical to FF, plus has some (optional) extra Comodo security.
AND during Install, you can tick a checkbox to make it PORTABLE.
Life does not get much better than that (but see PS)
I would post a link, but it is a mile long. Google for 'Comodo IceDragon'

Rob

PS I believe everything is stored in your chosen folder (no Reg entries, and profile is in a sub folder), so perhaps multiple copies is possible (You can be sure that I will be trying that out, soon.)

PPS Chrome lacks NoScript
Chrome has nearly frozen my PC twice (auto uploading something in the background)
Chrome will never darken my 'PC Door Step' again

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy There are two "NoScript" like add-ons for Chrome. MC - Site Manager. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/notscripts/odjhifogjcknibkahlp... https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/scriptsafe/oiigbmnaadbkfbmpbfi... view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago George.J Chrome has various other extensions that works just like NoScript. These are ScriptNo, ScriptSafe, NotScripts If Chrome seems to freeze your PC, try disabling extensions to see if that's what is causing the problem. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago ixan

I have used Chrome since the beginning. It was by far the fastest browser, but now I find it extremely slow in initial opening. It can take as long as booting up the machine, a couple of minutes. I have tried disabling all extensions and having only one tab open but it is still very slow. If it wasn't for all the extensions and the fact I have four machines which need to be synchronised I would have tried another browser long ago.

btw the best browser since 2002, it still has features like the awesome link list that no other browser does, is morequick.com's Greenbrowser. Unfortunately it isn't fast as it's built on IE.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 3 months ago George.J 1. Check if any security software is interacting with the browser, and try disabling them (eg. firewall, antivirus). 2. If Chrome was still slow to startup after disabling the extensions, the next thing to do is to try disabling plugins. Type "about:plugins" in the address bar and disable all of them and try restarting the browser again. Then enable each plugin one by one, until you find which plugin was causing the problem. 3. Also try cleaning your browsing data, history etc. It might help sometimes. 4. Uninstall the browser completely and Re-install again, or try switching to another version. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago supanut

Using Firefox for about 3-4 years now, very good.
But, what really disappointed me is that Firefox always hang when Flash contents are loaded. Flashblock can no longer block Youtube on latest Firefox 21 beta.
Internet Explorer is a very good option, with its deep integration with Windows 7, and is the first browser that I had ever used and know, and seems most friendly with screen readers.
But, IE has limited number of add ons, and I need to use third-party programs to back up my profile!
Chrome looks interesting, but screen reader, particularly Jaws, does not work too well with it, but at least it does not hang when Flash contents are loaded, and like FF it has dozens of extensions, the combined address and search box is very cool (IE has it too), the sync feature rocks, and starts up very fast.
Now I don't know whether to remain using Firefox or go back to IE. I will have to leave Chrome out until screen reader support has improved.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Anupam supanut, Firefox has the feature to block flash and java, but it's kinda hidden. It's been there since a few versions. To turn that feature on, open about:config, and search for string plugins.click_to_play. Toggle the value from false to true. Flash content will not load up automatically now. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago crombierob

I notice that I have Flashblock Add-In, so that may be why my Flash's don't play automatically ?
But I believe in my other PCs, they too do not play automatically, and I suspect that NoScript is preventing auto play.
Could I be correct ?
Rob
PS Everyone should be using noScript.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago crombierob

Reporting back on IceDragon (Comodo's)
You can have as many portable folders as you like (I now do)
They do not interfere with each other, provided you only run one at a time.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Anupam Of course, if you have FlashBlock installed, it won't allow flash to play automatically :D. But, with latest versions of Firefox, you do not actually need FlashBlock, as the feature is now inbuilt in Firefox. You just have to turn that feature on via about:config. Look for plugins.click_to_play, and set it to true from false by double clicking on it. Yes, NoScript might block flash too sometimes, if it's being done via a script. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago supanut

Oh wow, it worked! Thanks very much for this tip! I didn't even know that this feature was there!
Mozilla should make it visible to normal users though, since normal users would probably not bother with about:config thing; rather, they will probably look under Firefox options window.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Anupam Welcome :). Well, if you follow the changelogs of new releases, you will know what's new. We also discuss about the new releases in the forum. Maybe they will make it as an option in later releases, who knows. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Joe A.TT

Anupam, I've tried looking for this "about:config" in FireFox and can't seem to find it. I've clicked on the small brown "FireFox" rectangle with the downward-pointing triangle - not there. I've hit "Alt" on my keyboard to bring up the hidden menu bar - not there. I'm puzzled. What am I missing? Could you be more specific about where to look?

(BTW, I'm still on v19.0.2 - haven't upgraded to v20 yet).

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Anupam Joe, you have to enter about:config in the address bar :). There, it will show a list of all hidden configurations. Search for the string via the search box that I told above. Double click to toggle the value. Pay attention to the warning that comes when you type about:config and hit enter. Keep track of what you changed. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Joe A.TT

Thanks Anupam! That did it. [You live and learn all the time :),even at the expense of looking like a fool sometimes, lol.]

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Anupam Pleasure :). And don't worry about how you learn it, but learning is important :). view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Juxxize the about:config feature in Firefox is one of it's really great features and it reduces the need for some add-ons , like home page redirect and flash block like Anupam said. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago crombierob

Here is another tweak you can do in about:config
I love the little Google Search box that shows top right.
(PS You can also have choices of search engines for that box)
If you highlight some text and drag it to there, then it does a Google search for you.
What I don’t like (HATE), is that it clobbers your current Tab.
If you know of anyone who likes that, post their address, and I will get them removed from the gene pool.
If you wish to change that behavior, and get the search results into a new Tab, then go into about:config and go to -
browser.search.openintab
It probably is showing False, so double click the line to change it to True

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Joe A.TT

Thanks Juxxize. That's certainly a big plus. I'll check it out.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago bo.elam

NoScript blocks flash if you have it set that way in Options>Embeddings>Forbid Adobe flash. If that option is ticked, flash content wont play unless you allow the page by whitelisting it or allowing the page temporarily.

Even if you don't have that setting ticked, sites with flash content might require you to allow scripts in order for the videos to be displayed. For example, if you like to watch a Youtube video, the video wont play unless you allow youtube.com.

Bo

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 2 months ago Juxxize yes a good about config tweak , i have my Firefox set to open in new tab as-well view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Dedoimedo's opinion of Yandex here: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/yandex-browser.html view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 1 week ago Panzer "... We See In Every Direction is a Web browser for collaborative, synchronized surfing ... Users can type, click and change URLs in real time together; they can jockey for control of the browser – akin to fighting for the TV remote – or choose to sit back and let their friends take care of the surfing ...": http://ineverydirection.net/ view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 12 months ago MrWhite

Firefox is becoming significantly slower and more bloated in recent versions, with longer waiting times just to start the program and frequent freezes during usage, which doesn't come as a surprise when you consider all the unwanted and unnecessary "features" Mozilla keep adding to it while forcing them enabled by default on users, without giving them either a choice or fair warning.

It has become normal procedure with each new update of Firefox to come to terms with the existence of such new "features" at the user's expense and while casually reading about them from outside sources, and then have to go hunting for mysterious entries in about:config or hidden and coded profile files in your system.

The stealthy addition of WebRTC (a communication and tracking technology that raises issues against your online privacy) enabled by default in the latest Firefox release without, as usual, a easy or evident way of being disabled and the impossibility of having it removed altogether, is the latest, and for many users perhaps the last, drop.

This is not the lightweight, efficient and transparent browser that made me and other people dump slow, heavy and privacy-unconscious Internet Explorer years ago. Firefox has evolved into pretty much what it set out to defeat all that time back, and I can no longer recommend it.

I think that either Mozilla should seriously consider modularity from this point on so that each new feature can be easily informed to and opted out by the user if he so wishes, or a fork derivation stripped off of the clutter... or maybe even simpler than all that, perhaps the time has come to ponder switching to a different, lighter and more open browser once again, one on which the developers answer the community to better serve its interests instead of ignoring it and doing the exact reverse of their expressed wishes.

For the time being, I have reversed to an older version of Firefox and I manually modify the user agent reported by it to avoid site incompatibility. But I expect to switch to a different browser soon unless Mozilla catches up with their sorry act.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 12 months ago supanut

I would agree on those points, but I think the reason for Firefox's slow startup is because it have to load its components, while with IE some components of the browser is already loaded along with Windows.
Now I'm using IE, and I like its Windows intigration features, but too bad few sites took advantage of it.
I do still like Firefox for its customization and no rebooting the system when installing, and also of its huge add on directory, and also its rapid development cycle compared to that of IE.
Also, IE have 1 very annoying problem, and that is it loads some unnecessary iFrames and adds, even with the 'do not track' feature enabled, while Firefox didn't and so thus loads a bit faster.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 12 months ago newbie65

Do you have any browsers in mind if and when you do switch? I would like to get reader's opinions on PaleMoon-if it suffers from the same issues you mentioned- and general overall opinions on Qupzilla as well. Thanks

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 12 months ago newbie65

When browsing with IE9 I have to delete many cookies at the end of the session. Not so with FF and Comodo Dragon. I realize with the last two it is due to my settings an extensions. However, what settings and/or add ons can I use in IE9 to eliminate or minimize so many cookies accumulating?

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 12 months ago MrWhite

I'm not sure yet, and frankly I'd rather not be too specific since it might come across as favouritism for a competitor, given my above appreciation of the recent problems with Firefox, the browser I've been using for years and which I used to be a big fan of.

I will just say that it won't be any of the two major competitors, in both cases because of what companies they are owned by, given my appreciation of their actions and stance on privacy and individual rights.

I still need to do some testing, but I expect it will be one of the relatively less known browsers (I will make sure to check out the ones you mentioned, too) - in my experience, the good, no frills, transparent, safe, fast and nimble software is the one coming from small or independent groups of people (before they become too big for their own good and the good of their users).

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 12 months ago crombierob

Comodo IceDragon is FireFox, but they have trimmed it slightly for performance issues.
HOWEVER the great news is there is a single checkbox during the Install, that allows you to make it portable. This has many benefits, and one of those relates to this discussion.
Once you have 'Installed' the program, say into -
C:\PGMS_NoInstall\_BROWSERS\IceDragon_MASK\icedragon.exe
You can run it, and tweak it to the way you like.
Then copy the folder, and rename it to say -
C:\PGMS_NoInstall\_BROWSERS\IceDragon_VB\icedragon.exe
I would change it's appearance (theme) to something distinct.
You can create multiple clones from your Mask folder, each with their own distinct name and theme.
The only proviso that I offer is, never have two running at the same time.
Back to the point being discussed, if you are tempted to update say IceDragon_VB, zip the folder first, and back it up somewhere. If after updating the IceDragon version, you get disappointed, you can revert to the earlier version.
Comodo IceDragon is the best thing since sliced bread.

Rob
PS For you Chrome lovers out there, snap out of it.
But if you must use Chrome, Comodo has a portable version of Chrome called Dragon.
Who knows it may avoid ONE of the things I hate about Chrome, and that is Google's messy installs, and updaters running in the background.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 11 months ago Scorpiorajkumar

Hi Mate,

You should really try out PaleMoon Browser, Qupzilla, Opera 12.15 and Seamonkey.All are excellent browsers.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 11 months ago tom4455

1/ Why are you reviewing Firefox 13 when it is now at 22?

2/ Chrome seems attractive, but I am concerned about their stated policy of obtaining all the data on a person and make it for sale. Have you looked into this aspect of Google, and if so, what are your conclusions.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy This article currently has no editor. The content will be updated as soon as someone volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 11 months ago JediInverse

If you're worried about Google and their less than crystal clear privacy policy, but you still want to use Chrome then there are plenty of alternatives out there. I run Comodo Dragon. Basically it is Chrome but with the Comodo logo on it instead. has all the same features runs all the same add-ons and extensions, even uses the same themes (anything you download of the official chrome site will work on Dragon). But Comodo don't collect any data from you.

I also notice Comodo have produced an "own-brand" version of Firefox called IceDragon, think I may try that out too.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 11 months ago crombierob

If you do a Find on this page for "IceDragon" you will find me raving about it, a bit lower down on this page.

Rob
PS I am so annoyed with Google's sloppy Windows Installs, and it's dreaded auto updater (dreaded if you don't have a powerful PC), that I refuse to install anything Google.
I do have a version of Dragon, because one can make it portable.
You did not mention how simple it is (tick a checkbox, during the 'Install') to make them portable. (I rave about that, and having multiple versions, in my post lower down this page)

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 11 months ago torres-no-tan-m... tom4455, This article no longer has an editor and therefore, the content has become outdated. Regarding Chrome, it is beyond the remit of this category - Best Free Web Browser - to investigate Google. HTH view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 11 months ago tuna

Gotta share my love for Waterfox. I like the customization aspect of Pale Moon, and it is faster than FF, but Waterfox opens and renders noticeably faster than Pale Moon for me. I use both regularly with separate, but identical, profiles. Am searching hi & low for new alts not dependent on the MozGoog agenda. The Old 5 are all untrustworthy, IMO. Getting ready to try Kmeleon, I am stuck on the simplicity of Live Bookmarks but fed up with all the over-engineering to influence/report/rig my "experience". I never considered I would live to see a fox jump a shark...

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 11 months ago George.J Ever since Firefox has adopted the release cycle similar to Chrome, you've a new version released every 6 weeks. If you simply look at the release notes, the changes implemented across most versions is minor and is given new version numbers for every such release. The last version reviewed was v15, and even though the current version is v22, it can be considered as v16 or v15.5 logically, if you compare it to the release of other browsers like Opera. Hopefully the new editor will review the new features implemented. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 10 months ago Wolfram

Bad news on the Security Front: JavaScript and Timing Attacks Used to Steal Browser Data

"Security researchers have been warning about the weaknesses and issues with JavaScript and iframes for years now, but the problem goes far deeper than even many of them thought. A researcher in the U.K. has developed a new technique that uses a combination of JavaScript-based timing attacks and other tactics to read any information he wants from a targeted user's browser and sites the victim is logged into. The attack works on all of the major browsers and researchers say there's no simple fix to prevent it."

"“There’s nothing to patch. There is actually nothing specific that can be individually fixed to prevent this,” said Robert Hansen, a security researcher and director of product management at WhiteHat Security. “It’s a really, really bad one.”"

http://threatpost.com/javascript-and-timing-attacks-used-to-steal-browse...

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 10 months ago bo.elam

The good news. To avoid Javasript or IFRAME problems like the ones described in the link, use Firefox with NoScript.

-https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/-

Bo

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 10 months ago Panzer PirateBrowser is a bundle package of the Tor client (Vidalia), FireFox Portable browser (with foxyproxy addon) and some custom configs that allows you to circumvent censorship that certain countries such as Iran, North Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland impose onto their citizens: http://piratebrowser.com/ view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 10 months ago woodshed

Running windows 7 64bit, do you want a good reliable 64 bit browser,
using firefox version 23 then you should try Cyberfox version 23 this is firefox running in true 64 bit

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 10 months ago Anupam Superbo Browselorer: http://downloads.surebo.com/browselorer/ view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 7 months ago talkback10

I am having an issue with Yahoo mail and the latest version of Pale Moon. While using this browser as well as the latest FF version,it automatically reverts me to the very basic Yahoo mail format. Trying to upgrade to the newest mail version is not working. Yes I know the most recent Yahoo mail is not receiving much praise but it is better than this almost dysfunctional basic format. Basically I need to enable javascript but even with all extensions disabled it is not working. Also, the choice to do so is no longer listed under Options...Anyone else here encountered this and what is the solution? Any about:config tweaks?

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 7 months ago CyberAlex1986

I am probably biased, but i've been using Comodo Dragon internet browser for several years, and i am very satisfied with it. I am a Webkit fan, so Chrome was a blessing when it came out, along came the Comodo Dragon - a sculptured version of Chrome with some impressive privacy enhancements and amazing speed, now with PrivDog to help you keep your privacy, check this out http://www.privdog.com/
I do not need adblock when i have PrivDog to guard me, also along with incognito Comodo Dragon has Virtual Mode to keep all the crap in the sandbox.
Ok it's just a Chrome with additional security features.

http://www.comodo.com/home/browsers-toolbars/browser.php

Comodo now has Ice Dragon based on Firefox, also worth checking out
http://www.comodo.com/home/browsers-toolbars/icedragon-browser.php

Safari? Apart from being default browser for Mac, there is nothing good about it, it's by far the slowest email client i know of, why even review something people should stay away from?

The only reason people should have iTunes and Safari on their PC is if they have Mac or they use iPhone iPod/Pad and have no choice.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 6 months ago JJames

It's always the same browsers listed, and sure, they're all fine, but there are a lot more. I like the torch browser because it makes downloading videos and torrents super easy. http://www.torchbrowser.com/ So really it's all what you need it for.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 6 months ago joeguru Hi JJames, there aren't that many browsers that compete with the Mega Browsers for features. Maxthon was added this time, Mac OS was removed because it no longer supports Windows. I did review Torch, and I agree its a good browser, however its not a Mega Browser so I will include it in the Light Browser category when I update those coming up soon. The primary reason Torch failed to meet the Mega Browser category is it lacks syncing features and basically rides on Google's Chrome. We appreciate your feedback. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 2 years 6 months ago sicknero

Good to see Maxthon included :-)

Can I just point out though that as of v4.2 it uses Blink instead of Webkit which they claim has given it a 30% increase in speed. Dunnon about that but it is pretty quick and solid. It's also had multi-thread downloading since (I think) 4.2 as well.

Still not my primary browser but it has functions that I find quite indespensible having got used to them, mostly the resource sniffer and the Quick Apps function which you can use to create Site Specific Browsers for whatever tabs you like. The pop-out video player is also v good.

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