A Browser That Blocks Ads, Downloads Videos, And Is Portable.

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Slimjet web browserI wrote a few days ago about Pale Moon (https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/pale-moon-new-web-browser-far-n...), an alternative Web browser for Windows. Thousands of you liked it, so here's another one to try.

Slimjet is a free browser that you can download from www.slimjet.com. Like many others in the market, it's based on the Chromium engine. It's in good company, because Google's Chrome is too. And Slimjet has a number of handy features. It has a built-in ad blocker, to help preserve your bandwidth and avoid distractions. It integrates neatly with Facebook, providing some extra features. And, purely aesthetic but interesting nonetheless, its tabs are a little less rounded than the default Chromium ones. Not as square as Internet Explorer or Firefox, but not as rounded as Chrome. Which I think happens to look rather nice.

Slimjet is free and, unusually for browsers, is available as a portable option if you want it. Just download the file, run it to decompress it, then double-click the application icon to try the browser. Nothing gets added to your PC's registry, so you can simply delete the downloaded folder if you don't like it, and every trace of the application will be gone. This also means that you can keep it on a USB stick and run it on multiple machines if you want, or keep it in Dropbox or OneDrive in order to do the same.

Slimjet is a 48 MB download. The site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust. Only one of VirusTotal's 67 scanning engines regards it as suspicious, which is undoubtedly a false alarm and you can safely regard the program as being safe to use.

Like all browsers, Slimjet works happily alongside any other, so it's perfectly safe to try Sllimjet even if you currently use Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, or anything else. You don't need to limit yourself to just having one browser on your computer, despite what Microsoft likes to imply!

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Thanks

Add/Remove entry is under Flashpeak Slimjet in my Programs and Features section. I did not make it my default browser. The portable version can just be deleted, no uninstall is needed.

@Bobcat:
You seem to refer to my comment. Correct?
If so: I was talking about "the portable version".
. That IMHO should neither make nor leave behind ANY registry changes!
If not I apologize.

Just tried the portable version.
It added FOUR entries to the registry!
There is no "Remove Slimjet" or "Uninstall Slimjet" to be found anywhere!
And the worst:
After using it two or three times I started Firefox again and told FF that I wanted to use it as the default browser again. Win10 then starts the Default Apps app that wants me to confirm or establish that choice for the OS. SlimJet seems to have removed the Firefox entry from the list of browsers from which I have to select the "new" system wide default web browser.

Does the maker of SlimJet really believe that I might contemplate to try the installed version? No way!

"Like many others in the market, it's based on the Chromium engine. It's in good company, because Google's Chrome is too."
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...and that's why i won't even bother to check it out.

What annoys me about Slimjet (SJ) is that after sitting for a while, it seems to go to sleep so that when I want to refresh a page, it takes multiple seconds for anything to happen. I find this very annoying. In addition, sometimes it seems that when this delay happens, SJ seems to sometimes knock out my router and I have to power the router off and on. This doesn't happen all the time, but it only happens once in a while when I go to refresh my SJ page. On the plus side, SJ uses less memory than all the other browser memory hogs. I don't know why these browsers need to use so much of my memory - and keep it used even when I close tabs. Modern browsers are horrible. I wish SJ would not "go to sleep", as otherwise I might keep using it.

I have been using Slimjet as my primary browser for years and it works very well. One feature that Chrome doesn't have which Slimjet does well is opening new tabs for links, searches, address bar entries and bookmarks without having to do anything extra like a second key click. You can also use all chrome extensions and synch everything with google. Has a password manager built in too. It is highly customizable and is also updated regularly to keep pace with Chrome updates since it is based on Chrome. Firefox used to be my favorite but Slimjet has taken its place.

Just for basic info. Not sure about the portable version, but the install put 5 new entries into my registry. Flashpeak, BLBeacon, FirstNotDefault, PreferenceMAC;s and Stability Metrics.

Update: Just installed portable on a different computer and it wrote to the registry. Good browser, but the claim that it doesn't write to the registry is false. Although, the entries are normal and harmless.

I don't run Windows. Query is for another person. As I'd seen other browsers such as Midori "recommended" only to find it lacking in the basics such as described, I asked. Accessing https, java, Drive, etc is hardly "personal" but more an expectation for general browsing. I'm fine if you say, "we don't do testing, beyond VirusTotal". Thanks anyway.

Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17.3 dual booted here. Slimjet worked just fine sideloaded in Mint. In Windows which I use constantly, not so good. Froze. Used it along side Opera and Firefox for 2 years. To replace FF as default browser. Liked it otherwise. Use Opera for its built in VPN. And to watch videos.

As I said or indicated on my comments about Pale Moon, Slimjet is THE best browser and it has few peers, and I'm familiar with more than a few browsers, and it's portability seems in keeping with my overall assessment... except that since I last commented, I discovered that portability is a bit of a misnomer - just last night I decided to use mt Slimjet setup on another machine, and the browser worked fine, but none of my extensions did. Worse, when I opened the extensions page none of the extensions were even listed.

So I copied the extensions again, opened the browser on the new computer, and... nothing! They copied because I saw them in explorer, but they were gone after I opened slimjet again, and I haven't been able to solve this problem. I've been backing up slimjet along with everything else, and I had the same result when I tried to run the backup copy - nothing but the browser itself worked. It appears I'll have to manually set up everything on my other computer. So from where I'm at, Slimjet is portable in that it doesn't require much setup or write to the registry, but it won't work properly when you try to use it elsewhere. If anyone has a solution, it would be most welcome.

Hi
Unfortunately all chromium clones suffer from this problem. It's by desing, i.e. it's a feature, not a bug :)
All extensions, passwords, site prefs, etc. are encrypted using a key depending on the PC; when you change the PC the key cannot be generated anymore so you cannot access the extension, passwords, etc.
Google wants this, to make you to login with a G account for sync, so they can see all your stuff.
Until now, Opera is the only chrome clone which has not this problem.
See https:/ /portableapps.com/node/42637 or search for it; it's an old bug/feature.

Much obliged. I would have wrestled with this forever. Thanks so much.

How does Slimjet handle java, flash, Google apps, https logins to banks, etc? I had issues at some sites using Midori.

https sites just fine. The rest, Java?, flash, apps, you're looking for trouble IMO. Since it's Chrome engine based, apps probably work like they would in Chrome. In case you don't know, running Java in your OS is a security risk. Flash is being shunned on browsers. Sites using Flash are outdated. Risky.

No one here can replicate your own internet usage and therefore comment on what might be your personal requirements but since there's a portable version why not try it and see. MC - Site Manager.