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deya 02. Oct 2012 12:14 AM

Yandex Browser
Been trying this browser this evening, another Chrome clone from Yandex, the Russian search giants. Thought a while before posting about it to be honest, and it's probably only for the more adventurous, all things considered. But it intrigued me.

This is what they say about it;

It has one or two interesting things incorporated into it, Opera and Kaspersky are involved, you can read about it here;

License agreement is here, better to read it first;

There's a comprehensive help section here;

It runs well enough, has a decent built in PDF reader, Chrome extensions work ok. I installed WOT, Adblock and Quick Bookmarks from the Chrome Store and they work without issue. Messed about with the browser and got it set how I wanted it. Did some scans, everything clean.

It's not perfect, and I appreciate that it probably won't appeal to many, country of origin etc. .... plus it's just another clone.

Anyway, if your interested you can download the installer here;

or here for the full installer - 28mb - where it says 'click here' and which I used;

Might be interesting to see how it develops seeing as they're a big company and obviously after Google's share of the market in Russia - I find it odd that Opera are involved to be honest, them having the bulk of their share of the browser market in that country.

I'm going to keep using for bit and see how it goes ... fully accepting that all my search details and info may be going straight to the Kremlin. But if they're that desperate, they're welcome to it.

Anupam 02. Oct 2012 07:43 AM


GHacks has also done a short review on it :

The browser has teamed up with Kaspersky to scan the downloads with its antivirus engine... it's like what Epic Browser did with ESET.

And they are using the Opera Turbo technology from Opera.

Personally, I am quite wary of such browsers, because their main purpose seems to be to promote their own services and products through their browsers. Have seen the same with Comodo browser, CometBird, BlackHawk browser from Netgate, etc. I have tried the above browsers, and decided to stay away from them.

Also, apart from a few new features, they just remain clones of a browser.

MidnightCowboy 02. Oct 2012 08:18 AM

Marketing quirks apart, which after all is a feature of most software, and depending on how comprehensive the use of Kaspersky technology is, I'd be prepared to ignore the former for the obvious benefits of the latter. :) On this basis, coupled with say Norton DNS, this browser offers on the face of it a pretty comprehensive and secure platform.

deya 03. Oct 2012 09:40 PM

Agree with all the points raised above, especially about the clones, which I've also tried before plus one or two other Chromium browsers. And the thing is, I've never really taken to any of them. Some don't seem to develop much, and part of my thinking with Yandex is that they're a big company, lots of resources, so maybe they'll throw some of them at this browser and make it into something worth keeping. Time will tell.

Anyway, I've been using it quite a lot and it runs well. I noticed that, once installed, it's quite a hefty size, just over 200MB. The browser installs in Local Settings/Application Data. One of the folders contains the installer, there's a 102MB zip file in there which I uninstalled manually so now the installed size is 102MB. Still quite a size but there is the built in PDF reader to consider I suppose.

The extensions work well, WOT works perfect, and I've got Quick Boomarks organised to my liking. Used the Chrome Store to get extensions. On installation the browser imports bookmarks from your default browser, you can undo it by clicking the button if you don't want them. You can change the default search from Yandex (Russian version) to either Google, Yahoo or Bing. Search from the site or from the Smartbox (address bar) - clicking in the Smartbox also brings up the Tablou, an eight panel speed dial. You can pin your favourite sites to the Tablou via settings. You can also access your bookmarks, history and downloads from the Tablou window.

I've found the help section on the Website very useful, clearly written and easy to follow instructions for the various functions of the browser if you're not sure about something.

The built in PDF reader is very good, loads very quick, makes the file easy to read with zoom etc. As far as I can understand, by reading various reviews, the Opera Turbo feature will be added in the next version, so see what happens with that in the future. I'm also unsure just how, or if, the Kaspersky download scanner works yet. I've downloaded a few files but haven't noticed anything different - maybe in the cloud, but I'm not sure it's part of the browser until a later version. They say the browser will be updated 'every several weeks' .. so see what happens.

The browser (for me) isn't the fastest on start up, which I think may be due to the Tablou loading, but once it has started it's quick for browsing. The user interface is clean and minimal and it's easy to set up via the settings and advanced settings.

I don't have any other Chrome browsers installed so I've nothing to compare it to, but as I said I have tried them before and, from memory, this one compares well with them. It hasn't crashed once, it's very stable. I'll be away for a while now but when I get back I'll keep using it and see what future updates bring.

jasonliul 04. Oct 2012 01:12 AM

i think Yandex should release portable version.
And, support more language.

Russia software just like bear--omnivores.

Anupam 04. Oct 2012 07:12 AM


Originally Posted by jasonliul (Post 76909)
Russia software just like bear--omnivores.

And what do you mean by that?

jasonliul 07. Oct 2012 06:37 AM


Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 76916)
And what do you mean by that?

Widely open mind, all-inclusive, but a little mess.

eyeb 09. Oct 2012 05:21 PM

I'm interested in the opera turbo inclusion but like said above, I only really do use portable apps :S I'm sure I can turn it into a portable app myself but I rather have the dev do it to show that they are interested in it.

That aside, I have been happy using comodo's chrome clone because I do like their comodo dns service that the browser has. I know chrome by default lets you set its dns but I like the comodo doing it for us

edit: after this post i installed in sandboxie, impressed enough to convert it to a portable app and now I'll test it as my browser for a few days :D

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