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Old 13. Jul 2012, 08:45 PM   #121 (permalink)
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If you go into 'Manage exceptions' it doesn't seem to allow you to block the pre installed sites' cookies. I think that's what razter was referring to, they're set to 'allow' and it doesn't let you set it to 'block' from the drop down. It's a bit annoying, but I suppose revenue has to got from somewhere - ads etc.
Yes, razter was referring to that. And yep, it's quite annoying that you cannot delete those from the Settings panel.

But, I think removing the apps by right-clicking on them will remove them. In case, it does not remove them that way, then, the method I posted about should work definitely.

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The CoolNovo one you mentioned, Anupam, I'm not so sure it's still being developed. I used to use it when it was ChromePlus and it wasn't a bad browser, but then the name changed and for a while the site had a warning rating. Don't know why or what happened. There used to be a forum on the site for info, update news etc, but clicking the link to the forum brings up an error message now, and has done for some time. The date of the last release is for March of this year, so not sure what's happening there.
I have not been following these Chrome based browsers actually. I have been downloading Iron, and that's pretty much it. I haven't installed it since quite a while too, just keeping the latest setup. Firefox remains my main browser.

About CoolNovo, I didn't check it out before posting, and haven't done so since a long time... but I had a feeling, it might not be developed actively, and seems like I was right. Yes, the last release was in March, and so it's not clear whether it's still in development.

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Torch is another one. I'm not too sure about that one either, doesn't display install path options and doesn't show up in the program files. Comes with a torrent client, video ripper and player. Nothing but trouble in my experience, freezes / crashes etc, so I got rid of it. Not enough info.
I had come across Torch a few days ago, and just out of curiosity I had tried it. But, like you, I was not impressed. It reminded me of CometBird, which was like stuff put together, with ideas copied from different sources, but offering nothing useful. Torch seems the same... the extra features are just unneeded, and unwanted. I would stay away from it personally.

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Safer bet, as you suggested, is probably Iron if you don't want to use Google Chrome. Blackhawk is good enough as a browser but the bundled stuff will put people off of using it.
Yep, Iron seems to be the best of the Chrome based browsers presently, and in active development, and always quick to release new version, based on Chromium's new release. And it's devoid of any unwanted extra features, but retaining the good ones of Chrome.

I think Comodo Dragon is in active development too. I haven't tried it too since a long time, but last I tried it, it wasn't impressive enough to move my preference away from Iron.

Coming back to BlackHawk, I am really not sure how actively it is being developed, because the site really does not have much information about it.
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The latest BH release was June 28 according to the download sites I looked at. But I can never find the changelog, or any other info for that matter. I think it's ok as browsers go, it works well enough. But I remember having problems installing some extensions when I used it last, which indicates, to me, that it's using older versions of Chrome. And yes, Torch brought CometBird to my mind when I tried it. It's a small download but huge install - over 200mb when I looked.

I used Comodo Dragon for quite a while, and it was good, but then started having problems with the updates so I uninstalled it. Off the subject slightly, but I've been using Comodo IceDragon for a week or so, a Firefox clone (13.0.1) which is not bad - as clones go.

I still like to try new stuff, clones or otherwise, and I reckon it's good that people do try to improve things in their own way. But I'm beginning to come to the conclusion that the old saying still applies;

'Always be yourself, because an original is always worth more than a copy' .....
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Yes, there is no changelog, or any other information about BlackHawk on their site, which makes it dubious IMO. For that reason too, I am not much interested in this product. If you are making a software, heck, provide enough information on it.

Yes, install size of Torch is quite a lot. That's just bulky for a browser, and that too unnecessarily.

Didn't know about IceDragon before. Does not seem interesting enough to me though. I was not very impressed with Comodo Dragon. I noticed they don't have a product page for IceDragon yet.

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I still like to try new stuff, clones or otherwise, and I reckon it's good that people do try to improve things in their own way. But I'm beginning to come to the conclusion that the old saying still applies;

'Always be yourself, because an original is always worth more than a copy' .....
Agreed with the last sentence. I too believe in that.

I also do like trying new stuff sometimes, but I do believe that if the products were original, it would be better. Like, there is Epic Browser. It's a nice browser, but I just can't get to use it, because it's based on Firefox, and Firefox will always remain my favorite. I can't just give it up for a clone, because in the end, it's just a copy of Firefox. Also, it's not like they are developing it like a fork. It's based on newest source code of Firefox, so it will always be a step behind Firefox. And I want to be ahead with Firefox.

The only clone which impressed me is Iron, because I don't want to install Chrome on my PC. I haven't used Chrome, ever. Comes with too much extra stuff which I dislike.
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