Google Chrome is still the best web browser, but...
If Google doesn't stop fucking with it they are going to destroy a good thing.
I've actually grown to hate it, OP. I haven't switched yet... but when I do, I'm pretty sure that after 12 years, I'm going back to Internet Explorer.
Chrome always wants me to kill. Enough with the killing. I don't want to kill these pages. I've never had this killing problem with other browsers.
It's been slow lately, making me go back to Firefox.
Google has ruined everything they've created or purchased in the last 4 years. I still hate the images section on Google. The old images section was much better. Youtube continues to get worse. They switched to a streaming format so downloaders can't capture the videos. On slower computers the sound and video become disjointed.
I've still got old Google!
Can someone tell me about Bing?
Bing isn't a browser, r5. It's a search engine. Google is also a search engine; Goggle Chrome is a browser.
Thanks R6 - that makes sense!
As a browser, what advantage, if any, is Google Chrome over Safari or Firefox? Faster, clearer? I have an old Mac so can't download it yet.
I like Opera. Chrome seems kind of old fashioned and outdated, even with all the incessant updating.
I got a pop up message today from Chrome that reads, "Your profile could not be opened correctly. Some features may not be available.."
I've been using Chrome regularly the past couple of years and today is the first time I've ever gotten this message when I log on to Chrome.
I googled what to do about it and it looks like others have gotten this message in the past as well. I hope it's nothing serious... (Oh, joy)
[quote]It's been slow lately, making me go back to Firefox.
That's what happen when you illegal download porn infected with viruses.
There's always Opera and Safari (for windows)
Running Google Chrome is like a 24/7 full body cavity search. Just load your run window and see.
(It even runs apps in the background after you close it)
I stopped using Chrome after I ran CCleaner and there were still cookies left over in Chrome. Chrome is super invasive.
It gives my desktop BSOD, so I removed it.
While we're on the subject of Google, I'd like to add that they've really fucked up their search engine to the point where it absolutely sucks in comparison to what it was when they began. At this point, I think any really good search engine start-up would have little trouble knocking them out of first place before long. At any rate, that is what I hope happens soon.
I never used Chrome and am not tempted to try it. I prefer Firefox which has worked quite well for me for many years now.
I've yet to have a problem with the Opera web browser. I tried Chrome on two separate occasions and it just sucked in comparison to Opera and I do not work for Opera or anything like that.
I use Firefox and I am pretty satisfied with it.
Firefox does not run on all computers. It used to, but they changed it. It also does not run well with Norton anti-virus. Just too many problems with Firefox now.
[quote]At this point, I think any really good search engine start-up would have little trouble knocking them out of first place before long.
You mean like Bing?
plugins always crashing
I use Firefox for browsing and I (used to) use Chrome for Gmail. But I have just given up on Chrome because of that stupid (uncustomizable) scroll bar in gmail. Now I use Opera for Gmail and it is so much better and faster if anything!
Thanks for the tip R21, I hate Gmail in Chrome. I'm going to Opera.
I stopped using Chrome when it kept asking me to save this or that in my keychain...really annoying and invasive. I use both Safari and Firefox with no problems.
Opera is the one everyone is moving to now.
The Opera shill who keeps posting is way too obvious.
I use Safari and Firefox. I had Chrome for a while but I hated it.
R4 Flash Video Downloader works with Firefox 12 for all YouTube downloads.
[quote]I like Opera. Chrome seems kind of old fashioned and outdated, even with all the incessant updating.
Incessant updating? What Model T computer do you have that you Chrome updates plague you? For fuck's sake, granny, let the thing update automatically.
[quote]Opera is the one everyone is moving to now.
I like Opera, and used it for years, but it's far from on the ascendancy.
He's dead Jim.
That's what I get with Chrome, even after I just went and bought a brand new tower. Same shit.
Fucking HATE Google.
Last I checked Firefox didn't support Hulu or Netflix, and it constantly cancelled out Realplayers download option. I think I have to bite the bullet and give IE another chance.
There are only four browsers
Gecko (Firefox, Mozilla, K-Meleon, Netscape)
Trident (IE, Maxthon)
WebKit (Chrome, Safari, Kindle)
Anyone can take one of these browser engines and tweak it to your needs.
I have problems with all the browsers. Some things that give me difficulty on IE will run fine on Chrome, and sometimes Firefox is better.
One thing I have noticed about Chrome is that Google products (such as Blogger and Gmail) run much better on Chrome than on IE and Firefix. I suspect this is by design; I have always wondered if Google Chrome didn't architect something in their products that simply cause problems when run in other browsers, almost forcing people to use Chrome.
I also do not care for the invasiveness of Chrome. I am really starting to beleive Google is evil.
While I am on the subject of Google, the whole Google+ thing is a flop, in my opinion.
Guys, why do you think Google give you all these for free? Search engine, maps and navigation, Android OS for cell phone, Chrome browser, Chromes OS for laptop, Gmail, Google+, Google Wallet ... ...
Google's business model is to use all these tools to collect your information as market intelligence. It is much more intrusive then Homeland Security, FBI and CIA combined.
Google knows how old you are, what you searched, whom you called, where have you been, who your friends are. Actually, on all Android phones, Google knows what you searched at which specific location.
Do no evil my ass!
[quote]Last I checked Firefox didn't support Hulu or Netflix, and it constantly cancelled out Realplayers download option.
I'm able to view both on Firefox, r30. I run Windows 7 most of the time. I would recommend going to the flash website and making sure you have the most recent version. Also, make sure your Silverlight extension is up to date.
As an aside, I can't believe that anyone would recommend Safari for Windows. That's the ninth circle of hell. I don't even like it on a Mac.
As much as I want to love Opera, I just can't. I've had it loaded on every computer I've owned since its release, but I'm always disappointed whenever I use it. I know Firefox is a memory hog, but I have a lot of memory, so... not really an issue for me.
And then there's Chrome. Again, wanted to love it, but I just can't. It's my backup browser and does an OK job when called upon, but I'm not taken with it. It seems to require a fair amount of effort to keep it "simple."
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I used to use FF but recently I've been switching back and forth with FF and Chrome. I prefer FF but Chrome has the translation feature I really like and that helps a lot as I follow European soccer.
Both browsers have their issues. Right now I'm using Chrome as my primary browser and FF to read the NY and LA Times. They're both paid sites and I get around that by cleaning out my cookies daily. I don't want to do with my primary browser and lose my settings with my favorite sites.
I agree though, Chrome is not as great as advertised. A friend convinced me to switch over but I find it has just as many issues as IE or FF.
People who have trouble with Chrome are using too many extensions. Many are poorly written.
Try Safari (Windows or Apple version) it uses the same web rendering engine so it's very similar.
I guess I'm not one of those people who worry about the things that R33 discusses in his posts. I'm not doing anything illegal online, so why should I care if google knows what sites I'm going to and when I pay my bills. Its not some big secret.
[quote]Incessant updating? What Model T computer do you have that you Chrome updates plague you? For fuck's sake, granny, let the thing update automatically.
Another reason why I don't like it. It stopped updating automatically.
When I first started using Google Chrome a few years ago, I absolutely fell in love with it but in the several months, it has become a pain in the ass. It has these randomly frequent periods when it becomes quite slow, mostly when switching between tabs. I’m seriously considering going back to Firefox until Google gets their crap together.
No adblocker, no download.
Mine crashes all the time when loading videos.
No download, R40? What do you mean?
There was a bug in recent versions of Chrome that made Macs freeze. It's since been fixed in the latest version.
Okay, no offense or anything, but I think that some of you are having problems that are more end user based and not browser based. Or it might be time to replace your hardware or get it check out.
I agree, R4. Less savvy people in my workplace are always having similar problems with Chrome. Apart from the aforementioned bug on Mac that was well publicized and quickly fixed, I've found Chrome to be nearly flawless.
I meant R44 ^.
As an aside, the Windows version of Safari is now much improved, almost as good as Chrome. A couple of bugs relating to the RSS reader function, but just turn that off.
I use Comodo Dragon.
A programmer friend recommended it and said it was the hot thing for programmers a couple of years ago, but now they've all moved on to something else you have to be a professional to get access to.
So I expected Comodo to be over my head, but it is fantastic for me.
Before this I used Firefox, but I like this a lot more.
[quote] but now they've all moved on to something else you have to be a professional to get access to.
They've moved on to Chromium, the open source project that is the basis for Chrome. Chrome is just the commercialized and Google-branded version of Chrome.
^^ Oops, I meant the Google-branded version of Chromium.
I use Chromium and it's worse than Chrome. There are far too many chiefs and not enough Indians so the updates are far apart and the extensions make Chromium way buggy
Iron is a good alternative to Chrome as well.
"Google's Web browser Chrome thrilled with an extremely fast site rendering, a sleek design and innovative features. But it also gets critic from data protection specialists, for reasons such as creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions. SRWare Iron is a real alternative. The browser is based on the Chromium-source and offers the same features as Chrome - but without the critical points that the privacy concern."
Chromium is by its essence a development version. The stable version is Chrome.
No, R48, he told me what it was, and it was something I'd never heard of.
I know about Chromium (minimally), and I would have remembered if that's what he said he and his programmer colleagues are using.
IE9 is decent enough. IE10 looks to be pretty good.
I use both IE9 and Chrome on a daily basis.
I really can't stand firefox though. Though admittedly I haven't tried it in the last year, I was so turned off by previous versions.
Google has also fucked up their maps application. I used to rely on it exclusively, but over the last year or two, I've seen so many completely WRONG results... where you put in an address, and it shows you a route to somewhere that is nowhere NEAR the actual location... that I don't trust it any more.
I use Bing for maps and image searches now... I always seem to get better results from them. I even use it for a lot of regular searching now, though I still use Google for my primary search engine for basic queries.
Seriously, Bing is pretty good, and does a lot of things better than Google these days.
I have no idea why google maps has gotten so untrustworthy. At least a dozen addresses -- not anything new or moved or renamed either -- simply give results that are dozens and dozens of miles away from the correct address. Bing showed the correct location in every one of those cases.
Google maps has never steered me wrong.
You're lucky, R56. It's steered me wrong a dozen times. WAY wrong. Not even just a little wrong.
There's still a movie theater in town where, if you put the address into Google, it shows you a location more than 20 miles away from the actual theater, in the middle of literally nowhere. It's been that way for YEARS. The only way to get directions to that theater is to use Bing.
And that's just one persistent, consistent example.
I've never had that problem with Google maps.
Why would anyone use anything associated with google? I guess some of you don't give a damn about your online privacy if you're willing to use Chrome.
You're retarded if you can't use Chrome. If Google Maps gets you lost, again you're retarded.
Billions of folks use these services and do fine, yet it doesn't work for YOU?
It's you and your retarded self.
No one cares what you're looking at, besides all ISPs in the US keep logs of all your visits anyway. So if Chrome isn't tracking you, your ISP by law is.
Cell phones? Think again, the law requires a back door for the government so encryption is useless against them
Even Tor has been hacked and broken.
What r20 said. It always gave my desktop the BSOD. So I got rid of it.
[quote] If Google Maps gets you lost, again you're retarded.
No, the data is simply wrong. It's not MY fault that Google Maps completely misdirects you away from a perfectly valid address that Bing maps gets right.
You're being an idiot, and you probably shouldn't talk about things you clearly don't understand.
Google maps works fine for me.
R63, please, stop being stupid. "It works for me" is one of the lamest comebacks there is, and doesn't disprove anything. IF you haven't entered in an address with bad data, of course it works for you. DUH.
The point is, THERE IS BAD DATA IN GOOGLE MAPS that does not exist in other mapping applications.
It's less accurate. It's less reliable. This is a simple fact. No amount of "It works for me" is going to change that fact.
If you load Google Chrome, Google then has more control over your computer, than you do. It is the number 1 most invasive application, you can download, worse than a virus. The difference is a virus locks or damages your data. Google Chrome just records your data and formulates a profile about you, for research, which Google then sells.
Everything you do, everything you download, every site you visit, every email you send, everything you install on your computer, every file your create, Google Chrome knows and stores that knowledge for all eternity.
So enjoy your "best web" browser experience.
R64, you're overwrought. I merely posted a response in agreement with the other who said it works for them. My post wasn't a "comeback" to you.
Calm down. Maybe it's time for you to take a break.
I FORBID YOU TO LIKE GOOGLE MAPS!
[quote]THERE IS BAD DATA IN GOOGLE MAPS that does not exist in other mapping applications.
Way to advertise your stupidity by shouting it.
There is bad data in every mapping application. Do a web search for Google map errors and Bing map errors. You'll find plenty. They're the sort of thing that make the news. Fortunately, they're rare in comparison to the times they're right, which is nearly always.
Here's a Bing error. Chalfont Walk isn't a roadway, it's a pedestrian walkway. Yet Bing instructs you to drive on it to get from A to B.
Honestly, how some of you go into a personal crisis over your preferred mapping app is bizarre.
I've never had a problem with google maps, r64 and I've been using it for over a decade. It helped me get around when I was in North Carolina for work (I had never been to NC).
r64 Perhaps the specific street you're looking for requires W (West) or E(East) after the street name.
R68, the point is, there are a dozen clear ones IN MY CITY that I"ve hit regularly, to the point where I cannot rely on Google Maps any more.
And Bing maps doesn't have that problem in my local city.
And no, R69, not even close. That's not the problem at all. Stop trying to pretend there isn't a problem when there is.
R37, why don't we eliminate envelops and all use post cards? It is NOT about if you have anything to hide. It is a matter of privacy. It is one of the basic principles of a civil society.
"I have nothing to hide" attitude gives these companies and the government to encroach upon our privacy and civil liberty. This is not a matter that you can just say "I dont care" and shrug of.
[quote]there are a dozen clear ones IN MY CITY
They put those in there on purpose. This way when the copyright the map, they can easily tell who is stealing their content.
I've heard that Google chrome tracks you, and that it's full of bugs.
I used to love Firefox but the way they constantly update it does ruin it, and the plugins can be unstable as well.
I use Iron, previously mentioned and linked to, which is chromium-based. Chrome crashes on me all the time and it's updated and I don't have any extras. It's the only browser I've ever used that went up to 1 GB ram before I finally managed to force quit it. I wasn't looking at pics nor watching videos.
Chrome is overrated. Google image search sucks, old version was best. There's a way to mitigate to a point but this is google, they fuck things up regularly.
Google maps always gives me the right directions.
Is R65 telling the truth? I was thinking about trying Google Chrome, but if it's like R65 describes it, then I'm not installing it.
i agree. google has gone to shit. i especially hate trying to use it from my phone. the images section blows, i have to select an immage 3 or so times now to get a full size then have to go all the way back to the results. and lately every time i open the damn page now it wants me to sign in. and i have to tell the damn thing no before i can do anything. And the so i am quitting usingthe shit and will search with something else. Fuck google.
Am NOT liking that new update. Seems to be almost as disastrous as that horrendous new Gmail.
If you're on a Mac, I highly recommend WhiteHat Aviator. Basically Chrome with the spyware stripped out and security features added.
I'd say Mac users should just stick with Safari, r80.
How can anyone be sure that the whitehatsec group has my best interest at heart?
It could be loaded up with spyware for all anyone knows.
How much research did you do about them, r80?
Aw snap f-google
I agree, R81. I hate Safari, but it's the only web browser that seems to work consistently on my Mac.
Everything Google does is to collect information on its users.
Old thread, but worth mentioning: I have to use Chrome for a few applications I need for work, and a significant amount of the time, I get some kind of PUP -- potentially unwanted program. It slows down my entire computer and when looking up directions on how to remove it, I find hundreds upon hundreds of people who can't get rid of it, apparently because Chrome backs itself up so if this PUP (or a virus) attaches to Chrome, it keeps "reinstalling" it.
As PCMag reported just a couple months ago, "Chrome started downloading a binary file before I had a chance to stop it" even in Safe Browsing mode, which makes it easy to pickup a virus.
As for privacy, from the same article:
[quote]After nine months of promises, Chrome was the last major browser to include support for the Do Not Track privacy option. And I suspect very few users will actually find the setting and enable it—it's buried in Advanced Settings, and a warning popup appears telling you your privacy won't actually be protected and you'll lose personalized ads when you check the "Send a ‘Do Not Track request with your browsing traffic" check box.
[quote] After nine months of promises, Chrome was the last major browser to include support for the Do Not Track privacy option. And I suspect very few users will actually find the setting and enable it—it's buried in Advanced Settings
I found that on my own. You should use that option and you should also use the option to not let anyone (any website) disable your mouse.
I use Chrome only for my Chromecast and have a separate user account on my computer to use it. It's the only way I'll use Chrome. It's like the browser equivalent of safe sex.
The latest version of Firefox defaults to a "Do not tell websites my preference for tracking" option that I find perplexing. What the hell is that supposed to mean?
What the HELL has happened to it now? I have Windows 8 and had an update this morning. Now Google Chrome isn't playing nice with Windows AT ALL. When it's open you can't open any other program on your computer. WTF??? If I can't go back and forth from Chrome and Word I'm done with Chrome.
You gave it the computer AIDS.
Part of the problem may be adware/malware within your Chrome extensions. Over the past couple years, AdWare companies have been quietly making offers to Chrome extension developers to either get them to silently bundle their adware with their extension, or just buying the extension off of them and taking it over going forward and slipping their adware into it. In some cases they will go as far as make a copycat extension to confuse users into installing their version with their adware in it.
For a long time, this type of adware/malware wasn't being detected by AntiVirus and Anti Adware programs. They have only just now started to detect some of it.
To make matters worse, even though Google may initially check new Chrome apps before accepting them into their store, they don't actively screen them as they push out new updates, which is when they slip the adware in.
Unfortunately the only real way to stay on top of this is to keep checking the reviews of your currently installed extensions to see if there are complaints of adware being bundled with it. Also regularly check your extensions settings for some hidden away options to turn off the adware.
It slows up too much. But at least I don't get the Blue Screen of Death anymore - they seemed to have fixed that from last year.
Absolutely hated Chrome. Constantly had pop-ups, sometimes large enough to block the entire screen
I should clarify that Chrome is now acting like it's an app on, say, an Android device rather than a Windows program. Anyway, it is 100% true that Chrome sneaks adware into the browser. "Snipsmart" was the worst and it took forever to get rid of all remnants of it, even after installing AdBlock.
r90, I have few antivirus installed (Avast, Avira) but now I've also installed a free antivirus program that clear all your adware remained on
the PC (plus various virus, malaware, trojans)
It's called superAnti Spyware free edition. You can easily downloading it on downloadcrew.com
Opera is probably the best browser, because it displays almost every web page correctly (even if the code is riddled with mistakes).