Google Chrome

Google Chrome
Developed by: Google
Ranked: 2nd
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Stephen
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Review summary

Good points Google Chrome review good points

• Deep selection of add-ons

• Very fast

• Visually appealing

• Simple to use

Bad points Google Chrome review bad points

• No built-in parental controls

Our verdict

Google Chrome is one of the fastest and most reliable browsers around. Google Chrome 19 delivers what fans have come to expect and more. Chrome is definitely worth a look no matter what web browser you are currently using.




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Setup

Nothing special here. Just a simple download and install that literally can take under a minute. Home page settings and bookmarks are automatically imported from your default browser.

Browsing

Tab browsing - Chrome features simple, multiple tab browsing hovering over the address bar. Click the little box to the right of the tabs and it opens up a new tab which shows you a page of your most visited sites and apps by default. Other tab features include duplication of tabs, tear-out tabs, and the ability to rearrange them.

Search box - The address bar is also used as a search box in Google chrome. Anything typed into the address bar that is not a URL will trigger a Google search. The default search engine can be changed if needed.

Private browsing - Private browsing is called going “Incognito” in Google Chrome. Web pages and downloads in Incognito windows are not recorded in your history and all cookies are deleted after the private window is closed. Just click the little wrench to the right of the address bar and it can found in the drop down menu.

History – A clean list of all websites visited with the option of removing selected items or deleting everything from browsing history to saved passwords.

Favorites – Chrome makes it very easy to bookmark pages. Just click the little star on the far right of the address bar and a box pops up allowing you to create a name and designate a folder for your bookmark. Bookmarks are sent to a list/folder and your favorite ones can be neatly arranged under the address bar.

Speed

Chrome takes almost no time to start up. If you're in rush, you will never get that impatient feeling waiting for it to start. The browsing is one of the fastest around. Chrome also has hardware acceleration, which can increase the performance of videos and games.

Security

Phishing protection - Phishing protection is built into the browser and is always updating, giving you the latest security. If a website is suspected of phishing you will receive a warning message before you enter.

Malware protection - Just like phishing protection, if a website is suspected of malware, you will receive a warning before entering. Chrome also utilizes Sandboxing, which is another security measure against malware.

Pop-up blocker – If a pop-up tries to launch, Chrome stops it in it's tracks. You won't even notice when it happens because Chrome doesn't give a notification when it blocks a pop-up.

Features

Add-ons – Visit the Chrome Web Store where you can download thousands of apps, games, themes, and extensions. The web store is attractive, colorful, and easy to to use. You may not find another browser with a deeper selection of add-ons. To install an add-on, all you have to do is find what you want and click it and it's set up for you automatically.

Developer tools – The development and debugging tools are conveniently built into the browser. It has a very clean look and has everything you could want and need. If you're a web developer worried about switching to Chrome because of the development tools, don't be.

Bookmark synchronization – If you create a Google account on Chrome, it allows you to bring all of your saved bookmarks and settings with you to another computer. It just takes a simple sign-in. This also allows you to have all of your apps, extensions, and more recovered if your computer is lost or stolen.

Video & audio HTML 5 support – Chrome has advanced support for HTML5 and handles it better than other popular browsers.

Ease of use

Google Chrome has a simple and easy looking interface and it performs like one too. Google decided to sport a look that gets rid of multiple menus and tabs cluttering up the screen. Everything can be found easily and it's simple to navigate. The tab browsing is so simple you will learn the basics on first use. Google even took the extra step of having built in Flash and PDF support, so no extra downloads or separate windows are required for those programs.

Help & support

Chrome has a a very deep help page with a huge amount of topics from start-up help to fixing bugs. If a problem isn't in the help pages there is also a community forum and a blog for specific issues and questions.

Overall

Google Chrome is an excellent browser and a case can be me made to put it at the top. It's easy to use, fast, reliable, and has a very deep selection of add-ons. It is definitely a top browser and you should not hesitate to give it a try.


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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 5 for Setup
Browsing
 received a rating of 5 for Browsing
Speed
 received a rating of 5 for Speed
Security
 received a rating of 5 for Security
Features
 received a rating of 5 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 4 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 5 for Help & support