• Fast browsing
• Customizable interface
• Built-in RSS reader and P2P client
• Unnecessarily complicated
• Poor HTML support
• Outdated look
• Lacking security
Deepnet Explorer gets the job done, but it doesn’t offer enough in terms of features and usability to warrant a recommendation. It’s complicated, boring and lacking in many areas. It has some useful features like built-in RSS and a P2P client, but you can easily get those features somewhere else. Give it a try, but we doubt you’ll love it.
To install Deepnet Explorer, simply download the installation file from deepnetexplorer.com and launch it on your computer. The installation process is quick and doesn’t make you click through a bunch of menus before installing.
Tab browsing -Deepnet features tab browsing that’s a bit different from other browsers. When you enter a URL, Deepnet opens up a new tab automatically instead of redirecting the current one. This also the only way you can add a tab, so it’s a bit confusing for first time users.
Search box -Deepnet Explorer uses the address bar as its search bar. Users can easily choose their search engine by using the drop-down menu next to the address bar.
History -The browser does keep tabs on your website visits, but it’s hard to find and difficult to navigate. History can be deleted easily in the “Tools” menu.
Favorites -Pages can easily be added to favorites by using the “Favorites” tab. Favorites can be saved to a folder or put onto the favorites bar which sits underneath the address bar.
Deepnet Explorer is quick when surfing the web. In fact, it can keep up with the top browsers. Problems only seem to arise when the browser needs to run heavy web-based applications.
Pop-up blocker -There is pop-up blocking, but it doesn’t notify you like other browsers. If you need to access something that you know is getting blocked, look to the bottom right of the browser and click the red circle to access what has been blocked.
Anti-phishing -If you are about to visit a fraudulent website, Deepnet will quickly catch it and notify you.
News Reader -This feature makes subscribing to and viewing RSS feeds much easier. You can even search for specific articles within the reader by using the search bar.
Video & audio HTML 5 support -Deepnet Explorer does support HTML5, but not entirely. According to html5test.com, Deepnet only score a 138 out of 500 possible points. Google Chrome (463) and Mozilla Firefox (393) score much higher in comparison.
P2P file sharing -Integrated into the browser is peer-to-peer file sharing. This feature lets you browse the web while files are being downloaded and shared in the background.
Control Panel -There is a useful control panel that allows for easy switching between the P2P client, news reader and the web.
Ease of use
Deepnet Explorer is unnecessarily complicated. There is no close button on individually tabs or even pages. Instead, you have to use the single “Close” button located in the toolbar. This means you have to go to each individually tab to close them, unless you want close them all at once, which is what the “Close all” button is for.
Every time you enter a new address into the URL bar, a new tab is created. This becomes very annoying considering you then have to go back to the previous tab again if you wanted to close it. Overall Deepnet Explorer is slightly agitating and could definitely learn from other browsers.
Help & support
Deepnet has excellent help and support for an internet browser. There is a help guide, FAQ page and a forum to help with your issues. If those aren’t enough, you can always shoot an email to Deepnet’s support team.
Deepnet Explorer is a capable web browser, but its complicated nature and poor HTML5 support make it impossible to recommend. It also isn’t as secure as the top browsers. Unless you absolutely need its built-in P2P and news reader features, look elsewhere. All browsers are free, so make sure you look at others before this one.
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