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Windows 7: Browser recommendations wanted

11 Nov 2010   #1
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 
Browser recommendations wanted

I've noticed since installing windows 7 that IE8 has become slower and more resource hungry (sometimes using up to 500Mb of memory).

What are your recommendations for an alternative browser. I have tried google chrome but wasn't too impressed, but would still welcome your suggestions.

I like the "In Private" browsing feature of IE so do any of the alternatives also have this feature ?


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11 Nov 2010   #2
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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11 Nov 2010   #3
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Out of Opera and Firefox what one is the most customisable ?, I like bright colours
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11 Nov 2010   #4
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ciara View Post
Out of Opera and Firefox what one is the most customisable ?, I like bright colours
Firefox is the most customizable but Opera also has themes and extensions
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11 Nov 2010   #5
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

OK and thanks yowanvista, I think I will try both
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11 Nov 2010   #6
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I use both Chrome and Firefox. Can't decide which is best but Chrome is edging it at the moment.
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11 Nov 2010   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Trying them out is really the only way to know which you prefer. Your big player alternatives are Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari for Windows (although I don't recommend Safari at all...it hasn't had a good security track record on Windows).

I use Firefox myself and it does support private browsing mode. I've tried to use Chrome over the years and for some reason, I just find that I don't stick with it. So, while tons of people love Chrome...I'm just not enamored with it.
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11 Nov 2010   #8
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

chrome has improved a lot recently. I subscribe to the beta channel, which despite its name is very stable and gets regular updates ahead of the general release (Stable Channel). The most recent is GPU acceleration for some functions. Chrome also releases new Stable channel versions about every 6 weeks which update your browser automatically.
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11 Nov 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I use IE8, but for speed Chrome is the way to go.
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11 Nov 2010   #10
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 

Thanks for the recommendations guys. Think I'll give Firefox a try to start with to see how I get on with that.

Thanks again.
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