Google Chrome is one of the world's most popular free web...
- Category Web browsers
- Program license Free
- Version 36.0.1985.125
- Works under: Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
- Program available in English
- Program by Google
Google Chrome is one of the world's most popular free web browsers, brought to you by the same company behind the leading search engine. While the majority of individuals running Chrome do so on a Windows desktop or laptop PC, the browser is available for a variety of other operating systems and computing platforms too.
Ever since it was first launched, Google Chrome has been constantly updated by its development team. This ensures users get a browser that is free of bugs or performance problems, highly secure and brings them some interesting and convenient features. It has no trouble handling even the most complex websites, as it supports Flash and HTML5, which are used for many online applications, like browser-based games and productivity tools.
Even though Chrome comes with a lot of powerful features by default, there are thousands of extensions, themes and browser apps created for it by third-party developers. They have the potential of truly transforming how you browse the web. Some are quite simple and just change the appearance of the browser window. Others bring you a lot more functionality, like the ability to remotely control another system also running the app, making web browsing more accessible for individuals with various disabilities and even running some mobile apps built for the Android platform right in your browser.
When it comes to performance and security, Chrome has consistently ranked as among the very best browsers for several years now. The browsing engine that handles the conversion of data from the Internet into web pages in your browser is fully optimized to deliver maximal performance. If the browser detects a potential security issue with a website you're trying to visit or if one has been flagged as containing malware, it will warn you immediately so that you can get back to safety.
Chrome comes with an "Incognito" mode that leaves no history or cookies behind on the PC. This is a welcome feature if you need to use a shared computer, like one in a hotel or public Internet cafe. While other browsers require an external application or plugin to display Adobe PDF documents, Chrome does so on its own. This limits your exposure to potential exploits or security flaws that have sometimes used PDF files to infect systems.
- Displays nearly all pages without issues.
- Can be customized with many extensions and browser apps.
- Excellent built-in security and privacy features.
- Automatically updated as soon as bug fixes or performance upgrades are available.
- Performance can be sluggish on PCs with little RAM or a weak CPU.
- Importing and managing bookmarks can be complicated.