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Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Internet |

Alternatives to Chrome and Firefox

Alternatives to Chrome and Firefox

We are used to reading endless reports about users around the world. On new updates and the browser wars. We have mocked when Internet Explorer and Firefox regretted not lived up to the challenge on several occasions. We have denied the Chrome updates. But more likely is that we have not thought about the alternatives that we have the most popular browsers. The truth is that there is a range of smaller browsers that do not even appear in the list of the most used, and they often use engines Chrome or Firefox, and they offer many of the same features.

Why do we need a new browser? Or an alternative that is not so used? We may be dissatisfied with the performance of the option you’re using, or we want to be part of a smaller community of users to get faster support. The options are many, and vary according to each person. On this day, let’s name some of the alternatives to Firefox and Chrome that are available online as free downloads.

Comodo Dragon

Comodo may be a familiar name to some. The firm is responsible for the development of a major package of security products, but also have a browser that emphasizes precisely this aspect. Comodo Dragon is the browser that gives us, using the same skeleton of Chrome, more security options for navigate alone.

Through SecureDNS Comodo servers, you can block access to malicious websites, and do quick scans of the pages you are visiting to find suspicious items, through a tool called Site Inspector. Like Chrome, has the ability to go incognito but also extends the range of security features. If we are concerned about the updates, we can stay calm: the Comodo not forget to update your browser and automatically-unless you have this feature disabled.


In an era where social media reigns over all other services on the Internet, we had to have a browser that corresponded to these demands. For this is RockMelt , a browser which many praised at the time but subsequently maintained a low profile, and not too many users.

Basically, it is a “social browser” in which we will have to synchronize or yes our Facebook account to enjoy it. While it has integration with other social networks, is the ideal choice for those addicted to Facebook. Called “RockMelt apps”, these applications are versions of Twitter, LinkedIn and other social services that can be updated directly from the browser, without entering. Beyond these issues of Social Media, RockMelt is a browser that uses the Chrome engine and thus is very similar to Google’s browser.


So far we have appointed to take their Browsers Chrome engine. But now will name the father of them all, Chromium . This browser is completely open source version of Google Chrome, and can be a good option for those looking for something more interesting and “raw”. On the other hand, lacks some basic features such as automatic updates, some important codecs like MP3 and AAC, and integrated Flash plugin.

Why would we want to use Chromium then? There are several reasons, but one of the most important may be the ability to completely avoid data mining Google does with our surfing habits-something optional, but it can happen without us noticing. If we are reluctant to share this type of information, then Chromium can be a good option for us.

SRWare Iron

In a move similar to Chromium, SRWare browser is suitable for the distrustful. It also lacks automatic updates Chrome maintaining a very similar aesthetic. It is one of the most basic, lacking extensions and has very strong community of users.


We now turn to the options built from Firefox. The official version of the Mozilla browser does not have a version compiled for 64-bit systems. They had a version but discontinued in November this year. So developers Waterfox Mozilla took the code and compiled it to make a 64-bit version for Windows, without too many additional changes.

With Waterfox can combine Firefox personal data without making too many actions, and also can be combined with some plug ins that are already available in 64-bit, like Flash.


Based on the Mozilla Application Suite, Firefox predecessor, SeaMonkey has an infinity of parallel applications, although sometimes they can end up slowing down the navigation process, can be quite useful.

With SeaMonkey have native access to email, IRC chat, a feed reader and HTML editing made, among other things, making it one of the most comprehensive in the market browsers, also completely free.


The call browser in the cloud is available for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows, so we’ll have all the bases covered. Maxthon has many features supported in the cloud as push notifications, downloaded file storage, data synchronization account across multiple devices, and more.

It also has some interesting details as night mode that adjusts the screen brightness for reading in low light moments, store usernames and passwords, and, finally, a lot of extensions to customize the experience. Today, it is one of the best alternatives to larger browsers.