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It's true, the biggest advantage of Firefox is the add-ons. I simply can't imagine myself surfing without Adblock, DownThemAll! and a few more...

But sometimes, I just wish I could launch a less-demanding and more-responsive browser that doesn't have all the features my turbo-charged Firefox has, and just surf quickly.

Is there any good alternative?

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refer: superuser.com/questions/658/… –  hyperslug Aug 18 '09 at 12:39
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Which Operating System are you using? –  jwarzech Aug 18 '09 at 12:48
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Have to ask - Is one of the reasons Turbo Charging your Firefox not so that it is lightning quick? –  Diago Aug 18 '09 at 13:02
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Google Chrome is faster than Firefox.

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Chrome is lean and mean, you HAVE to give it a look. –  in.spite Aug 18 '09 at 12:56
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If you're on a Mac (OS not specified in the original quesiton), though, the Chrome development is lagging way behind. On Windows, though, Chrome is indeed pretty awesome. –  Scottie Aug 18 '09 at 13:32
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If you're on OSX, I find that Safari, Camino or Webkit Nightly is the way to go.) –  EvilChookie Aug 18 '09 at 15:03
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Try Lynx... :)

Seriously, as already noted, Opera or Chrome are pretty good alternatives. If you really can't stand any broswer other than Firefox, try creating a "light" user profile devoid of all add-ons (or launch it in "safe-mode")

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ELinks:

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ELinks is an open source text mode web browser for various versions of Linux and on Windows it runs under Cygwin.

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Try running Firefox in Safe Mode. It will launch Firefox with your bookmarks, saved passwords, etc., but "extensions and themes will be disabled, and any toolbar customizations will be reverted back to their defaults."

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Opera is faster, especially when going backwards using (almost) only cached sites. That speeds up alot, especially if the form on the last page is still filled out.

Demands on memory are not less demanding as far as I could tell. Often enough Opera is the process consuming the most memory on my computer.

Edit: if you don't want Chrome because it's mostly the same as spyware to you, you might want to check out Iron.

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No love for Safari yet? I've found v4 to be MUCH faster and MUCH less of a memory hog than Firefox 3.5 on both Windows and Mac OS X.

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Try using the Orca Browser. It is based on the Firefox engine but is MUCH faster--and has lots of features.

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Dillo is an interesting, quick alternative if you can do without the frills. No Windows version though.

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I use the Windows-only "Off By One" Web Browser to get online quickly or when I am using someone else's computer from my flash drive/SD Card.

It may be the world's smallest and fastest web browser with full HTML 3.2 support. It is a completely self-contained, stand-alone 1.2 MB application with no dependencies on any other browser or browser component, and has Tabs.

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My suggestion is akin to David Lantner's above, but allows for some extensions.

I keep a separate copy of Portable Firefox (free download from PortableApps.com) that only has the bare minimum of extensions I can't live without. Perhaps that's just a password/bookmark sync extension, so you can have all the same access you enjoy in your usual Firefox install.

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GNU Wget (or just Wget, formerly Geturl) is a computer program that retrieves content from web servers, and is part of the GNU Project. Its name is derived from World Wide Web and get. It supports downloading via HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP protocols.

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cURL is a computer software project providing a library and command-line tool for transferring data using various protocols. The cURL project produces two products, libcurl and cURL. It was first released in 1997.

are two options to try

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Alternatives To Chrome And Firefox:

  • Comodo Dragon

  • RockMelt

  • Chromium

  • SRWare Iron

  • Waterfox

  • SeaMonkey

  • Maxthon

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Could you add this list to the issue in addition to adding the link? This would make your answer more worthwhile and canonical on the off chance that the link you're including goes away in the future. –  slm Dec 25 '12 at 16:09
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I use Google Chrome as my primary browser. It's very quick to load, and has all the features I need readily available. Opera is another that I've tried and liked very much. It is rated as one of the fastest browsers. Opera is in Beta for version 10 as well, so I'd recommend checking that out also.

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I've not tried it under Windows but Arora is quick under Linux and is cross-platform. I think it uses the same rendering engine as Google Chrome which is also a good choice.

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I find Firefox itself to be plenty fast with NoScript and Adblock+.

(I only have 5 total extensions installed, have used some various about:config tweaks, and use the default theme, on systems with 2-4G memory.)

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I use K-Meleon for quick surfing. It loads quickly and lets me find what I'm looking for.

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Chrome is decent, but has problems with some sites. Opera used to work pretty good, have not checked it out for a while though.

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You should go with Chrome. I would like to point out though, that recently, Chrome has had some security issues, an area where Firefox is the leader of the pack.

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Off By One for Windows. It doesn't quite do HTML4, its CSS interpretation is very limited, and it doesn't run JavaScript, but it is insanely fast. Seriously, after using it for a while going back to a 'normal' browser is painful, even if things do look nicer.

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I tested Maxthon a couple of times and found it pretty speedy...

Windows only I think.

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Definitely Chrome on Windows. It has a great interface and is super fast. On a Mac, I'd say Safari. Try downloading the latest WebKit nightly for added speed.

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I would go with Chrome, I have been using it on a netbook and really have been impressed with the speed.

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Another for Chrome. I still use Firefox, but usually have Chrome running at the same time on a different monitor. I'll often segregate tabs according to purpose, i.e. all Google services (mail, calendar, reader, documents) go in Firefox, while anything else goes in Chrome, etc. This helps keep the memory bloat down in Firefox, and ensures I don't lose everything if it locks up (which ends up not happening, because I don't keep opening new tabs over and over).

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If you are using Windows then Firefox is your only good browser ... Google Chrome was great until version 3.0.. it started to be slower and eating more resources..

If you are using Linux Firefox or Opera are still the only real choices ... all other open source web browsers are simply useless...

If you are using a Mac then Safari all the way ...

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Thank you all for your comments. i found out that the best alternative for me would be Iron browser which is Google's Chrome without all the privacy issues...

it is fast and has nice interface. recommended!

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I would recommend you to put this rather as an edit of your original question, instead of an answer. It will be more visible. –  Gnoupi Aug 27 '09 at 12:23
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