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This may sound paranoid, but I have this thing about installing Google Chrome. I don't trust Google far enough to see my web browsing habits as well. However, I really want to use the desktop Hangouts app that Chrome can run. Is there any way to run Chrome apps without installing Chrome?

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    Unless it exists as a separate program you can install, Chrome extensions need to be installed in Chrome itself. I did not find a standalone app for Hangouts. – MC10 Aug 18 '15 at 15:18
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    You could always just use Chrome for Hangouts, and use another browser to do all of your browsing. – heavyd Aug 18 '15 at 15:33
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Use Torch, https://www.torchbrowser.com

or

Use Chromium, https://www.chromium.org/getting-involved/download-chromium.

You can run chrome extensions on both of them, without having to be tracked by Google.(Not so sure about Chromium, tho)

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