Google Chrome
Google Chrome
79.0.3945.117

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Google Chrome free download for Mac

Google Chrome

79.0.3945.117
10 January 2020

Modern and fast Web browser.

Overview

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.

Google Chrome for Mac is widely popular because it offers Google-specific features on your Mac.

Download Google Chrome on your Mac to get a multi-functional web browser that’s easy to use and customize, no matter your skill level.

Google Chrome is preferred by two-thirds of browser users across platforms, securing that position by serving as a major platform of compatibility for web apps, and should not be confused for Chrome OS which is an operating system.

Licensed as proprietary freeware, Chrome uses the Apple WebKit rendering engine for iOS versions.

When you install Chrome on Mac, you automatically get access to Chrome DevTools with the browser. DevTools allows developers to simulate device and to collect vital information on their code and most other web applications in real-time to debug code and analyze load performance.

Features

  • Bookmarks and settings synchronization across devices and browsers
  • Common Web standards support
  • Advanced Malware and Ad blocking
  • Plugins and extensions
  • Privacy, Speed and Stability
  • A user interface, themes, apps, and desktop shortcuts.
  • Chrome Web Store
  • Automatic web page translation
  • Release channels, cycles, and updates.
  • Release version numbers

Release Channels

Stable Channel

This is the latest stable version and the safe option with all the features tested before release.

Beta Channel

These versions are still in the testing stage so you can expect a bug, but you get to test the newest features first

Dev Channel

Dedicated to the people who use the cutting-edge web platform APIs and developer tools to develop apps for all versions of the web. Weekly updates.

Canary Channel

This is the experimental edition of Chrome with all the newest technologies still under development. This new technology is sometimes referred to as Bleeding edge technology, as it can sometimes break down completely and cause havoc.

The work in progress edition is mainly for developers who want to have information about future releases to help them in their creative processes.

Compatibility

Google no longer provides support for older versions than Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.

FAQ

Can you install Google Chrome on a Mac?

Yes, you can. If you want to use Chrome as your default browser, you will need to manually set it to the default browser on your PC as Mac comes out with the Safari web browser pre-installed.

How do I download Google Chrome on a Mac?

  • Select the correct version and download the installation file
  • Locate and Open 'googlechrome.dmg’;
  • Find Chrome and drag it to the local Applications folder - you might need admin permissions for certain file locations;
  • Open Chrome;
  • Open Finder;
  • In the sidebar, to the right of Google Chrome, click Eject.

How to make Chrome the default browser on Mac

  • Launch Chrome.
  • Locate the initial "Settings" section and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Click on the "Make Google Chrome my default browser" option.

Can I make Chrome update automatically on Mac?

Click on the "three dots" icon in the top outer right corner. Select the "Help" then click on the "About Google Chrome’ option from the drop-down menu. Enable the "Automatically update Chrome for all users" option and restart Google Chrome on Mac.

What is the current version of Google Chrome?

The latest major version for iOS is 19.0.1084

What's new in Google Chrome

Version 79.0.3945.117:
  • A list of all changes is available in the log.
  • This update includes 3 security fixes. Below, we highlight fixes that were contributed by external researchers. Please see the Chrome Security Page for more information.

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FAQ

Can you install Google Chrome on a Mac?
Yes, you can. If you want to use Chrome as your default browser, you will need to manually set it to the default browser on your PC as Mac comes out with the Safari web browser pre-installed.
How do I download Google Chrome on a Mac?
  • Select the correct version and download the installation file
  • Locate and Open 'googlechrome.dmg’;
  • Find Chrome and drag it to the local Applications folder - you might need admin permissions for certain file locations;
  • Open Chrome;
  • Open Finder;
  • In the sidebar, to the right of Google Chrome, click Eject.
How to make Chrome the default browser on Mac
  • Launch Chrome.
  • Locate the initial "Settings" section and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Click on the "Make Google Chrome my default browser" option.
Can I make Chrome update automatically on Mac?
Click on the "three dots" icon in the top outer right corner. Select the "Help" then click on the "About Google Chrome’ option from the drop-down menu. Enable the "Automatically update Chrome for all users" option and restart Google Chrome on Mac.
What is the current version of Google Chrome?
The latest major version for iOS is 19.0.1084

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Derekcurrie
26 September 2019

Most helpful

• First, there was the emergency call to update Chrome to v77.0.3865.90 due to 1 critical and 3 high-risk security vulnerabilities in the previous version. • Then it turns out the buggy installer for v77.0.3865.90 did THIS to many Macs: *Buggy Google Chrome Update Behind Recent Unbootable Macs* https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/buggy-google-chrome-update-behind-recent-unbootable-macs/ - - We await the repaired installer. (0_o)
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Version 77.0.3865.90
Scion777
22 February 2020
MacUpdate Admin! new version googlechrome-80.0.3987.116 is out
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Version 79.0.3945.117
sanjusofts
21 February 2020
kindly provide chrome 30 browser version for MAS OS Mojave. 10.14.6
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Version 79.0.3945.117
rafabass05
18 January 2020
muy buena esta aplicacion, es uno de los mejores navegadores, te mantiene todo sincronizado...
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Version 79.0.3945.117
malakhovks
12 December 2019
Chrome version 79.0.3945.79 All of a sudden Chrome on my Mac stopped opening HTTPS websites, but still opens HTTP websites. The same websites work in Safari and Opera. I've tried everything I could find online: - turn off VPN - restart Mac - reinstall Chrome - incognito mode (still not working) - turn off antivirus - there's no firewall - removed cookies - 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 DNS servers - tried connecting to different WiFi networks And nothing seems to help. Any ideas what it might be? Just couple days ago everything worked perfectly (as for the last few years), I haven't installed any new software, haven't done anything unusual on this computer.
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Version 78.0.3904.108
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aldobranti
aldobranti
13 December 2019
looks like a policy enforcement, against running Yosemite and Chrome 79-- i cannot load g-suite (forms, docs etc) thro' chrome but can get to these on firefox.
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Version 78.0.3904.108
Bordwehr
12 December 2019
It's Google, not the old "Don't be evil" Google, but the (relatively) new plain evil Google. And it wants your data.
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Version 78.0.3904.108
Derekcurrie
26 September 2019
• First, there was the emergency call to update Chrome to v77.0.3865.90 due to 1 critical and 3 high-risk security vulnerabilities in the previous version. • Then it turns out the buggy installer for v77.0.3865.90 did THIS to many Macs: *Buggy Google Chrome Update Behind Recent Unbootable Macs* https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/buggy-google-chrome-update-behind-recent-unbootable-macs/ - - We await the repaired installer. (0_o)
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Version 77.0.3865.90
zlazkow
28 August 2019
...btw, the new forum format is terrible. Hard to concentrate, not as compact and pleasant for viewing as the old one. I see it as the current trend, which is too bombastic, too wide, too large, to spread out. Etsy for example did the same thing with their forums too. Most users there don't like it and stopped using the forum all together. Me as well. I suggest to MU, beware. Macupade, YOU don't have to follow the trend necessarily. It is not good for everybody. Not all MU users like this for sure. And you'll experience drastic decrease in visits.
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Version 76.0.3809.132
2 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
12 September 2019
I agree the former version of the comments, and reviews section was much easier to follow. Plus, with this new format, it seems like there are only review options and not simply leaving comments.
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Version 77.0.3865.75
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
26 September 2019
I've aske MU to fix the stripped out formatting for comments and the cruddy little strip provided for Replies. So far, no response. But they have requested patience as they work out the bugs. - - I sincerely hope they get their web coding act together as this is a DEGRADATION from the previous interface. Quite a shame.
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Version 77.0.3865.90
zlazkow
28 August 2019
I'm distancing myself from everything related to G. G. only goal is money. Everything G creates is for gaining more and more money. Their advertising like Adwords and etc. are all for money. G. tracking people is for money, because G uses this information for profit. All G projects are evil in nature. No G for and no gmail for me and for millions of users who cut all their ties with G.
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Version 76.0.3809.132
Macfool
20 June 2019
With Chrome the user is the product.
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Version 75.0.3770.100
Demolition
18 June 2019
Chrome 75.0.3770.100 was released today: <https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2019/06/stable-channel-update-for-desktop_18.html> Available at: <https://www.google.com/chrome/>
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Version 75.0.3770.90
tayabshabaz
10 June 2019
Great.
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Version 75.0.3770.80
George6
17 May 2019
Chrome first wants access to my Keychain, then it connects to google without even having any browser window open. No other browser acts like that, constantly trying to snoop and crawl and connect to services which you never wanted or used, trying to find and report anything that can be sold on the market for ads. For me anything google or chrome is just unacceptable. This is only on my harddisk for testing browser compatibility in webdevelopment.
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Version 74.0.3729.157
dmu
06 April 2019
When I open a browser... I want to BROWSE. And usually, I have a destination in mind and want to get there ASAP. Every single time I open Chrome, it wants me to log in so it can track everything and sync my info. It was annoying, and I turned it off. But it doesn't really turn off. And the "remember this device thing doesn't work, so I have to do it every time. But I dealt with it. Then, they forced 2-step authentication on me. Now, I open the browser, it opens a new tab. Demands I log in. I do, but then I have to authenticate it on my phone, and check the box to "Remember this device" 60 seconds later I can finally navigate where I wanted to go. So I turned it all off. No more synching. no more 2-step authentication, no more prompting for log in. But guess what? Doesn't matter that I have them turned off. It still wants me to log in. It still needs 2-step authentication. And it still doesn't remember my device despite the hundreds of times I've done it. Now I just avoid it. Garbage software. I still need to open it for certain sites that won't work on Safari, but that's the only time I bother.
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Version 73.0.3683.103
1 answer(s)
carb
carb
01 May 2019
Did you try Firefox?
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iHAMIDREZA
13 March 2019
It's the BEST browser...!!!
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Version 73.0.3683.75
Scott-Salbo
13 March 2019
Well, it's fast. But it's Google, which also means that they are mining everything you do and everywhere you go and selling that info to everyone who wants it. Google used to be the "don't be evil" company. Now it's the "Fuck user privacy" company. Go with Firefox or stick with Safari.
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Version 73.0.3683.75
arimatheia-otto
07 February 2019
Very slow and completely incompatible with the visual pattern of the operating system.
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Version 72.0.3626.96
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Scion777
Scion777
22 February 2019
LOL - your Mac OS installation is damaged in some way
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mmburke33
06 February 2019
worked fine for years then suddenly stated reffreshing itself without stop twice a second
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Version 72.0.3626.81
TVieceli
04 December 2018
Easy and a little safer than Safari.
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Version 70.0.3538.110
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rzoy
rzoy
05 December 2018
Easy? And how is it safer than Safari? Can you share some details? From what I know it's not Open Source and comes from Google, which is known to have aggregating user data as their main business model.
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tomtomklub
29 September 2018
This browser is so ugly and users are forbidden from customizing away its ugliness. Important privacy-related settings are hidden deep. All the cruft it installs across the user's home directory makes it incredibly annoying to uninstall and get rid of. Auto-update? No thanks. Uggghhh.
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Version 69.0.3497.100
rcqy
25 September 2018
Every person with Chrome installed should read this blog article: https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2018/09/23/why-im-leaving-chrome/
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Version 69.0.3497.100
1 answer(s)
ylluminate
ylluminate
14 February 2019
One comment was especially interesting:
Why not stop using Google altogether instead? It’s not just Chrome, it’s all of this Google spying. It was a lot of work, tbh, but I’ve left Google completely:
• Google Search -> Duckduckgo, Startpage, Searx
• Gmail ->Tutanota
• Google Maps → Openstreetmap
• Youtube -> Bitchute, peerTube, LBRY, Newpipe(android)
• Google Calendar -> Lightning Calendar, Nextcloud
• Google+/Facebook → Minds, Diaspora, Mastodon
• Google Photos -> Cryptee
• Chrome → Brave, Tor, Firefox
• Play Store → F-Droid, Aurora
• Google Drive → Nextcloud, Syncthing
• Android OS/ iOS → LineageOS, PureOS (soon)
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kolkataroy
22 September 2018
excelent
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Version 67.0.3396.87
Pdandyk
15 September 2018
Tired of being tracked & harassed!
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Version 69.0.3497.92
evert-2
04 September 2018
Get all kind of dirty commercials not safe and not able to manage it
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Version 68.0.3440.106
Derekcurrie
16 August 2018
v68.0.3440.106 is the current version. It is a CRITICAL update as it repairs CVE-2018-6177: Chrome Bug Allowed Hackers to Find Out Everything Facebook Knows About You https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/google-chrome-vulnerability.html
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Version 68.0.3440.84
guoqingzhen
13 August 2018
fatasitk
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Version 68.0.3440.106
ashishcompuiting
20 July 2018
Chrome is best
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Version 67.0.3396.99
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elinarobin982
elinarobin982
02 August 2018
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MHerndz
23 June 2018
Chrome is a beautiful browser - fast (really fast), clean, secure, organized and lots of options. BUT, it is such a memory/CPU hog that on every Mac I've ever used it on (home & work, 6 altogether), ever since version 1. This week was no exception. Redownloaded/reinstalled after a long hiatus from use. My Mac came to a C R A W L. It was really bad. So it seems I'll never get to use it again. Google doesn't seem to address this issue.
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Version 67.0.3396.87
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Andy-Hewitt
Andy-Hewitt
28 June 2018
Yes, I agree, I did some testing recently, running the three big browsers on the same website (MacUpdate as it happens) with no extensions. Chrome was the worst, using 1.2GB of memory immediately, but Firefox isn't so far behind, getting to just over the 1GB. Safari was best at 600MB.

Bit of a shame really, as overall it's not actually a bad browser.
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Mcr
Mcr
26 July 2018
Some comments, none of which is meant as a vote for or against any of browser, but how one goes about evaluating.

1) CPU usage and memory usage or two distinct metrics, but often lumped together. An app can have low CPU usage and high memory, or visa versa, or both high, or both low. Depends on CONTEXT (doesn't everything?)
2) People often misinterpret higher memory usage as a negative sign or performance detriment; again it's about context. There is a saying, and it's true for the most part "Unused memory is WASTED memory". If one has 16GB of system memory and only running one app, if a browser uses 1.2GB of memory, that isn't necessarily bad (provided it's not due to a leak or poor programming); but if it's memory used for caching data or pages, that's okay. Remember, unused memory is not being utilized.

The PURPOSE of using memory is to store data and code that is or will be accessed frequently. You COULD write a browser that never caches any info in memory, only on disk drive or has to reload from the internet constantly. A performance test would should very small memory footprint and if one only looked at that, might conclude the browser is exceptional, but the performance impact would be large, having to constantly reload from disk, or worse, the web. So if you just look at memory usage, one could be mislead and say that is a better browser. Again, context.

Some say doesn't matter if data is reloaded from disk because these days with SSD drives, caching to disk is no big deal; not so, although SSD are much faster than trad. hard drives, system memory is still much FASTER than any disk storage at least for now. Maybe in a few years when storage memory and active memory are essentially identical access times on the bus it won't matter, but for most of us still system memory is still a better option for caching info than disk drive, and definitely better than having to reload a page from web server.

So hypothetically (not talking specifically) Chrome using 1.2GB of memory versus FF using 1.0 has to be taken in context. If the extra 0.2 GB is memory that is caching info the user is just about or most likely to access in the near future (e.g. the entirety of a very LONG web page versus just the portion being viewed), then the 0.2 memory usage improves performance at the price of a small amount of memory (and AGAIN if you have 16GB RAM and only running a browser, and you already have 10 GB FREE, an extra 0.2 is NO big deal.). User does a page down to read next chunk of the web page and Chrome grabs it straight from memory, while FF has to contact the web server because maybe that data is in the extra 0.2 that FF decided NOT to cache in memory (for whatever reason). This is just an example of HOW you can view these results; all depends on the programming and the caching algorithms.

3) So it's not so much about how much memory an app uses by itself, it's what happens when the user launches more apps and other apps request system memory and existing memory needs to be FREED up. This is where operating system memory management comes into play, and ALL modern operating systems (Win, Mac, Linux, Unix) have come along way and use sophisticated algorithms, fine tuned over DECADES of observation, testing and tweaking, to free up memory, for it to be reallocated. In general, memory gets tagged and the OS keeps track of what is/has been accessed most frequently and less. If more memory is needed elsewhere, the OS will free up or request an app to free up memory, and typically it will be the oldest data or data that hasn't been accessed in the longest amount of time, hence most likely not needed anymore.

4) This is where many lay people actually get way too concerned about 'freeing' up memory and actually work against themselves, when these guys run these Memory 'cleaner' apps. It defeats the purpose if the system and apps have to simply turn right around and RELOAD the same data that was already cached, that the user just freakin' cleared out of memory from overly aggressive memory 'cleaning'. User "thinks" he is improving system performance by keeping memory usage low, but actually causing more net traffic, extra CPU cycles, reloading of data that was already there to begin with.

5) Let the OS do its job, it can manage memory better than you. Now, there ARE some apps that are true hogs and won't release memory even when requested because they only care about making their app look good and hell with anything else running on the system. These apps will grab whatever they can and hold on to it with a death grip; in my experience, modern day browsers do NOT fall in this category; partly by design, and partly because the data that browsers deal with has HIGH turn over; that's why it's called 'surfing' the Internet, users jump around from site to site and within a site. Data gets turned over frequently. Conversely Adobe Photoshop might deal with same photo file for the entire computing session, or Word will be editing the SAME document for hours at a time.

6) I've got some older Minis from 2009, 2011, with only 8GB system RAM, even with multiple browsers open, running VMWare Windows virtual image, MS Word, Excel, simultaneously, I rarely exceed 6GB total RAM use, so you know what? Whether one browser uses 0.2 or 0.6 more ram than another, I don't loose sleep over, if the system never falls below 2GB available anyways, then whatever. New mac models all come with at least 16GB, so unless you are a pro or pro-sumer user running heavy apps like Adobe apps or like Final Cut pro., spreadsheets with thousands of rows, memory usage is not something I think most people need to worry about. When memory is needed, macOS will do its thing, let it do its job.

Lastly, the observation that Safari used the least amount of memory in the example sited, MAY be misleading. Safari is tightly integrated with macOS, it utilizes components and system services that lowers its own memory footprint and the cost of maybe slightly increasing system footprint, which most users would not notice at all. There are a lot of 'trick's programmers can use to 'hide' usage in the system metrics. Same thing with Windows and Internet Explorer/Edge; they take advantage of integrating with Windows and so sometimes their memory usage metrics can be deceiving.

Anyways, YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY, so take my comments as they are comments. I personally use Chrome/Chromium, FF Quantum AND Safari, often times simultaneously, with Quantum being the main one. All have strengths and weaknesses.

I use Chrome because it can still utilize the pepper flash plugin for those rare times I still need Flash and I don't have to load the system wide Flash plugin. I use Quantum because i find it has best balance of speed AND availability of useful plug ins that help my work flow, and ability to configure the UI, but Quantum sucks when it comes to printing, often what you see on screen is not what comes out on paper.

When I really need to print something that looks as close as possible to what's on the screen, Safari often is the best, most likely because as mentioned before, its tight integration with macOS. Safari in terms of useful extensions, is the worst.

Peace.
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Andy-Hewitt
Andy-Hewitt
26 July 2018
Understand what you're saying Mcr, and agree with it a lot (and wow, what a reply). However, we have to start somewhere to judge the software we choose to use.
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kend-1
14 June 2018
Installation of this release completed with no errors, but the application crashed on attempted execution, after considerable navel contemplation. Trying installation direct from Mozilla...
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Version 67.0.3396.87
andystenn212
06 June 2018
good
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Version 67.0.3396.62
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czgv
czgv
07 June 2018
How so?
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Marlo-R
22 May 2018
I've seen "One Tab" mentioned as an extension that can help keep track of tabs instead of keeping them all open and using so much memory. I've used it and enjoyed it. Does anybody have any other suggestions for the most useful extensions available for the Chrome browser?
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Version 66.0.3359.181
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
30 May 2018
I use one called "The Great Suspender." I don't know the technicalities of how it works. Basically, if you don't visit a tab for awhile, it treats the tab as if you had closed it. When you go back to the tab, you'll see a message saying "click," and it opens the page back up. (And pretty quickly. Also, you can click anywhere on that page; you don't have to navigate to some button.)

This has significantly reduced memory use for me while leaving the browser very functional.
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Marlo-R
Marlo-R
31 May 2018
I've installed that extension. It seems like extensions add to the memory used by each tab. I'm hoping that if this one more extension can even stop just one of my tabs from running when I'm not using it then this may be worth it. Thanks!
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Marlo-R
Marlo-R
01 June 2018
I just went to install "The Great Suspender" on my work browser and I saw the permissions asked to be allowed to "Read and change all your data on the websites you visit" and "Read and change your browsing history". Should I be wary of this tool?
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
01 June 2018
I hadn't actually read the fine print on that, so now I'm wary as well. I actually decided to go back to Safari. They have an extension like Great Suspender, but you have to manually opt to suspend a page; it won't happen after a time of inactivity. I'm assuming (always a bad idea, I suppose) that if it's a Safari extension, Apple's okay with it. I think Google will allow just about anything.
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wlad-2
17 May 2018
Though Firefox is more handy, especially if proper plugins are attached, Chrome remains the quickest one on Mac. Rare freezes should not distract common user from working with these browser.
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Version 66.0.3359.139
nickysanmartin97
13 April 2018
muy bueno
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Version 65.0.3325.181
flavien
11 April 2018
good
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Version 65.0.3325.181
prestonlittle
19 February 2018
Perfect browser, better than the rest on market.
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Version 64.0.3282.167
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Scion777
Scion777
15 March 2018
oh, that's utter rubbish!
Firefox is far, far more adaptable and renders pages more accurately.
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Michael-Vilain
Michael-Vilain
21 March 2018
Chrome is a memory pig. Tabs grow to as much as 1 GB/ea. At least FF limits the amount of memory en-toto.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
JamesHarrisPhoto
20 April 2018
Chrome is terrible. Period.
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yungparkloo88
12 February 2018
Great
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Version 64.0.3282.140
1 answer(s)
JonThaler
JonThaler
26 July 2018
Is someone being paid to submit all these one-word "reviews"?
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dirdesmett
13 January 2018
Think I'm going to stop using this browser. Used to be fast and stable, but nowadays it really doesn't work well with text expansion software. Keeps hanging, garbling stuff and screwing up formatting. I still download and try each update in case they've improved it, but am constantly disappointed. Maybe it performs better on Windows / Google platforms?
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Version 63.0.3239.132
1 answer(s)
LeroyMorrison
LeroyMorrison
30 April 2018
What text expansion software are you using? I am using Typinator and it has been working great for me!
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jostaMalcolm
13 October 2017
Installed Chrome on my Mac and I think that it's the best browser ever. It's user-friendly and simple, that's why I like it. I can't say the same about Safari, unfortunately.
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Version 61.0.3163.100
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Scion777
Scion777
15 November 2017
what differences are you experiencing with Safari? very strange . . .
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cig0
25 September 2017
There's little to no doubt that Chrome is Google's specialized bot net as Windows is the same for Microsoft -- both applications sports all sorts of nasty invasive telemetry impossible to disable without losing usability or downright break them.

As some other users tell here the GoogleSoftwareUpdate daemon is also totally disgusting stuff.
F*ck you Google, I'm moving away from your sticky tentacles!!!

Safari + DuckDuckGo <3 way to go!
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Version 61.0.3163.100
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Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
13 November 2017
Replying to both you and Josta above, I share your doubts about Chrome. But there are a several things about Safari I can't stand. One is the general dearth of extensions, and the lack of an equivalent of Speed Dial in particular. Another is the fact that you are locked into Apple's paternalistic one-size-fits all philosophy so you get the interface look that Jony Ives wants you to have rather than the one of your own choice. The third is that after all this time Safari still can't render CSS style sheets with complete accuracy. Add these things up together with a couple I could mention and i. m. h. o. Safari is a second-rate browser.
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Aargl
Aargl
03 February 2018
It's the first time I come to this page and I'm surprised to find so many bad reviews here! :-o
I would advise everyone to try Chromium, if they're fed up with Chrome: it's Chrome without Google's stuff and telemetry, and now there's a version with all codecs following the same build numbers as Chrome.
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fiery12
fiery12
10 March 2018
@Aargl
In my opinion Chromium has the same or more telemetry than Chrome, but on the bright side it lacks the forced software updates.
I can't find any info for added codecs in Chromium. This page lists what's supported only in Chrome:
https://www.chromium.org/audio-video
- MP4 (QuickTime/ MOV / MPEG4) [Google Chrome only]
- MP3 [Google Chrome only]
- AAC [Main, LC, HE profiles only] [Google Chrome only]
- H.264 [Google Chrome only]
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Aargl
Aargl
10 March 2018
@fiery12
You can find various builds of Chromium there: https://chromium.woolyss.com/#mac-64-bit
and read their privacy policy.
About telemetry: https://chromium.woolyss.com/#features
If you want codecs, use the "Marmaduke" builds (the stable one should be delivered pretty soon — usually they follow Chrome's build number).
There's also plenty to read in the comments of MU's Chromium page, so you can make up your mind. ;-)
I've been using Firefox for years and switched to Chromium for my main browsing since last summer with no issue. (I generally have 2 or 3 browsers running at the same time, depending on what I do).
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Prince-Isaac
16 August 2017
For all you Google / Chrome fans out there: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/08/bank-fraud-malware-not-detected-by-any-av-hosted-in-chrome-web-store-twice/
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Version 60.0.3112.101
Wunderhorn
05 June 2017
1. User who use a lot of tabs will notice that the memory usage is just skyrocketing, the "Google Chrome Helper" processes are just piling up and never reduce their footprint even after closing lots of tabs and or windows. I call this a major memory leak.
2. The activity of the Google Software Update Daemon borders on malware characteristics. How many outgoing connections this things wants to establish is just beyond anything remotely reasonable. I wonder what this software is actually transmitting so feverishly.
3. When restarting Chrome it automatically loads all previously opened tabs instead of incrementally as you click on them as Firefox does - which is way smarter.
4. Power users will miss the convenient bookmark bar on the left. I find it cumbersome without.
That said, it works fast and stable - for a while - until it has to be restarted because of issue #1 (see above).
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Version 58.0.3029.110
1 answer(s)
Bumbleb
Bumbleb
07 June 2017
Agreed, and why I haven't installed Chrome or any other Google products on my just freshly reinstalled macOS Sierra:)

Indeed, that Google Demon (sic) is ever-present, everywhere. What ARE they transferring, that IS the question.
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Bob Jacobson
01 February 2017
Before I download the new Chrome, is it creating boxes around search findings? The reason I ask is that Google apparently was and still is testing, randomly among users, the "boxed" design. I finally got rid of it -- actually, someone else removed it for me (thanks, Google) -- and don't want to have to experience it again. Thanks for your tips.
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Version 56.0.2924.76
the hooks
30 January 2017
I've never seen a browser more comfortable than Chrome, I'm a big fan of it! There is nothing extra buttons users don't need. I think, the simplicity is the main feature the browser should have and Chrome has got it in the best way. That's why I appreciate this app and glad to have it installed on my mac.
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Version 56.0.2924.76
carmenroberson28
24 January 2017
It's hard to distinguish one browser from the other for me but I've never had issues with Chrome
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Version 55.0.2883.95
pvdg75
03 November 2016
The best browser I've ever tried. It takes few minutes to get used to it. Chrome is very simple, quick and intuitive soft. Additionally, there are many nice themes so you can customize it to your personal needs.
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Version 54.0.2840.87
Prlab
15 October 2016
Yet again McUpdate links to its insidious installer. This is deceptive conduct and it pisses me off.
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Version 54.0.2840.59
2 answer(s)
Graphic-Mac
Graphic-Mac
03 December 2016
Yet again someone tells you that you simply need to log-in to avoid getting the adware installer.

If you refuse to create a free account and log-in, then STFU about it or find somewhere else more convenient to get your software updates that's run by an independently wealthy person who doesn't need income.
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Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
03 December 2016
I agree about the questionable ethics of MU's upgrades. There's a simple workaround. Whenever I want to download something posted on the MU site I follow the link they provide to the developer's site and download directly from there.
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NotUsed
19 September 2016
Can't they fix the issue that causes click events to stop working?? Seems to be a MAJOR issue with v53... all releases. So annoying. Nothing works... reload the page, everything suddenly works.
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Version 53.0.2785.116
1 answer(s)
rvbeauchamp
rvbeauchamp
24 October 2016
I am having the same problem. I have gone back to Safari to get around the problem.
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ottoarimatheia
18 September 2016
Slow. Ugly. Strange tabs style. Good for kids.
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Version 53.0.2785.116
Sgginc
15 September 2016
Why can't Google SW engineers fix Error 12 when updating. I've tried everything.
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Version 53.0.2785.116
abababa320
15 September 2016
While searching for offline installer for google chrome I found this website very helpful and easiest: http://www.chromeofflineinstaller.com
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Version 53.0.2785.113
Lonewolf1
03 September 2016
Worst update ever... Hangs on startup almost everytime. Interrupt other applications network connection.... Back to Safari again. Can´t use this one...
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Version 53.0.2785.89
Bousozoku
02 September 2016
It works well enough as a secondary browser. Unfortunately, for me, it is lagging on Blogger and YouTube, in contrast to Firefox. Does that make sense that it works poorly on Google-owned sites? It doesn't. (It's really not bad on other platforms.) It seems, with all of its processes, to require more resources. Using it on a MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz i7 with 16 GB of RAM and SSD, I would think that it would perform extremely well. I use it for a few downloads where Firefox isn't happy, and places where Safari might be better than Firefox. (I don't use Safari.)
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Version 53.0.2785.89
Dm9999
02 September 2016
I can not use Chrome, because the colors are too saturated on a monitor with a large gamut. Chrome does not use the monitor profile for objects without ICC profile. Safari and iCab are the only browsers that I know, which displays colors corroct in sRGB on all monitors as far as possible. In Firefox you have to change preferences, or use the add-on Color Management..
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Version 53.0.2785.89
Morgan-Freeman
13 August 2016
!! I cannot find any difference with safari. It did all that safari does.
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Version 52.0.2743.116
Scion777
12 August 2016
offline installer: https://dl.google.com/chrome/mac/stable/GGRO/googlechrome.dmg
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Version 52.0.2743.116
Jeff-Nailen
30 July 2016
Version 52.x is a great update, the best version yet. The smaller icons are great for optimizing screen space. Chrome keeps getting better!
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Version 52.0.2743.82
pettifogger0712
30 July 2016
Hi there Does anyone know what versions were the last that could work with 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 respectively? Thanks!
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Version 52.0.2743.82
distreszed
09 June 2016
still fires up after system reboot, although removed from login items manually.
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Version 51.0.2704.84
julia555sara
31 May 2016
I've tried different browsers, like Firefox, Opera and Safari, they are not bad but I feel myself the most comfortable only with Google Chrome. Well, I'll try to be objective describing this app. Great features: - fast processing; - minimalist design (only few buttons but that's enough); - Google homepage with the most using pages; - quick access to the bookmarks; - lots of different extensions; -Google docs work perfectly; - free and easy to install on any device. Less great features: - utmost simplicity for people who appreciate rich functions interface (seems like this is the only feature I have found). So, Google Chrome is considered to be a must have browser on every computer.
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Version 51.0.2704.63
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Scion777
Scion777
03 June 2016
Um, considered by who?? Firefox works much better.
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WetNet
WetNet
30 July 2016
Scion777 < Considered by WIREDNET, PC Mag, MacLife. . .need more resources?
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JosephAW
14 April 2016
I see I was able to run google chrome 50.0.2661.75 on Snow Leopard 10.6 by modifying the Info.plist from 10.9 to 10.6. So they haven't moved to the new xcode compilers with new libs that will exclude 10.6... yet...
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Version 49.0.2623.112
3 answer(s)
JosephAW
JosephAW
14 April 2016
I see playing videos in netflixs was faulty, so they are updating some parts that are not compatible with OSX < 10.9
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JosephAW
JosephAW
02 May 2016
Updated to 50.0.2661.94 and replaced 10.9.0 with 10.6.8 and working fine.
For flash you need to disabled hardware support in advanced settings. Netflixs works fine and nfl rewind.
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harry-smith226
harry-smith226
13 May 2016
I just say on this software , I really like it and i want to say that please update some more great post as soon and software point of view your work really awesome, Stylish Rubber Sheets from http://expressrubbersheets.co.uk/
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George6
18 March 2016
is there a way to make this browser respect my privacy? on startup it connects to a dozen websites before i even entered an url!
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Version 49.0.2623.87
2 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
27 March 2016
Hi there,
check your chrome startup settings:
To do so, Select Preferences from the chrome menu on the Left by the Apple menu.
Under startup, make sure the option to open a set of pages isn't selecting, if it is change to another option, or click on set pages and remove any sites you don't want opened. Also if the option is selected to resume where you left off, this could also be doing it. Hope this helps!
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George6
George6
08 April 2016
forget it, chrome is simply the antithesis to privacy.
any outgoing firewall shows what it does.
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Brooklyn-Al
10 March 2016
A consistent problem I have encountered with Google Chrome is that does not remember passwords or prompt the user to save website passwords. In fairness, all web browsers I have used occasionally do not remember or offer to remember passwords but they (Firefox, Safari) are far better at it. Although, Chrome is a competent web browser for me at least that is a deal breaker, and consequently, I rarely use it.
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Version 49.0.2623.87
Web-Jive
10 February 2016
Chrome still has a bug to where it will not honor URL protocol handlers like FTP due to the built in FTP client. Try using an ftp://user:pass@website.com link and Chrome will open it in Chrome vs say Yummy FTP or another FTP client. Bad....
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Version 48.0.2564.103
2 answer(s)
Snailspeed
Snailspeed
11 February 2016
Link to bug report?
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Web-Jive
Web-Jive
11 February 2016
https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=584774
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anonymous-skink-4656
06 February 2016
Great browser. Lots of extenssions. Disadvantages: It is not energy efficient and it is ugly.
People from Google, do some small changes in appearance. More native look! Learn from Opera.
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Version 48.0.2564.103
steveoliver360
14 January 2016
I love Chrome but because it doesn't support swipe between pages on my Magic Mouse 2 I am forced to use Firefox.
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Version 47.0.2526.111
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dmu
dmu
30 January 2016
Just curious, but why do you say this as if Safari is not an option? I don't understand all of the Safari detractors. For me it's the fastest, cleanest, smartest option... but most people act as if it is so incredibly bad it doesn't even make the conversation. I was forced to use Chrome at work, and at home I will occasional try Firefox just to compare, but I always run back to Safari with a breath of relief.
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
28 July 2016
@Dmu, they have it stuck in their head that Safari is somehow inferior. Yet Chrome uses it's own version of Apple's Webkit. Firefox has it's own rendering engine. I use Safari 99% of the time. It works as well as the rest.
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Scion777
13 December 2015
Google Chrome download server is crap - half the time it dies about 30-40% through. Add some capacity, Google! For God's sakes, you have money enough !!
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Version 47.0.2526.80
Jeffsters
12 November 2015
This is VERY sad. I understand that MacUpdate has to make money but to suddenly start this forced "MacUpdate Installer" with no warning or explanation has me seeing the fiasco that was Version Tracker all over again. If I were the Product Manager, and I am one, I would be selling the benefits of our Updater NOT forcing it. I would make the "Install Now..." more compelling as a service which could be seen as "Apple's App Store" for non-app store apps. I would need to put a lot more thought into this but you get the idea! My point being there is the right way to do this and the Version Tracker way to introduce change and unfortunately MacUpdate has chosen to not learn from the past. Going forward I will still use this site but go to the developer's page for the updates and not use the links here. BTW: I defended MacUpdate in the recent MacWorld article on this topic just this week! Don't I feel like the fool! :-(
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Version 46.0.2490.86
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
12 November 2015
Jeffsters, I think MacUpdate's process is completely different than any other major download site out there. Even if we were to convert all of our listings to Installers with app offers, we'd be the last major download site to do so. But we think we can do better over the long term. Read about it here:

http://support.macupdate.com/knowledgebase/macupdate-making-easier-download-install-apps-mac/

We're making sure that users still have a choice in how they interact with the MacUpdate platform. If they don't like other app offers in installers, they can simply click "skip." If they don't want to see installers or ads at all, they can use their paid MacUpdate Membership and turn off all ads and installers.

https://www.macupdate.com/member/account-preferences

Keep in mind, MacUpdate has over 40,000 app listings. We're testing the installers on only a few listings, at the moment. Every company should be afforded the freedom to look at markets, see how all of the other companies are operating, test and measure behavior, gather feedback and consider moving in a business direction that they think will better support their goals. Especially if they can improve upon how others are doing it.

At MacUpdate, we're learning about how all of the other major download sites are doing business -- we're watching user behavior, measuring how our community _actually_ interacts with things and we're recognizing patterns and tweaking. We're having internal conversations about how we think our team can improve upon these models. Our goals are (1) to be self sustainable and monetize our company accordingly, (2) to become the best App Discovery platform for Mac apps (no one is doing app discovery well for apps on any platform, yet, in our opinion), (3) increase engagement of app usage of people's Macs (this means increasing the % of people who fully install apps on their Mac vs. download and leave .zip files in their /Downloads folder).

These things are going to take a lot of work and time. It won't happen overnight (even for Apple, nothing they've accomplished happened quickly). I recall when MacUpdate first launched user commenting and reviews on our site. It was even before Amazon.com launched reviews. Mac developers flipped out, saying, "What if users post negative remarks about my software. That would be terrible." They were afraid. Fast forward to modern day and where reviews and comments are normal and it's ok -- the world didn't end -- and we figured out how to get better at commenting. :)

Our team is stronger than ever and we're focused. We're paying attention to the problems in our industry. We're tweaking, measuring, learning and repeating --- all in an attempt to do things better. We don't want to be the next Mac website that goes defunct, like so many of our sister Mac sites that we grew up with. So we ask that users like yourself not attack MacUpdate, simply because we're testing. In fact, thank you for your defending MacUpdate in other forums. We need your support. It's our goal to retain people in our community that are willing to give us room to learn and provide continued support. Maybe some users will leave because they are impatient or jump to judgement, but in the end, I believe the MacUpdate team will end up solving bigger problems, be smarter at monetizing our platform so our team can be self sustainable and we will continue to be a major supporter of Mac developers and their livelihoods. We're going to make mistakes and we're going to have successes but in the end, the world won't end and our end app discovery platform and community will be better and stronger for it. The result? A stronger user base, better Mac developers and better apps for your Mac.
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Jeffsters
Jeffsters
12 November 2015
Joel, Understand the strategy just not the change management that went with it. With today's security and privacy climate, with users even concerned with apps coming from Apple's app store, the sudden introduction of some "installer", without warning, is bound to be met with concern by many and hostility by some. I think for ALL the reasons you wrote, and others, the MacUpdate Installer/Desktop is a potentially GREAT service! But I would urge you sell it based upon the value of the service. Your experience may tell you differently, and I wish you the best, but sitting on the customer side I think there may be a better and positive way to reach the same objectives. Good luck!
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
12 November 2015
Jeffsters, totally understand. I think we thought that the initial impact would be so small -- less than 0.000125% of site listings) that we would have time to measure those listings and learn before having to execute our communication processes and talk about the change. Interestingly enough, a few users picked up on the change within hours and it spread from there. It has resulted in MacUpdate accelerating some of those communication processes. :)
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tomatosoup
tomatosoup
02 December 2015
Well, MU doesn't even manage to direct all users onto their SSL https:// website. Totally unresponsible for a site offering downloads of software. Nough said about MU and security.
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
02 December 2015
@tomatosoup, what major download sites use SSL on all of their pages? Download.com and Softonic, the two largest download sites on the web, don't do it. Amazon.com doesn't even force all of their site content under SSL, and they are a 100% ecommerce site.

Have you done any research or testing with SEO implications when putting a major site fully behind SSL? If so, what did you find?

Of course, MacUpdate uses SSL whenever users are transferring sensitive data, like credit card information.
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kreiss
kreiss
30 January 2016
I totally agree. And like you, "I will still use this site but go to the developer's page for the updates and not use the links here". It's a great pity
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drbroom
drbroom
04 February 2016
I am right there with you Jeffster! As to MU's reply... Joel I think you should know I HAD been a paid subscriber for years and with the "update/downgrade" of you service I stopped paying.

The site is now ugly and had to use the adds are intrusive and not what I came here for and while I used to come to this site many times a day to check for update and search for new software my clients might need or want; I now only come here when I have to.

As with Version Tracker, I predict that Macupdate is not long for this world. I for one no longer send clients and friends here, I tell them to go ONLY to the developers site to update or if they are searching for a type of software just use Google or search engine of their choice.
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Solo68
03 November 2015
Google Chrome is full of it! Not more than a week ago I just happened to look through Launchpad and found a Google app icon sitting there. I was completely shocked, and immediately lost my temper because the only Google software I installed on my Mac was Google Chrome. But to my utter surprise another app from Google was just sitting there in Launchpad. So I went to my Applications folder so I could uninstall it. But guess what? It was not there. The only Google app that was there was Google Chrome. WTH? Oh, I completely lost it! I thought to myself my computer, my Mac is hacked! I do not remember why, but I went back to Launchpad to look again at this Google app I DID NOT install. Guess what? Along with it, now I saw three other Google apps installed. Words cannot express how furious I was to see this. Not even two or three minutes went by and now four apps I DID NOT install were sitting there in Launchpad. I couldn't contain my anger. My tongue unleashed every verbal slur I could against Google. In a complete rage I went back to my Applications folder to see if I could find any of these Google apps. No! They were no where in sight. I could barely think straight as the chemicals in my brain were firing off in skewed proportions. Finally, I was able to latch on to a single thought that I should do a Spotlight search to find out where these #%&@^ apps were hiding. And guess what? They were in the Applications folder, but they were in a invisible/hidden folder named Google Apps. Again, words cannot describe how pissed I was at this point. Immediately I began uninstalling everything Google on my computer. Long story short, Google can kiss the deepest portions of the crack of my ass! I will never install another Google app on my computer or any other computer for as long as I live. I can care less how much anyone else love's Google, neither do I care if they think their experience with this completely intrusive developer has been a bed of roses, and neither do I care if somewhere deep in the terms of service a statement exists giving Google permission to install whatever the hell they want any time they want. There is no need for me to tell Google to go to hell because that is already a certainty! This review also serves as fair warning to anyone with Google software installed on your computer(s). Also, you can do like I did after this horrible experience and go to the Web to read of similar experiences by other computer users that just happened upon Google apps suddenly appearing on their computers if my story is not enough to convince you to stay the hell away from Google. Lastly, I wish I could remember all of the names of Google apps that seemed to install themselves, but I was far to furious to think straight to remember. Nonetheless, I do recall seeing Google Drive as one of the four. From here on out I completely consider all Google software to be malware/spyware, especially because these apps were installed in an invisible/hidden folder named Google Apps in my Applications folder. Anyone willing, and that is a keyword, willing to continue using Google apps on your computer will not get any flack from me, but I do recommend you get your head examined because you're an idiot! And that's your choice to live with Google putting invisible/hidden malware/spyware applications on your computer. It is a good thing Apple has this app called Launchpad because without it I would never have known Google violated my privacy, and installed apps without my consent. Thanks, Apple!
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Version 46.0.2490.80
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Moxiesozo
Moxiesozo
03 November 2015
This is ABSOLUTELY a conspiracy. Google is famous for taking over people's computers and installing hidden SPYWARE and STEALING your passwords and ILLEGALLY accessing your financial information!

Not.

Dude, take a chill pill.
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Macinman
Macinman
11 November 2015
Yeah I was going to say, Google hasn't hidden anything from me as long as I've used their browser. I have a folder called Applications in my home directory, in that folder chrome places a folder called chrome apps.

In that folder are all the apps I have installed through chrome. Nothing shows up that I didn't specifically install f through the google app store in chrome.
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Panocha
25 October 2015
WARNING: horrible, disabling update. It completely broke Java and other plugins, because they decided to remove standards that all other browsers support. I rolled back to version 43 for now to wait and see if they ever come to their senses and fix it, otherwise, they are recommending that you use Safari or Firefox, which I don't want to do! Version 45 is broken too. They broke it after Sept 1st.
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"The Chrome browser does not support NPAPI plug-ins and therefore will not run all Java content. Switch to a different browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari on Mac) to run the Java plug-in."
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Version 46.0.2490.71
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dperugini
dperugini
14 January 2016
@MacUpdate: By the way, you said back on December 15, 2015:

"@Dana, we took your suggestion and marked downloads that use the MacUpdate Installer so they say so. "Download w/MacUpdate Installer" appears on pages where an installer is being tested. Thanks."

But here it is a month later and your Google Chrome 47.0.2526.111 download (as did 'MacTracker' and 'Silverlight') involved a MacUpdate Installer, but NO such heads-up appeared on the download page.
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Oclair
24 October 2015
0.46 is a repackaged unofficial installer and is not downloaded from the official developer url. This is unacceptable
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Version 46.0.2490.71
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Moxiesozo
Moxiesozo
25 October 2015
I completely agree. Why does MacUpdate think it's OK to intercept my click to DIRECTLY DOWNLOAD this app and instead give me something DISGUISED as the Google Chrome disk image (because it's called "Chrome Installer.dmg"), and then there's a "MacUpdate Installer.app" inside the disk image??!!!

OMG. What gall.

Hint to MacUpdate: STOP intercepting my clicks. And STOP disguising what I download. Jeez.
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
26 October 2015
The download does come directly from the developer. It is wrapped in an installer because we're finding a lot of Mac users aren't able to download, install and clean-up their download afterward. Everyone says that Mac is so easy to use, but when we sit down with normal Mac users, we're learning that getting apps properly installed is a real challenge.
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George6
George6
01 November 2015
for the record:
you are saying google directly offers a dmg containing a "MacUpdate Installer.app" ?
could you please clarify?

and.. Joel Mueller
http://www.macupdate.com/member/profile/joel-mueller
Member since 24.1.2016 ??? now is 1.11.2015 :D
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Oclair
Oclair
01 November 2015
>George6 wrote Nov 01, 2015+0for the record:
>you are saying google directly offers a dmg containing a "MacUpdate >Installer.app" ?
>could you please clarify?

No I am not saying that
I am saying that Macupdate.com links/linked to a non official release from a non official source
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
01 November 2015
That is not accurate. The actual download comes directly from the developer. When you first download the .dmg, you get the MacUpdate installer. When that installer is launched, it requests the file from the developer's servers and download it to you Mac. So it is coming directly from an official source.
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George6
George6
01 November 2015
@Joel Mueller:
yes, but as reported by users, the "macupdate installer"
first installs unwanted browser plugins or other stuff.
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Oclair
Oclair
01 November 2015
dude there is no official installer just copy over the app....
MacUpdate needs to create an installer why?
Whats going on MacUpdate?
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Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
09 December 2015
Joel, your reasons just don't ring true. What it all boils down to is that MU is in the trust business. Our trust in your site is your most valuable asset, without it you've got nothing. If you guys lose sight of that most important of all facts you're dead ducks. Your job is to pass on to us the download containers as supplied by the developers, period, end of story. If you start doctoring the data, even with the most benign of intentions, you're well on the way to putting your site out of business. No amount of talking on your behalf is going to convince us otherwise. Either go back to your traditional way of doing business or clean out your desk and hand the job over to somebody endowed with more common sense. MacUpdate is too valuable for us to lose, it's a long-standing institution for the Mac community. You shouldn't be allowed to ruin it, it's beginning to look like the Mac community can easily do without you.
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
09 December 2015
Dana, does Apple pass on the archived files that developers have? Does Google? Neither do this anymore. App installation processes are changing and getting better and the old ways will not be around for much longer. It's too complicated and slow for most users.
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George6
George6
10 December 2015
@Joel: now that is incredible nonsens!
The crapstore is also a nuisance,
but it does not deliver DISGUISED ADWARE!
It's incredible how people here are really concerned,
because they love MU, while you as owner of MU
are totally blind to the user perception.
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
15 December 2015
@Dana, we took your suggestion and marked downloads that use the MacUpdate Installer so they say so. "Download w/MacUpdate Installer" appears on pages where an installer is being tested. Thanks.
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dperugini
dperugini
14 January 2016
@MacUpdate: Just eliminate the bundled adware that accompanies your installers and no one would really fully object to the fact that you've wrapped an installer around an application that otherwise utilizes a simple drag 'n dro- to-Applications-Folder procedure to get it on our computers. It's the surreptitious delivery of the bundled adware that is killing the deal for us.
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Andrew-Oldman
05 October 2015
Using Chrome on Windows is pleasure, using it on Mac is problem.
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Version 45.0.2454.101
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gordonnelson500
gordonnelson500
19 October 2015
Do not agree. Mac version is compatible to your Mac RAM volume.
On Windows chrome eat all my RAM (4 GB).
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Lonewolf1
25 September 2015
The latest versions have been all but good so I've left Chrome as my primary browser. There are better alternatives that actually works fine.
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Version 45.0.2454.101
Fringewood
02 September 2015
This is the most intrusive browser available, tracking every site you visit and reporting it directly to Google. I made the mistake of installing it once, and removing it was a nightmare, self-replicating applications kept replacing what I deleted. I had to gut the application that was replacing everything (wasn't easy to find) and lock it so it wouldn't replace itself, to finally remove everything. I will never install this trash again on any machine I own.
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Version 44.0.2403.157
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George6
George6
03 December 2016
even with google docs extensions disabled, when sitting idle in the background without any window / opened website chromes still connects randomly to google. in my understanding this is malicious behaviour for a browser therefore i only use it for testing while denying it any connections to google domains.
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Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
27 January 2017
You might have a look at such extensions as G Disconnect, Ghostery and Google Analiyatics Opt-Out
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JayZONE
02 September 2015
Great browser. Fast, responsive, intuitive, stable, good-looking, secure, multi-functional, multi-platform and so on. 5 stars, for sure and without any doubts.
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Version 44.0.2403.157
MeCox
19 August 2015
I like Google Chrome!
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Slurp
Slurp
14 January 2016
This version was already available on the 7th of november 2015.........Also on MacUpdate. Are they in wintersleep?
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motherhacker
14 August 2015
Google Chrome is a good browser if you want to have everything synced across your devices. Unlike Safari, which works only on Macs and iOS devices, this browser let you use it on: - Macs - PCs - iOS devices - Android devices - Linux devices Yes, Chrome may use too much RAM. That is the price to pay for quality, I guess. Many people are talking about privacy and things like that in this thread. Do you really think someone is spying on you all the time? Nobody cares about your life and browser history unless you're a president or a billionaire. Why do people always think they're so important?
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Version 44.0.2403.155
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Scion777
Scion777
02 December 2015
Safari for Windows - um, duh
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kreiss
kreiss
04 March 2016
Macinman,
I am now duly signed in to MacUpdate, and still only have the Download option. No Installer icon.
But when I download, and open the dmg, I'm faced with the Installer. I delete it.
Your view on the possible reasons is interesting. MacUpdate may be going in the same nasty direction as CNET and Softonic.
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juniork
13 August 2015
Awful browser. Tracks every single move...
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DevTools-Inc-
DevTools-Inc-
23 September 2015
Hint: All websites do this, not matter which browser you use.
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WordWeaver
06 August 2015
My jaw kind of dropped when I read the notation under the "What's New" section for version 44.0.2403.130. It simply states "This update includes a number of fixes."

Is that some kind of a joke? Is that the best explanation that a huge, rich company like Google can offer? Do they consider us Mac users so low on the evolutionary scale that we do not deserve a more in-depth explanation regarding what is actually new in 44.0.2403.130?

To me, that is the epitome of laziness.

I rarely use Google Chrome, but that kind of a statement does not instill confidence in their product.

At least with Firefox, we know what we are getting.
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Version 44.0.2403.130
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
06 August 2015
To amplify my previous comment, in my view, to blindly upgrade an app just because it has a new version is both dangerous and foolhardy. People should make informed decisions, based on the information that is provided by the developer regarding the update.
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
06 August 2015
That last comment was actually supposed to say "just because it has a new version number".
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Macinman
Macinman
06 August 2015
did you look at the changeling on Google's site directly ? it usually contains more information. Sometimes Macupdate slips when posting changes, or they don't post changes at all.
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Macinman
Macinman
06 August 2015
@WordWeaver: maybe this site will help you better: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+log/44.0.2403.125..44.0.2403.130?pretty=fuller&n=10000
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
07 August 2015
@Macinman: Thanks for the info. Much appreciated. I realize that I can easily go to Google's website and find the info. However, that was not the point of my previous comments. People use sites such as MacUpdate.com, VersionTracker.com, etc., because they aggregate new or updated software info all in one place, which is obviously a time-saver for busy people who don't have the time to visit individual developer sites for every piece of software that they own. And in case you are wondering, yes, I have an individual developer URL for every piece of software that I currently use, because I find them more reliable than aggregate sites. :)

At any rate, in my view, it would be better to say nothing at all, rather than state "This update includes a number of fixes." Of course, it has fixes of some kind. Otherwise, there would be no reason for an update. That much will be obvious to most users. But any responsible user will want to know what those specific fixes, enhancements, new features, etc. are, so that they can make an informed decision regarding whether or not they should take the time, and use the bandwidth, to download that update.

That was my point.

If I have to go to Google to find out, then the listing here on MU is pretty much useless to me, so why bother? :)
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Macinman
Macinman
07 August 2015
I agree with you, I've just been disappointed in sites with mac update in the past to provide completely accurate information on updates, so Like you said, and i agree, that it's up to the user to find out the update information, and while your point is very valid that sites like this should contain update information to help make it easier for busy people, or people who want their information from one source, the reality seems to be that really lacks at times, so because of that I have learned to just check with direct sources, and I just encourage others to do the same :) I will give it to macupdate though, that i would say 95% of the software I use, has good information. it's more the third party tools that aren't mac specific that i've noticed lack.
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jchristie07
jchristie07
07 August 2015
@WordWeaver -- its up to the developer to provide MacUpdate with the release notes. I bet Google did not even notify MacUpdate, an employee that a new release was out and added it. Also VersionTracker.com? They shut down years ago... in any event, now that thanks to Apple we have multiple services to download/buy software (I don't care for it this way), sites like MacUpdate unfortunately will slowly fade away in my opinion because developers no longer will be posting their updates to all of these aggregate services as its a waste of time. I usually see users in the comments here advising MU of new releases of the software instead of the developer.
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153957photography
153957photography
12 August 2015
Updates to listings of apps are not limited to developers. Users can also notify MacUpdate of updates or fix information about an app. See: http://www.macupdate.com/developers/update/
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DoUgLaSSS
04 August 2015
I don't think installing Chrome is a good idea for those people who have less than 4GB of RAM. This app uses LOOOOOTS of system resources.
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Version 44.0.2403.125
RogerKatz
28 July 2015
The MacUpdate actually installs version 44.0.2403.125 9 (i.e., not version 44.0.2403.107 indicated in its Webpage title).
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Version 44.0.2403.107
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Fyreflye
Fyreflye
29 July 2015
Chrome's automatic updater also shows 44.0.2403.125.
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DevTools-Inc-
23 July 2015
Google Chrome is the best browser for users who prefer reliability, speed, product security and privacy. See also: http://www.google.com/goodtoknow/online-safety/security-tools/
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Mr-Zark
Mr-Zark
29 July 2015
I'm sorry but I couldn't help but laugh when you said privacy. Apple and Mozilla actually respect your privacy with their browsers, and those two browsers don't have the resource issue like Chrome does.
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mrsidoric
mrsidoric
25 September 2015
What are you smoking DevTools-Inc?
Better yet – what dev tools do you create so we can avoid them.
Anyone who believes that Google respects privacy is an idiot.
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Hkim
22 July 2015
This browser has the highest number of security vulnerabilities of any browser out now: www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/26/chrome_trumps_all_in_reported_vulnerabilities/ How many flavors does bad come in?
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Version 43.0.2357.134
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Prince-Isaac
Prince-Isaac
23 July 2015
So true. However those who worship all things Gargle won't want to read anything that casts aspersions on their beloved "beats the pants off safari" browser. No amount of reporting like the above will convince them that they are not Gargle's clients or users, they are Gargle's freely-collected data points to be sold to high flying corporate and government clients.
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DevTools-Inc-
DevTools-Inc-
23 July 2015
You should talk about subjects which you can understand.

In the field of security research, more discovered bugs means that the software has less bugs in the future, after the developers fix them. Google does that and pays for discovered bugs. See also:
http://www.google.com/about/appsecurity/chrome-rewards/

What you obviously prefer is, that no one talks about the countless security related problems/bugs in other web browsers. Safari for example:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204950
and
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204826
(and that is only Safari 8.0.6 and 8.0.7 <-- i.e. more security related bugs in previous versions)

Your comments regarding Google software security ignore also the fact that you as a customer want more discovered and fixed bugs, not less. Why? Because discovered AND fixed bugs increase the product stability and the product security.
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Hkim
Hkim
23 July 2015
I would love to take hope in what "devtools-Inc" says, however, like Android, there are just too many holes in this business for me to consider it safe for certain things. There is no upward curve yet with Chrome in regards to your "stability". Swatting so many bugs only tells me someone has left a window open.
I realize that Mozilla and Apple have issues but I like how the Mozilla team plugs hole better than either Google or Apple.
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Web-Jive
03 July 2015
I REALLY wanted to like Google Chrome for Mac but, Google insists on ignoring OS settings and building in features without overrides. The biggie for us is when you click a FTP with credentials, it should launch the app set to handler app (ours is YummyFTP). Instead, it opens the crappy browser FTP window instead completely bypassing the OS settings. Safari and Firefox both work great like this but, not Chrome.....
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Version 43.0.2357.130
Prince-Isaac
19 June 2015
To all those who simply adore Google and choose to ignore the fact that you are not their customer, that you are only a source of data, please take the time to read this:

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/06/google-chrome-listening-in-to-your-room-shows-the-importance-of-privacy-defense-in-depth/

The first paragraph:
Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.

A public service reminder that Google is evil and doesn't give a sh*t about anyone's private affairs while it intrudes on every aspect of your digital life.

Counter-comment from Mikael in 3...2...1...
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 June 2015
If this is not hyperbole (doesn't seem to be), then this http://wearechange.org/got-chrome-google-just-silently-downloaded-this-onto-your-computer/ (that I came here to post) is the nail in the coffin for Google for me. Any eavesdropping or installation of such software parts that is unsanctioned by the user is sick.

I was already planning to move my email accounts from Google and recommending friends to do the same. If you just stop using Chrome and keep using the Google services, then you would be pretty naive thinking that would make a big difference security-wise.

If I'm going to use a US company for services it's going to be Apple. At least they seem to attempt to respect the privacy of their customers and I want to support that in order to make incentives for other companies to follow. Otherwise I think it may be wise to use trustworthy local companies if there are such where you live.

There are of course no reason to think NSA at least hasn't compromised the IOS/OS X universe already, but it certainly seem way more secure for other threats than Android/Windows even if using BSD or Linux may be even more secure if you set it up properly.

But as we know also within Linux and open source there have been compromised security in the last few years. I guess it's a question of limitless resources from the multiple existing shadow governments in the world, i e the security agencies.

Personally, I don't fear these organizations even if they do listen and record, but I want to protect my machines form other criminals that can exploit the same. Which is why I use duckduckgo.com as my primary search engine, only using Google as a backup.
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 June 2015
"Google pulls listening software from Chromium"
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/25/google-pulls-listening-software-chromium

The harm is already done as I see it.
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Tim27
26 May 2015
I absolutely HATE the new bookmark saving functionality and the new bookmark manager. I don't know who is working on UI over at Google, but they need to be fired. Horrible design. It's more difficult to do EVERYTHING associated with bookmarks now. Was once a great browser, ruined by this horrid experience.
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Ranjansen
25 May 2015
Modern but most horrible browser to have Malwares! beware of Chrome. Even on the PC side it is horrible in hogging memory and getting into each and every part of your computer. Try HandsOff and Little Snitch to see how pervasive and home calling it does even when it is not running.
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 May 2015
Are you talking about that plug-in? To be fair you can turn off automatic updates.
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iMiNiMaL
14 May 2015
Personally, I agree with these wise words: @Prince_Isaac "I really can't believe that supposed tech-savvy folks who deny all the built-in spyware that any Google app contains still insist that Chrome is the best browser around. Oh yes, it has all those attractive bells and whistles that techsters all love but underneath all the sugar coating lies a cruel and evil technology that captures god (and Gummibear Page) knows what from unsuspecting users, then sells all that data to clients who then target you. This whole business of Google is nothing more than the NSA on steroids. But it seems that nobody gives a crap about all that because, well, it's free and has all those great goodies."
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 May 2015
And this is different how exactly for a user, on say Firefox logging into their Google account? You're so sweeping here, as someone that has no idea about what they're saying.

The big scandal with Chrome is that Google allowed by their technical security design that add-on that downloaded code after installation that indeed did break people's privacy to do that without the user knowing. To some extent any free software can do that and in this case that would be spying per definition.

To not refer to this case when talking down Chrome does seem to indicate some ignorance. You're just spewing sweeping propaganda instead of simple facts. You're not serving the community.
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Solo68
Solo68
03 November 2015
Agree!
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
03 November 2015
I should add that after the last scandal (not the above) I've deleted Chrome. from all my devices.
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TeddyUrsadorable
TeddyUrsadorable
10 March 2016
"I really can't believe that supposed tech-savvy folks who deny all the built-in spyware that any Google app contains still insist that Chrome is the best browser around. "

Unlike Firefox, which bundles in Pocket and makes it impossible to remove. One of several reasons why I stopped using Firefox.
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George6
George6
26 March 2016
the problem with chrome is that on startup and even later without any user interaction it tries constantly to connect to serveral google domains. i want my browser to be a neutral program and not tie me into the google universe for selling data. at least i want to be able to opt out of this and google chrome simply doesnt allow that.
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TeddyUrsadorable
TeddyUrsadorable
26 March 2016
@George6, Do you have all the features turned off such under the Privacy section of Chrome settings (in the advanced settings section) ? All those will report to Google periodically.
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George6
George6
26 March 2016
this is nothing you can turn off in the (advanced) privacy settings.
run little snitch and then start chrome. you'll see.
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dwp-1
dwp-1
07 June 2016
Developers collect the date because information is valuable.. You don't think the other browser developers collect data? I love Apple but they collect data, maybe not to the extent as Google but data non-the-less. We live in a world were information is power and they believe the more info the better. These new devices with always on microphones, they scare me. A whole new way of collecting data and it can be personal data.. You ever make love to your spouse and look over and catch your dog watching, it is disgusting but those devices with always on microphones are the same. Listening, listening while you sleep, eat and bath....
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George6
George6
07 June 2016
dont make this a general discussion.

install an outgoing firewall, see that no homepage is set in safari, firefox and chrome and start those browsers.

safari and firefox will stay idle and do not try to connect to anywhere.

chrome on the other hand first wants to connect to "www.google.com", then "clients6.google.com", then "translate.googleapis.com", then "id.google.com", then again "www.google.com". and when you think it's done after some seconds it tries to connect to "alt1-safebrowsing.google.com".

no thank you, sir.
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Dana-Sutton
14 May 2015
(I use Chromium, but what I have to say applies equally to Chrome). This browser is by far the best available BUT it comes with a huge problem: the existence of malware extensions. I just got bit by one of these that introduced an advertising redirect virus, which nearly drove me bats@@t. I see from http://www.macrumors.com/mac/ that Google is going to adopt a "walled garden" system like the Apple Store to combat this plague, but in case you too get snakebit you ought to bookmark these two sites to have them handy: http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-mac-os-x-virus/ (how to get rid of bad extensions) and http://www.fixyourbrowser.com/how-to/remove-adware-mac-osx-safari-chrome-firefox/ and http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-mac-os-x-virus/ (a great and, as far as I can tell, completely honest and aboveboard piece of software to purge your Mac of all adware).
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 May 2015
Thanks for the link even if the first one refers to adware as viruses. Viruses, apps that replicates themselves, on OS X remains to be seen. Adware is not a virus even if it may irritate just as much.
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CDavid
13 May 2015
For me, Chrome is the best browser ever. It's better than Safari, better than Firefox., Opera and other browsers. Efficient and simple - that's how I characterise Chrome. I've been using it for about 3 or 4 years now. Without any lags. Unlike Safari, it is constantly changing, both in terms of design and functionality. Pros: - Deep integration with Google ecosystem (Docs, Slides, Gmail, Maps...) - I can sync all the data I want among all the devices (both Apple and non-Apple) - I can set a background image Cons: - Preferences menu could have been more user-friendly Bottom line: Chrome browser is great app. For sure.
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banana-joe
banana-joe
15 May 2015
i agree with you that chrome is a wonderful browser and has an excellent, if not the best integration with google services, but where exactly has it changed? features have been added, ok, but the look and feel of the browser overall haven't changed or changed just a bit. safari on the other hand, has gone through a lot of changes the last few years. i'm not saying that safari is better than chrome or that chrome is better than safari...
i use both and i'm very satisfied with both of them. but i have to admit, that safari uses less system resources. i guess that has to be expected, because of the better system integration safari has .
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CDavid
CDavid
15 May 2015
The new tab window (or whatever it is called) was changed. Google added the ability to add custom themes to the browser. Chrome Web Store was launched. These are the changed I was supposed to mention.
For me personally, Chrome is better than any other browser, but it's a matter of habit or taste, I guess :)
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 May 2015
And the current state of the add-on security doesn't worry you at all?
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The thing about Google is, any app of theirs installs more damn stuff, and all over your machine. I at least disable the autoupdate bundle, if I have to use ... and sometimes Safari is so damn cautious about Flash, have to open another browser just to see pix, esp. slideshows.
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distreszed
04 April 2015
RAM, RAM, RAM...
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Version 41.0.2272.118
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
29 April 2015
You should really get some. 6GB is absolute minimum these days. 8 is acceptable.
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distreszed
distreszed
29 April 2015
I have 16 gigs, I've just thought it's more than enough for browsing. Google doesn't think so
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Tim27
Tim27
26 May 2015
I agree.I open my Activity Monitor and Google Chrome Helper has 21 processes running (not including the actual application). I only have 6 plugins installed and have 10 tabs open. What is the deal?
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Neal
02 April 2015
Rubbish software from a rubbish corporation that has rubbish ethics. Use at your peril. Google are focusing the internet on propagandising Pro-US foreign policy and surveillance. They are using their software and algorithms to restrict both freedom of information and speech. There is nothing uniquely essential to be got from Chrome. Other browsers are just as fast, have many features and a better understanding of the term "privacy". For web-searches do yourself and the world a favour; use DuckDuckGo with any other browser than Chrome. The RAM consumption alone is enough to warrant less than 1 star.

I was sceptical of their start-up corporate mantra, "Do No Evil" and have lived to see them "Doing Evil".
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 May 2015
Yes, duckduckgo.com is a nice search engine.
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Namadany
02 April 2015
Chrome and Chromium both have bugs that launch various websites automatically. They claim they are going to fix this, but don't hold your breath
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Version 41.0.2272.118
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anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
16 April 2015
This sounds like adware. Have you checked with adwaremedic.com?
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Namadany
Namadany
16 April 2015
I haver used TSM Adware Removal Tool and it still happens
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anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
16 April 2015
You want to *use* that adware removal tool, online or download. Maybe a home page will open at startup, but you should be able to choose, in preferences.
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 May 2015
Where do "they" claim this? There are no websites launched automatically in either Chromium or Chrome base install.
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bb553
22 March 2015
A "new" issue: TechWorm: Chromium Hack : special 13 character can crash Chrome Browser Tab on a Mac PC By Vijay on March 21, 2015 [ http://www.techworm.net/2015/03/chromium-hack-special-13-character-can-crash-chrome-browser-tab-on-a-mac-pc.html ] No browsers are safe as proved yesterday at Pwn2Own, [ http://www.techworm.net/2015/03/no-browser-is-safe-chrome-firefox-internet-explorer-safari-all-hacked-at-pwn2own-contest.html ] but crashing one of them with just one line of special code is slightly different.  A developer has discovered a hack in Google Chrome which can crash the Chrome tab on a Mac...
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Fyreflye
Fyreflye
23 March 2015
On the other hand, all the other browsers tested succumbed to even more security hacks than Chrome.
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
26 May 2015
@Fyreflye. but they're not called Chrome. We must only berate the security in this browser. Didn't you get the memo?
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Although it uses a lot of RAM, it works better and faster than Firefox and Safari. Well, unless you open a gazillion cards and a lot of other programs. There are no miracles. But without the 8 GB of RAM, not even worth the install.
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
29 April 2015
I totally disagree Chrome is faster than Firefox. Firefox has really picked up lately and is the most versatile and a very fast browser on OS X. (I'm on OS X 10.9 Mavericks). I use it much more often than Chrome these days.

I also disagree Chrome uses more RAM than other browsers. This does not show in Activity Monitor.

One major reason to not use Chrome would be the less than acceptable way Google allow (allowed?) for plug-ins to download code well after installation without the user knowing about this is any way.
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distreszed
12 March 2015
still eating up all available memory
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Version 41.0.2272.89
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tjekov37
tjekov37
22 March 2015
for me with 3 opened tabs + yotube video play + chrome helper =300 Mb RAM . Worked super cooool :-))
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bollemus1
11 March 2015
Chrome will always be ONE of my favorite browser but after Mavericks and now on Yosemite, with OS X using as much available ram as possible.. Having Chrome eating 2-3 GB's of RAM does not make it easier for me when I do RAM demanding Pro apps. Many will disagree but Safari 8.0 & later is actually blazingly fast and a really reliable browser. Never experience hiccups or lag on any websites any longer. I use both but for the most part I will stick with Safari. Wish Safari had the same extension possibilities as Chrome tho. (Yes I know Safari supports extension but those are veeeeery limited) 4 stars from me. Over all, great browser, have nothing bad against it except for the RAM usage.
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alanB8048
10 March 2015
a lot of Google Chrome helper CPU and Memory eater... for what ? desinstall
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distreszed
07 March 2015
last two versions are eating up 7-8 gigs of RAM (and more) when left open for a day

OS X 10.7.5
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OSX-FTW!
23 February 2015
It's a nice browser. I don't get all he hate. Be thankful we're not running IE.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
JamesHarrisPhoto
11 March 2015
It has to do with Chrome using 2-3 gigs of ram. Very pretty browser, but it's an absolute resource hog. I prefer to use the majority of my ram for graphics and photography. Firefox is running great at half the ram.
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OSX-FTW!
OSX-FTW!
14 March 2015
@ Harristype :

But, in OS X and really any other modern OS RAM isn't meant to be left free. I mean if it's free RAM it's not doing anything, right? So, it's by design. Now, when all of your RAM is being used then things slow down. So the minimum for RAM keeps climbing. I've only got 8 gigs on an old '09 Mini albeit with an SSD. And, I'd say 8 gigs is pretty much the base, bare minimum to run a modern OS.
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wpeters136
19 February 2015
Since I started using Google Chrome as my default browser I am unable to access LinkedIn. Safari and Firefox and fine but Google Chrome seems to be incompatible with that particular site. Anyone else had this problem?
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Fyreflye
Fyreflye
20 February 2015
No.
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