Fast, Safe 32-bit Browser for XP?

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  1. Cruise

    Cruise Registered Member

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    My son's friend is using an old Dell laptop running XP-SP3 x86 and at this time he can't afford to upgrade. Noticing that his friend is using IE8 my son asked me if I can recommend a faster and safer browser. Well it's been a very long time since I've used XP, so I thought I'd ask that question of those of you who are still running it.

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    I have two weak machines running XP with Chrome and one with XP and SeaMonkey. Both browsers are very fast and safe IMO. I would like to add that the slowness of the computer may have other reasons than the choice of the browser, running an AV with little RAM for example...
     
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    Good points. My son tells me that his friend's laptop has a 2GB PentM and 1GB RAM (seems to me that's ample for XP). I would think Chrome is a good choice, if nothing else it's sure to be safer than IE8.
     
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    You might want to look into Pale Moon (32-bit of course). This may not make much of a difference, but it's optimized for later processors (as opposed to Firefox which will run on a Pentium 1 if you actually have enough RAM), and the list includes the Pentium M.

    Adding NoScript with automatic whitelisting of top-level domains might be a decent default setting to cut down on Javascript some. Although he'd probably have to learn how to enable scripts when needed.
     
  5. Sampei Nihira

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    If the file system is FAT32
    no browser Chrome-based.
     
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    Why is that? Chrome is having problems with FAT32 file system?
     
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    Thanks, didn't know that.
     
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    :thumb:
     
  10. Cruise

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    My son tells me it's NTFS.
     
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    For fast and secure browser on Windows XP I think that Google Chrome is a right decision.
     
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    I love Maxthon Cloud, but I can't say if or how well it would run on XP (it's been quite a while since I used that OS)!
     
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    On old Dell laptop Opera v12 is the only way to go.
     
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    On old machines, Opera v12 is indeed the only way to go. :thumb:

    EDIT: And it´s also less attacked, thus safer.
     
  17. Cruise

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    Thanks guys (and gal) -- it looks like consensus here says go either with Chrome or Opera 12.
     
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    I think Maxthon uses the webkit engine by default.
     
  19. WSFuser

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    Wouldn't Chrome's per-tab processes make it somewhat of a memory hog? That may affect performance on an older machine.
     
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    I have been using Opera for years, and currently Opera v12.15 Build 1748.
     
  21. Sampei Nihira

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    Yes.
    Is best Firefox + SBIE.
    (With the usual extensions)
     
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    After reading all of your comments, my son suggested that his friend try Opera 12. He installed v12.17 yesterday and is now in a learning phase. ;)
     
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    Nice to hear, but don´t forget, not all sites will work correctly in Opera v12, so as a "back up" browser, you can always use Firefox. :)
     
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    Thanks Rasheed, I'll pass that info on. My son's friend already has a question. He wants to know if/how he can place a 'Send Link' button on Opera's toolbars that would work with his default email client?
     
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    Cruise, in my old Xp, running Firefox under Sandboxie gives me same feeling as wearing an old pair of Levis. :cool:

    Pages don't hang, they open fast and can watch videos with no problem. I see people around the internet with newer computers and faster connection than me complaining about watching videos in Youtube. I don't have that problem. NoScript plays a big part on that, if your sons friend can handle it, it make things open up a lot faster. For play time, I prefer to use my XP than my W7. Firefox with NoScript under SBIE works great.

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