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Which browser is best for my specific needs?

by mkries2 / May 2, 2011 10:34 AM PDT

Hello, this is my first time posting in these forums. Over the past year or so, it seems like my web browsers are becoming less stable. Crashing, freezing... just being a pain in the butt.

Anyways- I'm running a slightly older computer (2005 or so). I realize this is probably my biggest problem, but to compensate for that, I added flash-blocking extensions to Firefox and Chrome, the two browsers I try to run. I also updated my drivers, and performed various virus and malware scans to ensure there was nothing fishy installed or running, but they didn't catch anything.

Still, both browsers seem to crash constantly. I like Chrome better, but I understand that it is a memory-intensive program, and have switched to FF 4.0.1 lately. If I have 2 or more tabs open on either browser, it seems to be a ticking time-bomb for a crash. Again, flash is blocked, and I'm not watching streaming video or anything.

So I guess my questions are- what is the least memory-intensive browser, and what browser would you recommend as being "most stable"? I don't use my computer or the web for anything too complicated (just to check email, read news/blogs, fantasy sports, etc) so I really don't want something with a lot of bells and whistles that will slow down my computer and cause crashes. I just want the best browser for my outdated machine. I was hoping switching from Chrome to FF would help, but FF seems to crash just about as often. I would be willing to use Chrome, FF, IE, Opera, or anything else you might think would work for me. Thanks!

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This MIGHT help
by prodygii / May 4, 2011 6:58 AM PDT

I'm not really sure if this would work for you or not, but I had a similar problem before I bought the computer I've got now. I downloaded a old version of Chrome, can't remember what version it was but it seems like it wasn't anywhere near version 11. I was having problems with FF crashing, but I never even tried the new Chrome versions. But whichever old version of Chrome I had was working great--this wasn't but about 3 months ago. Here's a link where you can download old versions of Chrome:

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Meant to add this in my above reply...
by prodygii / May 4, 2011 7:02 AM PDT
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Thanks- I had started to lean towards an older version
by mkries2 / May 4, 2011 8:46 AM PDT
In reply to: This MIGHT help

I think I'm going to start by trying FF3.6, and maybe then try Old Chrome. I love Chrome, and used to have it, but it seems to me to be more memory-intensive, which I now believe to be my biggest problem. I just checked FF4, and saw it was taking up 200MB+ of memory, which just isn't going to work on my old machine. However, FF3.6 seems to use less memory, according to various articles I've read. Thanks again, and I might just take a look at that Old Chrome if FF3.6 doesn't work.

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