Is Chrome The Worst Browser Ever?

UPDATE – March 28, 2011

A new review is now available HERE. It features reviews of Firefox 4, Chrome 10 and IE 9.

June 2010 – Is Google’s Chrome the worst browser ever? It isn’t the worst ever, but it is the worst browser today. I originally took a look at Chrome on its release in 2008, and after recently reading a few glowing reviews, I decided to take another look at it. In 2008, I found the browser fast, but crashy and lacking in features. Now, in 2010, little has changed. Installation was quick and problem free. Chrome even did an excellent job importing my Links Bar from Firefox – I was impressed. It still seems to be fast at rendering pages.

Now the bad. I had heard a lot about how Chrome now has extensions ‘just like Firefox’, so I tried to find extensions similar to the six extensions that I use with Firefox, I could find only one of the six. Strike one!

Very few things in Chrome’s interface can be customized by the user. Buttons cannot be added or removed. The tab bar cannot be repositioned (even with an extension). For a tweaker like me, this Apple-like, our way or no way attitude is a major negative. Strike two!

I was unable to test on a Mac because Chrome is only available for OSX 10.5 and later. Lastly, I again found crash problems. Crashes occurred on only one of two Windows XP systems that were tested, indicating a possible software conflict on the suspect pc, but since no other applications on that pc have crash issues, that is strike three – Chrome, you’re out!

Also, Chrome has always tauted its ability to isolate a crash to the lone offending tab. I have never observed this behavior; when it chrashes, all tabs and the browser go down.

Chrome does make sense on netbooks, where its speed and light weight are big positives. However, with screen real estate scarce, Chrome’s lack of customization is even more painful. Why can’t the Download Bar be disabled?

Chrome may be a good choice if you want a no-frills browser, but I will not be using it. I still prefer Firefox for all of the customization that it offers. I even rate Internet Explorer slightly above Chrome, although I won’t be using IE either. Hopefully, my next review of Chrome will be more positive.
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DanKostecki.com

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15 Responses to “Is Chrome The Worst Browser Ever?”


  1. 1 Bob December 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    No it isn’t the worst browser ever is SAFARI so far what i’ve used it lacks typically evrything plus it crashes more often than google chrome in my opinion FIREFOX IS THE BEST

  2. 2 Darius March 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Obviously Bob is an Idiot !! Safari blows the doors off Chrome and is almost as Good as Firefox, although personally I believe Opera is far away the cleanest, and the fastest WC3 net.2 compliant browser there is.

  3. 3 King March 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    If you feel, chrome is the worst browser ever, you have no idea about internet browsers in the world.

  4. 4 Dan March 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    You may be right. I gave the new 64 bit IE9 a test yesterday and it is a complete mess. It reminded me why I quit using Internet Explorer several years ago. I plan to give Chrome another look in the near future – possible a head-to-head with Firefox 4.

  5. 5 Sandeep May 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Now I know why this blog is called Dummr. because dumbers post in it. IE is the worst browser ever. Chrome, Firefox and others are far better, safer and faster. As a Web Designer i say IE SUCKS.

  6. 6 Whiskey August 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    You obviously are no a web developer… IE6, 7, 8 are the worst. Chrome, FF and Operah are pretty good browsers, at least their behaviour is not random as in IE they run js pretty well. Safari uses almost the same engine as Chrome…

  7. 7 phillips1012 December 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Chrome is the best browser, dumbass

  8. 9 ddavid May 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Chrome may not be the worst browser, but it matches the dumbest browser ever. IE8 is far better than Chrome. Today I was using search and chrome would NOT allow to read Google Groups blogs, while with IE and FF I could.
    So what else does Chome forbid to read ?
    When a Home page of Chrome gets hijacked it’s a pain to get rid off, while with Firefox it takes a few seconds.

  9. 10 powerman June 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I don’t see the big thing about Chrome. People say it’s so fast but IE10 is faster, yes a version of IE10 has been proven to be faster than Google Chrap.

    IE9/10: Good
    IE8 and below: Shit
    Chrome: Shit
    FF: Good
    MX: Best
    Opera: Meh

  10. 11 Anonymous December 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I think that Chrome is very, very bad, because it works as it feels like working. I just had problems with loading youtube. I tried several times: it just couldn’t load more than 50% of the page’s content and completely refused to load comments. I restarted it and then it was fine. What the fuck is up with this piece of utter garbage.

  11. 12 Mikee April 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Years later and Chrome is still the biggest piece of shit to ever enter the browser market. On a daily basis Chrome decides it no longer knows how to run a secure connection. Just another failed Google idea to throw on their pile of crap and garbage they keep spewing out in the hopes of stealing more personal information from us. Fuck you, Google, and fuck your worthless browser.

  12. 13 Anonymous August 23, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Well I cant stand google search or google chrome,,they both are ncrap,,crap,,half the stuff I look for on either it will not find websites,,,I try hours tryinr to finfd info on stuff it cant find,,i switch to my other computer and use internet explorer or yahoo,,find what I was looking for in a matter of seconds ,,and I hate the put there crap search stuff on smart phones and try to make it were u cant uninstall ,,they are crap,,just like there os,,and the chrome junk books

  13. 14 knfrozvnil@gmail.com October 11, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Great web sitewebsite! It looks really professional! Keep up the helpful job!


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