Skip to comments.Question: Which is faster? Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox?..........
Posted on 08/16/2012 10:05:04 AM PDT by Red Badger
I am thinking of switching from FF to Chrome. Is it faster? Easier to use? Same??........
IMHO it’s Chrome but it maybe spyware!
Google Chrome is much faster. Firefox got to be too much of a memory hog on my XP machne.
Seriously. just install it and try it.
As a developer, I have to use multiple browsers on multiple platforms. All have their pros and cons.
But there’s nothing stopping you from trying them all.
Chrome is faster and my husband keeps telling me to switch, but I still use Mozilla Firefox because I am used to it.
Chrome but it makes it easier for Google to database your time on the net.
I'm not a tech nerd with either the time or patience to deal with crashes or seizures. So when one of them crashes or seizes up, I just go to one of the others.
As for speed, Chrome does seem to be marginally faster than FF and noticeably faster than IE. But I use FF most of the time because of the lower crash/seizure rate.
Google scans virtually everything you do and they either sell the information to retailers or report it to the government.
It’s the reason I avoid Google at all costs. How do you think they got so much money BEFORE their IPO??
Chrome is, if you enjoy being spied on any more than you already are using Firefox.
I wouldn't touch Google
InfoStealer Chrome with a 10 foot pole.
I like the Opera browser, and find it do be as fast as Chrome, without the data theft.
Chrome and Safari are tops in browsers for the last several years. I use both regularly. Chrome has a bit of a learning curve due to its lightweight GUI, but it is excellent. It is also based on Apple’s WebKit, which powers Safari. Opera and Firefox have been passé for a while now. Microsoft Internet Explorer is just malware. Go Chrome or Safari. I was very pleased that Apple adopted the in integration of the URL/Search input field that Chrome made popular.
I am running the latest version of FF on several Linux versions (Mint & Ubuntu) and have absolutely no complaints.
If you want Chrome without the Google association, try
SRW Iron or
Both are based on Chrome but are developed outside Google.
“IMHO its Chrome but it maybe spyware!”
The internet is “spyware” no matter the browser or the sites you visit. If you get on the internet then you get “spyware”. If you don’t want “spyware” then unhook the network cable forever. :-)
Yeah, been using Opera for years. It is much faster then IE and FF, and I find it faster than Chrome. Browser speed is more subjective nowadays with faster computers, and is less an issue, but Opera is generally the fastest. But is is a bit different, and I find that most people don’t want to learn something different...
I’ve used Firefox for several years and like it. Its only drawback (compared to IE) is that some videos won’t run in FF but will only run in IE. I won’t use Chrome because Google is too intrusive.
The latest versions of Firefox have been getting to be fat and lazy resource hogs.
Use Firefox and install “Do Not Track Plus”. Google won’t be able to find you.
Spyware according to Wiki is a type of malware (malicious software) installed on computers that collects information about users without their knowledge. Spyware needs to be installed in your computer. Nowadays businesses also use the Internet via secured Internet Protocols so Internet isn’t a spyware, hello...!
Everytime I run Bleachbit to deletes clutter files it also removes big chunk of Chrome data while with only FF and Safari browser present it only deletes sessionstore.bak. It also asks to update Google Chrome after everytime Bleachbit is run. I’m not sure if Chrome indeed spyware but I’m paranoid.
I’ve largely switched to Chrome from IE because of M$’s inability to update it for XP.
It is quick, and has many extensions that allow for personalization.
If you’re worried about security, just enable all the security settings (or turn off the data miners) or use one of the web anonymizers.
Wasn’t impressed with FF, although I could see how someone going from IE would appreciate the (more similar to IE) interface.
Thanks for all the comments. I think I will stay with FF for a bit longer...........
Actually tweaked FF is faster than Chrome...
If you’re using a single core CPU and have 1 gb of RAM or less, Chrome is way slower.
Disagree. I have an old 192 MB laptop I still fire up occasionally just to see what works and doesn't. There were a couple versions of FF that would not run satisfactorily on it, I think V5 and V6. Those versions I could get away with only one tab at a time and even then it would start swapping after a few minutes. But memory footprint seem to have improved considerably in subsequent versions. Now it can handle three or four tabs! Not exactly state of the art, but the machine is perfect to evaluate memory management at the margin.
I’m sure Chrome is faster but Firefox has much the better Delicious based tagging system.
Not in my experience but I still choose FF with add-ons.
Chrome start-up is considerably quicker on all my machines (Linux and XP). Other benchmarks vary but in most cases Chrome has the edge on speed. But like I say, my priorities are elsewhere.
I have found that disabling anything and everything by ‘HP’ (this is an HP computer)in the start up file really speeds things up..........
spel_grammer_an_punct_polise said Internet is spyware, if you don't like that unhook the network cable forever. :-)
Firefox has fallen on hard times.
As long as your comfortable with Google, I'd suggest Chrome.
Do you use tabs at all? My experience is that Chrome tabs are memory hogs and slowwwwwww.
My usual FF configuration has 11 saved tabs but no, I can’t say I’ve used tabs at startup in Chrome enough to make a comparison.
As for Chrome, I don't trust Google in any way. Google is way too chummy with governments, especially authoritarian ones.
Firefox is on its way down. Chrome seems to be holding steady. They both heave, spew, blow chunks, etc., when doing anything other than just reading text.
In my experience, a Chrome session with 10 tabs takes 5 minutes or more to get started. The latest Firefox with 50 tabs takes about 2 minutes, tops. Again, this is with a single core CPU and 1 gb of RAM - a 10-year-old machine.
Why in the world would you knowingly give Google any chance to sell anymore information about you than they have and more than likely have copied same information for unsubpoened access by the jack booted thugs in this current Federal government? Answer that and you have your answer.
In what way is Opera different? FF was different from IE when people first switched over to it. We just had to adapt. I'd love a faster browser. I don't like Firefox as much as I did the first few years I used it. How would you categorize Opera's "difference"?
Man, I think you've got some serious optimizations to do for both browsers, even on a ten year old machine.
I just timed FF startup with 11 tabs on a 1 GB machine. 12 seconds. This includes loading data over slow DSL (what isn't cached). My processor may be faster but not THAT much faster.
Trust me - your processor is way faster. My CPU is an AMD XP 2000, which is a Pentium 4 2Ghz equivalent. I also have Skype, Yahoo Messenger and Microsoft Security Essentials (for anti-virus stuff) installed. I suspect it would be a lot faster without Skype and Messenger installed, but I use those routinely. It used to be worse - McAfee used to bring the system to a halt, until I switched to the Microsoft antivirus.
Chrome is fast and stable. That said, it IS google, so I generally avoid.
For instance, I have a page which downloads orders from a store database and lets me browse them. Testing on yesterday's 1194 orders, Chrome loaded it up in 0.865 seconds, whereas Firefox needed 4.121. Ouch. Chrome took 0.357 seconds to re-sort the orders descending by net sale total vs 0.990 for Firefox. The page displays an unusually large amount of data. The height of the fully expanded content window (which is scrolled through a view port window with headings locked above) is 181,628 pixels, or about 149 feet at a typical dot pitch of 0.25 mm.
Chrome also provides better control over the browsing process. Each page is a separate process. It has a Task Manager window which lets you see which pages are causing CPU load and allows you to kill them. To paraphrase the next president, I like being able to kill processes which aren't giving me the service I need. It's a real kick to kill the Flash plugin and see CPU drop as frowny faces appear in all the Flash windows.
On the minus side, Chrome does use more memory for the same number of open windows. Of course, in Chrome closing a tab seems to free its memory more reliably than on Firefox. Firefox used to have a really serious memory leak problem. RAM usage would just grow and grow until, when it got up to 1.5 gig or so, I'd have to kill the process and wait several seconds while the dozens of threads wound down. However, in recent releases, that bug seems to have been solved.
Since I am a paranoid when it comes to Internet stuff, I will avoid it as well. So far, FF has never let me down.........
My kids still use 1.8 Ghz Pentium 4 laptops. The even older laptop I talked about earlier is a 400 Mhz Celeron (crippled Pentium 2). But even that starts FF is less than a minute with two or three tabs.
There are actually two Chromes: the one from Google and the open-source one from the Chromium Project.
The Chromium Browser link above explains the differences (what Google Chrome has that the Chromium Browser doesn't).
You can try this.
The host server may change based on ping speeds from your IP addr
Why are you thinking of switching? Not willing to help the rest of us?
Using Opera right now. it and Dolphin are by far the quickest/best on my aging Android phone...