The Iron Browser


By Electric Atheist

Do you like Google’s Chrome browser, but don’t like the privacy-compromising features of it?  Then SRWare Iron is the browser for you.

Since Iron is built using the Chromium engine, I’ll use Chrome as the yardstick for reviewing Iron.  For the latest article on Iron Browser, click here.

Iron takes advantage of the best aspects of the Chromium engine’s optimizations, so it is very fast and reliable. Searches used the Google search as a default, so there was no performance difference between the two browsers.  Even the site preview windows worked seamlessly in Iron.

Pretty much the whole point of Iron, though, is to remove the features of Chrome that are a bit Orwellian in nature.  The usage tracking and reporting are gone, and the creepy dynamic personalized advertising is removed so random ads show instead.

… based on the free Sourcecode “Chromium” – without any problems at privacy and security Google’s Web browser Chrome thrilled with an extremely fast site rendering, a sleek design and innovative features. But it also gets critic from data protection specialists , for reasons such as creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions.

What does Iron makes different? Read here. In fact, Iron goes a step beyond Chrome, as it comes with an integrated Adblocker that is fairly effective, although you’ll probably still want to download AdBlockerPlus if you really want to scrub those ads out of your internet experience. Chrome plugins and themes installed and operated with no difficulty.

With the same two tabs open in each browser, Iron used less than half the resources of Chrome (230k vs 530k). Page loads and navigations were just as fast as Chrome, and there were no noticeable differences in load times between the two browsers.

Installation notes: Google was selected as the browser’s search engine instead of the default SRWare search engine. (a selectable option on install) On uninstall, the program did not delete user data in its program folder. You may want to be sure to delete this info manually if security is an issue for you.

This browser has replaced Chrome on my home PC.


Download here.
Testers used: Win7, Vista, XP and Linux
Reviewer used: Win7
Version tested: SRWare Iron 16.0.950.0 (Dec 21 2011)

There are two newer posts on Iron Browser in this blog:

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