7 Lightweight browsers for Windows

Lightweight Browsers

If you think Chrome or Firefox consume too much RAM of your system, you may think of choosing a lightweight browser for your PC. Google Chrome is the most popular browser but it consumes a lot of RAM and puts much load on the system. There are a few good lightweight browsers that do not put load on the system and hence less resource consumption and less battery drain. Some of these browsers also bring features you do not find in other browsers. These lightweight browsers do the same job but without any compromise in terms of performance. Some of these also support extensions and add-ons. Now check the list of Lightest Web Browsers.

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Lightweight Browsers For Windows

1. Torch

Torch is a popular and lightweight browser for Windows. It comes with Google Chrome-like clean interface but with a faster web browsing experience. Torch is based on Chromium that is also used by Google Chrome. It has a lot of interesting features like video download from any website on single click, Built-in Torrent downloader, Torch video player, Tons of free games and custom themes for Facebook. It also has Torch Music, a YouTube-based service to access music and videos in one place.


2. Comodo IceDragon

Comodo IceDragon is from a security company Comodo. That means This is not just a lightweight browser but also a secure browser. It looks similar to Firefox and includes the same menus, extensions, and add-ons. If you use Firefox, you won’t see any difference after switching to IceDragon. This browser uses Comodo’s own DNS servers for secure and faster browsing. It also runs on its own virtually created container to keep it away from the system’s internal files. It also scans web pages for potential threats and warns if the page is insecure.


3. Vivaldi

Vivaldi is one of the newest browser based on Chrome engine. It offers various customization options and interactive interfaces. You can also adjust the size, position, and appearance of the browser’s UI as per your requirements. This browser also gives full control over tab management. It has built-in tools like Notes, Image properties, tracker browser, bookmark manager and full control of settings critical to keeping your data safe. You can also use Chrome extensions. If you have been using Google Chrome, you can think of switching to Vivaldi to get a lightweight browser with the same feel.


4. Maxthon

Maxthon is not just a lightweight browser but also comes with features that most of the users ask for. This web browser features a screen capture tool, Night and Reader modes, ad blocker, a note pad, RSS feed, built-in password manager, and more for improved productivity. If you want to synchronize your data across different devices, you can use the Maxthon cloud service.


5. UR Browser

UR Browser is not much popular but it is worth to note here. It is one of the best lightweight browsers available. It blocks unnecessary ad and tracking scripts. It also doesn’t consume many resources and even runs fine on limited hardware configuration systems. It is also a Chromium-based browser and features a built-in VPN and integrated virus scanner. It also comes with a privacy-focused search engine. I think these features are enough to download and try the UR browser.


6. Midori

Midori is an opensource lightweight browser for Windows. It supports all the mainstream browser features including bookmark anonymous browsing, Spell-checker and more. It offers tabbed browsing and several settings to personalize the experience. It uses Duckduckgo as its default search engine to give you private search options but you can change this if you want. The browser has a simple UI and consumes fewer resources of the system.


7. SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey is also a lightweight browser preferred by developers. It comes with built-in Password manager, voice control, session restore, contact book, email client and more features. SeaMonkey uses Mozilla Firefox source code that also powered Thunderbird. This browser gets regular updates, so it may not be stable all the time. It consumes less energy and memory.


What is the best lightweight browser?

I will recommend Torch. It offers good performance, rehires less RAM, features built-in download buttons and more. If you want safety, you can go with IceDragon that gives security a priority without compromise in performance. It is really hard to get one browser with all the features you want. So read about them and see what browser checks most of the checkboxes.


Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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