If you are fed up of the Browser wars that has been going on between Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer 7 and the recently public beta launch of Flock then you may want to try a simple no frills tabbed browser.
Avant Browser is very light weight browser, which uses less memory compared to other browser avialable and has lots of features including inbuilt rss readers.
Some of the features include inbuilt Ad / pop-up blocker, flash animation filter, one click privacy control and full ie compatibility which is, when you install Avant browser all your Internet Explorer setting are automatically migrated to the browser.
A interesting feature I liked was the multiple window browsing, using which i can browse through the multiple windows all at once, without having to go through different tabs. See screenshot below.
The auto recovery / safe recovery where in all the pages you were browsing will be restored if the browser crashes on the next startup is also a plus point. This feature is not avialable in the other browser unless you install an extension.
A nice little feature which was pointed out to me by my friend is that when you change the font size of a web page it will do it for all the pages that are open and not just one page.
Top Rated Features of Avant Browser
Flash Animation Filter: More than 85% of all flash animations on web pages are advertising. These flash files are pretty large, and normally take up to 90% of the size of the page you're visiting. With Avant Browser you can save the bandwidth by blocking the download of these flash files with just one easy click. Avant Browser also provides options to block downloads of pictures, videos, sounds and ActiveX components. With these options users can control their bandwidth and speed up page loading.
Built-in AD/Pop-up Blocker: Easily eliminate unwanted AD banners and pop-up pages automatically with just one click.
Built-in RSS/ATOM Reader: Avant Browser has a built-in RSS/ATOM Reader, which allows you to read RSS/ATOM feeds just like browsing web pages. And you can also keep your favorite feeds as bookmarks.
Additional Mouse Functions: If you click a link in the web page with the middle mouse button, the link will be opened in a new window in the background. This feature is extremely useful for opening posts in forums. Avant Browser also comes with customizable Mouse Gestures, with which you can easily navigate the browser by moving the mouse.
Multi-Window Browsing: Browse multiple web pages simultaneously. All opened pages can be easily stopped, refreshed, closed or arranged with one click.
Real Full Screen Mode and Alternative Full Desktop mode: When you enable Full Screen Mode, all you see is the webspace, with no toolbars or other clutter. They are simply autohidden! Move your mouse over the top or bottom and find the toolbar and tab bar respectively. Avant Browser also provides Full Desktop Mode, which is the same as Full screen mode, but differs in that your windows task bar stays visible.
Built-in Search Engine: Avant Browser provides a built-in search engines, Yahoo and Google. Built-in search engines enable user to search for web pages, images, groups, directories, news, lyrics and software in Internet. International users will be glad to know that you can set avant to utilize any of up to 64 google mirrors by default!
Full IE Compatibility: Avant Browser comes with all Internet Explorer functions, including Cookies, ActiveX Controls, Java Script, Real player and Macromedia Flash. IE bookmarks are automatically imported into Avant Browser.
Control Your Privacy: With Avant Browser, you can easily keep your privacy by deleting all browsing traces such as: Typed Addresses, Auto-Complete Passwords, Cookies, History of Visited Web Sites, Temporary Internet Files and Search Keywords.
No security holes: Avant Browser doesn't contain any functions or codes to help other people or programs to access your computer.
Safe Recovery: If Avant Browser is closed improperly, all open web pages are saved and will be automatically reopened at next startup.
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