Yandex Browser (though stylized as Yandex.Browser) is a fork of Google's Chromium/Chrome project by the popular Russian portal yandex.ru. It supports virtually all of the features of Chrome with some additions by Yandex.
Though Yandex is best known as an Internet portal in Russia, it is good to see another contender in the web browser market, even if its just another Google Chrome shoot-off. The program features access to custom search engines and curiously, only asks you if you would like to search with Google, Bing or Yahoo! when you first install it; that's despite the fact that Yandex itself is a search engine.
Functionality of Yandex.Browser is identical to Google Chrome on the surface but it also integrates with Kaspersky Antivirus in order to protect you when downloading files. Perhaps this is thanks to Yandex's safe browsing feature. The menu system of Yandex.Browser is slightly different from Google Chrome and oddly, its design is a little more web 2.0-ish and refreshing.
Yandex.Browser also provides a service which synchronizes your browser with other computers when you setup a Yandex account. It also comes with some of the best extensions like LastPass, Comfortable Video Viewing, Lightbox, Evernote and others. It also facilitates synchronization with LastPass and Evernote accounts on the cloud.
The translate feature of Yandex.Browser is powered by Google Translate and it uses a cool feature from Opera's Chrome clone called Opera Turbo. That is basically a branded way of saying some web pages may be loaded faster due to compression but most users probably won't even realize it.
Note that when we installed Yandex.Browser, it automatically imported virtually everything like history, open tabs and bookmarks directly from our default web browser Firefox.Yandex.Browser features and highlights:
Yandex Browser is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from internet browsers without restrictions. Yandex Browser 18.11.1 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this web browser software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Yandex.Browser may be available from Yandex.
We have tested Yandex.Browser 18.11.1 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]