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Sven Sorensen

A web browser which features some additional virus-checking, powered by Chromium and similar to Chrome.

Freeware web browsing software, reviewed by Sven Sørensen

Yandex Browser (though stylized as Yandex.Browser) is a fork of Google's Chromium/Chrome project by the popular Russian portal 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.

Features and highlights

  • Different "new tab" screen with a Windows 8-style interface
  • Integrated keyboard layout switcher in omnibox
  • Integrated translation: selecting any text shows a popup button which, when pressed, shows a translation of the text to Russian using Lingvo
  • Opera Turbo has been integrated to speed up the loading of web pages over slow internet connections and reduce data usage
  • Specialized widgets for popular services

Compatibility and License

Yandex.Browser is provided under a freeware license on Windows from the web browsers category with no restrictions on usage. Download and installation of this PC software is free and is the latest version last time we checked.

Compatibility with this web browser software may vary, but will generally run fine under Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. Depending on the options available for downloading, separate versions may be available from Yandex depending on the target system architecture.

Filed under:
  1. Yandex.Browser Download
  2. Freeware Web Browsers
  3. Major release: 22.11
  4. Web Browsing Software
  5. Software for Windows 11
Yandex.Browser has been picked by our editors as very good.
Yandex.Browser has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Yandex.Browser against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans.

Free Download

for Windows
152.63 MB - Tested clean
Free Freeware
Windows 11 10 8 7
PC Type:
32-bit, 64-bit · x86_x64
Nov 16, 2022
Version: Latest 2022
User Rating: 4.4/5 ( 24 )
File Tested
Setup & Installation EXE
Lightweight web browser
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