What browser can replace my Chrome?


  1.    20 Oct 2016 #31
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    Re: What browser can replace my Chrome?


    the flash version is 23.0.0.185
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    Re: What browser can replace my Chrome?


    Quote Originally Posted by sant14 View Post
    the flash version is 23.0.0.185
    That is the current version released on October 11, which is encouraging. Is there a simple way to manually update Flash?

    I will probably try Slimjet 10 (based on Chromium 50) before long, since that is where continued support for Vista is being promised - in fact their download site currently redirects Vista users to version 10.0.10.0, released on October 4 (see their October 6 entry Both XP and Vista users will be supported on Slimjet 10 branch | Slimjet Developer's Blog). Slimjet Version History says this about version 10.0.10.0:

    Disabled auto-update of flash plugins for vista users to avoid compatibility issues. (Flash v23 or later doesn't support xp or vista)
    Slimjet developers evidently assumed that Flash 23.0.0.162 PPAPI's incompatibility with Vista was a permanent end of support, but it was actually just a bug that Adobe has now fixed. Still, Adobe will sooner or later end PPAPI support for Vista, so auto-update might be more trouble than it's worth, if manual updates are not terribly difficult.
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  3.    23 Oct 2016 #33
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    Re: What browser can replace my Chrome?


    I'm a Slimjet newbie now, using version 10.0.11.0 (released October 20) which includes the current PepperFlash version 23.0.0.185 that works on Vista (at least with 32-bit Slimjet). I can also watch YouTube videos using HTML5 by deselecting the default Misc setting "Force the use of flash player on youtube.com."

    CCleaner Free does not appear to support Slimjet, but I will try adding CCEnhancer before long. Of course Slimjet has settings to clean selected items upon exit.

    I use Security Essentials, which was a concern for me because Microsoft only claims to support IE and Firefox. However I visited the AMTSO testing site discussed earlier in this thread using Slimjet, and MSE was able to block the EICAR test file. If your antivirus explicitly supports Chrome, so much the better.
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  4.    30 Oct 2016 #34
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    Re: What browser can replace my Chrome?


    I was having problems installing the 64-bit version of SlimJet in the past, but your 32-bit link works perfectly. Congrats, I can now use a great browser!
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    Re: What browser can replace my Chrome?


    Quote Originally Posted by Cammygirl192 View Post
    I was having problems installing the 64-bit version of SlimJet in the past, but your 32-bit link works perfectly. Congrats, I can now use a great browser!
    Hello Cammygirl192. It's a pity that hardly any 64-bit browsers support Vista, but I don't think Flash Player supports 64-bit browsers on Vista anyway (correct me if I'm wrong). I assume that you have now installed Slimjet 12.0.5.0? I have recently switched to that version myself. Contrary to Slimjet's October 6 blog entry stating that Slimjet 12 "is not able to load any plugins under Vista," I have found that sant14 was quite correct about pepperflash 23.0.0.185 working well, and Chromium PDF Viewer also. One thing I dislike about Slimjet is the Chromish inability to manually update the embedded pepperflash to the latest 23.0.0.205 version. (I have been hesitant to bump this thread because forum visitors might miss Brink's "Latest version of Adobe Flash Player" post.) We must await a Slimjet update to get a Flash update? Still, it's too bad that Slimjet does not plan to maintain a Slimjet 12 branch on behalf of Vista, so I will eventually have to move back to Slimjet 10 with the XP diehards.

    One thing I like about Slimjet 10.0.11.0 is that it still has support for NPAPI plugins. Since my last post in this thread, I found that it is possible to switch between pepperflash and the NPAPI version installed for Firefox, including the latest 23.0.0.205 security update. That might prove to be important if Adobe ends PPAPI support for Vista long before NPAPI. Speaking of Adobe, I was also able to switch between Chromium PDF Viewer and Adobe Reader 11.0.18. (Contrary to a myth started by Adobe itself, Reader XI is quite compatible with Vista.)

    To uninstall Slimjet, use Control Panel rather than the Start Menu item suggested by their FAQ, which failed for me.

    Edit: There was another Flash update on November 8 (23.0.0.207), but still no way to update pepperflash from 23.0.0.185 in Slimjet 12.0.6.0 or 10.0.11.0. I'm tempted to give Opera 36 a try.
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  6.    19 Nov 2016 #36
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    Re: What browser can replace my Chrome?


    Getting back to Slimjet: I tried versions 10.0.11, 12.0.5, 12.0.6 and 12.0.7, all of which include Flash 23.0.0.185 but offer no means of updating it to the current 23.0.0.207 version. Using an outdated Flash plugin is a serious security risk (e.g. here is a Microsoft post from November 1: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/...mers-security/ ) so I uninstalled Slimjet version 12.0.7 and installed 11.0.7, which predates their decision to disable Flash updates (see Slimjet Version History). I then checked for a pepperflash update via slimjet://components and at last received the current 23.0.0.207 version, and found that it does in fact work on Vista. For now, 11.0.7 (or perhaps 10.0.9, which I haven't actually tried yet) is the only Slimjet version I could recommend to Vista users who don't intend to keep pepperflash disabled. Hopefully Slimjet's developers will come up with a better solution for Flash updates before long.

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