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comodo internet securityThe rising success of Google Chrome has really put Firefox on the bench in the past year. I’ve yet to make the switch from Firefox to Chrome and I know that some of you out there have got to be just as loyal as I am. The memory issues can be a problem, but familiarity and a love of the add-ons library keeps me here.

Over the years, I’ve tried a few modified builds of the Firefox client. Pale Moon is one of my favorites. It’s an alternative that really slims down on resources and pulls some weight off the bones of Firefox. The internet security gurus at Comodo have their own build of Firefox floating around, and it’s called IceDragon. IceDragon is a version of the Firefox browser with enhanced tweaks for performance and Comodo Internet security. It’s worth a look.

Click here to go to the official Comodo IceDragon website!

The IceDragon download is under 30 MB in size and only takes up around 40 MB in space on the disk.

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During installation, you’re also able to choose if you’d like to install IceDragon as a portable application. If you read my articles regularly, you know that I’m in love with that feature. Toss in the Dropbox, please!

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Another feature worth noting during the installation process is the ability for you to instantly enable Comodo SecureDNS. While I don’t recommend enabling it for all applications, I think it’s a good idea to enable it specifically for IceDragon. It definitely contributes to your security in the browser, as DNS poisoning is one issue that can really confuse the user and lead to some awful consequences.

The appearance of IceDragon itself doesn’t differ too far from Firefox. The theme it darker, but all the parts are in the right place. It’s built over the Firefox core, after all.

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IceDragon is completely compatibility with Firefox add-ons. To the right of the bookmarks bar, you’ll notice the Facebook icon and an orange magnifying glass. Neither are add-ons, but core functionalities of the build.

The Facebook button is a way to quickly and easily share pages on Facebook. It’s good to have, as some sites have shadier methods of sharing on-site information. You shouldn’t have to connect to an application just to share a page on the website. By now, you’re probably familiar with virus-related scams floating around Facebook.

The icon of the orange magnifying glass is Comodo SiteInspector. Clicking on this icon while on a website will immediately open the SiteInspector results in a new tab. Here’s an example:

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IceDragon also removes the integration of Firefox crash reports and performance data submissions, making it a little faster under the hood. Comodo claims it’s the fastest and most secure build of Firefox that you’ll find online!

Personally, I find myself able to look past the features of IceDragon. If you use Google’s DNS or OpenDNS, you should be fine as far as that goes. SiteInspector isn’t big enough of a feature for me to really want to replace my Firefox with IceDragon, as add-on equivalents like Web of Trust already exist. But, I can definitely see how IceDragon could appeal to some people, and I encourage you to use it if you strive for a more secure browsing experience. Let me know what you think of IceDragon in the comments.

  1. dragonmouth
    January 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    No Linux version?

    Why all this worry about memory footprint? With today's PC and laptops having 4,8, or more gig of memory even if Firefox takes up 500 meg it should not affect the system.

    • michael clyde
      April 27, 2013 at 5:22 am

      500 megs... lightweight. after having 12-15 tabs open for 20 hours of hard net'n i can get 800 or more megs in use. according to t/mgr.

      i'm special ed

  2. Anonymous
    December 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I've been using it for quite a while and it is a great browser to use so far, except for the fact that it doesn't support Personas/Themes.

    Another problem is that I couldn't use it in my college. And I JUST realised why:

    I have to disconnect myself from Comodo's DNS so that I can connect to my school's servers.

    Since this is such a hassle turning it on and off throughout the day, I ended up using Firefox in school and IceDragon at home.

  3. Anabel f.m.
    November 17, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I'm trying it this week. Was worried if the comodo Ice Dragon could be slow in my laptop, but I think its as fast as Firefox. I think I'll keep it.

  4. Sean A
    November 17, 2012 at 6:06 am

    This looks really good

  5. John Paul Wohlschied
    November 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    It's a good try, but nothing can stop the relentless march of Google as it conquers the digital world.

    • dragonmouth
      January 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      "nothing can stop the relentless march of Google as it conquers the digital world."

      Beware of absolute statements. At one time it was predicted that Microsoft shall "conquer" the digital world. Since then they not only have not "conquered" but they have been steadily losing more and more of their share of that world.

  6. Andrew
    November 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I looked into this as I like the Comodo backup software, but I think I'll stick with gold-old plain Firefox for now. Thanks for making me aware of this though :)

  7. Greg
    November 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Only for Windows...

  8. raymond mcnatt
    November 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    another great firefox addon

  9. Kuro Neko
    November 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Other than IceDragon, you guys can also use Palemoon. It got both x86 and x64 version. Updates are a little slower than FF.

    Currently installed Comodo Dragon+IceDragon, SRWare Iron+Palemoon x64, Sleipnir v2 and Opera.Not gonna install FF or Chrome anymore.

  10. Hoku Sarroca
    November 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I find FF has gone down in upload time.. it takes a while for mine to load so I just stick to chrome.

  11. Michael Jan Moratalla
    November 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    nice

  12. George Wallace
    November 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    What's it like on memory usage compared to Chrome?

    • Craig Snyder
      November 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Chrome is lighter on resources by far. Let me know if you need any hard numbers or anything of that nature and I can get that for you.

  13. Roystan Ang
    November 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Gotta try this out!

  14. Bruce W. Fowler, Ph.D.
    November 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I get very tired of nincompoop journalists who are too lazy or arrogant to bother to specify OS early on, or at all.

  15. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Do all these Firefox 'distros' compatible with other programs? Or it behaves like IceCat: changing the properties that other programs don't recognize them as Firefox (therefore causing some problems later on)?

    • Hoku Sarroca
      November 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      I'm with you on this, I'd like it to be compatible with other programs

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        November 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        On the contrary, not quite. I was always put off by the problem report so I never get too far in trying any.

    • Boni Oloff
      November 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

      You looks like have experience with many kind of Firefox Distros..

    • Craig Snyder
      November 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Lisa, what programs are you concerned with in regards to compatibility? If you're referring to add-ons or extensions, they work alongside IceDragon. Are you talking about applications like Growl or Snarl, programs that receive notifications based on the actions in the Firefox browser?

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        November 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        Pretty much yes. All programs that expect to 'see' Firefox.

        • Craig Snyder
          November 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

          I think that's an issue that has to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. I believe most applications that expect to see and interact with Firefox actually search for it based on its path in the Windows filesystem.

          If you were to install a modified Firefox client running on the Firefox engine at "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox" and named it "firefox.exe" it would probably work with some applications and then not so much with more intelligently-coded ones. I'm not sure if there's a way around that problem honestly.

  16. vineed gangadharan
    November 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

    thats a good step from comodo but i like my chrome with avast...

  17. Andy Bristow
    November 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

    You don't say whether its a 32bit or 64bit browser?

    Personally, I prefer to use Waterfox as its a 64bit version of 32bit Firefox.

    http://www.waterfoxproject.org/

    • Craig Snyder
      November 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      I apologize for that. I'll generally leave that detail out of it's a 32-bit application (as they are compatible on 64-bit versions of Windows). It is, however, a 32-bit browser. Thanks for the Waterfox share.

  18. ha14
    November 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    kind of Comodo version of safer firefox

  19. Terafall
    November 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

    This is awesome but I prefer to use Firefox as my primary browser

  20. Milos Dedic
    November 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Nothing special....

  21. Timothy Liem
    November 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

    the only reason I'll give it a try is that it's FREEWARE!!!

  22. Boni Oloff
    November 11, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Is this one is well supported?
    I mean, there are many modified version of Firefox, but some of them not updated to use the latest Firefox engine.
    I hope this one can be better then..

    • Craig Snyder
      November 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      I'm quite sure that IceDragon updates with every version of Firefox with some exceptions. It's my understanding that Comodo waits for public releases of Firefox and gives it some time before they update IceDragon. It's probably to feel out the new version and make sure no major security risks are being reported before forcing it upon IceDragon users.

  23. Ritwick Saikia
    November 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Always worth noting any new security product which could protect us from the big bad wolves on the internet. Thanks Craig.

  24. Zhong Jiang
    November 11, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Comodo products are surprisingly better than any other softwares that's able to deliver multiple tools for the end user: antivirus, CPU monitor, browsers, enterprise...etc. (That's my opinion). I've been wanting to use a secondary browser beside Google Chrome, Comodo Dragon is a great alternative to that and removed some intrusive feature implemented on the original browser, added extra layers of security. However, I'm waiting for much anticipated Internet Explorer 10 to be available for windows 7.

  25. Nikhil Chandak
    November 11, 2012 at 3:55 am

    This type of Internet Security seems to be awesome
    gonna download it & try out !

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      November 12, 2012 at 4:01 am

      Try the Epic Browser : http://www.epicbrowser.com/ . It is also based on FireFox with more security built in. It also has some nice India touches to it. :)

  26. Brian Mok
    November 11, 2012 at 3:11 am

    This is awesome! :)

  27. Rajaa Chowdhury
    November 11, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I thought the Comodo Dragon Browser was based on the Chrome engine, I did use it for sometime last year, but the browsing speed was not upto the mark. So switched back to Chrome again and have Comodo Firewall and Microsoft security Essentials for my security and do regularly chech for malware/spyware/adware/keyloggers regularly with the free MalwareBytes Anti-malware cleaner. Till now has served my purpose so propose to keep it that way.

    • Craig Snyder
      November 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Chrome is arguably the best browser, Comodo may arguably be the best firewall, and MSE may arguably be the best all-around protection package out there, so you sound all set!

      I'd recommend IceDragon for users who are on a less beefy system. Someone on a netbook would probably see a huge performance drop from running all of those applications at once.

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        November 13, 2012 at 1:00 am

        Oh, also forgot to mention that I also have the WOT plugin in my Chrome Browser and do follow safe browsing practices. So yea, I guess I am pretty set on the security front, I guess. :)

    • Kuro Neko
      November 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      "the browsing speed was not upto the mark"

      Was it because you use Comodo DNS (default installation option but can be set to two other options in settings page)?

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        November 14, 2012 at 1:53 am

        I was neither using the Comodo SecureDNS or either OpenDNS. I was using my ISP's DNS servers as I normally do.

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