Comodo IceDragon Combines Comodo Internet Security With Firefox Browsing

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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.

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Comments (43)
  • dragonmouth

    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

      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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anabel f.m.

    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.

  • Sean A

    This looks really good

  • John Paul Wohlschied

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

    • dragonmouth

      “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.

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