4 Little-Known And Portable Browsers That Should Be On Your USB Drive
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portable browsersYour browser is the centerpiece to your internet experience and keeping it nice and portable is an awesome luxury. While PortableApps.com does a great job of bundling our most popular software together into portable, auto-launching applications, I tend to avoid the packages because I often install my portable applications within Dropbox. A lot of portable applications, typically designed for USB drives, don’t mesh well with Dropbox. I’ve found some that do, though.

You may not have heard of a couple of these browsers, but each and every one brings a unique benefit to your portable arsenal. Don’t let the fact that you may not have heard of them stand in the way of finding your new favorite browser.

Avant Browser

We’ve already covered a nice and in-depth review of the Avant browser Avant Browser: A Free Internet Explorer Alternative Avant Browser: A Free Internet Explorer Alternative Alternative browsers are not uncommon, but it’s rare to find one that is supported over a long period of time. Such is the case with Avant browser, an option that’s simultaneously under-the-radar and quite popular.... Read More , but it’s time to rehash the software now that an official portable version is readily available on their official website.

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Avant is like a souped-up version of Internet Explorer. One of the main differences is how well Avant handles Flash, in comparison. Avant is only a little slower than the current Firefox build, which puts it plenty ahead of IE’s speed. It’s also got a ton of features built in, like ways to disable on-page sound, scripting, and animations right out of the box.

You can download the official portable version here.

Pale Moon

What Avant is to Internet Explorer, Pale Moon strives to be alongside Firefox. Pale Moon is an alternative, slim-downed version of the Firefox browser that is built on Firefox’s official source code. The browser has been around for years and has been proven to use less memory than the original Firefox without the user being able to notice much difference alongside the powerhouse browser that Mozilla has on their hands.

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You can download Pale Moon’s official portable release from this page.


Browzar has a distinct advantage over the rest on this list in respect that the official build of the original browser itself is portable. Browzar leaves an incredibly small fingerprint and is one of the most secure and easy-to-use browsers that I’ve used right from a flash drive.

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While it does lack somethings in the features category, Browzar can’t be beaten when you’re looking for something to jump on and jump right off with. Browzar will even clear every single bit of sensitive, session-specific data after closing.

You can download it here.


I decided to save the best for last. While Opera may already be my favorite official browser in the first place, it is not the Opera team who developed this third-party portable port. Nonetheless, it’s flawless. It’ll even update alongside released Opera versions and still maintain it’s portable status.

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Other than that, there’s really not too much more to explain about Opera@USB. It is simply Opera in a portable package. Give Opera a shot just for a few days and I promise you’ll start to fall in love a little. You can click here to download Opera@USB.

Though unheard of and maybe even a little obscure, these portable gems will help put your flash drive on the right track. If you enjoyed this list, check out 100 other portable applications that you may enjoy 100 Portable Apps for Your USB Stick for Windows and macOS 100 Portable Apps for Your USB Stick for Windows and macOS Portable apps let you take your favorite software anywhere via a flash drive or cloud storage. Here are 100 of them to cover your every need, from games to image editors. Read More . Shoot me a line about any of these in the comments.

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  1. Kick
    April 13, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Where is all the history of portable web browsers stored?

  2. sherry
    April 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I tried Midori and my virus scanner goes crazy.
    so i tried a bunch of other scanners... same thing. I'll pass on shady things like midori.

  3. Leisiz de Paks
    December 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Midori works great on all my computers running Linux. On 3 computers with Win7 I always have problems loading pages.

  4. Heyoka1
    January 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Now, I have reembered there's also a portable version of the MIDORI browser...

  5. HeroicTuts
    January 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    These browsers look very good!

  6. Blaszta
    January 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    +1 for Pale Moon

    • Angelita
      March 24, 2012 at 12:15 am

      It's always a pleasure to hear from someone with eexpriste.

  7. Chris Dinesen Rogers
    January 2, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I'll give Opera a try. The only problem I see is compatibility with some sites.

    • Maria
      March 22, 2012 at 5:23 am

      This is still in its fantasy ntkhiing of Steve Jobs. The critical word I see is "Efficiently" specially for the work on photoshop or indesign. Yeah tablets(android, ipads) have come a long way since their inception and they do allow you to Remote Desktop to control the desktop assuming you have good and reliable network. But for the professional kind of work they do not suite your needs just because the resolution on tablets is much less and connectivity could also be an issue.If I were you the best thing to do is to use a Webservice such as Dropbox or Zumodrive or microsoft's skydrive(?) and drop your files. The first two provide 2GB free and Microsoft has 25GB free if you have some WindowsLive account. I would copy them to these places and come home and download them to your local desktop/laptop. Alternatively, use a portable USB drive to copy and can avoid all the network hassles. BTW, I have iPad and also Remote Desktop app as well. I use it mostly for ease of connectivity and things that I cannot do easily on iPad such as launch iTunes, so I can stream my movies from networked storage to my large screen LCD TV via Apple TV, or print a doc which is not easy to do so from iPad, copy things that I need from local machine to Network drives. Such activities I can easily do them. I have tried launching Photoshop, which works fine but the color contrasts and images do not look right and will have to repeat my work. I am not a professional photoshop user, but still love to do minimal edits which I always do on desktop (iMac 27" which is cool). Same goes for Video editing as well. I use iPad via remote connectivity to check the status of the DVD burning etc.Even a netbook is not good enough for real professional Photoshop editors, they are good for quick editing and viewing.

  8. Mike Merritt
    January 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Browzar is an Add-on overlay to Internet Explorer - and not a real browser itself.  There are complaints that it redirects searches to Overture for pay-per-click.  Check the reviews before you use it.

    • Craig Snyder
      January 7, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Here's a little more on this subject:
      "Contrary to earlier coverage, Browzar appears to be nothing but a simple shell to IE which forces Overture ads on its own users. The creators didn’t write a cache or history function, calling this a feature, and users are unable to change the search function or home page to anything other than Browzar ad results."

      Browzar shouldn't be considered adware or anything of that nature (as an awful lot of browsers and similar softwares do try to profit from search traffic). I'd consider Browzar, still, to be a portable tool worth your time simply because of the way it leaves no fingerprint. If you're concerned with security and privacy at school or work, using Browzar from a USB stick (rather than Internet Explorer itself) will isolate your browsing so that it doesn't exist within IE itself.

    • AA
      January 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Browzar is an IE shell browser which is why it such a small footprint, it does the job very well and you can carry it around on a USB stick. They have the same business model as Firefox, a search engine on the home page, search results from Ask and ad's from Google.

  9. Heyoka1
    January 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Well, and what about the portable version of Comodo's DRAGON browser? I like it much, besides my favorite portable OPERA... ;-)

    • Craig Snyder
      January 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Hadn't heard of this until now, Dragon looks good.

  10. Andrei
    January 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Opera has now an option for portable install, which is significantly easier to keep up-to date. Also, it will accept to make itself the official browser of the PC (unless Opera@USB). 

    • Andrei
      January 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm


  11. Nat Jay
    January 1, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Browzar looks quite good. I already use SRWare, a privacy-centric browser, so this should be a good (portable) complement to that.

    • Anomaly
      January 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      SRWare Iron browser has a portable version to. They have an official one on their site and Portableapps.com has a version as well. 

    • Craig Snyder
      January 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      I too use SRWare! Very underrated Chromium browser.