Oct 8 2016
I use many different browsers — Firefox, Chrome, and their numerous derivatives — and one of them occupies a special place. It is called MX Nitro, from the people behind the Maxthon browser. They are one of the most experienced teams in the world when it comes to browser development.
They had an interesting idea: what would happen if you take Google’s Blink engine, which was already fast, and pare it down to the bare minimum? How much faster would such a browser be?
The result of their experiment was amazing. MX Nitro was at the cutting edge of browser performance. Nothing could match it. You didn’t need a benchmark to prove that it was faster. You could quite easily see it with your own eyes.
Sadly, MX Nitro didn’t catch on, perhaps because it didn’t have the extra features that people expected, such as extensions, ad-blocker, resumption of previous browsing session, etc. Of course, the lack of these extras was one of the reasons it was so fast.
The development of MX Nitro stopped as of the middle of last year (2015). Perhaps the developers simply did not want to add anything that would be contrary to the concept of the most stripped-down browser possible. The final version was 188.8.131.5200.
I still use it and find it very useful, especially as a replacement of Internet Explorer for all my XP and Win 7 installations. Sure, MX Nitro lacks features — but so does Internet Explorer! It’s certainly much faster and more secure than Internet Explorer, and installing it is simplicity itself, because there is no installation at all. It’s available as a portable app, so all you have to do is download it, put it anywhere, and run it. Here are the steps:
Download the portable edition of MX Nitro from Maxthon at this link.
Open up the zip file and drag the MX Nitro folder out. Move it anywhere you like on your hard drive.
Open up the folder and run the MX Nitro executable by double clicking on it.
MX Nitro will detect it is not the default browser and ask if you want to make it the default. I strongly recommend that you do so.
That’s it! You now have a superfast, modern replacement of Internet Explorer, without having to go through Microsoft’s painful Software Update process. Try browsing a few sites and see how it works for you!