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What browsers take the least amount of memory to run?


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#1 Lee42

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 02:37 AM

I'm done with Internet Explorer, finally made the switch to Firefox. I have a few AOL email accounts that I have to switch back and forth too often and it's been a pain to do. I need a 2nd browser that runs using the very least amount of memory possible. Something with a very small memory footprint. I've tried Chrome, Opera, Safari, and this QtWeb browser I'd never heard of. None of which are small programs.

I just want to use one small browser to be on an AOL account that I have linked to my craigslist's posts and leave it running all the time so I wont miss an email.

Aren't there some small, safe, browsers out there that take like maybe 15-20Mb's of memory? I'm on an old XP with only 1-1/2Gb's of memory.

Can I get some suggestions as to some browsers I can try that will work and not take up much memory?

Thank you!

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 02:41 AM

K-Meleon is designed specifically to use the bare minimum in system resources. It's not as feature-rich as most other browsers out there, but neither is it spartan.

It uses the same rendering engine as Firefox, but uses significantly less memory. For example, on my computer Firefox (with scores of addons and other stuff) starts out at about 130MB of RAM, Internet Explorer 9 with no addons starts with about 60MB, and K-Meleon starts off with about 18MB of RAM.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:24 PM

K-Meleon is designed specifically to use the bare minimum in system resources. It's not as feature-rich as most other browsers out there, but neither is it spartan.

Thanks Andrew. I came across that one a few days ago but was hesitant to try it since I'd never heard of it before and didn't know if it was safe to use. Since you recommended it though, I installed it and have it running & signed into AOL Mail right now. It's memory usage has jumped around (as high as 56Mb's and low as 9Mb's) but I think it finally settled at about 28Mb's. I didn't need any bells or whistles (I have Firefox w/add-ons for that), I just needed a light on memory supplemental browser and thanks to you, I believe I have one now that's gonna work just fine. Thanks again! :thumbup2:

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:31 AM

Glad to hear it. :thumbsup:




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