Pros / Avant Browser lets you clear your browser history.
Cons / It is only compatible with Windows computers.
Verdict / Avant Browser isn’t the best internet browser, but it’s a nice add-on to Internet Explorer if you need features that are no longer being updated by Microsoft.
The Avant Browser is an internet browser that performs pretty well but doesn’t have as many features as others, and it takes a bit longer than average to navigate to webpages. This browser can be used on its own, or you can use it as an add-on to Internet Explorer if you need features that are no longer being updated by Microsoft. Because it uses the same programing source code as Internet Explorer, it looks very similar.
Avant Browser automatically updates itself both as a standalone browser and as an add-on, which is important since out-of-date software, including internet browsers, is an easy way for malware and hackers to access your computer. It also has a password manager and a search engine field. This means you can type a term into the search field and Avant will take you to search results found by Yahoo.
You can have multiple browser tabs open at once, and they function independently – if one crashes, it doesn’t take down the entire browser. Avant Browser also has a convenient undo feature you can use to reopen a site when you accidentally close the tab it was in.
This browser isn’t difficult to use, but its interface is a bit dated, and parts of its layout seem counterintuitive. For example, some rarely used tools are located on the toolbar itself, while other often-used ones, like the page refresh function, are in the settings folder. In the settings folder, some of the icons that represent tools don’t make a lot of sense. And some important features, such as security and privacy settings, aren’t on the first page of the settings menu. Instead you must go into Options and click your way through a few files before you find the security settings.
Avant doesn’t have as many security features as other web browsers we compared. It protects against pop-ups and malware but not phishing websites that try to steal your personal information. You can, however, delete existing personal data using the Clear Records feature, which makes it more difficult for cookies and other internet spy programs to keep track of what you do online.
This internet browser doesn’t have parental controls or syncing capabilities. Syncing lets you save bookmarks and browsing preferences so you can access them from any computer or mobile device. Avant Browser is only compatible with Windows operating systems, and if you use it as an add-on to your Internet Explorer browser, it doesn’t work on Windows 10.
The Avant Browser’s help and support options are good enough. You can get general help and troubleshooting support through user forums and a list of FAQs. You can also contact the company via email. However, there are no tutorials or user manuals included in the support options, and telephone support is not available.
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Avant is a decent browser with some nice built-in features and customizations options that let you personalize the interface. However, its lack of versatility, compatibility and comprehensive security tools can hinder usability, which is why it falls behind other browsers we tested. If you want a Microsoft-based internet browser but are unimpressed with Internet Explorer’s setup, the Avant Browser may be a good alternative.