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Maxthon 2.0 Web browser: The Right Tool for the Job?

The Job

Wouldn't it be nice to browse the Web safely and securely with a tool that has the all the easy compatibility of Internet Explorer without sacrificing the features found in modern Web browsers?

The Tool The Maxthon 2.0 Web browser is the most recent generation of an app that started out as a plug-in for Internet Explorer and has grown into a full-fledged piece of software. Is it the Right Tool for the Job? TechRepublic's Anthony Sullivan took it for a test drive and identified these strengths and weaknesses.

  • Far more feature-rich than Internet Explorer.
  • Actual underlying browser is still Internet Explorer, so compatibility is maintained.
  • Includes additional security features that protect your computer from Internet Explorer's weaknesses.
  • Because Maxthon sits on top of an existing browser, its performance is limited to the performance of Internet Explorer. This means it will always be at least slightly slower.
The Right Tool for the Job?

According to Anthony, there is no a single feature in Maxthon that can't be achieved in Firefox using plug-ins, but there is something to be said for a single package that is full featured and developed under the same quality standard. All in all, Maxthon is a great browser and works great. It has a wonderful feature set and very performant. Maxthon is the Right Tool for this job.

For Anthony's complete Right Tool review of Maxthon 2.0, view this screenshot gallery.


I was using the Avant Browser which also sits atop IE on 2 pc's for several years and really liked it until MS really started working IE over this year. Even though Avant was coming out with updated versions like crazy it was not stable and I finally removed it and moved to Firefox. I'm testing Maxthon out right now on those same 2 machines and so far so good. John Francis, Founder Computer Medics of America, Inc. Franchises available Nationwide


I've used Maxthon for over four years. I've found the product consistently useful. In the past Microsfot internet explorer lacked the tabbed interface. Maxthon has this feature which made for easy web surfing. In addition Maxthon has several fitlters that can block most advertisements. Additional secutity features including popup blocker and web page blocking. Overall, I agree Maxthon is a good browser and very self sufficient.

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