Author Archive: Vygantas

Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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Good Bye and Thank You!

By | January 14, 2016 | 24 Comments

Good Bye and Thank You!

Hey guys,

As the title suggests, I am saying good bye to this little project of mine. It’s been an absolute pleasure to write about the web browsers, join / create flame wars and just be a part of this passionate community. Here’s a small secret: during tough times, while I was extremely sick, I would first post a news article, and only then call the ambulance / be taken to the hospital. I was extremely committed on keeping you updated but after 7 years (I’ve started this blog when I was 20 years old), it is time for me to move on.

FavBrowser will live on, and will be updated by the new and awesome people so don’t worry. Just give it some time.

What am I going to do next? Focus on my health, investments and organic tea / hosting projects. Feel free to add to me on Facebook if you want to chat / keep in touch or join this post discussion here.

I am extremely grateful to all of you. Take care and thank you, thank you, thank you!

AVG Chrome Extension Makes Users Vulnerable

By | December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

AVG Chrome Extension Makes Users VulnerableYou would think that installing extension that is bundled with your anti-virus software will make you more secure but as it turns out, at least in this case, it’s the opposite.

What are we talking about? The extension called WebTuneUp, which flags search results that might appear suspicious, although Google already does the very same thing, it looks like AVG did a pretty decent job at convincing that you need more protection.

And just as with every software, a new exploit has been found, as explained by Tavis Ormandy, “This extension adds numerous JavaScript API’s to Chrome, apparently so that they can hijack search settings and the new tab page. The installation process is quite complicated so that they can bypass the chrome malware checks, which specifically tries to stop abuse of the extension API. Anyway, many of the API’s are broken.”
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Control Family’s Christmas Lights with From Web Browser

By | December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Control Family’s Christmas Lights with From Web BrowserOn or off.

While not as fun as controlling fireworks, one family has decided to share their Christmas spirit with others and created a simple website, where you can control holiday decorations from your web browser.

As it turns out, this is not their first time either, the couple has been doing this since 2010. Hopefully, next year they will think of something better than just on and off switches.
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Happy Holidays!

By | December 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

Happy Holidays!

Hey guys,

We just wanted to wish you a very Happy Holidays. Thank you for being a part of our community and as always, enjoy the company and warmth that these holidays bring, be it from your friends, your family or your Xbox.
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SHA-1 Certificates Will Soon Be Deemed Invalid by Google Chrome

By | December 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

SHA-1 Certificates Will Soon Be Deemed Invalid by Google ChromeAt least the new ones.

As a part of Google’s program to get rid of the unsafe certificates and clean up the web, the search giant has announced that starting from early 2016, Google Chrome 48 will display a certificate error if the site:

- Uses the SHA-1 based certificate,
- The certificate is issued after January 1, 2016
- And it chains to a public CA
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Exclusive: Opera to Spin Off Browser Business

By | December 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Exclusive: Opera to Spin Off Browser BusinessIt will remain the owner.

Now here is something that does not happen every day. According to the email we have received, Opera’s board of directors wants to separate browser and TV business into two separate companies, which will still be owned by the Opera Software ASA.

Why? It’s part of their global restructuring, which should help to provide more flexibility for both companies.
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Microsoft Edge is Losing Market Share

By | December 20, 2015 | 3 Comments

This is what you get for releasing beta as final.

Despite the ever growing number of Windows 10 installs and touted Edge improvements, it looks like more and more users have switched from Microsoft’s latest browser (which we consider to be the Beta product anyway) to something more serious.

Now, before you point out that Edge’s market share is actually slowly growing, we want to remind you that this is the Windows 10 users report only. Yes, Edge is growing due to more and more people upgrading to Windows 10, but those that do don’t stick with it, at least for now.

So what does the current Edge market share chart look like?
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First Windows Redstone Build Includes Hints at Edge Extensions

By | December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

First Windows Redstone Build Includes Hints at Edge ExtensionsBuild 11082

Earlier this week, the software giant has released the very first (of many) Windows Redstone build for the Insiders, which, according to Microsoft, does not include any new features but instead, focuses on the underground changes that will lay the foundation for the upcoming batches.

If you are not familiar with Redstone, it’s basically the next major upgrade for the Windows 10 users, set for 2016.

So what does the Redstone have to do with browsers? Well, this is likely when the support for extensions will be introduced on Edge and now, it looks the very first public Redstone build does already contain some of the code.
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Firefox 64-bit for Windows Now Available

By | December 16, 2015 | 4 Comments

Firefox 64-bit for Windows Now Available Grab it now.

With the recent release of Firefox 43, Mozilla has finally introduced the stable 64-bit build for Windows users, something we have been waiting for almost a decade.

In case you forgot, Mozilla has abandoned the 64-bit builds back in 2012 due to the “significant negative feedback” only to change their minds afterwards.
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Google Chrome Tip: Block Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoilers

By | December 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

Google Chrome Tip: Block Star Wars: The Force Awakens SpoilersI’m not your father.

If you are not going to watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie as soon as it is released and would like to save yourself from potentially ruining your own mood by reading spoilers, then here is a tip for you.

A company called Priceless Misc has developed an extension called “Force Block”, which will block pages that are likely to spoil the movie, it also includes whitelisting in case of a false alarm as well as pattern detection.
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