Google Chrome (64-bit)

Google's popular web browser for 64-bit systems

7.2

9383 Votes

  • Category Web browsers
  • License Free
  • Version 48.0.2564.109
  • Size 880.21 kB
  • Works under Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7
  • Language English
  • Program by Google

History of Google Chrome

Google Chrome 64-bit was released in 2014. The browser, Google Chrome utilizes a minimalistic approach to design with all the technological sophistication that needs to come with a faster, safer, and more stable web browser.

Can I use Google Chrome 64-bit?

Chrome is now optimized to run on 64-bit processors running Windows. If you are running a Windows operating system of 7, 8, 8.1, or 10, on a computer that uses a 64-bit processor, then you can use Google Chrome 64-bit.

What is Included in Google Chrome 64-bit?

Its top three upgraded features are arguably made just for 64-bit processor users.

In terms of speed, of course, 64-bit processors are faster than the 32-bit processors; so Google claims on average; 64-bit users of Google Chrome 64-bit will see around twenty-five percent improvement in performance, especially when viewing visual elements.

Google states that the 64-bit version of Google Chrome overall helps improve the quality and speed of High Definition videos on YouTube.

On stability, Google claims Chrome 64-bit experiences crashes about half as often as their 32-bit version of Chrome. This is great, considering Chrome already has a low crash rate.

Finally, an upgrade in security takes utilization of a feature in Windows 8 that seemingly makes it more difficult for hackers and attackers to find and target the processes running on your computer.

In addition, Google Chrome 64-bit comes with desktop shortcuts that allow you to access your favorite websites, bookmarks, and apps straight from your desktop.

Pros

  • More secure: the 64-bit version utilizes a feature found in Windows 8.1 called the High Entropy ASLR – Address Space Layout Randomization.
  • More stable
  • Faster
  • Quicker loading time
  • Protects against third-party software.
  • Half as many crashes as the 32-bit versions
  • Adobe Flash 64-bit is included automatically
  • Shockwave Player is included automatically

Because Google worked with Adobe to improve Adobe Flash, there are a variety of protections set up against an array of attacks, which end up being more effective on 64-bit versions of Google Chrome.

Cons

  • Requires about 112.0 MB of RAM, but with a 64-bit system this should not cause so much of an issue.
  • Lacks a NPAPI plug-in support system
  • Some Silverlight and Java version work because they have support for 64-bit, but most do not.

Concluding Thoughts

If you are not running Google Chrome 64-bit, then you should be. The only reason you do not have to run the 64-bit version is that your computer is not able to run it. If you want a faster, more stable and more secure connection, then upgrading to Google Chrome 64-bit is the best choice. Even computers built in at least the last five years should be able to run Chrome 64-bit; however, there is no automatic update for this upgrade, you have to go in and download it yourself.

Most users will not even notice the difference when running the 32-bit or 64-bit versions, but tests have shown there are only slight differences between the two versions. However, because of the added stability features it is worth your while to upgrade to the 64-bit version just for the added security, if nothing else.

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