Pale Moon (32-bit) 25.6.0

4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 (422 votes)


Windows 7/8/Vista/XP / Freeware / 11,321 downloads

Pale Moon is the work of a single individual, using contributed Open Source code to create a full-featured, speed optimized version of the popular Firefox browser. Having seen the advantages on other systems (e.g. Linux) with regards to programs being compiled specifically for the capabilities of the machine it is installed on, it became obviously clear that Windows users were at a disadvantage: Mozilla only releases windows executables with maximum compatibility in mind, meaning that Firefox is made to run on as many different systems as possible, sacrificing efficiency and speed in the process to be compatible with, by current standards, absolutely ancient hardware.

Pale Moon is a middle road, cutting away support for ancient systems to achieve a significant speed and efficiency increase, but not trying to squeeze the last few percent more out of it by limiting the range of systems it will run on even more. It aims to not waste computer resources and power on inefficient programs, while at the same time serving a wide range of systems that are currently in use around the world.

Reviews of Pale Moon (32-bit)

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 25.6.0 (Aug 3, 2015)

    It may be true that many add-ons do no longer work with Pale Moon. As that browser goes now it's own way, be warned that if you want to use add-ons this will not be your browser of choice.

    If you want a browser without add-ons or without many add-ons and are only interested in UI customization, the thing which Mozilla removed out of Firefox, Pale Moon is your browser of choice.

  2. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 25.5.0 (Jun 11, 2015)

    Pale Moon has changed its UI and also its code. A lot of add-ons/plug ins that worked with Firefox do not work with Pale Moon. Am in IT and test browsers on a daily basis, including computer hardware/software/OSs Use this browser daily on an additional computer at home too. Don't use it on my personal computer which I use for daily use. My two computers at home are both up to date. IMHO and professional opinion Cyberfox, Watefox, Firefox and SeaMonkey are more secure as Gecko based browsers. Also at work, 30 colleagues and me all have come to the same conclusion. The earlier versions were excellent. And in conclusion this browser needs improvement.

    "For those of you complaining about "security". I've been using this browser for all my banking and financial needs for years. Never had any problems. Use the browser you want to, but don't complain about this one if you don't use it."

    How else can people write a review here? They've obviously tested the browser out including myself and my colleagues.

  3. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 25.5.0 (Jun 11, 2015)

    Use this browser and find it not secure at all for my banking needs. Cyberfox is superior to this browser as well as Firefox and SeaMonkey. A lot of sites I visit ask for a newer version of the browser when using Pale Moon. IMHO not an improvement at all.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 25.5.0 (Jun 11, 2015)

    Maybe the best browser nowadays. Very fast. No problems on any websites I use. All my old firefox add on's and themes work. What else can you ask for.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 25.5.0 (Jun 10, 2015)

    This browser has been 5 stars since I started using it. It's light, fast, far better than Firefox or any of the other FF clones I have tried, and works with all my plug ins. This is a nice update, the list of changes can be found here

    The 64 bit version can be found here

    For those of you complaining about "security". I've been using this browser for all my banking and financial needs for years. Never had any problems. Use the browser you want to, but don't complain about this one if you don't use it.

Discuss Pale Moon (32-bit)

  1. Jun 29, 2010 - 5:29 PM

    Latest news:
    The Firefox 3.6.6 code base has been released. Pale Moon will follow suit when there has been sufficient time for building and testing it, but development is halted for a few weeks due to relocation. Please be patient, folks!

  2. Apr 9, 2010 - 5:22 PM

    Pale Moon doesn't start (error message when starting)
    Make sure your system meets the requirements to run Pale Moon. The most common occurrence of this error is trying to run it on a PC that doesn't meet the system requirements. If you have an Athlon XP or MP machine or a Pentium II or III, this browser will not run. Because Athlon XP is very popular, there is a version of Pale Moon specifically for those PCs [here], but the main version of Pale Moon won't run on it!

    Pale Moon for Athlon XP
    Note: these builds are a courtesy, and may be updated later than the main browser build.
    By popular demand, these browsers were built specifically for the Athlon XP or Athlon MP processors, since Pale Moon does not support these processors by default. These browsers are not as highly optimized as the standard Pale Moon browser, and were about 7-9% slower on the machine they were tested on than the standard Pale Moon in a synthetic test. Compared to Firefox, this is still a huge speed increase.