Pale Moon 24.4.2

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 (326 votes)


Windows 7/Vista/XP / Freeware / 9,622 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

  1. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 24.4.2 (Apr 2, 2014)

    Slower to start than Mozilla Firefox. However, I will officially be going to Pale Moon eventually when the 30 something ESR release comes out. Still using Firefox 17 ESR... New bugs in javascript engine since Firefox 18(and v24 ESR) still being worked out. Not at all happy with Mozilla's decision of going the way of a chrome-like interface, something of which Pale Moon won't be doing.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 24.4.0 (Mar 11, 2014)

    good stuff

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 24.4.0 (Mar 10, 2014)

    Great Browser! 64 bit version is clean and fast, and best of all it's NOT CHROME.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 24.3.1 (Feb 3, 2014)

    @Casper75 - Why on earth give it one star based on what you feel could happen in the future? You gave it five stars a few months back.

    @Dr. Teeth - Why one star when its as least as good as Firefox and IMO is faster & has the interface FF abandoned? Also has a 64 bit version available.

    It's freeware & probably the best browser around.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 24.3.1 (Feb 2, 2014)

    Very nice, and quick browser! I'm running the 64bit version, and all I can say is very nice:) I have been beta testing for various companies for years. And I have found that when you get people complaining, that's when I really want to test

Discuss Pale Moon

  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.