Yandex Browser on Windows 10.
|Initial release||1 October 2012|
188.8.131.523 (June 25, 2019)
184.108.40.206 (June 27, 2019)
|220.127.116.111 (May 28, 2017[±])|
|Platform||ARM, IA-32, x86-64|
|Size||60 880 KB|
|Available in||6 languages|
Yandex Browser (Яндекс.Браузер in Russian) is a freeware web browser developed by the Russian web search corporation Yandex that uses the Blink web browser engine and is based on the Chromium open source project. The browser checks webpage security with the Yandex security system and checks downloaded files with Kaspersky anti-virus. The browser also uses Opera Software's Turbo technology to speed web browsing on slow connections.
Yandex is facing web search competition in Russia from Google Search. Google Chrome, Russia's most popular web browser, uses Google Search as its default search engine. In June 2012, Mozilla Firefox, the world's third most popular web browser, signed a deal to replace its default search engine Yandex Search with Google Search. As Yandex Browser's "Smartbox" uses Yandex Search as its default search engine, the browser will help Yandex compete for Russian search market share.
Distinguishing features of the Yandex Browser include the following:
- Different "new tab" screen with a Windows 8-style interface and specialized widgets for popular services (e.g., the gmail widget shows number of unread messages).
- Integrated keyboard layout switcher in omnibox: e.g., if a user often uses gmail.com and starts typing "пьф" ("gma" with Russian keyboard layout) and presses Enter, the user will then be taken to gmail.com and not to the search page for "пьф" (as is the case in Chrome, for example).
DNS spoofing protection
The world's first browser with support for DNSCrypt technology. Encrypts Domain Name System (DNS) traffic. For example, it protects from a trojan DNSChanger, a tracking Internet provider, or hackers. This option must be enabled in the browser settings.
According to LiveInternet analytics, Yandex Browser reached 2.3% market share in Russia two months after its release. As of March 2019, Yandex Browser for computers reached 14.86% and 8.54% on mobile devices in Russia.
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