- Google Chrome is now the de facto supported browser, just like Internet Explorer 6 was for many years.
- Google Chrome is made by Google and so full of spying that it's not even funny.
- Google provides a "Chromium" project which is implied to be "Chrome without the Google stuff", but I have personally verified that it's actually still full of Google spying.
- There are countless shady scams such as "Brave Browser", simply using Chromium and adding their own spying on top of it. I want nothing to do with that.
- I am aware of Vivaldi, made by the old Opera guys. However, I find even this Chromium-based browser to be very shady and full of unwanted junk and dependencies on Google services, etc. I do run it, but only for emergencies and in an isolated VM. So it's not practical at all.
- I know of ungoogled-chromium, which at first glance sounds like exactly what I want. But then you read this on their website ( https://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-binaries/ ):
IMPORTANT: These binaries are provided by anyone who are willing to build and submit them. Because these binaries are not necessarily reproducible, authenticity cannot be guaranteed.
There is simply no way that I could possibly trust such a project, where "anyone" is free to provide executables for Windows.
I am looking for a truly privacy-focused, non-profit, power-user-focused, no-nonsense project which uses the Chromium tech/engine as its base, but has truly removed everything related to Google from it, and has no spying on its own.
PS: Yes, I'm aware of Firefox, the only (non-Mac-only) alternative browser left. Sadly, it's just as bad as Chrome. I use Pale Moon, a Firefox fork, but it's so incredibly slow as to be a complete nightmare to use for anything but my own web pages. Seriously. It takes many seconds per page load for most major websites.