Pale Moon 27.5 is out featuring lots of changes

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 26, 2017
Updated • Oct 10, 2017
Internet, Pale Moon

Pale Moon 27.5.0, released on September 26th, 2017, is the latest version of the popular cross-platform web browser.

The new version is a major update according to the release notes. Pale Moon users can run checks for updates in the browser to have the new version picked up and installed directly; anyone else may head over to the official Pale Moon website to download Pale Moon 27.5.0 directly from the website.

You can run checks for updates with clicks on Pale Moon > Help > About Pale Moon in the user interface.

Pale Moon 27.5

pale moon 27.5

Windows users, especially those on Windows 10, may notice that Pale Moon supports accent colors now on the operating system. This makes Pale Moon fall in line with other applications that use accent colors when they are run on Windows 10.

There has also been some under the hood editing of things related to the user interface. Some old or dead code was cleaned up, and "general inconsistencies" were fixed in the Windows theme for all versions of Windows.

Another user interface change is the new restart option in the Pale Moon menu. It will restart the browser but it won't reload the session automatically unless that is the startup preference already in the browser. You may use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-R as well to restart the browser, or hit Shift-F2 and run the restart command from the command line.

Another welcome change in Pale Moon 27.5.0 is a privacy-related fix. Pale Moon will will clear IndexedDB and asm.js cache data when you clear offline website data in the new version. Firefox was affected by this as well, and Mozilla fixed the issue in Firefox 56, the next stable version of the browser which will be released on September 28, 2017.

Other changes of importance in Pale Moon 27.5.0

pale moon add-on security level

  • Pale Moon users can control the add-on blocking behavior of the browser in the options in the new version. The default is set to "medium: block all harmful add-ons". You may switch the value to off, low or high instead, and find in in Settings > Security.
  • Option to exit to a no-content page when a network or security error is encountered. The behavior is controlled by the preference browser.escape_to_blank which needs to be set to true on about:config. The "get me out of here" button loads a blank page instead of the homepage when enabled.
  • Session storage remembers HTTPS form data in Pale Moon 27.5.0.
  • Experimental Brotli encoding support, but turned off by default as more work needs to be done on the implementation.
  • Color management for images disabled on Linux by default. Reason: images look worse on many distros because many distributions don't have "sane default ICC profiles".
  • CPU and power consumption improvements thanks to timer efficiency improvements.
  • Also, lots of bug fixes, new DOM features and more.

I suggest you check out the official release notes if you are interested in all of the changes that went into the new version.

Pale Moon 27.5.1

Pale Moon 27.5.1 was released on October 10, 2017. It is a security and stability update for the web browser that makes the following changes to it:

  • Default Windows 10 style is black on white if no accent color is applied.
  • Fixed visual lag when the window color changes on Windows 10.
  • Updated overrides for user agents for Dropbox, YouTube and Yahoo to address user agent sniffing issues.
  • Fixed a media subsystem crash.
  • Fixed a video playback hardware acceleration regression.
  • Two security hardening fixes in JavaScript arrays and NPAPI plugin code.
  • Mac font security fixes.
  • Some libraries were updated.
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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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