Despite of user preference and taste, Google Chrome is unquestionably one of the best browsers. However, on the opposite side of its powerful functioning, many people are complaining that Chrome sometimes is super sluggish. Why is Chrome so slow? Why does Chrome have so many running processes? The problems are troubling a lot of users. In this article, we are going to answer the questions and show you how to make Google Chrome run faster.
To simplify it, it is because there are many invisible components supporting the strong performance of Google Chrome. Once there is a problem in the components, it may result in the slow running speed of Chrome. On rare occasions, viruses and malware could also cause the problem.
While suffering from the slow Chrome speed, you might have checked the processes in Task Manager with Shift + Alt + Delete shortcut. Not surprisingly, Google Chrome takes the most amount of CPU and memory usages. If you check it carefully and expand Google Chrome category from the Application list, the processes could easily reach 50 or more. As we have mentioned above, Chrome relies on various components to deliver smooth performance. We can do nothing with this truth, but it may interest you to know what they exactly are.
There are mainly three different types of processes associated with Google Chrome: browser, renderers, and plug-ins.
If Chrome runs slow only when you open too many tabs, say over 30, then the problem is reasonable. You just need to close the unnecessary tabs to relieve the stress of Chrome.
Chrome apps and extensions enable diversified features in a single browser, like ads blocking, light gaming, data analysis, etc. However, an excess of these web apps and extensions may cause unstable and lag experience. Moreover, a faulty extension or app could cause critical error or incompatibility on Chrome.
You can manage all the installed Chrome apps and extensions by clicking the three-dot menu > More tools > Extensions. Disable the useless and suspicious extensions one by one and test if Chrome runs faster.
In addition to web apps and extensions, you’re also suggested to disable the Software Report Tool of Chrome which is known as one of the causes of high disk usage problem.
Sometimes the lag problem has been recorded by Google and fixed in the latest version of Chrome. If the above methods failed to fix slow Chrome issue, you could check for available updates.
Test the browser for a while to see if the slow Chrome issue still exists.
Hardware acceleration in Chrome is designed to speed up the browsing experience by utilizing the redundant performance of your GPU, not sorely the CPU, to render the opened web pages. Unfortunately, it has been reported for bringing unexpected problems.
This method is mainly for ruling out the possible causes of the slow Chrome issue. If it really worked, then you may keep the hardware acceleration disabled and see if the status will make new problems.
It is a headache to locate the exact cause of the program from all of the options in Chrome, so why not restore to the default settings?
In most cases, the problem of slow Chrome should be fixed now. Otherwise, the issue is not related to Chrome itself. We need to sort out the troublemaker elsewhere.
It is time to check if there is any malware or virus on your computer slowing down the performance of Google Chrome. There are a lot of free editions of the famous antivirus software from Kaspersky, Bitdefender, Avast, etc.
Apply a full scan on your computer or the specific program. If there is malware found, remove it immediately, then restart your computer. Hopefully, Chrome will run faster.
It may be hard to make the decision, but if the slow Chrome issue really irritates you, you may reinstall the system of your computer. The problem will likely be resolved after system reinstalling, but you should make sure to back up all your photos, documents and data to an external hard drive or cloud drive.
In this article, we have learnt 7 methods for fixing slow Chrome in Windows 10, some of which also work for Mac computers. We hope that any of the first 6 methods could solve the problem, so that you don’t need to apply Method 7. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to tell us in the comment.