Google Chrome can get slow down over time because of a variety of reasons. One of the more frequently occurring reason is the junk data that keeps on piling in the cache of Chrome and overburdens it. Down the line, there comes a time when Chrome goes way too slow for the user’s tolerance limit. And it is this very moment where the user has to apply some neat tricks to refresh Chrome.
Here are important steps that any Chrome user can perform to get back to optimum performance levels and get away with slow speed, tabs lagging, extensions freezing and the browser hanging every now and then.
Cleaning System and Browser Junk
Our computer saves various kinds of junk files over time. The browsers work the same way and churn out their own junk. This piled up junk, after a certain limit, starts to affect the computer’s performance. It is highly recommended to use an appropriate and effective system cleaner like ST Cleaner to clean Chrome and system junk frequently. This will remove all the junk from the system as well as Chrome and hence, you’ll be able to make use of them just like you’d installed them afresh.
Get Rid of Needless Extensions
One of the most popular features of Chrome is the extensions. Through extensions, one is able to perform an uncountable number of tasks at brisk speed without having to open any website. However, a poorly designed extension can wreak havoc in your browser. Also, installing way too many extensions also boggles down Chrome. Here is what you need to do in either of these scenarios.
- In the Address Bar of Chrome type chrome://extensions and press Enter.
- Disable any apps you suspect to be problematic. Do this by simply deselecting the checkbox for Enabled.
- Perform trial and error for all extensions to check which one (or more) are causing the mess.
- Once you’ve caught the actual culprits, simply remove the problematic extensions by clicking the trash can icon in front of every extension’s name.
Some extensions are not compatible with either the operating system or any plug-ins that might be built-in to Chrome. To avoid such conflicts, remove all such extensions.
In the Address Bar, type in chrome://conflicts and press Enter to open up the Modules loaded into Google Chrome window. In case of any conflict(s), the concerning items will be written in red text.
If there is a conflicting module indeed, remove the respective app from Control Panel.
Using the sandbox command is reported to greatly reduce Chrome freeze in Windows 10.
- Right-click the Chrome shortcut on your desktop and select Properties.
- Locate the Target textbox option and add –no-sandbox at the end of the existing text.
- Click OK to apply the changes.
Disabling Web Services also results in bringing about limited respite from any adverse effects Chrome might be suffering from.
- Type in chrome://settings in the Address Bar of Chrome and hit Enter.
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Advanced.
- In the Privacy and security section, you can opt to safely disable several/ all options.
Sometimes, the trouble occurs once you’ve made certain changes in the browser. Those changes should be reversed to undo the damage they have caused. Thus, resetting Chrome to its default settings can help.
- Click the three dotted icon in Chrome and select Settings.
- Scroll down and click Advanced on the bottom of the page to reveal more options that were earlier hidden
- Scroll to the bottom once again and click Reset.
- Select RESET in the Reset dialog box to signal your approval.
The method of last resort to fix any computer program be it a web browser or any other software is to uninstall it, download a fresh setup and then reinstall it again.