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Is Google Chrome hogging your memory?


Chrome is a great browser, but it can slow down your Windows system.

  1. It’s more than just a browser.
  2. Even when it’s not running it can hog resources.
  3. If you delete it from Windows startup, it reinstalls itself as a startup app.

Take a look at these pictures of memory usage:

Chrome memory usage - even when it's not running

Chrome memory usage – even when it’s not running

Internet Explorer when browser is in use.

Internet Explorer when browser is in use.

But like Chrome, IE still hogs some memory when it’s closed, but not quite as much.

IE memory usage after closure

IE memory usage after closure

Compare what happens with Firefox, with three tabs open. IE is still open.

Firefox memory usage with 3 tabs open

Firefox memory usage with 3 tabs open

Safari is rather better than all the above.

Safari memory usage

Safari memory usage

OK, so you use Chrome occasionally, ‘cos it’s really quite fast. But you don’t want it running in the background all the while.

If you do a search for explanations of how to stop Chrome installing itself, you’ll find dozens of frustrated users. You can use msconfig to delete it from the list of startup programs, but next time the machine boots up, there it is again.

FURY!

As it happens, there’s a fairly simple solution.

The problem is probably one of Chrome extensions which runs in the background all the time. (Google Cloud Print, allowing you to print over the Internet, is often to blame.)

Open up Chrome.

  1. Click on the 3-bar icon at top right-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Click on settings.
  3. Select Extensions at left.
  4. Disable ALL extensions. This should prevent Chrome from adding itself back to the Startup menu.
  5. Then you can re-enable extensions one by one until the problem returns, which means you should disable whatever is causing it.
Disable Chrome extensions from settings dialogue

Disable Chrome extensions from settings dialogue

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One thought on “Is Google Chrome hogging your memory?

  1. I want to thank you for being the only commentator (or at least the first one I found) with a working suggestion for stopping Chrome from loading at Windows startup. In my case, the culprit was the GMail Offline chromeapp, which I don’t use often enough on Windows to justify Chrome’s constant memory usage.

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