Google Chrome is the most popular web browser across the globe, boasting a presence on millions of perhaps billions of devices all over, be it PCs, tablets, smartphones and so on.
Even though Google touts Chrome browser to be lighter on resources and faster in performance, sometimes it might just be the reason every time you visit the internet your PC slows down significantly, constantly insulting your urgency to check out something on the web. If this is one of the things that frustrates you, we have a way out for you.
As mentioned, Google Chrome holds more than 60% of the total market share and even though it is obvious this web browser is the go-to choice for many people, it also has its own downsides. But they can be taken care of with these easy tips and tricks.
Check for installed Chrome extensions and plugins
If you’ve been using Google Chrome for some time now, you’ve probably picked up dozens of extensions along the way. These may include things like communication apps, VPNs or even download managers, among others. Since these extensions will keep running the background, they end becoming a huge burden on your PC’s resources, hence slowing the performance.
Head to options section on Chrome (three horizontal lines in the top-right corner) and select More tools>Extensions. A list of all installed extensions will show up. Check the ones you need and remove the ones you don’t even remember downloading.
The story is the same for Chrome plugins. But by typing “Chrome://plugins” (without the quote marks) in the URL bar, a screen listing all installed plugins will show up, from where you can choose the ones to keep and discard the rest.
Google prediction tool
Most of you must enjoy the fact that when you start keying a search term in the search bar, Google Chrome quickly comes back with suggestions of the terms or phrases you might be looking for. While this might be a time saver for you, it is also another factor contributing to a sluggish PC. This is, however, noticeable in PCs with poor processing power.
In Chrome’s Settings, click on Show Advanced setting>Privacy and uncheck the box against the phrase “Use prediction service to load pages more quickly.” If, however, processing power is not an issue for your PC, you can leave this option checked for a much better experience.
Keep the number of open tabs checked
There are those who enjoy working with dozens of tabs open in Chrome. While this might be a great way of working out your tasks, keep in mind that Google Chrome is one hell of a browser and with each additional tab that opens, it grabs more of your PC’s resources. Keeping dozens of tabs open will have a direct effect on the performance of the PC.
With this in mind, try to keep the number checked by closing the ones you aren’t really using.