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Stop the Processes That Slow Down Google Chrome

Does your Google Chrome browser seem slow? Is one of your open tabs preventing you from browsing? Use Chrome’s Task Manager in order to identify the website or process that is using the most memory and safely close it.

If you are used to opening multiple tabs in Google Chrome, you have probably already come across a website that is particularly resource-hungry (memory, CPU or Network). This can result in your browser slowing down, not responding or becoming completely frozen…

To solve this problem you can use Windows 10’s “Classic” Task Manager and stop all Google Chrome processes. But in this case, all of the open pages will be closed.

An alternative solution is Google Chrome’s built in Task Manager. Here’s what to do.

Open Google Chrome Task Manager

Whether you are using Chrome on Windows or macOS, the process is the same.

  • Open Chrome
  • In the top right of your screen, click on the three vertical dots icon to access the browser menu.
  • Select the More Tools option from the context menu.
  • Then click on Task Manager in the submenu.

Chrome will then open a new window in which you can select and stop websites that slow your web browser.

Find the websites that use the most resources in Chrome

In the Task Manager window, you will find the list of all of the processes, web pages and extensions, currently opened by Chrome. For each element (task or process), the following information is displayed:

  • The name of the task being executed (tab, sub-frame) with the name of the corresponding site;
  • The memory footprint (amount of memory) being used;
  • The CPU used (the part of your processor occupied by the task);
  • The network (the bandwidth used by the current process);
  • The process ID (its internal identifier).

Tip: if you want more information about a specific process, right-click and you will gain access to around twenty additional elements.

By default, tasks are classified by Memory footprint. Thus, among the ten (or more) elements displayed, at a glance you are able to identify which web pages, Chrome extensions or processes are taking up the most RAM.

If you want to classify them by use of your processor, click on CPU, in the header of the third column. The same for Network, which allows them to be classified by use of speed.

  • To stop a Chrome website, extension, or process that is slowing down your browser, click its name to select it.
  • Then click the End Process button to stop it.

Since Chrome manages each tab, extension and process separately, you can eliminate the aspects which are bothering you individually, one by one, while still using the rest. This way you can avoid losing all of your open tabs and you can continue to work or browse without interruption.

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