Google Chrome can crash and mostly affect your PC's RAM. The browser, which is the most popular in the world and is present in about 66.87% of PCs, according to the StatCounter survey in 2018, offers several features and configuration possibilities and has full integration with the Google account. All this can overwhelm the performance of the system on a day to day basis. Simple solutions like restarting the browser, closing tabs, or disabling extensions can be useful for the user suffering from crashes.
The procedures were performed on a computer with a Windows operating system, but the instructions also serve for macOS and Linux. See below for problems, errors, and possible solutions.
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1. Restart Chrome
Step 1. Click on the three-dot menu in Chrome and select "Exit", which can also be done by pressing the "Ctrl + Shift + Q" keys. The action will close the browser completely. Then open it again and see if the issue is resolved.
Close Google Chrome from the browser menu as an alternative to locking
2. Close the tabs
Step 1. Chrome consumes lots of RAM. This leads to locking in computers with low memory. To correct the error, close the tabs that are not being used;
Close Chrome tabs reduces RAM consumption and fixes crashes
Step 2. If Chrome continues to crash, combine the "Ctrl + Alt + Del" keys to open the Task Manager. See which applications consume more RAM, tap on them and hit the "End Task" button.
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3. Disable extensions
Step 1. Chrome extensions consume system resources, and some of them represent overhead for the browser. Disable all unused plugins to improve performance. Just access the menu, position the cursor on "More tools" and select the item "Extensions";
Chrome menu allows you to configure browser extensions
Step 2. Disable the unwanted extensions keys, which will be gray. If you prefer, click the "Remove" button to delete the unwanted add-ons. This second option should be used if it finds an unknown extension, since many are malicious and can steal data.
Disable Chrome Extensions
4. Check conflict between applications
Step 1. Programs can conflict with Chrome and disrupt the proper functioning of the browser. To fix the problem, first click the browser menu and go to "Settings";
Check out Google Chrome settings
Step 2. Scroll down the screen and click "Advanced" to expand the configuration options;
Expansion of advanced settings in Google Chrome
Step 3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen. Then click on the "Update or remove incompatible applications" option;
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Step 4. Google Chrome will show all applications installed on your computer that may interfere with performance. Press the "Remove" button;
Button to remove application incompatible with Google Chrome is an alternative against delay in system response
Step 5. The system will open the Windows "Applications and Features" window with the program in question already selected. Tap it and press the "Uninstall" button to delete the service responsible for causing the crash in Google's browser.
Uninstall application in Windows that may cause incompatibility with Chrome
5. Disable hardware acceleration
Step 1. Although designed to improve Chrome's performance, the hardware acceleration feature can sometimes cause problems. If none of the above works, open the advanced settings menu, go to the "System" section and disable the "use hardware acceleration when available" key.
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6. Test the navigation with another profile
Step 1. Change your Chrome user profile to see if the problem is in your account settings. To do this, open your browser settings and in the "People" section click "Manage others";
Include a new profile in Chrome to test if locking persists
Step 2. Follow the steps for creating a new profile. Then click on it to open a browser window - without your settings - and check for crashes. If it does not, it means that the freezes must be triggered by some configuration of your account.
User Profiles in Google Chrome can be a way to investigate the source of the error
7. Reinstall Chrome
Step 1. Even after the above alternatives, if the crash persists, Chrome itself is probably in trouble. Then uninstall the program and then reinstall.
Uninstalling Google Chrome in Windows 10
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