Why is Google Chrome becoming slow?
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My Google Chrome is getting too slow. What can I do?

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  • Darcy


    If you can find your background apps and turn them off, this has boosted my interenet speed hugely when nothing else seemed to work.

    I had linkseys toolbar extension added, just switched off all unknown background applications (from the toolbar)

  • Frans Monnereau

    When I use Google Chrome the loading is very slow, also unusual is a message on top of the page stating Flash needs your permission to run.

    I do not have this problem when I use Firefox.

  • Anonymous Flyer

    This, in my opinion, has nothing to do with plugins/add-ons etc. I am running an overclocked core i5 with ample memory. I have minimal plugins installed and no toolbars installed. The web pages which I visited do not bombard with ads and extras. Some times Chrome is fast, other times it hangs. Even refreshing the basic google home page from that same homepage couses and issue. Then all of a sudden it comes back to life. No problems with other browsers but I prefer chrome from a security point of view.

    • Another Anon

      I agree with Anonymous Flyer. I see this problem on Mac, Windows, and Linux. I’ll try to load a page a few times, sometimes it will load eventually, sometimes it won’t. Trying another browser, Safari, Firefox or IE always works. There is something not right.

  • Secret

    This is how to fix it
    Follow these steps to change your proxy setting (for Windows):

    Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
    Select Settings.
    Click Show advanced settings.
    In the “Network” section, click Change proxy settings. This will open the Internet Properties dialog.
    Click LAN settings .
    Deselect the “Automatically detect settings” checkbox.

  • rony

    when i clear the bookmarks in the google chrome it becomes very slow

  • Tanx

    my google chrome was working perfectly by the start of may but now its getting slow and shows poor picture quality. the same picture i see on the internet is of poor quality even when its supposed to be of high quality but when i download the same picture on my pc its of great quality. what do i do? the youtube and other videos are also of bad quality please help me

    • Tina


      Do you see this issue only in Google Chrome or also in other browsers. Maybe it’s an issue with your internet connection. Could it be that it has become slow and thus images and videos are not fully loading?

    • Tanx

      sorry for the late reply but a couple of days ago from now i formated my pc and everything was OK with my pc after that but yesterday the problem started to appear again. I’m so sick of it. Do I have to format my pc again and again? I bet there were lots of viruse before but since I formated it all how come the problem persists? sometimes my pc stops reading any internet connection and then when i restart it for 2 to 3 times it starts working. I am currently downloading some files from torrent and when I turn my pc on they keep downloading but none of my web browsers work. what do I do?

    • Tina


      Maybe downloading slows your computer down. Is it better when you disconnect from the internet?

      More obviously, you may have re-installed and eliminated all malware recently. However, hearing that you download Torrents makes me think that you have been infected again or maybe you re-installed infected software you had stored on a separate partition or external drive while re-installing.

      Of course, this could also be a hardware issue, such as a drive that is about to fail. I suggest that you post a new question with a better description of the whole issue. This is the wrong place.

    • Bruce Epper

      Have you made any changes to your internet connection, either via your ISP or your computer/local network configuration?

      Have you added or changed your security software or firewall configuration?

      Have you cleared your browser cache recently? If you are at the cache limit, it will take time for your computer to first locate and delete the least frequently used items to make enough space for the new incoming material.

      Are you using an “Internet Accelerator”? Most operate on a couple of levels to appear to speed up your internet connection. They connect to caching servers so frequently accessed content among many users can be served up from their cache instead of taking a longer trip around the ‘net. Many will also reduce the image quality in the browser so it sends less data to you when rendering the page. This normally does not affect the quality of images that are specifically downloaded by the user via the “Save target as…” or “Save link as…” options from the context menu.

    • Tanx

      no, I didnt do anything as such but I formated my pc but the problem persists after working fine for 2 to 3 days

  • billie jean

    where do i find out if i do have the latest version on my pc/laptop

    • Tina

      You can find out whether you have the latest version of Chrome by clicking the Wrench icon in the top right, then select the “About Google Chrome” from the list and it will automatically check whether your version is up to date. If not, you can update right there. This very moment, the current version is 19.0…

  • Amir Hussain

    Just uninstalling Google Chrome to the root.. And then, install it and restart..

  • Jose

    Use Firefox I am running a mac with Chrome problems too
    This is the easiest solution
    If you don not want to leave Chrome then Oron is Correct
    I am an IT for a jewelry co.

  • Oron

    There’s no single answer to this. It depends on your computer. The problem may be just with Chrome, or with other browsers, so first of all, compare the performance by trying to access a number of sites with Chrome, then with Internet Explorer. If the problem is with web access in general, start a new question on this web site and we’ll try to help.
    If the problem is definitely with Chrome, then read the advice in the messages below which is mostly good (I would leave the registry alone for now). In my experience cookies are a good place to start looking:

    1. Go into the spanner menu, and choose Settings
    2. Click on “Under the hood” and [Clear Browsing Data]
    3. Change the “obliterate” option to “from the beginning of time”
    4. Tick “empty cache” and “delete cookies and other site and plug-in data”
    5. Click [Clear browsing data] and close the tab.

    If this solves the problem, then there’s probably a specific site that is causing the problem and you’ll need to do some further work to narrow it down.

    • aUSTIN

      how do you empty the cache & delete cookies?–there is no option for this in google chrome

    • Tina

      The Chrome menu has changed in the meantime.

      Click the wrench icon, go to Settings and click Show advanced settings… at the bottom.

      Click the Clear browsing data… button and select what you want to delete, e.g. cache and cookies and select the time frame, e.g. from the beginning of time.
      Confirm by clicking Clear browsing data.

    • ph

      :( it didn’t help me!

    • tom

      just wanted to say thanks – some cookie or other had slowed chrome right down. thanks for the advice Oron baby

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