It’s not a secret that Google Chrome is the fastest browser, but if you use it for awhile you’ve probably noticed, that after some time Chrome runs much slower than before. Good news, it is fixable. We have gathered some tips that are guaranteed increase the speed of your browser.
How to make your Google Chrome Faster
1. Disable Extensions you don’t use
Extensions are the best and the worst feature for Chrome. Sometimes it really useful: ad blockers, extensions for music, for reading, for time management, but they very slow down your PC. They filter all web pages you clicked on before you even see it. Obviously, it takes some time. More extensions you use, more time takes to open every web page. Also, it loads every time own data from the Web, so don’t be surprised why your browser works even slower whenever you start working.
To remove all unnecessary extensions in your Chrome you need to click on the right menu bar, choose “More tools” and then “Extensions” or just type this in your browser chrome://extensions.
Check whether everything in that list you use, if not – delete them with no doubt. If you use, but rarely some extensions, you can disable them, so when you need it, there is just one click for you to enable the extension. Also, if you see something with “installed by a third-party” you definitely don’t need to keep it. It means that some program on your PC installed this extension without your knowledge and can cause ads, pop-ups, redirects or even collecting your data.
2. Disable plug-ins you don’t use
Plug-ins are very similar to an extension – they help us to open flash content by Adobe Flash Player or PDF files in the browser through Chrome PDF Viewer. But there can be a lot of the third-party plug-ins, that really slows down browser performance. Unfortunately, starting with Chrome 57, the option of checking and removing plug-ins is no longer available. You can control only Flash and the PDF Viewer in the settings (type chrome://settings/content/ ). If you are completely sure, that the problem of low speed is plug-ins, you can delete its folder in your system – C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\[Chrome Version]\WidevineCdm\. But note, that this way you will delete ALL plug-ins and till next update you won’t have Chrome PDF Viewer and Adobe Flash Player.
3. Disable Web Apps you don’t use.
It’s not a news, that Google Chrome is not just a browser for searching information, it’ also a huge application platform. It takes a lot of memory, so we recommend to delete unuseful for you apps. To do this type chrome://apps in your Chrome or click on Apps image from the top-left corner. After that right-click on the app and choose Remove from Chrome.
4. Enable Prefetch Resources
Google Chrome has an intelligence feature, that can predict what page you want to visit next. It suggests what pages do you like or want to open and loading those pages in the background before you actually clicked on them. It allows loading this page as fast as possible when you really click on it. To enable this feature open Chrome setting, then click on Advanced settings and in the “Privacy” section, switch on “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly.”
5. Disable “Usage Statistics and Crash Reports”
Google Chrome collects your data and crash reports to improve their service. These reports can include things like when Chrome crashes and how much memory you typically use. To stop it you need to disable ChromeCrashHandler.exe process.
To disable unnecessary function for you, open Advanced Settings of your Chrome. Under Privacy section, switch off “Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google”.
If you always have more than 5 opened at the same time tabs this tip is for you. Opened tabs slow down your system a lot, so even the strongest PC will suffer. Every tab creates a new process, that consumes memory and system resources. In this case, we recommend using an extension, that suspends tabs, that were inactive for certain time. You can reload the page just by one click on it and put some sites in Ignore List. This way you don’t need to close essential tabs, but they do not “steal” your speed anymore. Or if you don’t really need that tabs be opened just close it.
7. Clear browsing data regularly
It is not a secret, that Chrome and other browsers collect all your Internet activity: history, cache, cookie and other data. No doubts, it is useful – it helps to search better and find faster, but there a lot of hidden obstacles. For example, it is so easy to steal and use for the malicious purpose. Of course, there a huge amount of information and as much as it helps it can slow down your system. We recommend to clean it regularly.
To clear your browsing data you need to click on the right menu bar and choose History.
Click on “Clear browsing data”.
In the opened window choose options, that you need to clean and click on “Clear browsing data”. Done!
Polina works as marketing manager for a year now and loves searching for interesting topics for you:)