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    How to speed up Chrome

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    Update Google Chrome

    Update Google Chrome is one of the first operations that I invite you to do if you want to make sure that the famous browser of the Mountain View giant is always efficient. In fact, Google periodically releases updates which, in addition to bug fixes (i.e. errors in the program code) and security flaws, sometimes lead to an improvement in its performance.

    To make sure that the copy of Google Chrome installed on your computer is updated to the latest version, you have to press the button (⋮) located in the upper right corner, select the item Guide from the menu that opens and then click on the wording Information about Google Chrome. If you are shown the writing Google Chrome is up to date, evidently you have already updated the browser, while if the button appears Update Google Chrome, you have to press on the latter to update it (an operation which, however, usually takes place automatically in the background).



    Regarding the Google Chrome app for AndroidInstead, open the Play Store, type "Google Chrome" in Campo di Ricerca located at the top of the screen and tap the button Update (if necessary). Up iOS same speech: open theApp Store, presses on the card Search, search for the Chrome app and, if present, tap the button Update.

    For more information on how to update Chrome, please read the in-depth article I linked to you. Surely this reading will also be useful to you.

    Close or suspend unused tabs

    Also close or suspend unused tabs can help increase the responsiveness of Google Chrome. If a lot of tabs are open (roughly speaking, more than a dozen), the browser may have some difficulty in managing them all (especially if they concern particularly "heavy" Web pages or if your computer has rather obsolete or, in any case, limited hardware) , becoming slower.



    To close a tab on the desktop version of Google Chrome, all you have to do is press on (X) located on the right side of each of them or by simultaneously pressing the keys Ctrl + W (your Windows, Linux and Chrome OS) o cmd+w (on macOS), after selecting the tab you want to close.

    To proceed on the mobile version of Chrome, on the other hand, you have to press the icon of square with the number of tabs currently open inside, identify the ones you don't need and close them by pressing on (X) placed on the right side of each of them or by swiping from left to right (or vice versa).

    Please note: on the mobile version of Chrome you can also avoid closing unused tabs, as the operating system automatically optimizes resources by focusing on the tabs that are actually active.

    Speed ​​up the opening of pages

    Enable the function that allows you to speed up the opening of pages is another way to keep Chrome always fast and snappy. This very useful function, in fact, preloads the links that the user may intend to visit and, therefore, as soon as he actually decides to open them, their loading takes place in a shorter time.

    If you want to make sure that the link preload feature is enabled on the desktop version of Chrome, presses the button (⋮) at the top right, select the item Settings from the menu that opens. Then expand the field Advanced ▾ located at the bottom and, in the menu that opens, locate the option Use a forecasting service to speed up page loading (from section Privacy and security) and activate it by moving up ON the corresponding switch lever (if necessary).



    Su Android, instead, launch the Chrome app, press the button (⋮) at the top right, select the item Settings from the menu that opens and tap on the option Privacy (in the section Advanced). In the screen that opens, put the check mark on the box Use page predictions (if necessary) and that's it.

    Su iOSInstead, open the Chrome app, press the button (...) at the bottom right, tap on the item Settings in the menu that opens, presses on the option Bandwidth (in the section Advanced) and tap on Preloading web pages. In the screen that opens, then, specify when Chrome should preload the links (Everlasting, Only on Wi-Fi, etc.) and tap on the item end to save the changes made.

    Remove heavier extensions

    Another "tip" that I can give you if you wish speed up Google Chrome Is that of remove heavier extensions. As useful as they may be, extensions can consume huge resources by over-using the processor and RAM memory of the computer, slowing down the operating system and, of course, also the browser itself.

    To check which extensions are heavier, you need to invoke the Task Manager Google Chrome: to do this, after starting the browser, press the button (⋮) located at the top right, hover the mouse cursor over the wording Other tools and, in the menu that appears, click on the item Task Manager.


    In the window that appears in the center of the screen, you will be shown a list of processes with data relating to the use of CPU and RAM by the extensions and the individual tabs open in Chrome: once you have identified the extensions that consume the most energy, select them and then click on the button End process.


    To uninstall an extension, so as to permanently remove it from the browser, press the button again (⋮) always located at the top right, hover the mouse cursor over the item Other tools and, in the menu that opens, click on the item Extensions. Finally, locate the add-on you intend to delete and press the item twice in a row Remove. If you have any doubts about what to do, also try to consult my guide on how to delete extensions from Chrome.

    Disable autorun of plugins

    Automatically running plugins, such as the much-discussed Adobe Flash Player, is another factor that can contribute to the slowdown of Chrome. To speed up the browser, therefore, it is advisable disable automatic execution of plugins.

    To do this, after opening the browser on your computer, press the button (⋮) at the top right, select the item Settings from the menu that opens, scroll the page displayed to the bottom, expand the section Advanced ▾  and then presses on the voice content settings.

    Finally, find the plugin you want to disable automatic execution (eg. Flash), pigia sul suo name and, in the menu that opens, move up ON l'interruttore posto accanto alla dicitura Ask first (recommended), so you can decide if and when to enable the plugin in question.

    Eliminate any malware

    If, after following all the precautions I have given you so far, you have not noticed significant improvements regarding the speed of Google Chrome, perhaps the problem could be due to malware on your computer (especially if it is a PC Windows).

    It is not uncommon, in fact, to run into the so-called browser hijacker, that is those malware that modify the appearance of the home page and the default search engine of the browser, often installing extensions not requested by the user, which often be used to monitor the activities of the latter (without his knowledge, of course) .

    To avoid such problems, I recommend that you resort to using software such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware per Windows e Adwcleaner, both free and able to identify and possibly eliminate malicious software installed on your PC. If you use a Mac, you probably already know that Apple branded computers are less prone to cyber attacks, but they are not completely immune to it and that is why I recommend that you consider using the excellent one on the latter as well Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. For more information on using these and other anti-malware solutions, see the guide where I explain how to remove malware and how to remove malware on Mac.

    If you usually use Chrome on Android, an operating system that unfortunately is subject to the installation of malicious software, I recommend that you also adopt solutions on the latter that can protect you from possible attacks by cybercriminals, such as the famous antivirus of Avira e AVG of which I have extensively told you in my in-depth study dedicated to the best antivirus for Android.

    Change DNS server

    In conclusion, I also suggest you to change the DNS server of your connection, choosing those of GoogleCloudFlareOpenDNS  which are notoriously fast and efficient. Performing this simple operation will greatly help speed up Chrome and, in this case, the loading of Web pages.

    For more information on how to change DNS servers, take a look at the guide I linked to you, which contains a more than exhaustive explanation on what to do.

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