How to speed up your PC by improving Chrome

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Pau Monfort
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Despite being the most used browser in the world, both on PC and smartphone, and considered by many to be the best in the industry, Chrome suffers from a "defect" that is anything but negligible. Google's browser is particularly "greedy" of computer resources: on Windows just open Activity management (Activity monitoring on MacOS) to see how much it weighs in terms of RAM occupied and computing power used.



So, even though it may seem strange or even absurd, Chrome can be one of the main causes of a slow computer. Thanks to some tricks and tricks Chrome, however, it is possible to reduce the consumption of resources and thus optimize its operation. In this way you will be able to speed up your PC without having to give up the browsing experience guaranteed by the Google browser. These are small tricks that do not require special technological knowledge and, for this reason, within anyone's reach.

Update Chrome

The first thing to do to speed up your PC is to check if Chrome is updated to the latest version. The problems with the excessive consumption of resources, in fact, could depend on some glitches or bugs present in an old version of Chrome and fixed in subsequent releases. To test this hypothesis, click on the menu button (the three dots at the top right), move the cursor up Guide and, in the menu that appears, choose Learn about Chrome. A new window will open and Big G's browser will launch the version check and if there are any updates, it will automatically download them and ask you to restart the software. On Mac, just choose About Chrome from the Chrome menu at the top left.


Check the Chrome task manager

The Windows 10 Resource Manager tool is not the only tool that allows you to control the resources used by the Google browser. Chrome itself has a similar tool, called Task Manager, which will allow you to check the "weight" of every single tab or browser window you have open. All you have to do is click on the menu icon (the three dots at the top right), move the cursor over the item Other tools and then click on Task manager. In a few moments a new window will open, in which to check the RAM memory occupied, the CPU resources used and other information of this kind. If any of them are too busy, and you can't close them in another world, select them and click on End process.


Faster opening of pages

Among the latest Chrome news there is also a sort of "predictive" function, through which the browser of the Mountain View company preloads the links of a page that the user may want to open. To activate this option, click on the three dots of the settings, click on "Advanced" and then, in the "Privacy and security" section, activate the option Use a forecasting service to speed up page loading. This way you should be able to see an improvement in overall Chrome performance while browsing.

Remove malicious extensions and malware

Not many people know this, but Chrome has some sort of internal anti-malware software that can be of great help in checking if your system or browser has a virus. In fact, in most cases, the main cause of a slow PC is a malware infection of any kind. To check this, open a new tab, enter the string chrome: // settings / cleanup in the address bar and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. In the new screen that appears, click on the button Find and wait for the scan to complete: when finished, Chrome will warn you of any dangerous extensions or malware to remove.


Beware of extensions

Even "good" extensions can cause slowdowns, especially if you get carried away and download dozens of those little programs that can increase Chrome's functionality. Better to limit them to the bare minimum and choose only those that have the best reviews on the Google store, with four or more stars and a large number of downloads, to testify that the extension has been chosen by many users. Even Flash, an indispensable time in any browser and now gradually abandoned in favor of Html5, often causes significant slowdowns. Attention because even one of the most requested features today, namely the ad blocking and videos that start automatically on web pages require a lot of computing power.


Manage your cards correctly

As you will have understood, the consumption of resources by Chrome is directly proportional to the number of open tabs. The greater the number of tabs, the greater the RAM occupied and the computing capacity used by the Google browser. To free up resources and speed up PC, therefore, just close the unused tabs And that's it. In case you cannot do this, however, you will have to start a careful management of the cards, so that you can free up RAM without being forced to close anything. How? By installing extensions for Chrome that allow you to manage the tabs to reduce their "footprint". Tab Wrangler, The Great Suspender and OneTab are the three best extensions of their kind: they close or interrupt the functioning of unused tabs, allowing you to reopen them quickly and easily when you need them again.



The alternatives to Chrome

If Chrome continues to not offer the expected performance, you can always consider changing it. The most accredited competitor is once again an old acquaintance like Mozilla Firefox, while Safari It's the default choice for Mac OS users, but there are also several Chrome clones that promise new features. Particularly interesting is it Brave, an open-source browser based on the Chromium project and the Blink rendering engine with the integrated ad blocking function (it is therefore not necessary to download new extensions that risk slowing down the system) and a private browsing much safer for privacy than Chrome, since it is based on Tor, the most widespread and efficient anonymous communication system for the Internet.

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