Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers across the world and probably the one you are using right now. When Google launched it in 2008, it was termed to be a minimalist and no-frills browser, designed to eliminate problems of slow computers.
But with time, Chrome has slowly gone on to become a RAM-sucking browser that a lot of issues have crept in since. Here are 10 irritating Chrome issues and their solutions.
Frozen Tabs and Windows
Due to different reasons, Chrome tabs or windows may tend to freeze up or hang during task management. This is especially annoying when you are in the middle of something important. There is an easy fix to this problem.
Just press Shift + ESC to open up the Chrome Task Manager. This gives you a list of all the tasks running on Chrome, allowing you to end processes all at once.
While Adobe is on its mission of killing the age-old Flash Player, some websites simply refuse to remove it as their default player. If you are repeatedly getting a message that says Flash has crashed, you need to eliminate the plugin to avoid this issue.
To turn it off, type chrome://plugins/ into Chrome's Search bar. Navigate to the setting for Adobe Flash Player and click Disable.
Edit Chrome Flags
Despite all measures, if your Chrome browser still runs slow or displays lag, you'll need to edit some flags. Chrome flags are experimental settings developed by Google to override some software features on the browser. But, you will need to have prior knowledge about these flags to avoid any other issues.
Delete unwanted extensions
Starting off as a minimalist browser, Chrome runs smoothly albeit without extensions on it. If you have extensions installed, it isn't quite the great story for the user. While the extensions may be extremely useful, the unnecessary ones can create a lot of trouble.
Click on Menu > More Tools > Extensions. Toggle the checkbox to temporarily disable them, or click the trash bin to delete them permanently.
Delete User Profile
Recently, Chrome added the feature of logging in directly to your Google account, helping the browser personalize your experience. This addition can create annoying issues like dialog boxes that disable some functions on Chrome due to problems with account syncing.
There's a solution to this. Head to Menu > Settings > Sign In and click on Disconnect Your Google Account. Toggle the checkbox next to "Also clear your history, bookmarks, settings, and other Chrome data stored on this device", and select Disconnect.
Delete the Web Data File
If you are having trouble even after deleting your Google profile, you can take the step ahead and try and delete the ‘Web Data File'. It is the final step and attempt it only if no other method works.
Open Explorer and navigate to C:Users [Username]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefault and scroll down to the bottom of the list and delete the file called "Web Data".
Fix the protected System Files
Activated from Command Prompt, fixing protected System Files is the last resort for you to fix Chrome issues by letting Windows scan through the protected files on your system.
Right-click on Start and select Command Prompt (Admin mode), then type SFC.EXE /SCANNOW. The scan will take a few minutes and the system will prompt you when it gets over.
Reset your browser settings
This is another effective way to fix your lag issues on Chrome. Just click on the Chrome menu and go to Settings > Show advanced settings. Now scroll down to Reset Settings and click on Reset to do the needful.
Chrome Clean-Up tool
Browsing a lot of websites during the day, there is a high chance that you might have encountered some content that had malware which stuck onto the browser. Getting rid of it is a fairly simple process. The Chrome Cleanup Tool on Windows is an app that does the trick quite well, scanning through all files and removing spyware if any.
Delete and reinstall
If all else fails, turn to the method that works every time. Just delete the damn browser from your PC and reinstall it again, using Internet Explorer. Well, that's what it has been made for, isn't it?