GOOGLE Chrome is the most popular browser out there but it isn’t without flaws.
If you’re a regular desktop Chrome user and you find your browser is running slow then you may want to try some of these tips.
Update your browser
Your problem may have a simple solution, such as making sure you’re using the latest version of Google Chrome.
On your computer, open the Google Chrome browser and click the ‘More’ icon (three vertical dots) in the top right.
Click ‘Update Google Chrome’, or if that option isn’t there, it means you’re already using the latest version.
Once you’ve updated, click ‘Relaunch’.
The browser will save your open tabs and windows and re-open them when it restarts.
You can also restart your browser later on by clicking ‘Not Now’.
This will cause the update to be applied the next time you restart your browser.
The ‘More’ icon will be coloured (1) green if an update has been available for two days, (2) orange if an update has been available for four days, or (3) red if an update has been available for seven days.
Remove Chrome extensions
Extensions can be a great way to add new features to your browser, such as ad blocking.
Unfortunately, some of them can really slow your browser down.
To see which extensions you’ve got installed, first open Chrome and then click on three dots icon in the top-right corner.
Click ‘More tools’ and then ‘Extensions’.
A list of all your extensions should appear.
You’ll be given the option to get rid of any you don’t want by clicking the ‘Remove’ button.
If you’re not sure which extension is causing your problem then try a trial and error method of disabling them one by one to see if things improved.
To do this you need to follow the steps above and then use the sliding toggle next to each extension to turn them on and off.
Stop pop-ups and notifications
Not only can pop-ups be very annoying, they can also slow your browser down.
To turn them off, go to the three dots menu in the top-right corner.
Then click ‘Settings’, ‘Privacy and security’ and then ‘Site settings’.
A new page should open and then you’ll need to scroll down until you see ‘Permissions’ and then click ‘Notifications’.
This page has a switch called ‘Sites can ask to send notifications’.
Turn this off and sites will no longer ask you about sending notifications via Chrome.
However, this isn’t going to help with sites that are already sending you notifications.
To turn them off, scroll down to a section called ‘Allow’.
Here you’ll see a list of all the websites you’re getting notifications from.
You can click the three dots button next to each of them and select ‘Block’ for the ones you don’t want to see.
If you want a complete refresh of your Chrome browser then go to Settings.
You should find an ‘Advanced’ option to the left where you can then click ‘Reset settings’.
Then you click ‘Restore settings to their original defaults’ and then the ‘Reset settings’ button to confirm.
Your Google Chrome should now be set like it was when you first used it.
Any Chrome extensions you did have will still be there but they’ll now be disabled.
You can follow the steps in the Chrome extension section above to turn them back on.
Switch search engines
Just because you’re using Google Chrome as a browser doesn’t necessarily mean all your searches are going through the Google search engine.
If your searches keep going through the likes of Yahoo or Bing and you want to turn this off then take the following steps.
Open the browser and click the three dot menu in the right-hand corner.
Then scroll until you see ‘Search engine’.
Here you’ll see ‘Search engine used in the address bar’ and a drop down menu next to it where you can choose between search engines.
Google Chrome – what you need to know
Here’s a quick guide…
- Google Chrome is a web browser created by Google
- It’s cross-platform, which means it works on a range of systems including Microsoft Windows and Apple’s iOS
- The browser also serves as the main part of Chrome OS – Google’s own operating system
- Most of Chrome’s code comes from Chromium, an open-source project built by Google
- Google Chrome is Google’s general-release browser based on Chromium, but anyone can build a Chromium app
- The full Google Chrome browser is completely free to download and use
- And according to StatCounter, around 68% of all web browsers globally are Google Chrome
- That’s down from a peak of 72%
- Google Chrome was first released on September 2, 2008
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