Thursday, 19 June 2014

Quick Fix For A Sluggish Chrome Browser

No doubt chrome is one of the fastest browser available. Backed up by google, it's reliability to open up web pages easily is one of it's selling factors. As an internet user, I do not care much of the add-ons available until I need them. The most important is for me is it brings me to a web page I want to go, pronto!

But like windows computers, I noticed that as days passes by, it somewhat losses some of it's speed. Sometimes it is sluggish to start up. Like a diesel car in a cold weather. So I do not have any choice but to click another alternative browser to do the job. But once it is up and running, I switch again to my favourite browser. The question is, why it is behaving like that and what should I do to stop this annoying behaviour.

Before installing and reinstalling chrome, here are the causes that might contribute to this and their simple solutions.

1. Too much applications running in the background

Programs like antivirus run in the background. This is essential specially when you are connected to the internet. Other programs like VOIP, instant messengers, and other programs updating can use up computer resources (CPU and RAM) specially when they are active at the same time. And also those application that are opened and remained active because they are not terminated properly. This leads to the delay of executing a command from a click of a mouse.

What to do?

  • Terminating the activity of these non essential programs would free up CPU activity and RAM, and thereby reserves more power to execute a  command. To do this, press the 3 key combination ctrl-alt-del> then windows task manager>processess.  The running applications will be listed and sorted according to memory usage. Right click the applications that use the most RAM(1) and end the process(2) quit. 

  •  Still at the task manager, click applications(4),  right click the application(4) you want to quit, then end the task(5). If  there is an applications that has a "not responding" status, end it as well.

2. Chrome is busy syncing.

Not just the other running applications is causing the problem. Even chrome itself.

When you have more than one google account or your laptop is used by other google account holders, everytime a new account is logged in, the browser attempts to synchronize the data of the logged in account. The sychronisation time depends on the number of elements and the overall size of the data. This causes chrome to become unresponsive. Usually, all elements of google account is synchronised by default but the good news is you can choose which element to update or not to update at all by just ticking a box. 

How to do  it?

Type chrome://settings (6) at the address bar then click advanced sync settings(7). Click the dropdown menu and choose what to sync(8) by ticking or un ticking the elements you do not want to sync.

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