How to Fix: Google Chrome is slow and crashes (9 useful tips)


Are you having problems with Google Chrome? Is Google Chrome slow, or does it crash after a few minutes? In this article, I have summarized tips in order to resolve a slow or crashing Chrome browser.

Many people experience problems with Google Chrome. It is often hard to identify the exact cause of the problem as it can be related to many different devices, configurations, third party software and so forth. That is why I have written this article so that you can try all the solutions to resolve the problem you have with Google Chrome.

How to Fix Google Chrome is slow and crashes

Clearing the DNS Cache

In this first step, you can clear the cache on your device.

Windows users. Open a command prompt window, in the command prompt window type: ipconfig /flushdns.

Mac users open a Terminal window.

In the terminal window type: dscacheutil -flushcache. Press the ENTER key and type: sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder.

Scan for malware with Malwarebytes

Malware is known for breaking TCP/IP configurations on your computer. If malware is present on your computer, TCP/IP configurations may be damaged; this causes the problems with the internet connection and might slow down or crash Google Chrome.

I recommend that you scan with Malwarebytes and delete the detected malware from your computer. In this instruction, I’ll guide you on how to install Malwarebytes and how to search and remove malware.



End the Google Chrome process

When Google Chrome is not responding it is useful to terminate all running Google Chrome processes manually. Windows and Mac keep processes running in order to start Google Chrome faster, try terminating these processes to see if the Chrome is slow or crashing problem is resolved.

Windows users: open a command-prompt, in the command-prompt enter: taskkill /F /IM chrome.exe

Mac users: press cmd + spacebar, enter: terminal. Open the terminal and type: pgrep -x “Google Chrome” you will see a number.

Type: kill {number-here}. where {number-here} is the output from the pgrep -x “Google Chrome” command.

Incognito mode

Start the browser in incognito mode to see if the slow or crashing Google Chrome also occurs in incognito mode. This way, you can exclude whether the problem is on the internet connection or just a specific browser setting or browser extension.

This is how to start Google Chrome in incognito mode.

Edit the Google Chrome shortcut on your desktop or in your taskbar. Right-click on the shortcut, select Properties. In the tab: Shortcut, edit the target shortcut to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” -incognito. So, put “-incognito” behind the “Chrome.exe” executable.

Remove all browser extensions

In this article, I explain how to remove browser extensions from Google Chrome. Make sure to disable or remove all extensions from Google Chrome immediately after starting Google Chrome. Do not open a website, first remove all extensions and then start surfing the internet with Google Chrome.

Reset the Google Chrome browser

Resetting the browser can be useful if the problem occurs in a specific browser. It is possible that a particular setting causes a slow or crashing Chrome browser.
Learn how to reset Google Chrome.

Disable your antivirus software

Antivirus software is recommended; often, antivirus software has a firewall built-in. This antivirus firewall can cause problems with your internet connection. To test if the problem is in the antivirus software, it is advisable to temporarily disable the antivirus software to see if it solves the slow or crashing Google Chrome problem.

Restore your internet connection

NetAdapter Repair is an application to solve network connectivity problems that occur in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

We know that multiple users fixed their connection problems in Google Chrome with NetAdapter Repair. If you use NetAdapter Repair as described in this chapter, NetAdapter will not cause any further problems with your network connection.

It is therefore advisable not to use NetAdapter just to solve connection problems. Some technical knowledge is required to use NetAdapter on your own.

Download NetAdapter Repair and save the file on the Desktop or Downloads folder, it doesn’t matter as long as you can find it.

NetAdapter does not need installation.

Open NetAdapter Repair and click on Advanced Repair. A message appears with the settings that will be restored.

netadapter fix google chrome connection error

WinSock/TCP IP Repair
Clear all Proxy/VPN Settings
Windows Firewall Repair

You might need to restart your computer after using Advanced Repair in NetAdapter Repair. Please take this into account while working with documents or reading this page.

Reinstall Google Chrome

The last possibility you should attempt is to reinstall Google Chrome. Uninstall Google Chrome first and download the latest Google Chrome version from the official Google Chrome webpage.


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