Google Chrome Is Slow – How to Fix It

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Google Chrome is a browser that was able to establish itself amongst the very best within a relatively short period of time. This is due primarily to its sleekness and ease of use. However, it’s not uncommon for user to experience slow and sometimes intermittent performance while using the Google Chrome browser. Which may occasionally be the result of one too many add-ons, as they chomp away at your computers resources. Conflicts between extensions and third party applications are also on the cards. For those users whose Google Chrome is slow, all of these things may/can contribute to its sluggish performance.

There are so many applications on your computer and features within Google Chrome that you can use to enhance your browsing experience. All these little tweaks can be implemented within a matter of minutes and give your browsing experience that much needed boost. If your browser is not properly optimised, then watching videos and other media formats can be rather cumbersome. Under that sleek interior is a very complex internet browser that brings with it a number of advanced features and options. These options can be used to your advantage to squeeze every last drop of life out of the browser.

Continue reading for a number of helpful tweaks that you can implement right away.

Enable GPU Accelerated Compositing

In the past, the web browsers would depend almost entirely on the central processing unit in order to render site content. With graphics cards becoming increasingly more powerful and integral to standard desktop units and also mobile devices, and with 3D graphics becoming more and more essential to our experience on the internet, a lot of attention has been drawn to figuring out ways of making use of this hardware to improve our web experience. In this particular situation, there is ample evidence proving that turning on GPU accelerating compositing significantly increases the speeds in which pages loads. To turn this feature on, do the following.

1. First, ensure you’ve logged into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then double click on the desktop Google Chrome Icon to load it up.

google chrome icon

3. Once it’s loaded up, type Chrome://flags in the address area and click on Enter.

run Chrome://flags

4. This will load up Google Chromes advanced options screen, from the drop down menu, select Enable next to GPU Compositing On All Pages.

Switch on GPU Compositing On All Pages

5. Lastly, restart the browser by clicking on the Relaunch Now button, at the bottom of the page.

Relaunch Now button

Note: Make sure you’re using the latest version of Google Chrome before attempting to enable any of the flag feature(s). You can download Google Chrome from here: http://www.google.co.uk/chrome

Enable Override Software Rendering List

With this feature enabled, the software rendering list, which is built-in, will be overridden, resulting in GPU acceleration on configurations that would otherwise not support it. The vast majority of computers today come with graphics accelerators which can be used for rendering web pages when override software rendering list is enabled, making it an excellent feature. To enable it, simple do the following.

1. First, follow steps 1 – 3 from “Enable GPU Accelerated Compositing”.

2. Once the advanced options screen loads up, click on Enable next to Override Software Rendering List.

Switch on Override Software Rendering List

3. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Relaunch Now button.

Relaunch Now Button

Enable HTTP Pipelining

With this feature enabled the files that make up a web site, (such as the images, JavaScript and CSS files), will be loaded considerably faster. This is done by, instead of each individual file being loaded separately, requests are made for 2 or maybe 3 files to be loaded at the same time, this decreases the amount of time web pages take to load, especially those pages that are ladened with many files. To enable this feature, simply do the following.

1. First, follow steps 1 – 3 from “Enable GPU Accelerated Compositing”.

2. This will bring up the advanced options screen, and then click on Enable next to HTTP Pipelining.

Switch on HTTP Pipelining

3. Once your finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Relaunch Now button.

Relaunch Now button

Disable GPU VSync

With this feature disabled, you should notice a slight boost in speed, as graphical icons displayed on the screen are rendered as quickly as possible, instead of the system typically waiting for the refresh period set by your monitor and graphics card to lapse. To disable this feature, do the following.

1. First, follow steps 1 – 3 from “Enable GPU Accelerated Compositing”.

2. Once the advanced option screen pops up, click on Enable next to Disable GPU VSync.

Switch off GPU VSync

3. Then click on the Relaunch Now button, for the changes to take effect.

Relaunch Now button

Enable Hardware-Accelerated Video Decode

If you purchased your system within the past 3 to 5 years, then switching this feature on should lower your heat output/power consumption when videos are being played; instead of video and other similar types of media being processed by the CPU, this feature will ensure that it’s handled by the graphics card. To enable this feature, simply do the following.

1. First, follow steps 1 – 3 from “Enable GPU Accelerated Compositing”.

2. When the advanced option screen loads up, click on Disable next to Disable Hardware-Accelerated Video Decode.

Switch on Hardware-Accelerated Video Decode

3. Then click on the Relaunch Now button at the bottom of the page, for the changes to take effect.

Relaunch Now button

Note: This feature is enabled by default, so unless you purposefully disabled this feature yourself, it should already be enabled.

Clear the Web Cache

Its best practice to clear out your web cache from time to time, as the performance of your browser will begin to deteriorate as more and more information is stored within the temporary cache folder. This is usually due to the limitations of the RAM and virtual memory of your system. To clear your browsers cache, do the following:

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1. First, ensure you’ve logged into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then click on the desktop Google Chrome Icon, to load it up.

google chrome icon

3. Once on, click on the Stacks symbol in the top right corner, and then click on Settings.

Chrome Settings page

4. From Chrome Settings, click on History on the left hand side, and then click on Clear all browser data.

Access Clear all browser data

5. Once the Clear browsing data applet loads up, select the beginning of time from the drop down menu besides Obliterate the following items from:, then check the box for Empty the cache, lastly click on the Clear browsing data button.

Empty all web cache

Remove Google Chrome Extensions

If your browser has extensions that conflict with one another, then this can result in random crashing and slow intermittent performance. Thus, it’s best to limit the amount of extensions you have running on your browser to those ones that you actually need. To remove an extension, do the following.

1. First, follow steps 1 – 3 from “Clear the Web Cache”.

2. Once the Settings screen loads up, click on Extensions, on the left hand side.

Access Extensions page

3. From here you can remove an extension by clicking on the Rubbish Bin Icon beside it.

Remove unwanted plugins

Note: From experience, it’s found that security-related extensions tend to take the biggest toll on the performance of a browser. So you should consider disabling them first.

Clean the Windows Registry

Cleaning the registry of your operating system will not only speed up Google Chrome, but should also fix a long line of errors on your system, that are the result of registry corruption.

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Optimise Google Chromes Settings

The last thing you may want to do to speed up Google Chrome is to optimise its settings. This can be done by doing the following.

1. First, follow steps 1 – 3 from “Clear the Web Cache”.

2. Once the Settings screen pops up, scroll down to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings.

Access advanced settings

3. This will bring up some additional advanced settings, from here scroll down to the Privacy section and uncheck the boxes next to:

  • Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
  • Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google
  • Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar

Optimise Privacy settings

4. Then restart the browser for the new settings to take effect.

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