Why is Chrome so slow? Here is how you can speed it up

why is chrome so slow

Google Chrome is no doubt the most-used browser, both for mobile devices and computers. This popularity is due to the availability of numerous features in the browser, and speed is obviously one of them.

However, as the legendary browser ages, some of its functions deteriorate due to lower memory, or lots of junk. If measures are not taken, browsing speed may be affected and this might result in you searching on Google: “why is Chrome so slow?”

It might interest you to learn that we have working fixes for a slow Google Chrome browsing experience. Furthermore, these fixes are very easy to implement and you get to see the results immediately. After all these fixes, you should have no cause to make the search; “why is Chrome so slow?”


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How to fix a slow Google Chrome browsing experience

There are a number of remedies you can try if your Google Chrome browser seems not to be as fast as it ought to. You may not necessarily try all these fixes, but one, or a collection of them will definitely solve the issue.

1.Run an anti-malware checkup

The decline in speed of the Google Chrome browser might not necessarily be caused by a problem within Google Chrome itself. Sometimes, some malicious processes may be sucking up an enormous amount of your bandwidth, forcing other internet-connected programs to run very slow. Also, some unwanted programs installed by you, or otherwise negatively impact the speed of the Chrome browser, making it tiringly slow.

If these are the factors causing the decline in Google Chrome’s speed, running a thorough anti-malware scan is an easy solution. There are many free antivirus software for both Windows and Mac computers. Bitdefender is a free working anti-virus for Windows and Mac.

Malwarebytes is a free anti-malware that checks out for adware, spyware, ransomware and other forms of malware. It has a free version which removes the malware after every scan and a paid version that automatically scans your computer and automatically cleanse it of malware. The interesting interface of Malwarebytes coupled with its accuracy and speed makes it a great recommendation.

When the anti-malware is downloaded and a scan is run, it returns a list of all the detected malware on the computer. This might be quite a lot of items if any scan hasn’t been recently run. If you’re not so tech savvy, you should add all items to the quarantine list. Otherwise, you can look out for recognized program files to exclude from being added to the quarantine list,

On most computers, this should fix the issue of a slow Google Chrome browser. If it doesn’t, then you should try out the other recommended fixes in this guide.

2.Disable unnecessary Chrome extensions

The Chrome extensions that you give access to all websites you visit might be the culprit. They are probably the reason you’re asking “why is Chrome so slow?”

Chrome extensions, when enabled may be loading additional data in the background. The process of loading these consume your connection resources and therefore slows down the browser.

Check through all the extensions on your browser. If there are some that you don’t need, or some that you feel you can let go, then do so, to check if they’re the reason why the browser is slow.

In case you don’t know how to do this, here’s how to check all your extensions on Google Chrome.

 Click the menu icon; the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of the browser.
 From the resulting menu, hover above More Tools, and click on Extensions in the submenu.
 It loads a new tab, where you can find a list of all the extensions you’ve installed on the browser.
 Find out the ones that look suspicious, you don’t remember installing or you don’t need anymore. Click the blue toggle on these extension to disable them. The extensions are disabled when the toggle turns gray.

More often than not, disabling unneeded Chrome extensions will create a great difference in the speed. If this method works fine and you no longer experience a slow Chrome browser experience, congratulations.

Otherwise, let’s move on to the next fix.

3.Clear your browsing data

Sometimes, the enormous cache and cookies stored by the Chrome browser accounts for the reason why it slows down.

Most times, clearing the browsing data works magic, when it comes to speeding up Chrome. The browsing data to be cleared include browser cache, history and cookies.

Before you carry on with this operation, you should note that all your saved passwords, logged in pages and other browsing history saved on Chrome will be cleared. This means you’ll have to re-login to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Accounts.

If you’re someone who relies solely on Google’s mini-password manager on Chrome, you might consider having a rethink regarding this process. A solution to this is logging into the Chrome browser with your Google account. All your browsing history and password will be synced with your Google account.

Once you are sure that you’ll like to wipe your Chrome browser, here are the processes involved.

 Open your Google Chrome browser and click on the menu at the top right
 Click on More Tools from the resulting menu, then select Clear Browsing Data. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + Shift + Del to get to the clear browsing data tab.
 On the resulting page, change the heading from Basic to Advanced, check every box and select All Time under the time range.
 Click Clear Data to begin the process. It might take a while. When the process completes, you’ll have to restart the browser for the change to be effected.

Once you start up the browser again, you should notice a significant change in your browser speed, if it will solve your problems. If it doesn’t, then we shall try another fix. I hope you aren’t getting tired like me.

4.Update your Chrome to the latest version

Before you start to rant; “why is Chrome so slow?”

Did you ask if there was an update to the browser?

When Chrome gets outdated, it may start to slow down. Simply updating your Google Chrome browser to the latest version could fix the issue.

You should set Chrome to automatically download and install updates, for smooth running of the software. If you’ve done that but the browser won’t update itself, or you even forgot to set it to auto update, here’s a quick tutorial that shows you how it’s done.

 Open Chrome and click on the three vertical dots by the top right as usual.
 Scroll down to Help and hover your mouse over it. It results in a submenu with three options.
 Click on About Chrome, and wait for the browser to search for updates, and automatically apply them if necessary.

This should solve your problems, if every other fix failed to.

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If this could not answer your questions of “why is Chrome so slow?” I’m afraid you’ll have to search further.

However, these four fixes should work on your computer, as they worked on very many computers. If they did, drop a thank you comment and share this post. With this article, I never got to ask myself: “why is Chrome so slow?”

I’m sure you won’t too.

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