If you call the most cost-effective web browser, perhaps, can not 9 out of 10 users, the greedy know it all. Google Chrome won the title many years ago, deservedly so, in fact, leading to the emergence of two opposing camps. The first group included those who voluntarily decided to ignore the faults and stay on the Chrome, and secondly, those who failed to adopt intensive feeding of RAM. We hope that this manual will help you in the fight against the overuse of RAM when working with Google Chrome.
We should start with reasons of high consumption of browser memory and it lags. The fact that Google Chrome is different from most solutions to a wide range of functionalities. Some of them you from time to time may not even suspect.
Why Chrome consumes so much memory
For example, Chrome has a built-in mechanism of broad spectrum protection. Thanks to him, the browser can independently scan your computer for viruses, even if you don’t ask, and also research with the same goal in running web sites, identifying malicious scripts. Background activity of these tools, though quite economical in nature, requires a certain amount of resources, the role of which is mainly the RAM.
In addition, all your favorite extensions also do not contribute to saving resources. Practice shows that the more extensions you use, the more RAM is spent on the maintenance of their work. As a result, the computer may experience lag and reload the page.
And, of course, the number of running pages also affects the slowness of the browser. Of course, at the time, while you are not working with the tab, as it is in sleep mode, but it requires a certain amount of RAM to protect data from being overwritten by another tab. This is a fee you pay for the assurance that the potentially malicious page do not steal the username and password that you use to access your accounts or Bank accounts.
How to reduce memory consumption in Chrome
Of course, the best option would be to open less tabs, and use a smaller extension, but it is not suitable for everyone. We therefore recommend that you learn to work with built-in task Manager.
- Start Chrome and open the context menu by clicking the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
- Go to “Additional tools” — “task Manager”.
- Scroll through the list of running processes and estimate the amount of memory that they consume. Sometimes because of failures in the configuration of the site may spend several times more RAM than is needed in normal conditions. This can slow down your browser, and thus it is better to disable.
- The same is recommended to do with extensions that are not currently desired, but it consume too much resources. This can be done using another extension called SimpleExtManager However, in this case, you should start from the available amount of RAM. For example, if your computer is 16 GB, there is nothing wrong with that if the browser consumes 4 or even 5 GB.
However, working with tabs can be automated.
To do this, type in search bar chrome://flags and enable the flag tab automatic discarding. It will automatically unload from memory tabs that are slowing down your browser and system as a whole.
Another useful flag which is recommended for use with the first — Show Saved Copy Button. It will load unloaded tabs from the cache, consumes less memory for re-primary testing of all elements.
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