Google Chrome Slow on Windows 10: Seven Solutions to Fix this Problem

Google Chrome is an internet browser developed by Google in 2008. Firstly it was designed for Windows only, but later it became available for Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. It is no doubt one of the best browsers available. It is the most used browser among a list of fast and good web browsers. It has left its competitors, like Mozilla, Safari, and Firefox, behind. Its speed, user interface, reliability, and many more factors are the reasons that users prefer Google Chrome over other browsers. However, sometimes Chrome loads so slow that it irritates its users.

Why is Google Chrome So Slow to Load on your Windows 10 PC?

Are you experiencing Google Chrome being so slow to load? There may be several reasons for this, most common ones include:

  • Third-party extensions; if your chrome is crowded with extensions, then this can be the major reason for Google Chrome to load slowly.
  • A slow internet connection can also be the reason for this. We usually do not think about this very common reason and engage ourselves in complex solutions.
  • A lot of active tabs; if you have limited RAM and you are working on multiple tabs, then you may experience slow Google Chrome.
  • Hardware acceleration; is a technique by which computer hardware is forced to perform faster than normal. If this feature is turned on then, this may also cause Google Chrome to be slow. It is usually turned on for intensive graphics usage. When it is turned on, then the application surpasses CPU and directly communicates with GPU or sound cards. Because of this communication, the normal communication between the application and the CPU becomes slow. You must toggle this feature to get through slow Google Chrome.
  • Corrupted data in the Default folder; the default folder stores your browser settings, saved password, extensions, and applications. Disturbance in this folder can cause Google Chrome load slow on your Windows 10 PC.

Solution 1: Chrome Clean up for Windows:

Google Chrome may load slowly because of malware and spyware. This can be resolved by your general antivirus software, but Google has a dedicated tool for Chrome, named “Clean up”.

It can be downloaded for free and is available for Windows 7,8 and 10. You can use this link to download Clean Up for Google Chrome

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/chrome-cleanup-tool/dl/332/

After installing, scan your PC with this tool and get rid of slow Google Chrome.

Solution 2: Clear Browser History:

Whatever website you visit. The complete web addresses are saved as history in Chrome with time, History sometimes becomes useful in many ways, but if you don’t clear your browsing history, it may cause your Chrome to load slowly.

  • Open the URL “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” in address bar.
  • Press “Enter”
  • On pressing Enter a pop-up window will appear.
  • Open the “Advanced” tab.
  • Choose the “All time” option, from the drop-down menu of “Time Range”
  • Now, Click on the button labeled “Clear Data.

The pop-up window for “Clear Browsing Data” can also be opened by:

  1. Clicking on menu >> More tools >> Clear Browsing Data.
  2. Pressing the key combination “Ctrl + Shift + Delete”.

Note:

You may experience very slow loading in Chrome after clearing the history, but it will happen only one time due to cleanup of cookies and CSS. The pages will load faster from next time.

Solution 3: Disable Extensions:

Extensions are the third-party add-ons that improve the function of Chrome, but of course, they consume space and if you add on a lot of extensions or few but heavy extensions then they may cause Chrome to load slow.

You can check loading any website in an incognito window if that loads faster, it means that the extensions are making the Google Chrome slow.

For disabling extensions;

  • Type the URL chrome://extensions/” in the address bar and press “Enter”
  • All the added extensions will appear on pressing Enter.
  • You can remove the unused extensions or heavy extensions that are making your Chrome really slow. The size of extensions can be checked by clicking on the button labeled “Details” on the respective extensions’s window

Note: You will note that there may be extensions that you never installed because many extensions are installed as sidelines with some software installations. While installing software we usually click the next buttons without reading what is being asked. The publisher usually asks permission of installing their extensions. When we click “Yes” or “Next” without reading, those extensions are also get installed with the software.

Solution 4: Disable Hardware Acceleration:

As discussed earlier in this article hardware acceleration is making use or communicating with the GPU or sound card directly without keeping CPU in the loop. This on one side enhances the hardware utilization, but the other side being darker for Chrome users because it can slow down Chrome’s performance. To disable hardware acceleration;

  • Type the URL “chrome://settings” in the address bar and press “Enter”.
  • The setting page of Google Chrome will open on pressing Enter key.
  • Scroll down the page to the end, click on “Advanced”.
  • Again scroll down and find out the group “System”
  • In this group toggle off the option “Use hardware acceleration when available”
  • Now reopen Chrome and try loading some web page to check whether the speed is improved.

Solution 5: Delete Bookmarks

The webpages that you want to read or use in the future can be saved in Chrome. These saved webpages are called bookmarks in Google Chrome, other browsers refer them by “Favourites”. A lot of saved bookmarks can also cause Google Chrome to load slow. It is reported that large bookmarking slows down, loading in Chrome especially when opening a new tab. To resolve this problem, you can export your bookmarks and delete them from the browser, then check if the loading improves. If not then you can again import your bookmarks and go for other solutions.

Exporting Bookmarks:

  • Type the URL “chrome://bookmarks/” in the address bar and press “Enter”.
  • All the bookmarks will appear on pressing Enter.

  • Now click on the three vertical dots beside the “Search bookmarks” search bar.
  • Select the “Export Bookmarks” option from the menu.
  • On clicking the export bookmarks options, you will be asked for a location to save the HTML file of bookmarks. You can also rename the file according to your convenience.
  • Open the desired location and click on the “Save” button.

Note: Exporting bookmarks will not delete them from Chrome. You need to delete them explicitly after exporting, to check the improved speed.

Deleting Bookmarks:

  • Click on the three vertical dots with bookmark, that you want to delete.
  • Click on the “Delete” option from the menu.

Delete all the bookmarks one by one in the same way.

Importing Bookmarks:

  • On the same menu that you used for exporting the bookmarks, click on the option “Import Bookmarks”
  • You will be asked to select the file from which you want to import the bookmarks.
  • Navigate the file location and click on the file and then click on the “Open” button.
  • A folder with the name “Imported” will appear in the bookmarks’ list

You can rename the folder as per your convenience.

Solution 6: Rename the “Default” folder:

The default folder has your browser profile. Slow loading in Google Chrome can also because of corrupted data in the default folder. A new default folder will be created if you rename the previous one.

  • Open Windows Explorer.
  • Type the location “%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\” in the address bar and press “Enter”
  • In the new location find the folder named “Default” and rename it.
  • Keep the new name as “Backup Default”

Note: You will not be able to rename the folder while using Google Chrome. First, close Chrome and then try renaming the folder.

Solution 7: Reset Network Adaptor:

A glitch in network adaptor can also make Google Chrome really slow. To solve this;

  • Open Control Prompt by Press the key combination “Windows + X”
  • Select “Control Prompt (Admin)” from the menu.
  • You will be asked for the administrator PIN or Password if you have not logged in using the administrator account.
  • Type “netsh winsock reset” and press enter.

Now reset your PC and check if Google Chrome loads properly.

All the software related solutions have been discussed, but there are also some hacks which you can try;

  • Close memory occupying processes in Chrome.
    • Menu(three dots on the top right corner) >> More Tools >> Task Manager
    • From the task manager window, you can check and close the tab with the most memory consuming process.
  • Close unused tabs.
  • Check your firewall settings and ensure that Chrome is allowed to pass through.
  • You can also enable network predictions so that whatever web page you open, related links get preload to foster your browsing.
    • Open URL “chrome://settings/privacy”
    • Now enable “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly” under the “Privacy and Security” section.

 

If your Chrome still loads slow, then there may be some issues with the version. For this, you can uninstall Chrome with all your browsing data and then reinstall Chrome.

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