What To Do When Chrome Keeps Freezing

Google Chrome is a marvelous web browser with a massive library for extensions, themes, and resource packs. Holding an impressive 64.15% share in the browser market globally, Chrome usage outweighs all the alternative browsers combined, including Edge, Firefox, and Opera. But that’s not to say you won’t see Chrome crashing or freezing. Chrome keeps freezing or crashing, usually because of its extensive use of your computer memory.

While RAM’s over-usage is the main culprit in slowing down your computer and Chrome, other issues like background activity and malware phishing also play their roles. So, whether Google chrome keeps freezing your computer or stops responding on specific websites, we’ve listed its causes and fixes below!

Why Google Chrome Keeps Freezing

There are few reasons why Google Chrome keeps freezing and crashing in some situations. It is either when:

  • You have too many tabs open.
  • Running too many apps or extensions on Google Chrome.
  • Virus and Malware threats and infections.
  • Over-implied hardware acceleration.
  • Less-RAM (out of memory).
  • Internet issues.

Fortunately, the above issues do have easy fixes that do not involve the often-recommended hardware upgrade. Yes, Chrome does use a lot of memory when operating. Still, there are other ways to utilize your RAM usage than simply upgrading. And we’ve covered all the scenarios in the fixes below.

But before we jump into how to fix when Chrome stops working, let’s get a quick look at some basic troubleshoots that may fix your web browser.

What to Do When Google Chrome Keeps Freezing Is Not Responding?

1. Force Restart Google Chrome

After troubleshooting most generically (Closing and relaunching Chrome), you may want to make sure you’ve restarted the App correctly. Chrome usually keeps running in the background and may not close by clicking the “X” icon at the top-right.

To disable Google Chrome running in the background:

  • Launch the Chrome Menu by clicking on the three dots at the top-right.
  • Select “Settings” from the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  • From the tabs to the left of the screen, expand “Advanced” and select “System.”
  • Disable “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.

Now, when you exit Chrome, it will close all of its running processes and restart fresh the next time you launch it. It will probably fix any temporary issues with the browser and prevent it from crashing again.

2. Launch Google Chrome Task Manager

Google Chrome Task Manager
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A simple restart is not always a certain way of fixing a crashing browser. If you’ve tried the troubleshooting above and still observe the same issues, it may have to do something with the extensions, themes, or apps installed on Google Chrome.

Figuring out where exactly the problem lies is too time-taking to do manually. But you can launch the Chrome Task Manager and see what feature is taking most of the memory space quickly.

Launch the Task Manager by pressing the “Shift + Esc” keys at the same time. Select “Memory” to sort the processes by RAM usage. This should give you a clear picture of what tabs, websites, extensions, or apps use the most memory. You can then disable or uninstall those features, which should solve your problem.

3. Restart Computer and Look for Updates

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After applying the above fixes, a hard restart should put the changes in order. Close all applications and processes on your computer and restart it to see the changes take effect.

While you’re at restarting the computer, you may also want to check whether or not you’re running the latest Google Chrome version. To see what version of Google Chrome you’re using:

  • Click on three dots in the top-right and click “Settings.
  • From the left side of the screen, scroll down to find “About Chrome” and click on it
  • Select and install any update if available.

Fixes for When Google Chrome Keeps Freezing

If none of the above quick-troubleshoot methods made any difference and Chrome still keeps freezing, you might have a prolonged issue at your hands. Fortunately, there’s a fix for everything! But before diving into uninstalling and reinstalling Google Chrome, let’s look at how you can fix the crashing issue without losing your data.

1. Rule Out Internet Connectivity Issues

Internet Connectivity Issues
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Google Chrome not responding doesn’t necessarily indicate software or hardware issues at your end. At times, it may be an error from your internet service provider that causing the problem. To make sure you’re connected to an active internet connection and not one with limited access:

  • Type “Network Status” in the Start Menu search bar and click the System Settings icon.

If your network status doesn’t say “You’re connected to the Internet,” you’ve caught the problem!

However, when you are connected to the internet, you may still want to make sure that the problem lies with Google Chrome alone. Do this by browsing over other web browsers and see if they report any errors. If the other browsers work perfectly fine, try the following fixes.

2. Close All Tabs and Restart Google Chrome

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While it is fascinating to have multiple tabs and windows open when working, it is an invitation to RAM over-usage. Opening different tabs and windows on Google Chrome makes it use more hardware resources. And using more hardware resources may slow your computer or causes Chrome to freeze and crash.

To nullify this problem, close all the tabs you’re working on by going through “Force Restart Google Chrome” above.

However, ended processes like tabs may still lurk around in the background and consume memory. Due to this, a Chrome restart may not get completed. To completely restart Chrome and make sure you end all the tab processes:

  • Launch the Task Manager by pressing “Alt + Ctrl + Del” and select task manager.
  • If you see numerous processes running for Google Chrome even when you’ve ended the task, select the Google Chrome process with a number next to.
  • Click “End Task” at the bottom-right of the task manager.

This should end any or all Chrome processes running in the background. But to optimize your computer, even more, end other processes running in the background that you have no use for as well. And finally, relaunch Chrome.

3. Uninstall Faulty Chrome Extensions

Chrome extensions amp up the RAM usage, and it’s a fact. But what’s more, is that some faulty or malicious extensions may completely choke your browsing experience. And it’s hard to know which of the extensions is causing problems when you have too many.

Uninstalling all extensions is not a viable solution as you still won’t figure out where the problem lies. To identify a faulty extension, disable all extensions. To disable Chrome extensions, enter Chrome settings and click on “Extensions” at the screen’s bottom-left corner.

Enable the extensions one by one. And when Chrome starts freezing after re-enabling a particular extension, you’ve found the dirty fish. Uninstall the faulty extension and resume uninterrupted browsing.

4. Scan for Viruses and Malware

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 A malware threat is not a common reason why Chrome keeps freezing. But it indeed is a safety check to make before proceeding further into troubleshooting. Malware can infect your Google Chrome directory through malicious extensions, apps, or downloads.

Although a third-party antimalware app like Avast does the same job, you can use the built-in Chrome malware scanner. You can access Chrome’s native scanner by:

  • Launch Google Chrome and enter Settings
  • Expand the “Advanced” tab from the left side of the screen
  • Select “Reset and Cleanup
  • Click “Find” to detect any malicious activity.

The scanning process may take a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on your Chrome library’s size. Once the scanning is complete, you’ll see a list of all the malicious apps and extensions, if any. Now, all you have to do is remove the potentially malicious apps and extensions or report them to developers.

5. Disable Hardware Acceleration

Hardware acceleration is a useful feature to Google Chrome by developers. It allows you to access GPU instead of your primary source, CPU, for heavy graphical requirements. While this is a smooth addition to users with good hardware, it may cause problems in some cases as well.

Disabling hardware acceleration redirects Chrome processing to the CPU and improves performance. To disable hardware acceleration:

  • Enter “Settings” from the Chrome Menu
  • Expand “Advanced” and select “System.
  • Disable hardware acceleration by unchecking the box next to it.

Doing so should improve your graphics response and keep Chrome from freezing again.

6. Try a Different Profile

Trying a different profile for browsing on Google Chrome is the safest way to detect any problems because of added features. If disabling the extensions and manually detecting faulty elements is not your piece of cake, you can cut the chord short by simply switching your profiles.

To browse using a different profile:

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • Click profile left to the “Three-Dots Icon” at the top-right
  • Click “Guest” or “Add

If you create a new profile or launch the guest mode, you’ll get a browser free of all previous settings. This saves you from data loss that you would see when restoring factory settings on Google Chrome.

If your problem is solved, redirect to the previous steps and detect malicious apps. And if not, read ahead to find out how to reinstall Google Chrome.

7. Reinstall Google Chrome

A final check to make before reinstalling Google Chrome is to browse through the Incognito mode. The Incognito mode on Google Chrome fetches new data from websites and doesn’t use cache or cookies. Also, it automatically disables all extensions and apps running. But if Chrome keeps crashing even on Incognito mode, you need to reinstall Chrome to get rid of the bugs.

To reinstall Chrome:

  • Download a Chrome installation file before you begin, either via Google Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or any other browser you have.
  • Click “Programs and Features” from the Control Panel and navigate to “Uninstall a Program.”
  • Find Google Chrome in the list of installed apps.
  • Select Google Chrome and click the “Uninstall” button.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Launch the Chrome installation file and begin the installation.

Reinstalling Chrome will delete all previous cache, temp, cookies, and bugs along with the earlier version. But to make sure you get rid of all the temp files, you can delete them before restarting the computer and installing Chrome again.

Chrome Stille Keeps Freezing?

If Google Chrome is not responding, freezing, or crashing, the above fixes should solve it. However, here are some other errors that you may encounter while browsing:

  • ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED

This happens when Chrome cannot find an IP for a website or domain address you entered.

  • ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED

This appears when either the domain you want to visit has been taken down, or you are refused a connection to that IP.

  • ERR_CONNECTION_RESET

This happens when you’ve defined a proxy server in your settings, which is blocking the connection.

  • ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT

This happens when a target server fails to respond within 30 seconds of submitting a query.

  • Aw, Snap!

This happens either when Chrome detects a problem with a page that won’t load or when you have a corrupted Chrome file.

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Mohammad Ibrahim
Ibrahim is a passionate writer and tech-savvy. His craving for the latest tech releases and news, combined with a charm to put sentences together, strives for more than just viewer engagement.

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