How to fix Google Chrome not responding

Google Chrome is the most popular browser. There was a time when the browser was one of the least resource hungry browsers on the market. It is low resource consumption, and it was its clean UI that led it to take control of the browser market. Chrome still has a clean UI but since then it has grown to consume more system resources.

Google Chrome not responding

Google Chrome not responding

Google Chrome consumes a lot of RAM. His memory is leaking rare but it will use up a lot of RAM. The browser is still powerful and often the perfect browser for using powerful web apps. The browser will use more RAM if you are using a web app like Pixlr but it will still work. If you use Chrome and it often enters an unresponsive state, there seems to be a problem with the browser. Here are the things you can do to fix it.

1. Free system resources

If you are using a very complex web app, it is worth freeing up the resources of the system. Chrome may be struggling to run smoothly because it needs more CPU power. It is not an error with the browser and more requirement of the web app is not met.

Leave all other apps running on your system. Close all other Chrome windows, with your existing tabs open and then try using the web application.

2. Enable / accelerate hardware acceleration

Chrome supports hardware acceleration. This may help the browser to load web applications and run them more efficiently, or it may cause problems. Try building a hardware acceleration setting in Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the more options button (three-dot button).
  3. Select Options from the table.
  4. Click Advanced in the left-hand column.
  5. Click System.
  6. Turn Hardware acceleration off if it is on, or On if it is off.

3. Update Chrome

Check if your browser is up to date. Chrome does not force a user to update its browser, but if it does not update its browser it may cause problems such as a non-responsive browser.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the more options button at the top right.
  3. go to Support> About Google Chrome.
  4. Chrome will scan for, download, and install update.
  5. Relaunch Chrome.

4. Disable extensions

Extensions are huge but can cause problems. They can use a lot of memory and if not written well, can cause problems with the browser itself going so far as to crash it.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the more options button at the top right.
  3. go to More Tools> Extensions.
  4. Turn the turn off under each extension.
  5. Check that Chrome is still unresponsive.

If Chrome is running fine with an extension enabled, it seems to be due to an extension. Enable them again, one by one, to see what is causing the problem.

5. Clean Chrome cache

Problems with the cache can cause Chrome to become unresponsive. Try clearing the Chrome cache and see if the problem goes away.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the more options button at the top right and select Settings in the menu.
  3. go to Privacy and security from the left-hand column.
  4. Click Clear browsing data.
  5. Select Cookies and Other Site Data.
  6. Select saved images and files.
  7. Click Clear data.
  8. Relaunch Chrome.

6. Scan the system

Malware often targets browsers. If Chrome has become infected, it may grow at random. Scan your system for infections and remove them.

  1. Open Windows Defender.
  2. go to Virus and threat protection.
  3. Click Scan options.
  4. Choose Whole scan.
  5. Click Scan now.
  6. Remove all infection obtained.

7. Clean DNS / IP

Chrome issues can be traced to your internet preferences. Try flushing the DNS cache on your system.

  1. Open Prompt command.
  2. Run the following ordering one-on-one.
ipconfig /flushdns
netsh winsock reset
  1. Restart Chrome.

8. Turn off VPN and proxies

If you are using a VPN or proxy device, turn it off. It may not be compatible with Chrome. On that note, if you are running apps on your desktop that monitor network traffic, disable them as well and see if the problem goes away. Apps that block network traffic from a browser can often cause problems and Chrome is no different.

9. Clean Chrome installation

If all else fails, clean install Chrome.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. go to Programs> Enter a program.
  3. Select Chrome and click on the uninstall button.
  4. Open File Explorer.
  5. Navigate to this place: C: Users YourUserName AppData root
  6. Delete the Google folder in this place.
  7. Download and reinstall Chrome.


Chrome has become more resource-intensive over the years and web apps have become more powerful. At some point, a website or web app may be too heavy to handle. If Chrome enters an unresponsive state for a particular website but works fine with everything else, the problem is with the website and not with the browser.

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