One of the most advanced cross-platform web browsers today is Google Chrome. A young upstart of a web browser, Google came in extremely late to the web browser party when the web browser war between Netscape and Internet Explorer was long since over. Yet, Google's goal with their Chrome browser was to make it easier than ever to connect to the web, with extensions to add more functionality, increased stability with each tab using a separate memory process, and improved data collection that Google loves so much.


The memory that Chrome uses is expansive and unforgiving. While fifty tabs opened in the Mozilla Firefox browser may use 2 gigabytes of RAM, Chrome opens up 50 processes to handle the load and hurts available RAM & resources far more. Stability therefore comes with a heavy price. Over time, this situation only worsens, so speed improvements for this key piece of internet software is often helpful.


Disable Plug-ins


Plugs are special pieces of code that help extend Chrome's ability to interact with different types of software and code. Display-related plug-ins like Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight, and complex coding engines supporting Java, can together take up a lot of resources.


To see a list of the installed plug-ins, type the following into the browser address bar:




There will be the selectable option to always allow the plug-in or to temporarily disable it. Unlike with a browser extension, it is not possible to remove a plug-in altogether.


Disabled Extensions


Extensions are small pieces of software that add new features to the browser or change its behaviour. These can be extremely helpful, but as the browser gets more use, we tend to keep adding new extensions without considering the load it is adding to the browser. Too many installed extensions will slow the browser noticeably. Often one extension's features will overlap another, some will be redundant now and can be removed.


To access the list of extensions, select the Wrench icon, scroll down the menu to Tools and then select Extensions.


Each extension is listed. Next to the extension is a checkbox to disable it or there is a small trash icon to delete the extension instead.


Clean Data & History


By selectively cleaning the browser data and the browsing history, Chrome no longer needs to hunt through that information before executing an action. Depending on the size of this information, that cut precious time off each action.


To clear the browsing data, select the Wrench icon, and the menu option Tools > Clean browsing data.


To clear the browsing history, select the Wrench icon and History.




These actions taken together can help improve your browser's operation by removing the history of past activities & added programs that are slowing it down. This can help any cable broadband, satellite broadband or 4G connection run faster without the need to upgrade.