Tech Tip Tuesday - How to speed up Google Chrome

By Hannah Taylor | March 10, 2020

Speed up Google ChromeIs your Google Chrome browser running a little slow lately?  Find out how you can increase the speed of your Google Chrome with these 3 simple tips.

1. Clear your browsing data

Chrome stores cached copies of websites you visit, so it can load the page faster when you visit them again. It also keeps a database of your browsing history and cookies for the same purpose. As you visit more and more websites, these pieces of data accumulate in Chrome and can slow the browser down.

Thankfully, the solution is easy: clear your cache.

To do this, simply access your browsing history by entering chrome://history in your address bar. From the left panel, select Clear browsing data. Choose which data to delete by clicking on the checkboxes of all items you want deleted, like cached images or cookies.

You can also select the time range that will be affected by the deletion. You can delete your history for the past hour, the last 24 hours, the last seven days, and from the beginning of time. Once you’ve selected the files you want to delete and their corresponding time range, click "clear data'.


2. Disable extensions

Extensions are downloadable programs from the Chrome Web Store that you can add to your browser to increase functionality. For example, you can add an extension that blocks ads, one that shortens URLs, or one that shows your most important tasks of the day. While these extensions are useful, they can slow Chrome down if there are too many installed at once.

Most extensions will show on Chrome’s address bar, and you can quickly uninstall them by right-clicking on their icons and selecting "Remove" from Chrome.

You can also manage all extensions by typing chrome://extensions in your browser and hitting "Enter". From there, you’ll find a list of all the extensions you have (even those you don’t remember installing). Simply scroll through the list and click "Remove" to delete the extensions you don’t need.


3. Remove ads and malware

Sometimes, Chrome slows down because of malware or adware extensions. Extra toolbars, recurring pop-up ads, and web pages redirecting to other addresses are clear indications of these. Google once had a downloadable app developed for Chrome that scans and removes unwanted programs called the Clean Up Tool. In 2018, Google discontinued that app and made malware scanning even easier. Just type chrome://settings/cleanup in your browser, and click on "Find" to detect and remove harmful software on your computer.


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About Hannah Taylor
Hannah Taylor

With key skills in digital marketing and communication, website design, CRM administration, and event management, Hannah supports the alignment of marketing and sales to achieve strategic business objectives. A HubSpot Inbound certified marketing professional with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management, Hannah is passionate about using creative methods to educate organisations on how IT can enable success.