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    Chrome running a bit slow? Clean up Chrome

    Google Chrome is a great browser. It's fast, lean, looks good, is as secure as any browser can be these days and tears through web pages like a bullet through paper. But there inevitably comes a time when all browsers begin to slow down, even Chrome.

    It's a sad fact really, and one that happens to even the most casual of internet users, that the very thing these programs were designed to do is what eventually drags them into a slowing pit of oblivion. We are of course talking about the internet and all of its unnecessary machinations. You can't really avoid it; a simple half-hour browse around the web reveals a torrent of cookies, plug-ins, extras and other location services being activated and used not to mention the elevated security and patches that are required to seal up the browser from the nasties out there. It's little wonder then that the poor browser ends up running so slow.

    Although Chrome is fairly well built and retains much of its speed for a good while, it too can fall foul of the rubbish that is usually accumulated through the course of a few weeks of surfing. That being the case, a clean-up is necessary which, done regularly, will keep Chrome in tip top order.

    Plug-ins

    Not of the nice smelling variety, these plug-ins help Chrome process the multitude of file types and content that litter the web. Java, Flash, Silverlight, Shockwave, media and countless other additions make for a better web experience, but they take their toll on Chrome, which has to drag this extra baggage along with it.

    Plug-ins make Chrome work with the web, but they can slow it down too


    Naturally you can't turn off every plug-in, as browsing the web would be rendered near impossible or, at the very least, very boring. So start small and work up. To check what plug-ins are operational, open up Chrome and in the address bar enter.

    About: plugins

    To disable a plug-in simply click on the 'Disable' hyperlink under the name of the plug-in. Once it's disabled, the plug-in will be greyed out and the link will change to 'Enable'. If you're happy with the changes you've made, restart Chrome (you don't necessarily need to, but its good practice) and see if Chrome has sped up.

    The good thing about this is if you come across a site that isn't working as it should, then all you need to do is drop back into the 'aboutlugins' page and re-enable the required plug-in.

    Extensions

    A Google's apps are growing daily Extensions are add-on programs that can be installed within Chrome and allow it to extend the functionality of the browser. Some of these I include the likes of an ad-blocker or Facebook notification update or even some kind of download manager. While they have their uses, they can have a negative effect on the performance of Chrome.

    extensions make for a better browse, but they too can slow


    To see what extensions you currently have installed and running on Chrome, click on the three-bar icon in the upper right of the screen, followed by 'Settings' from the menu that pops up. Within the 'Settings' page you'll see a link to the 'Extensions' page or alternatively, you could just enter the following into the address bar:

    Code:
    Chrome:extensions
    As with the plug-ins, some of the extensions will make for a better browsing experience or even protect you from what's out there on the wild internet. If you want to disable an extension, all you need to do is untick the box next to the 'Enabled' text. Alternatively, if you would prefer to remove the extension altogether, then by clicking on the rubbish bin and following the process, the extension will be removed.

    Generally speaking, unless you definitely don't want the extension to install any longer, then disabling will be just as good, and you'll at least have the option to return and enable at a later date.

    Apps

    Google has a thing for apps, and not being satisfied with bombarding Android with them, it has decided to include them in Chrome as well.

    Like the plug-ins and extensions, apps will offer another level of functionality to Chrome, in the form of things like games, add-ons for office products and the ability to watch any type of media. The list goes on and, as you've no doubt already guessed, they can slow the browser down considerably depending on how many you have installed and running.

    You can view the installed and activated apps whenever you open up Chrome. If they don't appear or you've changed the options and layout of your Chrome setup, then you can view them by clicking on the 'Apps' link at the bottom of the Chrome window.

    Google's apps are growing daily


    Naturally, we can't tell you which apps to remove, that's down to you, but consider how much you actually use them. If you only play Sudoku once every few weeks, then is there really any need to have it installed? Sometimes you have to be brutal; it all depends on how lean you want to make Chrome feel.

    To disable an app, all you need to do is right-click the icon for the chosen app, scroll down the menu that pops up and select 'Remove from Chrome'. The app will then be suitably removed, freeing up the resources it used when it was installed.

    Clear Chrome

    As with every other browser, while you surf the internet a history of URLs, cached images, downloads, cookies and plug-ins are collected and stored. The reason behind this is to help speed up the browsing of regularly visited sites. In other words, Chrome will simply load the page from the cache rather than communicating with the online version, unless of course something has changed. Most of the time, certain images the way the page behaves and so on are rarely ever changed on a web site, so it's more efficient for Chrome to load the page or the vast majority of it from the cache database.

    In practice, though, a bulging cache database is a heavy load for Chrome to bear, so It's worth clearing it out every once in a while when Chrome begins to feel a little sluggish.

    Clear The Browsing History

    To clear every item in the cache database (a task that you shouldn't need to do too often), click on the three bars in the top right, followed by Tools from the menu and Clear Browsing Data from the sub menu.

    In the window that follows, you can tick numerous boxes to clear every aspect of the cached information Chrome collects over a period of time. The default ticked boxes will usually suffice (Clear browsing history, Clear download history, Empty the cache and Delete cookies and other site plug-in data), but you can always opt for a more extensive purge.

    The drop-down menu at the top of the window will offer you the option of obliterating the cache from either the past hour, day, week, last four weeks or the beginning of time which means since you first installed Chrome and not literally the last 13.77 billion years. When you've made your selections, click on the 'Clear browsing data' button at the bottom of the window, and Chrome's memory of where you've been will be wiped.

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    Nice and informative sharing..
    Third-party programs are very much a matter of personal taste. Some swear by them; others don't and wouldn't touch a third-party product with a barge pole. That said, for those
    of you who are willing to try out these programs to help speed up Chrome, here's a quick list of some that we think are well worth a looking at:

    Adblock Plus or AdThwart: An ad-blocker that speeds things up by getting rid of those pesky ads.
    FlashBlock: Blocks unwanted Flash adverts on sites, speeding up the page loads.
    FastestChrome: This extension auto-loads pages to help speed things up.
    Autopager: Kind of the same as FastestChrome, it autoloads the next page for you.

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    By default, when you install Google Chrome, many unnecessary plugins are installed and enabled. Plugins help Chrome process special types of content, such as Flash, Java, Silverlight, or Windows Media files, but most of them aren’t even important to your daily browsing. Plugins can slow down the performance of Chrome, but you can disable plugins you are not using. To do this, type “aboutlugins” (without the quotes) in the address bar of Chrome and press Enter.

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