Modern browsers are gradually becoming overgrown with additional features. This is why they can be called resource intensive applications. Popular Google Chrome is no exception. Many users have come to terms with the fact that they have to close additional browser tabs in order to free up RAM for an acceptable system speed. But even this does not always help – Google Chrome extensions continue to run in the background, consuming resources. We will show you how to identify the most active consuming extensions and disable them.
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How do I identify resource-intensive extensions in Chrome?
It turns out that the Task Manager is available not only in the Mac or Windows operating system, but also in the Google Chrome browser. In this application, you can see the resource consumption of a tab or extension. How do I open Task Manager in Google Chrome?
In the upper right corner of the Chrome toolbar, click “Menu” as three vertical dots and follow the path: Additional tools → Task manager…
In the window that appears at the bottom of the list, you can find all active browser extensions. To sort all processes based on memory consumption, simply click on the column heading “The amount of memory consumed”…
After sorting, take a close look at the resulting list. Find the extensions in it that consume the most RAM. You can see even the most “greedy” ones that take up over 500MB. Small extensions are usually content with 50-100 megabytes of RAM.
In this window, you cannot disable extensions, however, it is possible to temporarily suspend them. If you think the extension is not working correctly or it consumes too much RAM, select it and click on the “End the process“. This will suspend it.
Once the process is complete, you will not be able to see the extension button on the browser toolbar. However, restarting Google Chrome will put everything back in place. You can manually reload a stopped extension. To do this, follow the path Menu → Additional tools → Extensions and press the button “Refresh“.
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How do I disable or remove resource-intensive Chrome extensions?
When identifying the most resource-intensive Chrome extensions, you may find some elements that have not been used for a long time. You may need to remove extensions that are not that critical, but consume a disproportionate amount of RAM.
To disable or remove an unnecessary extension, go to the Menu (the button with three vertical dots on the Chrome toolbar), and then along the path: Additional tools → Extensions… Here, all extensions installed in the browser will be presented in a grid form. Using the search box at the top, you can quickly find the item you are looking for.
To disable an unnecessary extension, simply click the blue switch on its card. The extension will disappear from the Google Chrome toolbar and you will no longer be able to access it from there.
Please note that disabling an extension is not the same as uninstalling it. To get rid of it permanently in Chrome, click the “Delete»On the expansion card.
A pop-up window will appear in which you need to confirm your intention by clicking again “Delete“. After that, the extension from Chrome will completely disappear – you can rest assured that it will no longer consume your computer’s RAM.