Troubleshoot Google Chrome Not Responding or Crashing

If you’re experiencing Google Chrome not responding or crashing, it can be frustrating. Let’s go through some troubleshooting steps to help resolve these issues.

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Identify and Resolve Conflicting Software

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If you are experiencing issues with Google Chrome not responding or crashing, one potential cause could be conflicting software on your system. To troubleshoot this, start by checking for any recently installed programs or updates that may be causing conflicts with Chrome.

Begin by opening the Control Panel on your Windows computer and navigating to the Programs and Features section. Look for any new software that you have installed recently and consider uninstalling it to see if it resolves the issue.

Additionally, if you have any security or antivirus software running, it may be interfering with Chrome’s functionality. Temporarily disable these programs to see if it makes a difference in Chrome’s performance.

It’s also a good idea to check for any browser extensions or plugins that may be causing conflicts. Open Chrome and go to the settings menu, then navigate to the extensions section to disable any recently added extensions.

If you are still experiencing issues after trying these steps, consider reaching out to Google Chrome support for further assistance.

Restart your computer to see if that resolves the issue with Chrome not working.

Manage and Remove Browser Extensions

  • Open Google Chrome and click on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of the window.
  • Select More tools from the drop-down menu and then choose Extensions.
  • Review the list of installed extensions and disable any that are not essential or that you do not recognize.
  • If the browser is still crashing, remove any unnecessary or suspicious extensions by clicking on the Remove button next to each one.
Updated: April 2024

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Restore Chrome to Default Settings

To restore Google Chrome to its default settings, follow these steps:

1. Open Chrome and click on the three-dot menu in the top right corner of the browser window.
2. Select “Settings” from the dropdown menu.
3. Scroll down and click on “Advanced” to expand the settings options.
4. Scroll down to the “Reset and clean up” section and click on “Restore settings to their original defaults.”
5. A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm the reset. Click on “Reset settings” to proceed.

After completing these steps, Chrome will be restored to its default settings, which may help resolve any issues causing the browser to not respond or crash.

If the issue persists, you may want to consider other troubleshooting steps or seeking further assistance from Google support or online forums.

Try clearing your browser cache and cookies to fix any potential errors.

Clear Cache and Delete Preferences File

To troubleshoot Google Chrome not responding or crashing, you can start by clearing the cache and deleting the preferences file. First, open Google Chrome and click on the three-dot menu in the top right corner. From there, go to Settings and then Privacy and Security. Next, select Clear browsing data and choose the time range. Check the box next to Cached images and files and then click Clear data.

After clearing the cache, you can also try deleting the preferences file. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R, then type %localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data and press Enter. Find the Local State file, right-click on it, and select Delete.

By clearing the cache and deleting the preferences file, you can often resolve issues with Google Chrome not responding or crashing. If the problem persists, you may need to explore other troubleshooting options.

Update, Rename, or Reinstall Chrome

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If Google Chrome is not responding or crashing, you can try updating, renaming, or reinstalling the browser to troubleshoot the issue.

To update Chrome, click on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of the browser, then go to Help > About Google Chrome. This will automatically check for and install any available updates.

If updating doesn’t work, you can rename the Chrome user data folder. First, close all Chrome windows, then navigate to the following directory based on your operating system:
– Windows: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
– Mac: /Users//Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/
– Linux: /home//.config/google-chrome/

If renaming the user data folder doesn’t solve the issue, you can try reinstalling Chrome. First, uninstall the browser using the control panel or settings on your operating system, then download and install the latest version from the official Chrome website.

By updating, renaming, or reinstalling Chrome, you can troubleshoot the issue of Google Chrome not responding or crashing.

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