Thursday, January 31, 2013

Google Chrome Processes

If you're not careful Google Chrome can configure itself to run multiple background processes when it isn't running in the foreground. This may be desirable if you want faster loading of Chrome and/or background services like Offline Gmail, but it may just be unnecessary system overhead.

To see if this is happening, close Chrome, and then start Windows Task Manager (e.g., by right-clicking on the Taskbar) and check for "chrome.exe" in the Processes tab.

To keep this from happening:
  1. Start Chrome.
  2. Click icon Customize and Control Google Chrome at top right corner, and then click Settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings window, and then click Show advanced settings...
  4. Scroll again to the bottom of the Settings window, and then uncheck Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.
Now when you close Chrome all Chrome processes should terminate.

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