Google Chrome is currently the fastest and most widely used web browser in Windows. But Chrome is vulnerable to slow performance sometimes due to some of its extensions, applications and features, despite having all the bug-fixes, automatic updates and advanced features. Nevertheless, there are some hacks and tips and tricks to improve the overall sensitivity and speed of the browser. It can easily improve web browsing and page load speeds. Here, we are going to consider different ways to boost your Chrome browser. You may start by disabling some unwanted and unnecessary features to let the browser load pages faster, such as plug-ins, extensions and web apps which are not yet required.
- Disable Extensions that are Not Important
Extensions are designed to get the most of your Chrome browser by extending its functionality. Some are useful while some are less helpful than you believe. Mostly, extensions run in the background and filter or parse web pages before they are shown on the screen. It also loads its own data pack from the web. In order to get better response time and browsing speed, delete and/or disable extensions you don’t need.
Steps to Disable Unwanted Extensions
- In the address bar of your Chrome browser, type chrome://extensions. Or you can go to Options – More Tools – Extensions on Chrome.
- Uncheck the boxes in front of extensions you like to disable. Or you can click “Trashcan” icon in order to remove extension.
- Disable Unwanted Plugins
Plugins perform a lot like extensions. They provide more functions to the browser to perform more than its ability. Chrome has few of the in-built plug-ins from Google, such as Native Client, Chrome PDF viewer etc. It also supports third-party plugins that you can install on your PC. Like extensions, plug-ins can also slow the browser down and clock network and memory resources.
Steps to Disable Plugins
- First of all, type chrome://plugins in the address bar of your Chrome browser.
- Click Disable if you want to disable plugin that is no longer required.
- Enable Prefetch Resources
Chrome has several sensible and smart features, such as spelling correction, network prediction, and resource pre-loader. The resource preloader or prefetch gives smart suggestions about links and pages you frequently use and you are likely to open next and it loads the links/pages in the background before you open them.
Steps to Enable Prefetch Feature in your Chrome Browser
- Go to Options – Settings – Show Advanced Settings
- Tick the option “Prefetch Resources to Load Pages Faster”.
- Remove Unwanted Web Apps
Steps to Remove Unwanted Web Apps
- In address bar of Chrome, you have to type “chrome://apps” or you can go to Bookmarks bar to click Apps.
- If you have the app you no longer need, right click on it and select “Remove from Chrome” option. Confirm the removal by clicking “Remove” button.
- Last but Most Important – Clear Browsing Data on Regular Basis
Your browser gets heavier over time as it contains loads of saved data such as cache, login details, saved forms, autofill form data, browsing history, and other items. So, it is wise to clear the data in order to get Google Chrome performing better. In order to clear browsing data, all you have to go to Settings – History (Ctrl+H) – Clear Browsing Data.