7 Google Chrome Problems and How to Fix Them

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    The most widely used web browser worldwide can have its own set of errors and issues regarding its daily usability—having problems with your Chrome browser? Feel your Google Chrome get unresponsive as the days pass? Think your desktop is getting slower every day that you log on to Google Chrome? Do not worry. Our team has compiled below a detailed list of the seven most occurring problems on Chrome and the different ways in which you can fix them. Go through this carefully written guide, and never encounter problems on your Chrome browser ever again.

    As we already know, Google Chrome is the most-used web browser in the world and is accountable for almost half of the web traffic that is generated. With its extremely intuitive interface, ease of bookmarking, navigating, and fast response time, Chrome has established itself as a top web browser.

    Despite this, users often face problems related to Chrome. The browser crashes or won’t open until rebooted. Be it a Netflix binge or work-related issues, and anytime the browser is not working, it can reduce the entire day’s productivity, not to mention dampen your mood!

     

    Here are some common Google Chrome problems and how to fix them. If the troubleshooting bar cannot solve the problem, then perhaps this list can. Before this, make sure you update Google Chrome and are always using the latest version of the browser so that the system is clear of all identified bugs.

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    Slow or Lagging Browser

    If your browser is slow and impeding your workflow, it could be due to any of the following reasons:

    1. You have installed some extensions, which is reducing the overall performance

    To disable any extensions or add-ons, go to the MORE button located in the top right corner. It is denoted as three vertical dots placed one above another. Click on it, and from the drop-down menu, select the MORE TOOLS option. 

    From the second drop-down, click on EXTENSIONS. This will open up a new tab where you can see all the available installed extensions. DISABLE or REMOVE the ones that you think might be disrupting the performance.

    2. There is a corrupted data cache in the system

    If you do not clear the data cache from time to time, then the cookies and data can build up, and any corrupted cache can affect the performance. To clear the Chrome cache, go to the MORE button located on the top right, and from the drop-down menu, click on SETTINGS. 

    It will open a new tab and click on the YOU AND GOOGLE option, scroll down until you find the PRIVACY AND SECURITY option. From here, you can clean either the browsing data, or only cache and cookies, or both.

    When you select to clear browsing history in Google Chrome, Chrome asks for the time up to which you want to clear your history. You can choose this as per your need.

    Alternatively, you can also INSTALL THE CHROME CLEANUP TOOL to periodically self-clean your device. This can be synced across all devices, including mobile phones and laptops.

    3. Autofill not Working

    The autofill option is genuinely a godsend since not only does it remember past websites, you don’t, but it prevents you from having to type the entire name. In case the autofill on the device is not working, the first reason could be due to a poor network. Autofill relies on a stable and robust network to provide dynamic inputs.

    If you have a stable connection, then it could be that the autofill is disabled. To enable it, go to MORE and then click on SETTINGS from the drop-down list. A new tab opens. Here, you will see the AUTOFILL tab to the left. Click on it, and it will take you to the autofill section. From here, you can keep it on or off for various headers like Payment methods, addresses, URLs, or passwords.

    4. Chrome Does Not Play Video

    If you’ve visited a web page with a video link that your browser cannot play, it could either be a broken link from the website itself or an issue with your media system. Make sure that you have a stable data connection.

    Check if you have a flash player installed in your system since it supports most videos. Another reason for videos not playing could be that Javascript is disabled.

    To enable Javascript on Chrome, visit the MORE button, and from the drop-down list, select the SETTINGS option. From the newly opened settings window, click on ADVANCED. This will redirect you to a new page. From the list on the left-hand side, select PRIVACY AND SECURITY. Under this header, you will find an option called JAVASCRIPT. Turn it on to – Allowed.

    5. Frozen Window in Google Chrome

    A frozen or unresponsive tab in Chrome can be extremely irritating. If you want to exit the entire software, then you can right-click on the STATUS BAR and select TASK MANAGER from the list. The task manager opens, and from here, by selecting Google Chrome, you can choose to END PROGRAM. 

    The next time you reopen Chrome, it will ask if you want to revisit the earlier pages, and you can simply select YES.

    Another way without exiting Chrome is to press SHIFT + ESC on your keyboard. This will open the Chrome task manager only. Here, you can select the individual tab and click on ENG PROCESS.

    If the issue persists, the problem could also be with the web page itself.

    6. Import data to Chrome

    If you’re a new user of Google Chrome who has shifted from another software, you probably have a whole cache of previously stored data, including bookmarks, passwords, payment methods, and autofill data. 

    There is no need to repeat them as you use Chrome. You can simply import them using a one-step process! 

    In the search tab, paste Chrome://settings/import data and click ENTER. This will give you a dialogue box with the heading “Import bookmarks and settings.” From the drop-down below, select the previous browser you were using from which you want to import data. Check or uncheck the bookmarks and then click OKAY. In a few minutes, all data will be imported!

    7. Google Chrome Profile, not Opening Correctly.

    Chrome gives users the option to create their own profiles so that many users can share the same browser while maintaining separate data caches. If on logging in, you receive the error message, “Your profile could not be opened correctly,” then a simple fix is to delete and re-add your Google Chrome profile, and your data is still stored in the Google database, so there is no need to worry.

    Before deleting it, make sure you have CHROME SYNC enabled. To delete your Chrome profile, go to the MORE option, and from the drop-down list, select SETTINGS. From the newly opened tab, sign in to your account and choose DISCONNECT YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT.

    A warning is displayed on the screen where you can select to delete your bookmarks, passwords, etc. And then click on DISCONNECT.

    Now, go to the My Computer icon and paste this in the address bar: C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\(USERNAME)

    This will take to the folder where all the WEB DATA FILES are stored. Scroll until you find a folder called WEB DATA and DELETE it.

    Now you can reopen Google Chrome and try signing into your account again.