Google Chrome slow and laggy

Well, if you’re like me, you probably love Google Chrome browser.  And although the latest version of Firefox (3.6) is much improved in speed, it launches fast and browses quick, I still like Chrome better now that I am used to it.  Especially now that it’s got my two favorite extensions, Lastpass and mouse gestures.

Anyway, to the point. Using Chrome 4.x. (It did say Beta still? weird?) Chrome has been acting kind of laggy lately on my desktop system.  It opens quick, but then is slow to show any pages and on mouse clicks they pause for a second before any action.  First I thought, disable any extensions.  Ok, did that. Relaunched Chrome, same thing.  Alright, this time I’ll remove all the extensions.  Relaunch and same thing.

At this point I thought, is there some sort of weird proxy or dns thing going on here?  No, not DNS.  If it was, my laptop would be slow too, right?  We all use the same DNS.  And I even benchmarked it with DNS Benchmark at GRC.com. (search for that at that site to download, cool little tool!) 

Firefox and IE don’t exhibit the same issues. Hmm…  not sure about this one.  Ok, fairly quick test.  Uninstall Chrome, completely, including any saved/cached data.  Make sure I don’t have any profile data in c:\users\username\appdata\google\chrome folder.  If there is, delete that folder.  (keep in mind, you will be deleting EVERYTHING saved in chrome, FYI)  No big deal though, I have all my bookmarks synced on my Gmail account and I use Lastpass to store passwords and sites. 

Reboot the computer, find and download Chrome again, run the installer.  Get my two favorite extensions and I am in business!  Now Chrome is launching fast, like it normally does!  And mouse clicks are responsive again.

Just a note, it says my version is now: 4.0.249.89 (38071)
And it doesn’t say “beta” anymore.

Maybe that’s what the issue was, there was something not upgraded automagically by Google and there was still older beta code used somehow.  Whatever it was, problem solved.

By the way, this is one of my favorite reasons to use Firefox or Chrome over Internet Explorer. There are many others, but this is a big one, IMHO.  You can actually remove the browser and all the settings and cached data from your system.  You can’t with IE.  Even with the options to delete any saved data in IE, the program is still on your system, doing who-knows-what in there.  The only way I know of to really clear out any issues with IE is to create a new user profile on the system, login as that user and test if IE still has an issue. If it does not, your problem is in IE in your old user account.  That’s really a huge pain!  Much easier to remove the program and any associated data and reload it to clear out any bugs.

  • Hu

    In windows 7, there is an option in the programs and features list to actually remove the browser completely from your system. This will delete the internet explorer executable from your computer. To reenable it, I’m not entirely sure, but you might need the windows installation disk again.

    For internet explorer, you can possibly press WIN+R and type in regsvr32.dll or something like that, and it will reload the dll file for explorer. This was explained by Ed Bott on how to solve corruption with adobe flash activeX.

    As for me, I use Chrome and Internet Explorer. I find Chrome perfect when I want some casual browsing necessary. I find Internet Explorer necessary purely for the various addons and tasks that only internet explorer can accomplish. Some of these include the onenote addon and other productivity ones. I also find it frustrating that Chrome doesn’t give you an easy way to see what addons are being loaded and a quick way to disable them.

    As for firefox, I always believe that firefox is kind of in between. It is like Internet Explorer with the speed. It accomplishes neither productivity nor speed perfectly, as having two browsers that are more optimized for such tasks.

    • http://www.1stbyte.com Greg

      Ah, nice! Thanks for the tips!

      However, I did check, you can indeed disable “access to” IE in Windows 7, but that doesn’t remove it from the computer. I went to “Set program access and computer defaults” and unchecked the box that says, “Enable access to this program.” This removed it from my desktop and start menu’s. I then looked in Program Files, it was still in there and I could launch it. So not REALLY removed, but a handy little tool to hide it from clients! I’ll do that and also add the IE icon to Firefox to trick them.

      It’s not that Firefox is necessarily more secure, because I can’t give evidence to support that, but I can say, when my clients use that instead of IE, they have way less problems and bugs.

      In your situation, your kind of stuck. You have to use sites that require you to use IE. Personally, I dislike IE so much, I just don’t use software that require me to use IE. I am not anti-MS, just anti-IE. :)

  • Benjamin Lewis

    Dear Chrome Team

    Chrome is laggy.  It has been getting worse and I can no longer tolerate it.  I will return to using chrome when these issues are addressed.
    The scroll is laggy, the url entry is laggy.

    Basically this is how it goes.  I’m the use, i don’t wait.  The computer works around my usage.  If I want to type into the url bar, give the url bar 99% of the cpu time so that i get full responsiveness around what i’m doing.  If there are old actions running, pause that and serve my needs right now.

    This goes for scrolling too, if i move the scroll bar, stop processing everything pause all activity and move the page.  Show me blank if it’s blank, show me half loaded images, show me rendering errors, show me anything.  Just make sure the the page moves around when i try to scroll the page.

    I’m really looking forward to these issues being resolved.
    Regards
    Chrome fanboy

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