Chrome too many processes running, how to fix

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In the world of web browsers, Google Chrome is making great strides ahead of all its competitors. The Chromium-based browser is popular for its minimalist approach and ease of use, facilitating nearly half of all web searches done in a day. In its effort to pursue excellence, Chrome often goes to great lengths, but the browser is known to cause errors from time to time. 


A common problem reported by many users was the multiple Google Chrome processes running . If you find yourself struggling with the same problem, read on.



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Chrome too many processes running, how to fix

Why are there so many processes running on Chrome?

The Google Chrome browser works very differently from other conventional browsers. Once opened, the browser creates a mini operating system, supervising all the tabs and extensions associated with it. 

Therefore, when multiple tabs and extensions are run together through Chrome, the problem of multiple processes arises. The problem can also be caused by an incorrect configuration in Chrome and an intensive use of the PC's RAM. Here are some procedures you can try to optimize Chrome to consume less memory.


Method 1: Manually end processes using Chrome Task Manager

With the intention of getting a more optimized operating system, Chrome has created a Task Manager for its browser. Through this feature, you can check various tabs on your browsers and close them for solve the problem of multiple Google Chrome processes running.



1. On your browser, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.

2. From the displayed list of options, click "Other tools" and then select "Activity management".


3. All running extensions and tabs will be displayed in this window. Select each of them and click on "End Process".

4. All additional Chrome processes will be closed and the problem will be fixed.

Method 2: Change the configuration to prevent multiple processes from running 

Changing the configuration of Chrome to run as a single process is a widely debated solution. While on paper, this seems like the best way forward, it has provided low success rates. However, the process is easy to do and worth a try.


1. Right-click on the Chrome link on your PC and click Property.

2. In the Link panel, go to the text box named ‘Target’ and add the following code in front of the address bar: -Process-per-site

3. Click "Apply" and then grant administrator access to complete the process.

4. Try running Chrome again and see if the problem is resolved.

Method 3: Disable multiple background processes from running

Chrome tends to run in the background even after the application is closed. By disabling the browser's ability to run in the background you should be able to disable multiple Google Chrome processes on Windows 10 PCs.


1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen and from the options that appear, click on Settings.


2. On the Google Chrome Settings page, scroll down and click "Advanced settings" to expand the Settings menu.

3. Scroll down to System Settings and disable the option “Keep running apps in the background when Google Chrome is closed”.

4. Re-open Chrome and see if the problem is resolved.

Method 4: close unused tabs and extensions

When too many tabs and extensions are working at the same time in Chrome, it tends to take up a lot of RAM and causes errors like the one in question. You can close the tabs by clicking on the small cross next to them. Here's how to disable extensions in Chrome:

1. On Chrome, click the three dots in the upper right corner, then select Other tools and click on "Extensions".

2. On the extension page, click the switch to temporarily disable extensions that consume too much RAM. You can click the "Remove”To remove the extension completely.

Final report: contrary to the previous point, some extensions have the ability to disable cards when they are not in use. Tab Suspender and One Tab are two extensions that will disable unused tabs and optimize your Google Chrome experience.

Method 5: reinstall Chrome

If despite all the methods mentioned above, you fail to solve the problem of the many Chrome processes running on your PC, it's time to reinstall Chrome and start over. 


The good thing about Chrome is that if you are signed in with your Google account, all your data will be backed up, making the reinstallation process safe and foolproof.

1. Open the Control Panel on your PC and click Uninstall a program.


2. From the application list, select Google Chrome and click Uninstall.

3. Now via Microsoft Edge, go to the Google Chrome installation page.

4. Click "Download Chrome" to download the app and run it again to see if the error of the many open processes on the browser is resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. How do I stop Chrome from opening multiple processes?

Even after they are successfully closed, many Google Chrome related processes continue to run in the background. To disable, open Chrome Settings and expand the page by clicking "Advanced". Scroll down and under the “System” panel, disable background processes. All background activities will be suspended and only the current tab window will be operational.

Q2. How can I close many processes in the Task Manager?

To end the multiple Google Chrome processes that open in the Task Manager, access the integrated Task Manager in Chrome. Click on the three dots in the top right corner, go to More Tools and select Task Manager. This page will display all tabs and extensions in operation. Terminals individually to solve the problem.

Chrome is one of the most reliable browsers on the market, and it can be really frustrating for users when it starts to malfunction. However, with the steps mentioned above, you should be able to tackle the problem and resume browsing without interruption.

We hope this guide has been helpful and you have been able to solve the many processes open on Google Chrome by closing on your PC. If you have any questions, write them down in the comments section and we'll help you out.

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