Though Chrome is considered the best browser ever, it eats up a lot of your computer’s RAM. Just look through your task manager and you’ll find a variety of Chrome processes that usually hog the memory. Let’s try to find out why this browser uses so much RAM and what to do to prevent this from happening.

If you notice that Google Chrome is using too much memory, you shouldn’t panic. That is not a huge problem. However, if you notice frequent slowdowns, you need to take some measures. In this case, you can either reduce Chrome memory usage or purchase RAM for your device. However, the second option is not for everyone. First, it requires investment. Secondly, it is impossible to do that on a laptop. So, what else can you do to prevent Chrome memory leak? And why does Chrome use so much RAM?

Try to Define What Hogs RAM

This is the first thing you should do to avoid Chrome memory hog. To do this, follow these directions:

  • Launch Google Chrome.
  • If you use Mac, press Shift+Esc; if you have Windows, just open Task Manager.
  • As a result, you’ll activate Chrome’s Task Manager. You’ll see how much memory each plugin or extension uses.
Task Manager in Chrome
  • To solve this problem, you need to close or even uninstall all tabs that take too much of RAM.

Check your Plugins

If you see that some plugins like Flash consume too much RAM, you need to activate Click-to-Play. In this case, you won’t allow many ads or videos to load until you click on them. To do this, you need to follow this guide:

  • Go to the Chrome Settings page.
  • Choose ‘Content Settings”.
  • Activate “Let me choose when to run plugin content”.

That is all! Besides, you can also decide on what websites Flash should be running.

Another solution to a problem is to use memory-freeing extensions. Yes, you read that right. There are some extensions that can help overcome this trouble. Their overriding purpose is to unload tabs. You should keep in mind that they will still be in your tab bar, but it can take longer to load them. If you always keep a lot of tabs open and from time to time you come back to them, the use of such extensions might be the right thing. Moreover, you can also use the extension manager to keep track of all these extensions.