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10 frustrating Google Chrome irritations and how to fix them

Brad Chacos | Jan. 27, 2017
Stop accidental tab closures, update extensions, enable guest browsing, and more.

Before you do anything else, try running the Chrome cleanup tool. “This application will scan and remove software that may cause problems with Chrome, such as crashes, unusual startup pages or toolbars, unexpected ads you can’t get rid of, or otherwise changing your browsing experience,” Google says.

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Burn it all down.

If your browser’s still acting wonky, head into the advanced settings yet again and scroll all the way to the very bottom, where you’ll find a Reset settings button that returns everything to its stock state. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to start wiping out extensions that could be the culprit. Look first for ones that deeply alter how the browser behaves, and check the aforementioned Chrome task manager to see if any are consuming an extraordinary amount of resources.

If nothing works, it might be time to uninstall Chrome and reinstall it again. Sometimes, the best way to fix software annoyances is to nuke everything and start from scratch.

 

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