Chrome Memory Hog

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Chrome Memory Hog

One of our clients was commenting on how slow Chrome was running on their PC.

Upon further investigating, we found that Chrome was consuming nearly 3 GB of memory (using task manager).

The task manager also showed that after the user closed their Chrome browser, there were still instances of Chrome executing in the background.

We performed a quick google search and found this awesome tip, which we are sharing with all our clients. (Credit goes to

How to Stop Chrome Running in the Background

On Windows or Linux click on the Chrome icon in the task bar/system tray, find the ‘Let Chrome run…’ option and click/tap it to disable/toggle the checkmark off.

It’s that simple. 

The behaviour can also be changed through the browser’s main settings page:

  • Click on the Chrome menu (or press Alt+E)
  • Select Settings
  • Click on the link titled ‘Show advanced settings
  • Under the section headed ‘System‘ untick the box next to “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed”