How to Fix It When Google Chrome Is Not Responding

  • Author: Admin
  • November 30, 2022
How to Fix It When Google Chrome Is Not Responding
Google Chrome Browser

Google Chrome has expanded over time to include a number of web features bundled into a single flexible package. But all that horsepower has a drawback. There are many chances for errors to occur as it gets more complicated. Chrome issues appear as a generic "Chrome is not responding" message in an ambiguous manner.

In this guide, we offer help for overcoming these browser errors.

Causes of Chrome Not Responding

Memory management issues are typically the cause of Chrome slowdowns or crashes. Running a lot of tabs on a weak hardware frequently results in memory leaks that make Chrome, Windows, or both unstable.

Sometimes a faulty extension or a misbehaving website causes issues that the browser is unable to handle, which could cause the browser to freeze or force an irregular shutdown.

How to Fix Chrome Not Responding Errors

Even if there isn't a single solution that will always fix the many issues that cause Chrome to stop working, attempt the actions in the order given to restart the browser. By the end, Chrome may very well be in brand-new condition.

  • Update to the latest version of Chrome. Before you start digging around in Chrome and risk losing settings, select Settings > Help > About Google Chrome to open a new tab displaying information about the Chrome install. At the same time, Chrome will search for a newer version. If it finds one, Chrome automatically updates.
  • Clear the history and cache. A corrupted cache can ruin your day. It's almost always safe to clear the cache, so there's no reason not to try it. You should delete the browsing history as well. If there's any data that could have been corrupted, get rid of it.
  • Reboot the device. If Chrome experienced a memory error related to how the operating system allocates active RAM, rebooting the computer flushes the system RAM and presents a like-new environment for Chrome.
  • Disable extensions. Extensions are an integral part of the Chrome ecosystem and add new features to the browser. However, some might not be actively maintained and might fall out of date or develop incompatibilities with new versions of Chrome. Disable extensions one at a time to see if one is the source of the problem.
  • Clear the DNS cache. While not related to Chrome, DNS caches affect network connections. DNS allows the browser to find websites with URLs instead of IP addresses. It's best to clear it out, in case something's corrupted or something went wrong.
  • Make sure your firewall isn't blocking Chrome. If you've done any work on your firewall, it's always a good idea to make sure the new settings don't block Chrome.
  • On Windows, check the firewall settings through Windows Defender. On Linux, check the firewall settings to see if Chrome is blocked, though it won't explicitly be listed as Chrome. Open a terminal and check to see that both incoming and outgoing traffic are allowed on ports 80 and 443. Use either of these two commands:

          "sudo iptables -S" or "sudo ufw status"

  • Reset Chrome to default. It's always possible something was corrupted, or the combination of settings caused a problem. The only way to know for sure is to reset everything to the way it was when you installed Chrome the first time.
  • Reinstall Chrome. If it seems like nothing works, reset Chrome to default, uninstall it, and install it again. That's the most complete way to reset Chrome, but it's usually not necessary to go that far.
  • Contact Google Chrome support. If all else fails, you may need to contact Google customer support to resolve the issue.