Google Chrome is Lag and Slow to Open in Windows 11/10

Google Chrome holds a significant share of the Windows browser market. It conquered the kingdom by being “Google” and created a kind of monopoly which is very difficult for any browser to break. But for now, its optimization on Windows is the subject of much criticism. Users complain about its sluggish behavior, frame drops and lag issues.

Google Chrome lags and slow to open

Google Chrome is not fully optimized to work on Windows but there are workarounds and things you can do to make it work better and in this article we are going to cover that.

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Why does my computer lag when I open Chrome?

Google Chrome is notorious for hogging resources, especially when many tabs are open. If your computer runs slowly when the browser is open, Chrome tabs may be using a lot of RAM.

Before going any further, we recommend that you update the Windows operating system as well as your Chrome browser and see if that helps you in any way. You should also observe if your computer lags and slows down with the browser, you may need to optimize your computer first for better performance and fix the problem.

If Google Chrome has started to lag a lot and is slow to open on Windows, here’s what you can do to make it faster!

  1. Disable extensions
  2. Enable or disable hardware acceleration
  3. Clean up malware
  4. Clear browsing data and cache
  5. Reset Chrome.

Let’s talk about it in detail.

1]Disable extensions

We are known to add unnecessary extensions to our browsers assuming that one day we will use them. Good! it’s time to declutter your Chrome browser and make it faster and smoother.

The reason why extensions can end up making your browser crawl is that they eat up a ton of RAM and eventually due to the lack of memory, your browser slows down. So, to disable the extension, you can follow these steps.

  1. In Chrome, click the three vertical dots > More tools > Extensions.
  2. You can click the Remove button to disable a particular extension.

Now restart the browser and check if the issue still occurs.

2]Enable or disable hardware acceleration

Chrome is very lagging and slow in Windows 11/10

Hardware acceleration is a feature that allows your GPU to take over certain tasks that your CPU struggles to handle. So if you have a powerful GPU, enable hardware acceleration, otherwise disable it.

To enable or disable hardware acceleration, follow the given steps.

  1. Click on the three vertical dots > Settings.
  2. Go to Advanced > System.
  3. Use the toggle to disable “Use hardware acceleration if available“.

Now restart the browser and check if the issue still occurs.

3]Clean Malware

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Many users are unaware that malware can slow down a particular application. Chrome has this feature which will detect harmful software on your computer and clean it. So we will use it to solve the problem.

Here are the steps to use the Chrome Cleanup Tool.

  1. Click on the three vertical dots > Settings.
  2. Go to Advanced > Reset and Clean.
  3. Click on To find from “Find harmful software” section.

Wait for it to complete the task, restart your computer and Chrome, and check if the problem still occurs.

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4]Clear browsing data and cache

Another thing you can do to fix the error is to clear browsing data and cache. Erasing them is quite simple, you just need to follow the given steps.

  1. Click on the three vertical dots > Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy and security > Clear browsing data.
  3. Check all the boxes and click Erase data.

Finally, restart your computer and check if the problem still occurs.

5]Reset Chrome

If nothing helps, you may need to reset your Chrome browser.

That’s it!

You will be able to fix the Chrome issue with these solutions.

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Use Microsoft Edge instead of Chrome

Microsoft Edge Chromium is as good as Chrome if not better. It has all the required features and works perfectly with Windows computers. I personally switched to Edge when my Chrome started to slow down. So, if you are a Chromium user, you will not feel alienated using Edge as both are based on Chromium.

Read next: Fix high CPU, memory or disk usage in Chrome.

Chrome is very lagging and slow in Windows 11/10

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