How To Stop Some Chrome Processes From Running in Task Manager

By | December 8, 2021

Google Chrome is my default browser like millions of other users and I’m really happy with it. But if you open the Task Manager, you might be surprised at how many Google Chrome processes are running. I can see 16 running even though I only have one window open with 2 tabs. This is because Chrome opens a separate process for each tab, its extension and subframe. This obviously uses a lot of RAM and other resources on my PC.

Why Chrome Runs Multiple Processes?

Before proceeding with the fix, we first need to learn why Google Chrome runs multiple processes even for just one open window. So this is basically the default setting in Chrome running multiple processes for each tab, utility and each extension. Chrome does this to avoid losing data if a tab crashes. Although the Windows Task Manager will only show the running chrome.exe, you can check the details in the Chrome Task Manager by pressing Shift + Esc keys. You can see the screenshot below, where it shows that Google Chrome runs a separate process for each utility as well as its extensions.

Stop Some Chrome Processes From Running

To reduce or stop some Chrome processes from running on your Windows 10 PC, then do the following suggestions below.

1. Change Target Chrome.exe

Since this is the default setting in Chrome, which means it is configured to run multiple processes for each tab, utility and extension, we can stop this by changing the configuration. This will require admin access.

To make Chrome display a single process in Task Manager, follow the steps below.

  • Click Start, then right click on Chrome and click Open file location. You can also go to the Chrome shortcut on your Desktop. (Note: This is a Chrome shortcut file not a Chrome.exe file).
  • Then right click on Chrome shortcuts and select Properties.
  • In the properties window, see the section Target under tab Shortcuts.
  • Furthermore, add command below this at the end of the target. Make sure you press space before entering this command.
  • After the command is added, click Apply and OK to save your settings.

Now always use this Chrome shortcut to run Chrome on your Windows 10 PC.

Notes: Some users have reported that this is not working for them now, so let me know if it still works for you.

2. End Tasks Manually Via Chrome Task Manager

You can end the task manually. Remember to do this through Chrome’s Task Manager where you can see which processes are running and which ones you want to end.

  • To launch Chrome Task Manager, press the button Shift + Esc on your keyboard or you can go to Settings – More tools – Task Manager or right click tab and select Task Manager.
  • Select the task you want to stop and click End process.

3. Close Unused Tabs

We often leave idle tabs open while working and remember that each tab has its own process running on your PC and of course it uses RAM.

To fix the problem of Chrome running multiple processes, make sure you close tabs that are idle or not currently in use.

4. Remove Unwanted Extensions

As you noticed in Chrome’s Task Manager, each extension and plugin has a separate process running on your PC.

We recommend that you remove unwanted extensions and plugins installed in your browser. We often tend to download and install extensions when needed but often forget to uninstall them when they are no longer needed. Keep in mind that even if you don’t use the extension, Chrome still runs a separate process for it.

  • To do so, go to Settings – More tools – Extensions or you can type chrome://extensions in the address bar and press Enter.
  • On the Extensions page, click Remove on each of the extensions that you are not currently using.

5. End Apps Running in the Background

Google Chrome runs web apps and extensions installed in the background even when closed and they run unless you manually terminate them.

  • To end an application running in the background, go to Settings in Chrome.
  • Then expand Advanced from the left panel and select System.
  • Under the System tab, deactivate option Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.

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This method will reduce or end some processes running on your PC.

Hope it helps you. You can then read my other articles on how to block installing extensions in Edge Browser or how to use the Continue on PC option in Android and iOS browsers for Windows 10.

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