Google Chrome keeps crashing – How to fix it

There are always huge improvements in all available browses especially Microsoft Edge. However, Google Chrome remains the most used browser in the world. Even though it works great most of the time, some users faced the issue saying Google Chrome keeps crashing. You can attempt the following methods to fix the frequent crashes and significantly improve your browsing experience with Chrome.

See also: How to update Google Chrome

Extensions and Add-ons

These things are very useful but Chrome often becomes unstable due to a number of browser extensions, plugins, or add-ons. Although it’s not a very satisfying solution, keeping only 2-3 add-ons in Chrome browser can greatly reduce the frequency of Chrome crashes. Try reducing the number of extensions and add-ons you are currently using and you will definitely notice the change.

Disable the conflicting modules in Chrome

Now we are talking about a Module which is a key component of any application. It contains a string of programming procedures that are necessary for the run-time of applications. If these modules are causing problems, then you get Chrome crashes as a result. To identify these issues, type chrome://conflicts in the ‘Address Bar’. The browser will then load all the modules and also identify the faulty ones, allowing you to disable them. It will also mention the problematic app or extension along with the modules.

Therefore, it is best to uninstall or remove such conflicts from your system by using ‘Add or Remove Program’ function in ‘Control Panel’. Similar to it, you can uninstall the conflicting extensions from Google Chrome.

Fix the Chrome user profile data

Many reasons cause Google Chrome’s user profile data to become corrupted. Chrome needs to be closed before shutting down Windows because it needs to save the data in the user profile. If Chrome is unable to update user profile due to unexpected shutdown, then it can damage or corrupt the unsaved data which ultimately causes a problem. To fix this issue, open ‘File Explorer’ and check ‘Hidden items’ under ‘View’ tab. Close Chrome if it is open and then access the Chrome user profile folder by following this directory:

C:\Users\youraccount\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data (youraccount represents the name of your Microsoft account)

Right-click to ‘Rename’ the folder ‘Default’ to anything like Default_1, Default_bkup, etc. That’s really it. Test it by re-opening your browser.

Disable the Sandbox security temporarily

Chrome runs a security tool called Sandbox that protects the rendering of HTML and JavaScript from malicious programmes. It crafts a controlled and restricted environment around Chrome to protect your operating system for getting damaged. Disabling the Sandbox feature has worked for some people but it is not recommended by most. Right-click the Chrome icon and open the ‘Properties’ to make changes. Under the Shortcut tab, you will see a path typed in a ‘Target’ box. Press space at the end of the text, just add -no-sandbox and click OK.

Clear history, cookies and other browsing data

A most common and easy solution is frequently cleaning the browsing data stored in Chrome. Open Chrome menu by clicking the hamburger button or the three-lines icon on the top right of the browser and open ‘Settings’. At the bottom of the Settings page click ‘Show advanced settings’ and under Privacy heading click ‘Content Settings’ first. Then, under Cookies heading, select the option that says ‘Keep local data only until you quit your browser’ and click OK. This allows Chrome to automatically clear the cookies.

Secondly, click ‘Clear Browsing Data’ which is right beside ‘Content Settings’ and select all options except ‘Passwords’. This allows you to remain signed in your websites or social media accounts.