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How to Stop Google Chrome from Crashing

Chrome was launched back in September 2008. It was then an open-source code of the Chromium project. But Chrome wasn't an open-source browser at all. From time to time, developers kept updating this very known Windows browser and now it has more than a billion active users every month mainly on Desktop computers.

Chrome is easy to use, reliable, and a secure web browser with many functions like Dark Mode, tab groups, and more. But sometimes you get a ton of crashes which is frustrating after all. If you want to see how many times your Chrome crashes, simply go to chrome://crashes into your search bar. It will show you a list of all the times when Chrome crashed.

What Are The Most Useful Ways to Stop Chrome from Crashing?

If you're here to get some ways to stop crashing the default Chrome browser, you are in the right spot. Here in this article, you'll learn how you can stop your Chrome browser from crashing. So, before Chrome crashes again and this web page has been lost, let's get started.

1. Update your terminal security (or do it in the meantime)

Google has discovered what causes so many Chrome 78 users to see the Oh Snap message. This is not a vulnerability in Chrome directly. Rather, it is a  compatibility issue between the new version of Chrome and older versions of Symantec Endpoint Security. SEP is very popular with business users, so if Chrome crashes at work, that might just be the problem. 

The solution is probably to update the SEP from SEP 14.2, which many companies have not done and may not be within your control. 

If you can, Symantec recommends upgrading to SEP 14.2 RU2 MP1 build 14.2.5569.2100. 

 If you can't, consider using Application Control Exceptions — this might be the solution if you have administrator access to your Symantec account, but your operating system is Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10 RS1 with any version of SEP installed. 

 What if you can't do any of these things but still need  Chrome to work? 

 This is a short-term solution. 

 Find Chrome in your start menu and right-click on it then select "Properties". Find the destination field and paste this text  at the end: 

 –disable-features = RendererCodeIntegrity 

 Click "Apply" and Chrome should work normally when you launch it again. 

 What if that's not the problem? 

2. Close tabs

Chrome typically runs each tab as a separate process. You can check this yourself in Task Manager (Activity Monitor on Mac). Count your Chrome tabs, then search for Chrome processes in Task Manager. You can see that there is the same number of processes in Chrome as there are tabs. 

But maybe not. This is because Chrome sometimes runs multiple tabs in the same process. And it runs extensions and plugins as separate processes. So you may see more Chrome processes than open tabs. 

This is bad for memory and a large number of open tabs can crash Chrome. 

Also, web browsers don't just display static content. The Chrome browser itself is more or less an operating system, capable of running all kinds of code. Some of this code can be malicious; some of them may be bad. But if you have a misbehaving Chrome tab, it can also crash your browser. 

When your browser crashes, Chrome gives you the option to report it. It's up to you, though you're making Chrome users everywhere supportive by handing over your data to help Google improve Chrome. 

You will then be asked to reopen all tabs from your last session. The thing is if one of these tabs crashes Chrome, guess what happens? 

There is a smarter way.

Go to History in your Chrome menu and you'll see Recently Closed at the top. If you have multiple tabs open when your session crashes, they will all show up as "48 tabs" (true story, no boast) or something like that. Click on it and you get a dropdown, from where you can open each Chrome tab from your last session. Check them all; If none of the tabs you've opened contain anything that's causing Chrome to crash, try opening them all again. If this crashes Chrome, you may have memory issues. 

3. Quit everything and reopen

This is what I have  now:


Chrome canary 

Nord VPN 

Activity Monitor 


MS Word

If you're on a desktop computer, you're probably used to being able to run anything you want. 10 apps? No problem. But if you're opening large memory-hungry applications, such as something from the Adobe Creative Suite, you may find that there isn't enough RAM left to use whatever you have left open in the fallback scheme. 

When Chrome crashes, try closing all your apps, then restart Chrome. It's very rare for an app to actually interfere with Chrome (though it does happen - see Malware scanning and removal), but you could be at your device's active memory limit. 

4. Update Chrome & Install the latest version

Chrome is more likely to crash if it's out of date. Chrome Stable, the standard version, is updated every two months to every few weeks. If you're past the update deadline, Chrome can start crashing when websites and extensions update their code to match the new version, and you're still not up and running. (New versions of Chrome are also released to fix security holes.) 

Fortunately, updating Chrome is quick and easy. On the desktop, you can simply quit Chrome and reopen it; it will update automatically. If it's not for some reason (for example, some methods of installing Chrome don't install the updater automatically), you can update it manually. 

Open the Chrome menu and select "Help" > "About Google Chrome". 

You should be able to see if your Chrome version is the latest. If not, there is an Update button right next to the version information. Once the new version is downloaded, the Update button turns into a Relaunch button. 

If it doesn't work, sometimes it doesn't, you can download the latest version of Chrome right here. 

5. Scan for malware

Go into Chrome's settings and check that your privacy and search engine settings are the same as they were when you left them. 

It's a big gift that you accidentally download something that messes up your browser, redirecting you when you search. It will not display serious and insidious malware, just adware and other unwanted software. 

You can also take this opportunity to clear cookies and cache, and remove another possible source of malicious code, and redundant functionality that could destabilize your browser. If you think you've been infected with malware but everything is fine in the settings, perform a scan with a tool like Malwarebytes.

6. Turn off extensions

Extensions add extra functionality to the main Chrome browser. With them, you can do everything from business leads, site search, and SEO  to dark mode or edit text on a website. 

But extensions are also miniaturized programs, and not all of them are created equal. Chrome's relatively open rules about who can create extensions - compared to Apple's notoriously strict mode - means an online store filled with great tips and useful tools. useful. It also means you get more malware and just plain bad code. It's not uncommon for Chrome extensions to not work well with each other or with the code of certain websites. And when extensions crash, they can also crash Chrome. 

You don't have to completely remove your favorite extensions to check if they're the culprit. Instead, you can turn them off. 

Open Chrome and go directly to Menu > "More Tools" > "Extensions". All your extensions will be laid out there and each will have an option to remove and disable. 

Try disabling them all, then open the tabs you had open when Chrome last crashed and see what happens. If everything is clear, enable them, one by one. If none of your extensions are crashing Chrome, we may have to look for the culprit elsewhere. 

7. Find and remove malware

Chrome has built-in tools to find and remove malware. These tools replace the now deprecated Chrome Cleanup Tool and allow you to scan and remove unwanted software right from your browser. 

This works differently depending on whether you're using a Windows computer or a Mac. On a Windows machine, you can get things done through Chrome. On a Mac, you need to do this directly through the operating system. 

Before doing so, keep in mind that you may be asked to restart your computer afterward. 

For Windows machines:

Open Chrome and go to Menu > "Settings" > "Reset and Cleanup" or type chrome://settings/cleanup/ in your address bar. Click "Computer Cleanup", then click "Find". 

Chrome lists all unwanted software it finds. You can then click "Remove" to delete it. 

On a Mac:

Go to Finder > Applications and look for anything you don't remember installing. (You can also search your Downloads folder in Finder to install .dmg  files that don't seem right.) If you're unsure about something, Google it to double-check. 

If you find something amiss, drag it to the Trash, then empty the Trash. 

What about third-party cleaners for Mac? They basically act as an interface between you and the features built into Mac OSX. You shouldn't need them and some are notoriously hard to remove after installation.

8. Uninstall and reinstall

Updating Chrome is not the same as uninstalling it. Sometimes the files associated with the app can cause the app to crash or interact poorly with extensions or websites. If you're at this point in the list and Chrome continues to crash, it might be time to uninstall and reinstall your browser. 

To uninstall Chrome on Windows: 

Go to Start and click Settings, then scroll down and find Apps. Click Apps and scroll down the list of apps and features until you find Google Chrome. Click it, click "Uninstall" and confirm. Google Chrome will be uninstalled. 

Check Chrome files on Windows by opening Control Panel and searching for %programfiles% and %appdata%. These are directories that store application-related data. Once you find these folders, open them and search for Google Chrome and delete all remaining files. 

Note that if you do this and you are not signed in to your Google account on Chrome, all your browsing data will be lost, including bookmarks and history. 

To uninstall Chrome on a Mac: 

First, exit Chrome. Otherwise, you won't be able to uninstall it⁠ — Mac OS X won't uninstall a running application. Go to Applications and find Chrome, then drag it to the Trash and empty the Trash. 

This may still leave application files on the hard drive. To remove them, go to Finder > Library > Application Support/Google/Chrome and delete the files you find there. In some cases, these apps may take up more space than the original apps. 

Once the uninstallation is complete, you can reinstall Chrome from the Chrome website here. Installing Chrome is simply downloading the installer file and running the installer and the Chrome website will automatically detect your operating system and provide you with the correct download.

9. No Sandbox flag

Chrome flags are tools to enable special features in Chrome. They change the way Chrome works instead of adding new code, and they're used to accessing experimental features that sometimes become part of the Chrome experience. 

This is another flag, one that tells your operating system how to treat your browser when it runs an application. It is not available for Mac. 

Here's how to use it on a Windows system: 

Find the Chrome desktop shortcut and right-click it then click "Properties". Click the Shortcut tab and enter –no-sandbox in the file path. Normally, Chrome will be installed on your C drive, so the file path will now look  like this: 

C: UsersYouDesktopChrome.exe –no-sandbox 

You can now click on the desktop shortcut to open the sandboxed disabled app. 

You can also do this on Linux: 

Open a terminal instance and search for /usr/bin/google-chrome. Add –no-sandbox to the end of the last line, line 42. You can now start Chrome from the menu as root without sandboxing.

But dealing with sandboxing is merely a surface-level fix. It might help you get through the day if you're having issues right now, but the actual solution is to identify the cause of the issue, which will likely require improving your endpoint security when it is possible.