Google Chrome has quickly become the most used internet browser surpassing Firefox and Internet Explorer and its user base grown seems unstoppable, and it deserves it. It’s a fast, safe and extensible internet browser compared to the second most used, Internet Explorer.
But, like any other PC and Mac software, it can become slow and unresponsive over time. Luckily there are a few ways to speed it up again and the most effective is by disabling installed plugins you don’t need.
When you installed Chrome on you computer for the first time there weren’t many plugins installed other than Chrome’s default ones but third party software [for example Adobe Reader, Quicktime, VLC Media player, etc.], already present on your computer or which you installed in a second moment, tends to install new plugins to better integrate with your browser without asking and, while this is a good thing for safe and good softwares its not so good with bad ones like viruses, adwares and/or plugins you don’t need.
You can think of plugin like toolbars, the more you have the slower your browser will be.
So how can we disable those plugins? It’s a simple thing to do, just follow those steps:
- Launch Google Chrome
- Once it’s launched type [or copy and paste] this in your URL bar and press Enter:
- Now you should see a list of the currently installed plugins, you can safely disable the ones you don’t need by clicking the Disable link under them.
I suggest you to disable third-party plugins like:
- Windows Media Player Plugin
- Microsoft DRM
- DivX Web Player [If you already have VLC and/or you never used it]
- iTunes Application Detector [100% useless]
- Chrome Remote Desktop Viewer [If you don’t need remote support]
Careful: Do not disable Default Browser Helper and/or Native Client or Chrome won’t work.