Chrome Slow Loading Pages? Here’s How to Fix It.

Why is Google Chrome running so slow to load the pages on Windows? There are multiple reasons for the problem. Not to worry. You can fix the problem easily with one of the methods below.

Try these methods

Method 1: Update Chrome to the latest version
Method 2: Close unused tabs
Method 3: Disable hardware acceleration in Chrome
Method 4: Remove the extensions causing the issue
Method 5: Change the proxy settings
Method 6: Disable unwanted tasks
Method 7: Reset network adapter
Method 8: Disable Chrome DNS preloading
Method 9: Check for malware


Method 1: Update Chrome to the latest version

Chrome keeps releasing new versions to fix bugs or add new features for better user experience. Outdated Chrome versions may cause the web pages to load slowly, so ensure you’ve updated Chrome to the latest version.

You can follow these steps to check if you’re using the latest version of Chrome, and update it if necessary.

1) Click the three dots menu button in the top-right corner of Chrome, and then click Help -> About Google Chrome.

2) Chrome will begin checking if a newer version is available. If a newer version is available, it’ll update automatically. After the update is done, restart Chrome and check to see if the slow page loading issue persists.

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If it’s already up to date, you’ll see a message saying “Google Chrome is up to date.”.


Method 2: Close unused tabs

Too many open tabs can use lots of memory, and cause Chrome to load pages extremely slow. To fix the problem, you can try closing the unused tabs. To ensure Chrom run at the best performance, it’s recommended you open tabs as few as possible.

To close a single tab, just click “X” on the tab.

close unused chrome tabs

If you’d like to close multiple tabs at the same time, hover your mouse over a tab that you don’t want to close, and right-click on that tab and then select Close other tabs. After that, all tabs except the current tabs you’re on will be closed.


Method 3: Disable hardware acceleration in Chrome

For unknown reasons, the hardware acceleration feature in Chrome can affect the page loading times. Many users have reported they had resolved the problem by disabling hardware acceleration in Chrome.

Here’s how to disable hardware acceleration in Chrome.

1) Click the three dots menu button in the top right corner of Chrome and click on Settings.

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2) Scroll down to locate and click on Advanced.

3) Under the System tab, ensure the option Use hardware acceleration when available is disabled. If it’s enabled, click the switch to turn it off. After that, restart Chrome and check to see if the slow loading page issue persists.

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Method 4: Remove the extensions causing the issue

Too many extensions or badly coded extensions can cause Chrome web pages to load slowly. To fix the problem, you can try disabling all extensions and remove the ones causing the issue. To do so:

1) Click the three dots menu button in the top right corner of Chrome and click More tools -> Extensions.

2) Click the switch to disable the extension. Repeat this step for all extensions.

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3) Restart Chrome and check to see if the problem persists. If the pages load faster, the extensions are the cause of the problem. In this case, enable the extensions one by one to narrow down the ones causing the issue.

Once you find out the extensions causing the issue, remove them then Google Chrome should load pages fast.


Method 5: Change the proxy settings

If Chrome is configured to access pages through a web proxy, it can take a long time to load the pages. To speed up the loading times of Chrome, you can change the proxy settings. To do so:

1) Click the three dots menu button in the top right corner of Chrome and click on Settings.

2) Scroll down to locate and click on Advanced.

3) Under the System tab, click on Open your computer’s proxy settings.

4) Click the Automatically detect settings switch to turn it off.


Method 6: Disable unwanted tasks

The problem can be caused if some other tasks are using a lot of resources. Disable unwanted tasks and check to see if the problem persists. Here’s how to do it:

1) Right-click on the three dots menu in the top right corner of Chrome, and click More tools -> Task manager.

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2) Click the Memory footprint tab and sort tasks by memory usage.

3) Select the task you don’t need to use, especially the task that’s using a high memory.

4) Click End Process.

5) Repeat steps above to close all tasks you don’t need to use. After that, check to see if you’re still experiencing the Chrome slow loading page issue.


Method 7: Reset network adapter

Chrome running slow can be due to your network adapter settings. To make Chrome run faster, you can try to reset the network adapter. To do so:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “cmd” into the Run box. On your keyboard, press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open Command Prompt as Administrator.

3) Type the following command and press Enter.

netsh winsock reset

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5) Restart your computer and check to see if the problem is resolved.


Method 8: Disable Chrome DNS preloading

The DNS preloading feature in Chrome is to preload the content of links on the active web page. It’s supposed to speed up the loading times of the links. However, it could take up resources by caching pages that you may never go to, and cause all sorts of problems including slow page loads.

The feature is enabled in Chrome by default. To fix the problem, you can try to disable this feature in Chrome. Follow these steps:

1) Open Chrome Settings.

2) Click Privacy and security, and then click on Cookies and other site data.

3) Scroll down and find the option Preload pages for faster browsing and searching. Click the switch next to the option to turn it off.

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If it’s already off on your end, you don’t need to turn it off manually. Instead, you can turn it on manually, which may help resolve the problem.

4) Restart Chrome and check to see if Chrome is still running slow.


Method 9: Check for malware

When Chrome is slow to load pages, your computer may be affected by malware. You can check your PC for malware in Chrome. Here’s how to do it:

1) Open Chrome Settings.

2) Scroll down to locate and click on Advanced.

3) Under the Reset and clean up tab, click on Clean up computer.

4) Click on Find, then Chrome will scan your computer for harmful software. Once the scan is done and harmful software is detected, Chrome will offer you an option to remove the harmful software.

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TIP: To ensure the best performance for your PC, it’s recommended you keep the drivers up-to-date. You can use Driver Booster to update all drivers on your PC with a few clicks. Download Driver Booster by clicking here.

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