What is Google Chrome Helper and How to get rid of it from using Too much CPU?

If you are a Google Chrome user on Mac or PC then you are well aware of the fact that Google Chrome Helper takes way too much memory of your CPU. This can lower down the performance of your system and make it slow.

Frustrating, isn’t it? So it’s time to get rid of this crap. Here we will find out how to disable Google Chrome Helper to improve CPU performance.

What is Google Chrome Helper?

Google Chrome helper acts as an interface between the code embedded in the browser and a remote server. It starts automatically when you open the browser and allows third-party plugins to work properly.

The Google Chrome Helper Renderer creates a process to make sure the third-party plugins are successfully interconnected to the external servers. 

Why Does Google Chrome Helper Use so much CPU/RAM

There are a few reasons why Google Chrome Helper makes your computer or browser slow by using too much CPU/RAM.

  1. It starts automatically whenever you open the Chrome browser.
  2. Processes relevant to the Chrome browser run at once.
  3. The extensions are not malware or spyware shielded.
  4. Some Plug-ins that work with Flash content and poorly coded extensions can make Chrome Helper not respond correctly.

If you feel that your computer is running slow despite trying other troubleshooting methods, you must try disabling the Chrome Helper.

How to Disable Google Chrome Helper to stop using so much CPU?

Solution 1: Use Task Manager to Stop Multiple Chrome Processes

  1. Open Chrome Browser.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots that you can find at the top-right corner of your screen.
  3. Select More Tools and then click on Task Manager.
  4. Find out and select the processes that are using more CPU and click on “End Process”.

Solution 2: Remove Suspicious or Malicious Extensions From Chrome

  1. Click on the three vertical dots at the top-right corner to open the Settings menu.
  2. Select More tools and then click Extensions.
  3. Remove those extensions that seem suspicious.

Solution 3: Reset to Default Browser Settings

  1. Open the Settings menu by clicking on the three vertical dots.
  2. From the right panel, click on Advanced.
  3. Click Reset and clean up to reset the browser settings to default.

FAQs

Why Does Chrome Use So Much RAM/CPU?

Plug-ins and extensions need extra resources to run properly. So, as long as you keep adding new plug-ins and extensions to Chrome, it will need more RAM. Memory resources are necessary for the pre-rendering process; that’s why RAM is going to be used more.

Also, you need to try some other ways to enhance your web browsing experience.

Why Does Chrome Have So Many Processes in the Task Manager?

The task manager or the activity monitor might have multiple processes even when you are running a single process. This is because Chrome takes advantage of properties to ensure web apps and other plug-ins act like separate processes.

This is a default process to keep other web apps unaffected even when the rendering engine crashes for a web app.

Is Google Chrome Helper a Virus?

Google Chrome Helper is not a virus. However, it can act like one when too many processes relevant to Chrome are running simultaneously or the downloaded extensions are not malware/spyware proof.

How to Reduce Google Chrome Helper Instances?

You can reduce the instances caused by Google Chrome Helper by not using extensions that are poorly coded. Even extensions to view Flash content can be malicious and can cause trouble.

About Ady Wilson

Ady Wilson is a technical writer/blogger with years of experience passionate about the latest trends. He is a true tech-enthusiast and loves to explain how different tech products work and what to do when they stop working. He mainly covers topics on troubleshooting guides, Games and app comparisons for Android, iOS and Windows. When Ady isn’t writing, he spends his time playing games like Fifa, Call of Duty etc., on Xbox One.

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