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Memory Hungry Chrome


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Since I've had my Acer Aspire 5746 Laptop running Win7 Home Premium 64bit with 4gig of ram I've not had to use the forum because it seems to work fine - until recently! AVG runs in the background and today it threw up a window stating that Chrome was using excessive memory (560mb). There were three tabs open - my Hotmail inbox (which doesn't refresh but has banner ads), my Jag Forum index page (which is fully static), and a Flash powered 1 to 1 chat that I use for business discussions - but was idle. What I also noticed was that the cooling fan was at nearly full pelt and very audible - whereas it is usually not noticeable. So I shut all progs down and ran CCleaner, then CCleaner Reg Cleaner, Adaware, Malwarebytes. They found nothing. Then I ran Spybot but with it doing a scan and the cooling fan running very fast, the laptop shut down. It has now restarted, Chrome is running, and the fan is quiet. But not for long - after 30 mins I got another high memory (by Chrome) message and recommending that I close it. This is all very recent so I'm wondering - Is there a problem with the latest Win7 update? Is there a problem with Chrome being (suddenly) memory hungry? Any ideas?

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As you are probably aware, one of the new features of AVG is a browser memory usage checker. You can find out more online if you choose.

To check the usage of memory in Chrome and control it, look at the link.

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Terry Brown

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As the cooling fan isrunning 'Very Fast', it points to a couple of main possibilities.

1 The processer is working harder than it needs to-- Other programs running in the background

2 The CPU heatsink is blocked with dust and it cannot cool the CPU enough (Overheating)

3 You have a virus on your system . Has your Gmail Chrome been compromised?

4 Someonme else may be using your system (Wireless connection) - Hacker?


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