Google – Chrome – Resource Manager


Anyone who uses Google’s Chrome Web Browser will notice that the system will run increasingly slower as more Google Windows and Tabs are opened.

Let us see how to gauge the resource consumption and respond to it a bit.

Gauge Resource Usage

The key to tracking and breaking down Google’s Chrome Resource Usage is to access the aptly named “Task Manager” window.

The path to doing so is to:

  • Click the the three breaking lines on the rightmost portion of your Google Bar
  • Select the “Tools” menu
  • Select the “Task Manager” menu

On one of our machines, here is our output:


Items using Resources

  • The item using the most memory is “WordPress”
  • Then comes an item known as “Browser”
  • Then comes “Extension: Adblock Plus” and “Extension: AdBlock”
  • Next comes Plugin: Shockwave Flash


  • I never quite delved into how WordPress works, but obviously it does quite a bit, but it also really uses quite a bit of resources especially when in edit mode
  • Bad on me as I have two Ad-Blockers.  I have both AdBlock Plus and AdBlock.  Will have to choose and uninstall the other
  • Next, comes Shockwave Flash as I the per-functionary Audio

Alternate Options

Alternate Options – Google Chrome – Single Process

Like most other browsers, you can sacrifice “security” and run all Google Windows and Tabs under one process.

To do so, change your Google short-cut and add –single-process after the closing double-quotes.


Upon doing so, you will get individual processes for something Google calls Browser, Extensions, Plugins, and a single process that combines all user Tabs.

If you choose to go that route, on start-up, Google will post a warning message:

“You are using  an unsupported command-line flag: –single-process. Stability and security will suffer”


For the tip, crediting Saikat Basu @

To get a firmer understanding of Google’s Chrome process mode, please consider reading “The Chromium Projects – Process Models“(


I will advise that you keep a bit of handle on how many windows and tabs you have opened.

Continue to review the Extensions and plug-ins you have installed and activated.


  • Can you show each tab’s memory usage? Maybe a link on the tab’s right click menu?? 

Google – Chrome – Default Search Engine keeps chaging (in this case to Yahoo)

Google – Chrome – Default Search Engine keeps chaging (in this case to Yahoo)

Google’s Chrome has a rather clean interface.  And, it is usually easy enough to use.

But, lately, every time I search, I find myself @ Yahoo Search.

Usually, I will review my customization settings and ensure that it my Search Engine is still set for Google.

What to do….Stayed with it for a while.

But, this morning opted to dig a little dipper.

Google for what takes Google Search to Yahoo.

Found out that a little Application known as “SearchSettings” by a company known as “Spigot” has been playing with me all along.

Tellingly, I was using one of their Apps to download YouTube Videos.

To remediate:

  • Launched “Task Manager” and kill off the “SearchSettings.exe” or “SearchSettings.exe*32”.
  • Launched “System Configuration” \ msconfig.exe and disabled “Search Settings” from running during Start-up
  • Accessed “Control Panel” \ “Program & Features” or “Add \ Remove Programs” and uninstalled “You-Tube Downloader”

Ensure that you have the proper settings for Google Search in Chrome:

1) Click the wrench icon tools menu on the browser toolbar.

2) Or enter the URL “chrome://chrome/settings/” in your Google URL box

3) In the “Search settings” group box, click on “Manage Search Engines …”

4) In the “Default Search Engine”, ensure that the “Default Search Engine” chosen is “Google” and that the URL resembles:


Keep in mind:

  • YouTube Downloader does not tell you that it is changing your DefaultSearch Provider and that it will keep doing it behind the scene