Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers these days. But there may be times when you find that your Chrome browser crashes or freezes randomly on your Windows 11/10 computer, while browsing, opening a tab, loading a page, or downloading. It may end up with a message – Google Chrome has stopped working. In this post, we will show how to fix this issue.
Google Chrome has stopped working
Chrome Freezes or Crashes
In this tutorial, I will suggest to you a few tips on how to go about trying to resolve this issue.
1] Delete the Local State file
First of all, delete the Local State file, which holds some of the Custom Settings, and see if it helps you.
To delete the Local State file, follow these steps:
Close Google Chrome
Open Windows Explorer
In the address bar, type in-
You’ll find the “Local State” file there. Delete it
Open Google Chrome and see if it has helped.
2] Rename the Default folder
You could also try the following. Rename the Default folder which has all the Google extensions, Bookmarks, History, Jumplist icons, etc. The reason why we are renaming it is that if it’s not the cause of the random freezes and crashes, then we don’t have to lose all this information.
To rename the Default folder, follow these steps:
Close Google Chrome
Open Windows Explorer
In the address bar type in –
You’ll find the Default folder here. Rename it to “Default.old”
Open Google Chrome and see if this has helped stop the crashes.
Remember to rename the folder back to its original name. Now, you at least know if you need to look at these factors or not.
3] Disable Flash extension
You might also want to check if the Flash extension is the culprit and causing the crashes, and see if it helps. To do so, follow these steps:
- Open Google Chrome
- In the address bar type in “about:plugins”
- Find “Flash” and click on Disable
- Restart Google Chrome and test it now
If it helps, uninstall Flash from the Program and Feature or use this Adobe tool, and reinstall it.
Read: Fix Google Chrome lagging and slow to open.
4] Chrome won’t launch?
This post will help you if Chrome won’t open or launch.
5] Disable Shockwave and other resource-hungry plugins
Check if your Google Chrome Shockwave Plugin is creating problems. Find & Disable Power-Hungry Extensions in Chrome using the Chrome Task Manager.
6] Check about:conflicts
Type about:conflicts in the address bar and hit Enter; see if you can identify any non-Microsoft or non-Google processes listed there.
7] Reset Chrome
This should help! If it doesn’t, you may want to reset Chrome settings.
8] Reinstall Chrome
Well, if none of these steps help you, you might have to consider reinstalling your Google Chrome browser. To do so:
Go to Programs and Features and Uninstall Google Chrome.
To completely remove all traces, also do the following.
Open explorer.exe and go to –
Delete the “Google” folder.
Then delete the Google folder in C:\Program Files (x86)
Next, open Registry Editor and delete the Registry entries under Google in the following paths:
Now, download Google Chrome and install it again.
I hope that one of these tips helps you resolve your problem.
Why is Google Chrome not running on Windows 11?
There could be multiple causes of Chrome not opening on Windows 11. Sometimes, antivirus blocks programs such as Google Chrome from opening. The possibility of Chrome being blocked by antivirus is less but it can happen. Another cause of this issue is the problematic extensions installed on Chrome. Launch Chrome in Safe Mode to confirm whether an extension is responsible for this problem or not.
Why is Google Chrome so slow or unresponsive?
The main cause for the slow performance or unresponsiveness of Google Chrome is the incapability of your system to run Chrome. You can run Chrome on a computer with 4 GB of RAM if your work includes simple tasks. But if you require to open multiple tabs, you will experience unresponsiveness or slow performance of Chrome on 4 GB RAM. In such a case, upgrade your hardware. If you install an SSD and run Windows OS on it, you will experience a smoother performance.
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