Frozen webpages, a precursor to the ever-frustrating dead tab, can be intensely frustrating — all the more so when you can't accurately identify what's causing the slowdown or random dead tab. If you want to learn more about what windows or processes are demanding too much of your memory and processing power, technology site gHacks suggests you look under the hood of Google Chrome using its built-in task manager.
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To view the processes running inside Google Chrome, select the options icon, hit More Tools, and select Task Manager. In your task manager window you'll see every open tab along with every enabled extension, the amount of memory and CPU power each is using, and how much network data they're sending or receiving.
You'll also spot secondary processes, like how much GPU power Chrome is using to keep everything running smooth.
The real surprise is seeing the memory footprint of your extensions. Alone, one or two extensions might not be taking up much of your available memory, but if you've been adding extensions since you started using Google Chrome, you might have a dozen or more running at once, needlessly consuming more and more of your RAM.
To reduce the amount of memory in use, take a moment and reassess the number of extensions you've got installed and how often you actually use them. Hint: you're definitely not using all of them.