Although Google Chrome is a great browser, it also has its problems. Well-known examples and error messages are; Google Chrome no longer works, cannot download, download failed. Chrome is no longer loading pages. An error occurred while Chrome was searching for malicious software. But how do you solve these problems? In this article, we will help you further on your way to fix Chrome.
But how exactly do these problems arise? Consider pesky adware that has hijacked the browser. An extension that causes the browser to crash. Or a failed update that corrupted the installation. But also, cleaning tools can cause the browser to stop responding (appropriately) or become unopenable.
Google chrome doesn’t work due to malware
Adware and other unwanted software that nestle (uninvited) in the browser are a source of problems. To check for this, Google has already built a feature into Chrome. It is often more lucrative to scan directly with AdwCleaner or Malwarebytes itself. But you can use Google Chrome’s scan tool as follows.
Open Google Chrome and click on the three dots and then on settings. On the left side of the screen, open the Advanced section and then click Reset and Cleanup. Then click on the Clean up computer to check for any malicious software.
If any adware is found, have it removed and then restart the computer.
Chrome does not load pages anymore
Problems with loading websites do not have to be directly related to Chrome itself. Often this problem occurs in other browsers as well. If this is the case, check the internet connection, reboot the computer, and reset the modem. If this doesn’t help, there might be something wrong with the settings in Windows. With the commandos below you can then reset the internet connection.
Open the start menu and type the command CMD.
Then right-click on the Command Prompt and click on “Run as administrator”. Now in the black window, type the below commands one by one followed by enter.
netsh winsock reset
When this process is finished, you can close the command prompt. Then reboot the computer.
Disabling and removing browser extensions
Browser extensions are mainly there to add extra functionality to Google Chrome. But if an extension is badly programmed or not (fully) compatible, it can also have a detrimental effect. Therefore, if problems have arisen after installing a (new) extension, it is advisable to disable or (temporarily) remove it.
Open Google Chrome and click on the three dots and then on settings. Click on Extensions at the bottom left of the window.
Or type in the address bar the line: chrome://extensions/
You can disable an extension via the (blue) slider. Via the details button, the extension can be switched off for incognito mode (if active).
Reset settings to defaults
A helpful tool in Chrome is the reset function, but of course, this is of no use to you if Google Chrome no longer works or is not bootable. In that case, a tool like ResetBrowser offers a solution. With this program, it is also possible to reset Google Chrome.
Download Reset Browser to the desktop, for example. Close all open windows and browsers.
Double-click on ResetBrowser.exe and click OK in the user account management window. When the About ResetBrowser screen opens, click OK there. Then click on the Reset Chrome button.
In Google Chrome itself, resetting the settings to the defaults works as follows.
Open Google Chrome and click on the three dots and then on settings. On the left side of the screen, open the advanced section and click on system or rest and cleanup. Now click on Reset settings to the original default values. If desired, remove the checkmark from reporting the current settings to Google.
Then click Reset Settings and restart the browser if necessary.
Remove and reinstall Google Chrome
If nothing seems to help, there is nothing left but to reinstall Google Chrome. This can be done in two ways, with the online installer or with the complete installation package. With the latter installer, it is also possible to reinstall Google Chrome without an internet connection.
Open the start menu and go to settings. Go to Apps and select Google Chrome from the list of Apps and components. Then click on the remove button, now the uninstaller of Chrome will open.
In the user account management window, click YES to continue. If the message “Close all Google Chrome windows and try again” do the following. Press key combination Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Windows task manager. Terminate all processes (applications) of Google Chrome here. After this, try the removal process again.
I hope the issue is resolved. Thank you for reading!