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A client asked me about this.

This is a screenshot of part of the processes section of Task Manager. I am wondering if Chrome would crash if i closed all but one of these.

The same is on my machine...is there a reason there are so many processes running?
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Yes it will, have done this myself as I wondered why so many open processes running in Chrome and IE 9
I use Chrome and just like IE9 it also has a quite a few processes running
To Illustrate I'll open a blank in IE9 as well open my task manager
Tabs in taskmanagerGoogle Chrome takes advantage of these properties and puts web apps and plug-ins in separate processes from the browser itself.
The best explanation I found is here from How to Geek  with a combined contribution from others that added what they found,  and in one place
Why Does Chrome Have So Many Open Processes?
Internet Explorer
Loosely-Coupled IE (LCIE)
http://news.softpedia.com/newsImage/Multi-Processes-in-Browsers-Chrome-Internet-Explorer-Firefox-and-WebKit-3.png/
Multi-Processes in Browsers: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and WebKit
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Multi-Processes-in-Browsers-Chrome-Internet-Explorer-Firefox-and-WebKit-140535.shtml
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So if he wants to stop any processes it should be done in Chrome...correct?
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I just used the task manager while Chrome is open, if that helps.
Stopping the 1st and 5th process ( at the bottom) with Chrome from the task manager causes this,
chrome errors out4th process from the bottom  when stopped crashes chrome and closes it out.
3rd from bottom of the processes when stopped
does not close Chrome but stops my AVG secure
AVG  secure stopped
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Chrome, as a browser, runs each extension and application as a separate process.  If you go "under the hood" in the settings,  you can see/manage this.

Doing so, Chrome leverages the process management of the underlying operating system for improved performance.  The browser does not need to manage context switching, which would slow it down.  It also allows for extensions/apps that can run in the background.
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There is also the task manager for chrome under the new tab which is what   MagsMcKinley14 was asking about, I was also adding what happens in windows task manager,
there is also the stats for nerds.
New tab r/click it and taskmanager for chromeCan you show me where you see manage this under settings>extensions?
what I see in my Chrome.
Chrome Extensions
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Thanks for all your help!!
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Thankyou  MagsMcKinley14
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