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Which Chrome settings are making browsing slow

Posted on 2016-09-07
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Hello:

We have a user that has a laptop and he began noticing signifcant slowness while web browsing in Google Chrome.  I began be un-installing programs that were not necessary such as Sports Ticker programs.  I then ran some anti-malware programs (HitmanPro) and that did not make a difference.

I did copy his Chrome settings that are found in c:\users\username\appdata\google\Chrome\User Setting\

When I renamed the "User Setting" folder and then opened up the Google Chrome browser it created anew user Setting folder.  Then Google Chrome began operating much faster.  If I copied the old data back to the new folder then Chrome began to browse very slowly again.  The again I removed the data and created a new 'User Setting' folder and Google Chrome began browsing much faster.

The only problem is that all of the user's bookmarks and saved passwords are in the rouge Google Chrome settings.  is there anything I can do to save the Chrome settings while clearing out the bad data?

The proble seems to be Google Chrome and user specific.
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Export his bookmarks.   See https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/96816?hl=en on how to do this.

This is how to export all of his passwords  https://cmatskas.com/export-your-stored-passwords-from-chrome/

Create the new user account as you did before.  You can import the bookmarks but I think the user will have to enter his passwords manually but you will have the list.

If that works then you can nuke the old account settings.

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I suspect he's got an addon in Chrome that is slowing him down.  You could look and see what addons are there or go the way I mention above.
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by:Pkafkas
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Interesting concept for documenting a password list; but, I am more commortable running that code, if I analyze it first and undertstand exactly what it is doing.

And perhaps running it on a test machine at first and then the production machine.  Does anyone else want to weigh on on what the suggested code is actually doing?  https://cmatskas.com/export-your-stored-passwords-from-chrome/

I also wonder if the code to retrieve passwords will work on any new versions of GooGle Chrome.  The page above was dated 10/29/2015.
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This was the output on my machine:

"hostname","username","password","formSubmitURL","httpRealm","usernameField","passwordField"

I don't store passwords in browsers so nothing shows up.
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by:Pkafkas
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Yes,

When I tried it:

"hostname","username","password","formSubmitURL","httpRealm","usernameField","passwordField"
"http://undefined","undefined"," ","http://undefined"," "," "," "
"http://undefined","undefined"," ","http://undefined"," "," "," "
"http://undefined","undefined"," ","http://undefined"," "," "," "
"http://undefined","undefined"," ","http://undefined"," "," "," "
"http://undefined","undefined"," ","http://undefined"," "," "," "
"http://undefined","undefined"," ","http://undefined"," "," "," "
"http://undefined","undefined"," ","http://undefined"," "," "," "
"http://undefined","undefined"," ","http://undefined"," "," "," "

it was worth a try.
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by:Deborah Canales
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Another thing you can try is to make sure that your version of Google Chrome is up to date. I had an issue with a user having some problems with gmail and over sluggishness with Google Apps.  Support said that Chrome Version 51.x and 52.x were known to have issues with this very thing.  The up to date version is  53.0.2785.101 m.
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by:Pkafkas
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Yes,
The version of Chrome was recently downloaded.

it was worth a try.
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The problem was not actually fixed but we moved on and I could say that we tried.
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