Improving Chrome performance by disabling extensions and/or returning to default settings

Stephen Kairys
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This question is an offshoot of:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29145624/Chrome-significantly-slower-than-Edge-when-uploading.html

The thread drifted off-topic, as to ways to possibly improve Chrome's speed, so I closed that question, and am importing the follow-ups here.

Expert Bbao commeted:
>>I know you have tried disabling all Chrome extensions, but have you tried resetting Chrome to all default settings and removing all non-Google extensions?<<

When I asked:

1. How would I reset Chrome to default settings?
2. Please clarify "non-Google" extensions?

John responded:
>>To uninstall Extensions, please see below

https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/2589434?hl=en

If you wish to entirely reset to defaults without reinstalling Chrome, use this article below

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/3296214?hl=en
<<

My response:
I'd rather not uninstall extensions.  (Just disable them). And your link discusses Chrome extensions, while BBao referenced disabling non-Google extensions. I'm not even sure what is meant by non-Google extensions. Could someone pleased clarify?

Thanks,
Steve
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Robb HillSenior .Net Full Stack Developer

Commented:
Well this is easy.   Unless they are baked into Chrome.   If you are running 3rd party extensions then remove them in chrome.  If your like me I use a free 3rd party tool to help me clear memory, startup,  and extensions.   It's called cleaner .  Google it and remove what you want.   Let me be clear.   Every time you add an extension to a browser you potentialy open security vulnerabilities, etc.   Know whst your doing and when you do not akways have a back out plan.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I think (not certain) you would only have non-Google Extensions from the Development and Canary Channels.

https://superuser.com/questions/767286/re-enable-extensions-not-coming-from-chrome-web-store-on-chrome-v35-with-enhan

To disable Chrome Extensions but not remove, try this:

https://community.trimble.com/docs/DOC-10001-how-to-disable-plugins-add-ons-and-extensions-in-multiple-browsers
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - Consultant

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John:
1) For your second link:
https://community.trimble.com/docs/DOC-10001-how-to-disable-plugins-add-ons-and-extensions-in-multiple-browsers

It says:
Enter chrome://plugins in Chrome's address bar to view plugins installed for your browser.

But when I enter chrome://plugins I'm told that this site can't be reached.

2) Also - Why would I want to disable non-Chrome (Google) extensions when the issue is with Chrome.

I'll pick up this thread again in the morning.

Thanks.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Try:  chrome://settings/content

https://www.lifewire.com/disable-chrome-extensions-and-plugins-4136252

Something may have changed in Chrome since the article above was written.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - Consultant

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OK, chrome://settings/content seems rather involved. Will need to deal with it outside of working hours. Thanks.

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