How to Permanently Stop Google Chrome From Running in the Background

How to fix Google Chrome is not responding error?

There are several ways that could help you resolve the Chrome is not responding error in Windows 10. However, there are chances that not every solution would work for you. Depending on why Chrome has stopped responding, the solutions would work. The first and foremost thing everyone must do is Restart Chrome. If it works, then all well and good. But, sometimes, a restart would not be sufficient; Chrome would start but crash after an interval of time, or wouldn’t start at all. In such case, you can try out a series of solutions that are mentioned below to fix Google Chrome is not responding error.


#9 Check for Virus and Malware

Sometimes, a Virus or a Malware present in your PC may stop Chrome from working and thus giving the Google Chrome is not Responding error in Windows 10. Scan your PC for Virus and Malware, and when found, remove them immediately. For this, you will need an Antivirus software installed on your PC.

In case your Antivirus is unable to detect the Virus or Antimalware, or, you do not have an Antivirus or Antimalware installed on your PC, try a new one. It is suggested to scan your PC with different Antivirus and Antimalware software because an Antivirus is not always aware of the latest Virus or Malware. Here is a list of some good free Antivirus software for Windows 10 that you can use. You can also turn on Antimalware feature of Windows 10 Defender to weed out threats.

If something was found in the Antivirus and Antimalware scans, try to open Chrome after removing them and check if the error is still showing up. If the error shows up yet or if the Antivirus did not detect anything, go to the next method.

Disable Apps from Running in the Background

You can stop Chrome from running in the background from the Chrome settings. Below are step-by-step instructions.

1. Click on Chrome’s main menu and select “Settings.”

2. Scroll down and click on “Show advanced settings.”

3. Scroll down to the extreme bottom and uncheck the option “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed” under the “System” heading.

This will stop Chrome from running any apps in the background and will exit properly when you click on the close button. At any time later if you want to receive notifications, just go to “Settings” again and enable this feature.

Why does Chrome continue to run in the background after being closed?

Chrome continues to run in the background of your computer due to various reasons. One of the reasons is that Google wants Chrome to remain running in the background because it becomes fast and easy to relaunch Chrome at a later date. Since the application is already running in the background, it will load fast from your cache. 

Another reason for Chrome running in the background even after being closed is mostly because of the third-party add-ons and extensions you add to your Chrome browser. Many of these extensions, like VPNs, password managers, etc., require Chrome to run in the background after being closed. 

Related: Best Chrome VPN Browser Extensions You Can Use On Your Browser

You might notice Chrome running in the background mostly after you have updated Chrome to a new version or after buying a new device and installing Chrome on it. So, does Chrome running in the background of your computer have any effect on your device? Let us find out. 


Now that you have a pretty good idea of why and how to stop Chrome from running in the background of your computer after it gets closed, you should try and do so as soon as possible. And if you have any queries, comments, or suggestions regarding this article, then do not forget to mention them in the comment section down below. 

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