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Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Sashka57 2/24/09 1:41 PM
It would be nice if every time I opened a new tab, Chrome wouldn't load another chrome.exe in the task manager. This slows down my computer. Presently, Firefox runs much fast on my laptop than Google Chrome.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Critesjm 2/24/09 3:07 PM
The reason for multiple Chrome.exe processes being listed in the task manager is that each Chrome tab is treated as it's own individual process for safety reasons etc, and therefore, is treated as such.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager PCJunkie517 3/14/09 4:34 PM
I agree with Sashka.  I did a test and opened 3 somewhat demanding websites with each browser.  Chrome was taking up 96k memory and firefox was at 78k.
I could see it being very handy for people who use their browser for a lot of blogging or any good amount of typing.  If one tab goes down the others dont follow.
But honestly firefox will reload all your tabs at startup after you crash or choose to save them when you last closed.  Plus Chrome seems to be very buggy with java which is not cool for me.
Its fast, its pretty but I think Ill give it a couple more releases before I hop back on the wagon.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Bapabooiee 3/14/09 9:20 PM
Well hai der guise.

You may wish to right-click your Chrome shortcut, go to the "Target:" field, and append (add) the "--single-process" to the end.

For example, if I did this, mine would look like exactly this (quotation marks included):

"C:\Users\Bapa\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --single-process

This should help performance with Chrome on those older machines. If you hadn't guessed it already, this makes the entirety of Chrome all ride together in the same wagon. So much more cuddly; but if the wagon falls over, everyone dies.

Also, if someone lets-out a tooter, everyone has to smell it.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager js1473 5/15/09 2:18 PM
The seperate processes allow you to distribute the CPU load amongst your multiple cores.  It is far better than a single Firefox process that runs only on one core.  Open up 100 tabs in Firefox and then a 100 tabs in Chrome.  You will see the performance differences like night and day.  If you cannot open 100 tabs because that would run your system to the ground, might I suggest upgrading to a new computer and operating system.  Windows Seven also appears to be distributing its CPU load in a virtual hyper-threading and separationg of processes for CPU load distribution across the multiple core architecture.  Works great if you have a good system, but very poorly for a single core system.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager doods0962 10/17/09 12:09 AM
If thats the case that every new tab a new chrome exe occurs in the task manager, how come there are 6 chrome exes that showed when i only opened 4 tabs?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager andreamc 11/7/09 11:49 AM
I'm with doods... The first time I noticed multiple processes I attributed it to the process-per-tab implementation, but then I noticed that the number of processes didn't match the number of tabs. I open one tab in Chrome and I still get two or three processes. I even turned the single-process flag on in the shortcut.  After adding that and opening the shortcut, it opened two processes right away, then another one popped up for some reason (I didn't even click on anything) then it went away after a few seconds. I thought maybe ti was just that web page, so I went to another simpler one and again a third process popped up then went away. Just sitting on this page, with one tab open, the two chrome processes are using more memory than Firefox is. Chrome is definitely faster, but this is confusing me.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager andreamc 11/7/09 11:55 AM
OK I just realized you can right click on the top bar of Chrome and open its own task manager. My three processes are for the browser itself, the tab I am on, and flash plug in when it is needed. Even though I have -single-process on? Is that working for everybody else, because I double checked my spelling like four times.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager js1473 11/9/09 5:04 AM
There are processes for non-tabs also to separate the stability of the system such as for plugins, task manager, or the overseer browser process that manages all the child processes of the original invocation of chrome.exe as an application.  Also, the tabs are automatically grouped together based upon website domain and other factors.  You can open the task manager and see like-minded tabs grouped together, however, if you close the application completely with the intent of restoring all of the closed tabs, when Chrome restarts, the grouped tabs will be separated with one tab per process.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Richard Lloyd 11/9/09 6:35 AM
After reading all your input, which in away was helpful but not I have discovered the following:
1. When a single instance of chrome is open with one tab blank or not you will have two chrome.exe (assumingly for stability and nothing to do with multi core systems), but not sure how the -single-process is suppose to function, but whether or not its implemented you still get the same amount of running chrome.exe process when opening chrome. So I see no effect. Now is some one can shed more proof on this matter rather than there own statement that would be great. I am going to dig more deeper in this matter to shed some light on this.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Richard Lloyd 11/9/09 6:39 AM
UPDATE
Something else I have discovered that some of you may already know but did not include in this post is that, after you have right-clicked the browser bar and selected Task Manager at the bottom left corner is Stats for Nerds. Click that and it will compare Google Chrome with any other open browsers (e.g. IE, Firefox, Safari). Now that is a seriously cool feature. 5 out 5 stars for this feature.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Richard Lloyd 11/9/09 7:25 AM
Update 2
I am running a Windows XP Pro SP3 with P4 2.4, 1GB RAM
Now as before about the Stats for Nerds:
(note: the following results appears appear after both browsers have been open together for aprox. 5min with no other activity going on with the browsers)

Google Chrome 4.0.223.16 (Memory; Private 28,660k, Shared 8,948k, Total 37,608k) (Virtual; Private 18,808k, Mapped 9,040k)
About Memory Tab & Google.com Tab opened; I also have the -single-process tag at the end of chrome.

Google Chrome 4.0.223.16 (Memory; Private 29,784k, Shared 8,426k, Total 38,210k) (Virtual; Private 20,456k, Mapped 11,152k)
About Memory Tab & Google.com Tab opened

Firefox 3.5.5 (Memory; Private 122,972k, Shared 9,996k, Total 132,968k) (Virtual; Private 102,256k, Mapped 8,460k)
Google.com and 25 ext running.

Firefox 3.5.5 (Memory; Private 34,512k, Shared 5,140k, Total 39,652k) (Virtual; Private 24,944k, Mapped 3,280k)
Google.com and 2 ext running

In my opinion, I see no real difference on my system so far. It boils down to taste preference and needs. I like google's application feature, not sure why it hogs up 3 process though. I primarily use firefox for all my needs. I use multiple profiles for multiple things, I have one just as my main browser with my most used extensions. I have one for development, one for entertainment purposes, and others for other purposes. Each containing my most commonly used plugins (which are placed in the global ext folder) and then any other extensions I used are inserted into the appropriate profile dependent on usage. Now I am sure I could seriously cut down the Firefox mem usage by re-compiling Firefox for my machine and in embedding those extensions with in Firefox itself.

Bottom line you will always have at least two running process with Google chrome. One being for the browser it self and one being for tab (no matter if empty or not).
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Richard Lloyd 11/9/09 7:43 AM
This should explain allot
http://blog.chromium.org/2008/09/multi-process-architecture.html
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Technovicely 12/12/09 1:43 PM
After reading these experiences (and my own) with Chrome, I have concluded that it is time for an updated computer with multiple cores and as much RAM as I can get just to browse the internet. Go figure.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager reticulate 12/31/09 4:12 AM
Every extension I have is a separate process,that is my conclusion.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Java V8 1/1/10 9:49 PM
read the manual before using chrome
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager bboblom 1/8/10 12:04 PM
Anyone using Airfoil? I was wondering if the reason for not being able to stream from Google Chrome is because of the multiple processes...?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager BOBBY CHARLES 2/11/10 12:01 AM
.. i just wanna know why there's 20 chrome.exe processes for the 7 tabs i have open. thats all.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Crazy_Dave 2/14/10 7:37 AM
Greetings all - I see that the discussion involves having multiple tabs open on Google chrome. However, I am only running it with this single page open and I still saw 4 instances of "chrome.exe" in the task manager. I tried altering the target field in the shortcut as described above and it brought it down to 2 instances in the task manager.
For those of us with only a solitary tab open, such as this page I am typing on in this discussion, why does it show up multiple times in that instance?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 2/18/10 5:31 AM
If you want to know why there are more process than your tabs opened, read the following simple description.

Main Process:
Chrome's main process handles the UI, tab management and so on. There are usually only one process that do the work.

Renderer Process(es):
The renderer handles rendering the page. Roughly, each tab consume one, but some special case make tabs into a single one - same domain uses same renderer, and no more than 20 renderer - newly opened tabs will use existing renderer if exceeded. Renderer Process runs in a sandbox that can increase security by separating in sandboxes. When one renderer crashes, other tabs or the main process will not be affected, and users will be able to reload the page by refreshing.

Plugin Process(es):
As plugins should have higher permission than a webpage, and in order to keep Renderer Processes in the sandbox, plugins are separated. Also when one crashes, other plugins or tabs or the main process will not be affected.

Extension Process(es):
Similar to the others, separating extensions into processes is to keep them in sandbox... and a crashing extension will not let the whole browser down.

There is a built-in task manager for Chrome. Press Shift+Esc or "right click on title bar -> Task Manager" to launch it. You can see clearly - and may end processes if one's not responding. Ending processes this way will keep those addresses on your browser, with a "sad tab" replacing it, as mentioned in "Renderer Processes".

You may have a look at http://blog.chromium.org/2008/09/multi-process-architecture.html or read the Google Chrome comics http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/index.html
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager mhantholz 2/22/10 4:23 PM
I *hate* when BOTH Chrome and Chrome Task Manager go to "Not Responding".
 Even when it's only Chrome "Not Responding" attempting to use "End Task" in Google Chrome Task Manager ***won't work***.

However Windows Task Manager is *more* detailed, has *greater* functionality.
You can shut down Google Chrome "Not Responding" with it---
Google Chrome Task Manager NEVER works in this instance,
when it is needed MOST OF ALL.

This is a failure in the Chrome system which simply *must* be addressed, and soon.

The Windows Task Manager tabs "Processes" and "Services" show where the bodies are buried---
what with *every* web-page featuring SEVERAL Flash panels, plus inline videos, forms, inline ads
and inline gadgets and widgets---from different sources, the resource demands have grown
exponentially in the last two [2] years. Virus-, malware- and spy-scan are running too, and
the resource demands are assigned to *each and every tab* open in Chrome.

The demands of modern online life have raced ahead of software providers ability to KEEP UP.
The only posters here who don't seem to notice are networked to a server, both at work, and
using a RAS [Remote Access Server] connection at home.

The rest of are living out here in the REAL WORLD with commercial ISPs---which is why most of the postings
from people working in the tech business are not only mendacious and evasive,
they have a snide undertone that would get them *called out* by one of us who do *not* reside
in one of those moist-and-fluffy California zip codes.

Cheers !!!
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager mhantholz 2/22/10 4:26 PM
Last paragraph should read: "The rest of *us*...
Mea Culpa.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Itzalive 2/24/10 6:08 PM
It cant be one process for each tab. I have 16 copys of chrome.exe in task manager but only 2 tabs open
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Wendy.Trewella 3/8/10 11:20 AM
I am having the exact same problem--multiple Chromes in Task Manager, only one or NO tabs open, even Chrome's own task manager telling me that less processes are running than are running.  I can't say I'm the biggest fan of the latest versions when I suddenly lose all browser functionality and have to close... and close... and close... Chrome in task manager to get it back.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Conticreative 3/14/10 12:17 AM
So, is it normal for me to have 5 tabs open and 17 instances Chrome in my task manager?

Check this out: http://www.conticreative.com/images/public/snagit1.jpg

It's a screenshot of my task manager. Somehow, I don't think this is right. Is it the add-ons maybe? I know that I don't like it much.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 3/15/10 1:38 AM
If you want to see details on what are those process, check out Chrome's Task Manager (Shift+Esc).

I've already mentioned that, each extension and plugin uses one process (most likely, but they will be merged sometimes).
So you'd like to count: 5 tabs + 9 extensions + 2 plugins + Chrome itself = 17 processes
Of course, it is only a brief one... and not really true, as, they merges sometimes.

But to say, do you think long replies are really putting you off from reading them?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager rjHoey 3/22/10 6:23 AM
Thanks, Alvin. I had been concerned about multiple copies of chrome.exe open in my Windows task manager. I found your explanations and references most helpful. And I'm really impressed with the Google Chrome Comic's explanations of the Google Chrome Team's goals and innovations in designing Chrome, clear even to one who is not a developer.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager valleyman 3/26/10 10:52 AM
Bapabooiee: I followed your suggestion to add "-single-process" to my target and restarted Chrome.  Still multiple processes on my poor Athlon XP 2100+.  More tips for ancient hardware?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Seagull 3/29/10 1:10 AM
My problem is with the Chrome task manager. When I first started with Chrome (the 2nd day it was out), all of the tabs showed up as differentiated in the Chrome task manager. Now, all of my tabs (I usually work with 15-20 tabs open) show up grouped together and when one goes down, they all go down. Any way to keep them separated?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Mega_Dude 3/29/10 9:02 AM
I'm on the same boat as valleyman. Tried Bapa's advice. Still have 3 processes running with only one tab open. Is this the best I can do or am I doing something wrong?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Mega_Dude 3/29/10 10:04 AM
Well that was two hours wasted. I would have thought with the resources google has they could have done a little better than this. Firefox definitely has its faults but it is ten times better than Chrome. I wanted to get away from the bugginess of Firefox but not at the cost of CPU and load times. A well tuned Firefox leaves this in the dust. Go download Firefox 3.6. That's the best advice you will get here.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 3/29/10 10:02 PM
It is because if there are too much processes, it will be... (you know) So that it will limit renderer processes up to 10.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager toph168 4/1/10 1:55 AM
the other processes I suspect are the Extensions. I ended the process of one of the Chrome "processes" running in the Task Manager and my "Turn off the lights" extension crashed.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 4/4/10 3:27 AM
I've already entered too much information about different processes. So I won't repeat them.
Try to refer to http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?fid=5d15844c7c5ac9db00048329081df57a&hl=en#fid_5d15844c7c5ac9db00047fdffa7d2487

And well, if you do not understand why there are different processes OR you really think that Firefox is better, don't encourage us to use Firefox. We will use Firefox without it IF we think Firefox is better then Chromium.

I really like Chromium's muti-processes and it's simple interface, simply only because it saves spaces.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager vincegt 4/27/10 12:59 PM
This was bothering me because one of my extensions (specifically AdBlock) was using more CPU percentage than all my other chrome.exe processes combined. I figured this out using chrome's task manager (right click an empty spot of the top bar to bring up the selection menu). All other processes were behaving nicely, but that one was running around 30% total CPU percentage: not acceptable! I disabled it and immediately my CPU cooling fan turned own a notch or two. Sweet! I suggest doing the same to your own system; it isn't the fact that there are so many processes running that slows things down; one rogue extension can make the whole system seem slow. Fix that and you're set!
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager medea05 5/4/10 2:53 AM
So today I found out why I had so many processes running called google chrome, and that chrome has its own task manager, cool!

The thing is, even though it seems like chrome is using more ram than firefox, I've just switched back to chrome from firefox, and i can tell you chrome runs faster and more smoothly, especially as regards what drove me out of firefox this time, the fact that youtube vids freeze every 10 seconds or so.

And, opera, whoa. Just open the task manager while running opera: open four tabs and watch the ram climb before your eyes (i gave up at 300mb. Yes i have 3GB of ram, but that didn't stop opera crashing vista itself).
And Chrome runs fine on my 1GB Ram netbook too.

The only thing which bugs is the lack of Bookmarks panel.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager xxooss 5/29/10 7:57 AM
i tries the single process deal in the short cut target and it wont let me...is there a typo i am not seeing?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager mike.simmons 5/31/10 3:30 PM
I have read what all of you guys are saying and still feel that none of that makes sense for what is happening with my google chrome. I have multiple process running (12 in windows task manager and 6 in google chrome (4 for tabs, 1 plugin, and 1 taskmanager)) and periodically my google chrome will just simply crash and close with the task manager obviously not working and then I have to close google chrome using the windows task manager. After google chrome is closed  I still have multiple procces running. Shouldn't those processes close. Also, this crashing of google chrome has been happening often and then when I restart google chrome it says" Your profile could not be opened correctly. Some featers may be unavailable. Please check that the profile exists and you have permission to read and write its contents." I love using google chrome and the interface but it seems to be using up a lot of my memory, slowing down my system, running multiple proccesses, and malfunctioning. Is there anything I can do to fix these problems.

btw my system is windows vista service pack 2, intel core 2 DUO P7350 2Ghz with 2MB, and I have 4GB of RAM.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager thoughtupcreations 6/14/10 11:39 AM
I just realized by right clicking in the top of Chrome, you get the choice to open a "Chrome" Task Manager and it is showing me that the: Browser (itself), tabs, shockwave flash items (you know youtube videos or flash sites), and even the EXTENSIONS! have their own .exe. So all the special additions that make Chrome the great app that it is, comes at a great cost. So go into your extensions and disable all but the ones that are most necessary to... or just go back to Firefox lol

Just to let you guys know, Chrome is running 40! exe's on my computer right now... LOL -_- what a cost for luxury.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager oneStarman 6/18/10 2:07 PM
ITS NOT JUST MULTIPLE CHROME.EXE PER TABS - I only have two Chrome tabs open but TEN instances of Chrome running in Taskmanager.  I had installed Google Desktop but had to uninstall because it would make the system hang - now I have frequent explorer crashes as some part of Google Desktop is still trying to "Index" my files - even though I uninstalled it..
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager blackflipflops 6/21/10 10:13 AM
I am having the same exact problem as Mike Simmons. I would love to know a way to run Chrome without it having to be shut down in Windows Task Manager multiple times a day.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager akWikio 7/20/10 7:33 AM
I have the same problem, because each of the extensions is a new chrome.exe in the system, I do not like that so I uninstall Google Chrome ...
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager spunkets 7/20/10 10:48 PM
After having spent about 1/2 hour reading these posts, not ONE of you has answered the goddamned question as to,

>>>>>multiple instances of Google chrome in the task manager<<<<<<<<

Do you people just throw out your opinions as easily as barfing up a bad chicken taco about something otherwise meant to solve someone's real technical problem, and w/o having done any research at all? Its like watching a 3-legged circus dog chase its tail.

Here's a new idea for a Google app (get Shannon Madison on this),
invent a Google Filter of some kind that will eliminate @ least 50% of uninformed, ridiculously deluded human ignorance.

I'll buy that app
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager spunkets 7/20/10 10:51 PM
After having spent about 1/2 hour reading these posts, not ONE of you has answered the goddamned question as to,

>>>>>multiple instances of Google chrome in the task manager<<<<<<<<

Do you people just throw out your opinions as easily as barfing up a chicken taco about something otherwise meant to solve someone's real technical problem, and w/o having done any research at all? Its like watching a circus dog chase its tail.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 7/25/10 6:14 AM
Oh... please... if you haven't read my reply... here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?fid=5d15844c7c5ac9db00048329081df57a&hl=en#fid_5d15844c7c5ac9db00047fdffa7d2487

Let me talk about a bit on my own experience. Once I had Firefox Portable running on my UFD, it SUCKS!!!!!!!! If I move my mouse over tabs, I have a short pause per 200px. Once (upon a time), I opened 2 tabs, and it hangs for a while (actually it is four minutes, and it even hangs with one). Taking account on running on a flash drive, I just ignored the inconveniences.
Just when it is Chrome 3.0, I downloaded Chrome Portable and changed the files to Chromium, and it runs like a FLASH! Thanks to its multi-process design, the main process (if you use Process Explorer, you probably see lots of chrome.exe under one chrome.exe and that is the main process) never hangs (actually not, but usually only happens when I am starting another program on my drive or trying to open Explorer). Sometimes I get a short "whiteout" on one tab (or a group of tabs with the same process), but this doesn't affect other tabs.
Now I usually works by one window and up to 15 tabs, sometimes I get up to 3 windows and 8 tabs per window, but I can get them running smoothly.

You can decide whether Chrome/Chromium is a great application or not.

(Portable applications are from PortableApps.com)
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager insectivorous 7/28/10 7:11 PM
More processes <> higher load on the CPU.
Watch them for a while, all those processes, in TM or Process Explorer. Most of them are likely for your extensions. They take no CPU cycles if they're not in active use at the moment.

Firefox + extensions are doing all of these things. They're just doing them under the rubric of a single process, so you can't attribute the CPU's. And, if one crashes, all crash.

You can use the Chrome TM to kill a process, and it will scream that an extension just crashed!  The browser, however, did not crash. Ok, that was the idea. The extension can crash without taking the whole browser with it. That's goodness.

Processes are not a precious resource. A Windows process doesn't use up significant resources just by existing, unlike some other operating systems. Having thirty Chrome processes is startling, but there is no evidence at all that this is responsible for any slowdowns. I repeat that FF is doing exactly the same things, but in a single process.

There is no harm, and no significant additional resource usage  attributable to having multiple processes instead of a single process.  

If you DO happen to have a multicore machine, some of those multiple processes can possibly run on other cores. A single process obviously can't. Thus, there may be advantage in having multiple processes in that situation (apart from superior crash-handling).

There are real issues with Chrome. Let's deal with those and stop wasting time on this non-issue, eh?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager foxcole 7/29/10 10:38 AM
(Why doesn't anyone READ before posting? This thread has been very instructive, providing all the information I needed and then some, but it's frustrating to read so many complaints about things that have already been explained multiple times, in detail.)

My question is, how can one extension bring down all of the tabs if all tabs are running in separate processes? I was using ezLinkPreview for a little while, until I discovered how often it causes the webpage to stop responding. It actually causes ALL the tabs to stop responding, and each tab displays the "Oh snap!" something-went-wrong message. I have to reload all tabs every time. (Thankfully, there's an extension for that.) It's true that the browser process itself doesn't crash, but I'm confused about how this situation is even possible.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager IonAphis 8/7/10 8:11 AM
I've been trying to read all of the thread, but mostly it's just opinion crossfire and people complaining.
I don't care why Chrome believes it is better to have 1000 processes, I am very process conscious. How do I make --single-process work on a current release (Dev or otherwise) of Chrome? Can it be done? Please answer yes or no, because this is the only thing that keeps me uninstalling chrome with every release.
(By the way, for all it is worth, I've barely had any problems with Firefox crashing, and when it does, it loads up all my tabs again, and it does once every few months... but I am more than willing to switch to chrome now that we have AdBlock+ functional and MouseGestures better than ever... I'm just waiting for single process back)
Thanks for your reply
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager hacmx 8/12/10 3:53 PM
also active extensions show as chrome.exe
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager s32ialx 8/13/10 1:51 PM
IMO Google Chrome is crap, garbage needs to be flushed down the toilet and forgotten EVERY TIME i load more then 3 tabs Google chrome "THE WHOLE" freezes, locks up, halts. does what ever it wants and NO i cannot access the other tabs and IF i crash the frozen tab it crashes ALL of chrome. SO THERE IS NO POINT TO THIS MULTI PROCESS CRAP! BECAUSE THAT'S ALL IT IS IMO CRAP

ALSO the fact that if an extension crashes (which just like above poster states THEY ARE ALSO MARKED AS chrome.exe WHICH is STUPID at the VERY LEAST LOAD THE EXTENSION'S IN TO THE DAMN exe WHY must they all be loaded separately since you know they all freeze together anyways. BTW i'm running Win7 HP x64 on a AMD Athlon x2 1.9Ghz, 4GB DDR2, ATI Radeon 3100 so don't blame it on system performance.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 8/14/10 1:05 AM
@s32ialx
I am sure that it's not the problem of your system performance, as even if I use Pentium 4, 512MB RAM and running on an USB Flash Drive, I can open up to more than 10 tabs.
I believe that the idea of multi-process is really good, as I've already mentioned a dozens of times already.

Other reasons that may make your Chrome crash is that there are some unstable extensions or plugins.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager checho_85 8/14/10 3:49 AM
I do not fully agree with the "Best Answer" right now i have 3 tabs opened and 6 instances of chrome running. If you let me know how to provide you with some log info, I`ll be glad to do it.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager bathrobehero 8/14/10 6:05 PM
I tried Chrome in the first place because of it's distributed process management and it's the best thing about Chrome!
It's way faster and more secure than any other popular browsers.
(To feel the performance increase you might need a multi-core processor or at least Hyper-threading technology)
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager SmileyWitchFaerie 9/18/10 1:01 PM
People , just read this http://blog.chromium.org/2008/09/multi-process-architecture.html
and it should answer your questions . I had the same questions and r3df0x posted that link. I went to it and it explained all of it . Now I'm comfortable using chrome and knowing where all those chrome.exe's come from in my task manager. As for the people up there that keep complaining and not reading all of the posts here , (or any for that matter) they come and post without reading ..... consider how many extensions or addons you have for chrome installed and that will tell you why you have so many of them opened in taskmanager, also consider that browser itself is being opened as a single process, same as each tab. To start with you have 2 opened when you first open chrome, 1 is the browser itself and the 2nd is the tab whether you have it opened to a page or not . Imaging having only 1 process opened and lots of tabs and something stops responding in one of those pages.... you can just close one of the process in taskmanager or chromes taskmanager and you can keep working and reopen the last tab you closed. ............ Links are put here so people can be informed. Help yourselves by going to them and reading what's there.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager vasa1 9/18/10 8:23 PM
@SmileyWitchFaerie: Good post! For many issues, people just have to take a little time to read. But maybe it's just more fun to slam something, let off steam, whatever.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager kartana 10/1/10 3:13 AM
I have six chrome.exe in my task manager with just one tab open....
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager vasa1 10/1/10 4:23 AM
@kartana: do you have any extensions and plug-ins running?

Use Chrome's built-in Task Manager, accessed by typing shift+escape together, to get better details than provided by Windows Task Manager.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 10/8/10 1:58 PM
As others have said, multiple chrome.exe processes keeps chrome running smooth.  One irresponsive tab will probably not make all of chrome irresponsive, and crashed tabs normally won't crash the web browser.  Once Gmail crashed at another time Shockwave Flashed crashed, all I had to do was reload the page by clicking the arrow that looks a bit like a circle.  Every tab, plugin, and extension takes up one chrome.exe process (although sometimes several tabs, plugins, extensions, etc. join together into one process.  Use the built-in Chrome Task Manager, like vasa1 just said to end any tabs or plugins that are driving you nuts.  If Chrome is always eating up so much CPU, you might have too much browsing data on your computer.  Try clearing a bit by using the link below:
http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95582&cbid=1m2r9ck31g3b8&src=cb&lev=%20index
If you don't want your history completely gone, please post a reply below and I will tell you how to keep it out of your way but still accessible {instructions only work with Windows.} :-(
Thanks for reading this!
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager kcd83 11/16/10 3:19 PM
Got lost in the endless comments? See what chrome is doing:
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Press ESC + SHIFT


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Thanks to alvinhochun
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager faeraemae 11/23/10 9:02 AM
I do not know one end of a computer from another (I just want to browse etc.) so thanx to r3df0x ~ This should explain a lot ~
http://blog.chromium.org/2008/09/multi-process-architecture.html
Peace, Love & Light
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager STaasadr 11/29/10 7:37 AM
I regularly have around a 100 tabs open in FF and Chrome (IE starts behaving stupidly after 10-15 tabs). FF slows down if noscript is disabled. Otherwise, I'd say its as good (if not better) as chrome.

The one-tab-per-process of chorme is not true. I have around 100+ tabs open in chrome and there are about 30 chrome.exe processes showing.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager STaasadr 11/29/10 7:40 AM
by the way, the best answer is by kcd83.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 12/2/10 2:31 AM
@STaasadr
That is by design. As your computer may start to slow down when there are too many processes, Chrome has limited the number of processes, around 20 renderer.
Also, in some situation, tabs of the same domain will merge to enhance performance when communicating with the remote server.

If you're really opening up to 100 tabs... you should consider a supercomputer.

(Source: http://blog.chromium.org/2008/09/multi-process-architecture.html)
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager vasa1 12/2/10 4:26 AM
@Alvin, appreciate your informative posts!

Just a point about this sentence: Also, in some situation, tabs of the same domain will merge to enhance performance when communicating with the remote server.

Reading the link you provided (http://blog.chromium.org/2008/09/multi-process-architecture.html), I get the impression that tabs of the same site will always share just one process. Here's what the blog has: You can think of this as using a different process for each tab in the browser, but allowing two tabs to share a process if they are related to each other and are showing the same site.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Randall Lind 12/5/10 5:59 AM
I launch Chrome only 1 tab is open and there are 8 chrome.exe running This is a bunch of crap really. I can see one for each tab so one tab crashes it does take the whole browser. Why do I start with 8 running for 1 tab holy smoke. I am not worried about memory just doesn't make sense. 8 exe for one tab so if I open 4 tabs that 32 running in the background?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager vasa1 12/5/10 7:01 AM
Randall, where do you see 8 chrome.exe running with only 1 tab open?
Do you know how many extensions are enabled?
How many plug-ins are enabled?
Press shift+escape and report back if you like.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager WillowRaven 12/14/10 2:22 PM
I agree - I am finding these multiple items in task manager very disheartening, not to mention cumbersome on my system - I have *3* tabs open on my Chrome browser and *20* Chrome entries in my task manager - WHY????????  I can understand 1 per tab... but 20???  Really, Google?  Can we please do something about this?  It's bad enough that my Chrome STILL crashes when I try to insert an image (even a small one, just a few kb big) into an email... but now this???  Please do something Google... and read the forums about what people are saying need work on your browser.  It has some good features, but if you don't do something about these issues, it won't matter much because people are going to get fed up and go elsewhere.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 12/14/10 6:44 PM
@WillowRaven
DID YOU TRIED THE CHROME'S TASK MANAGER? Shift+Esc

Please do not just say there are so much processes.

And don't blame Chrome for the email thing. Are you using Gmail? It uses a Adobe Flash to allow upload multiple files at once. Or did you just try to paste the picture from your computer to your email?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager sdloftin 12/21/10 12:53 PM
It boils down to this (for me):

There are obviously a lot of separate processes running for each tab and service/plugin of the browser. And there are sensible reasons for Google doing this based on current technology and security, etc. However, as some have pointed out, it isn't so great on an older machine, processor, motherboard, etc. I do not have multiple core processing so I do have to make adjustments.  But the main thing I have noticed is that when the browser is first opened, the Flash plugin eats my processor alive.  If I go into the Chrome Task Manager and kill the Flash plugin, it takes the processor usage back down to single digits.  If I go to a page the initiates the Flash plugin again, it still stays in single digits and the problem seems to be resolved.  This IS something that Google should take a look at and can probably correct.

So, kill the Flash plugin in the Chrome task manager, let it manually open when needed on a Flash enabled site, and the problem of processing seems to be alleviated.. at least for me anyway.

I also just noticed that it says Shockwave Flash Plugin when initiated by the page, vs Flash Plugin by the browser.  Two different Flash plugin versions being utilized perhaps?. And when I close the tab pr page that is using Shockwave Flash, the process disappears in the Chrome Task Manager.

Are you reading this Google?

SDL
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager SangramP 1/13/11 3:29 AM
Concern is not only about security but the use. If Chrome makes my browser and system slow then there is no use. If people are not able to use particular product then there is no meaning to tell them features.

I am also facing same issue though my system configuration is high and internet speed is also better.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager davidwag 1/13/11 8:21 AM
I don't care how many processes run while I use Chrome. But what I would like is this: When all Chrome browsers have been closed, there should be no Chrome processes left running. This seems to slow Chrome startup next time I open it.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager vasa1 1/13/11 8:24 AM
David, what proof do you have that Chrome processes are still running after you close Chrome?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager lesteringber 1/23/11 12:04 PM
I have a problem with one too many chrome.exe processes:  I am running chrome 10.0.642.2 on Win7 x64. I even re-installed it (over the present setup). There is always a remaining chrome.exe after I exit chrome. procexp says there is not parent. I can kill it in the Task Manager, but it comes back when restarting chrome or restarting the PC.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager pseudozach 2/9/11 9:24 AM
I need to bring this up again because my problem is not with Chrome's approach to treat every tab as a new process on Windows but when I close the tabs, the process on Task Manager stays! This has two side effects:
-These closed, unused processes eat away at my resources (even though they use very little CPU)
-On my corporate Web Portal when I time out I'm asked to close the browser window and launch a new one with a fresh cache but I can't do this on Chrome because the closed tabs are actually never closed!

Any input on this?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 2/10/11 1:12 AM
@pseudozach
NONE of the processes of Chrome is useless. And in fact, NOT every tab is getting its own process. Please read through all those comments.
And try Shift+Esc to bring up Chorme's task manager.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager BizarreName 2/20/11 10:41 AM
Wow it’s really wow effect for me. I decently always stuck with MS world, so thinking 'out of the box' was a big curse for me. But trying Chrome for the first time, it was just an awesome new world of browsing experience. You click, and that’s it, it doesn’t consume your HW resource or CPU. My Machine is just an old piece of crap but with Chrome it tastes like ‘Old is gold’.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager pseudozach 2/23/11 5:21 AM
@alvinhochun
As an end user if I don't have a browser window open and there are background processes running on my machine, they are USELESS to me.
I read through all the comments before I wrote anything, hence the expression "I need to bring this up again" at the beginning of my comment.
Please don't say anything if you have nothing helpful to say.

The ISSUE still stays for this use case: I timeout and logout of a webservice and close the related tab. Then I open a new tab to login again and the website gives an error telling me I should close my browser window.
So I have to close every TAB that I've opened to clear this cache so I can start a fresh session to connect to this particular service.

I hope actual people that work on this wonderful project read this, try to understand the problem and figure out a fix.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Kulieo 2/23/11 4:35 PM
hi pseudozach, 

Can you let us know what exactly the background processes are? If you can list the questionable ones that you see when all browser windows are closed. 

In terms of ISSUE, it's not the process, it's the cookies and cache stored while you browse. If you can do a little test, open the site in incognito mode (ctrl + shift + n), exit the site, close the incognito window. Reopen the site again in incognito and see the same issue exists. If so, it's the cookies stored by the site that is preventing you from going in again. Just think of it this way, when you close the tab, the "process" is closed but the cookies and cache stored are still being shared. 
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 2/24/11 7:13 AM
@pseudozach (again)
Chrome DOES not maintain its process too long after quitting. Is that it is just going to end itself until some finalization jobs are done and you are too impatient?
If the process is "chrome.exe", maybe that's a virus... Or it is possible that some other users are using it and the "switch user" is in use. You can check the "image file" full path to see what it is.

Well, Google Chrome does in fact have some background progress that comes with it, it's Google Updater. It is responsible for updating your Google Chrome to the latest version, to allow new features and provide security bug-fixes.



I assume that your situation will not happen for well-designed login systems. At least, I've never met this issue before. Just try to test the problem with different browsers to see if it happens, or could you provide some information of the system that the site uses? The highest probability is that some bugs are presented in that system.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager 2arka 2/25/11 12:25 AM
Why is everybody not getting this that "Chrome is Google's own browser. There's must be some reason that chrome is dividing itself into a number of processes..man this is not Mozilla Firefox..they have a different and hey this is GOOGLE..it is Google..a hell lot of R&D is done before it is being actually implemented..don't you think they are already aware of this issue that chrome.exe multiplies with number of tabs..they must be some reason behind it..
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager auriuman78 2/28/11 10:26 AM
@pseudozach, it sounds to me like you potentially have too many internet files, possible memory leaks, broken registry links and/or potentially even malware causing your troubles.  Do you run any regular system scans, system mechanics or system cleaners?  I always recommend CCleaner for regular housekeeping and AVG's Live-boot offline scanner for malware and such.  TweakNow WinSecret isn't a bad option either.  Just be careful using any of these tools - make sure you know exactly what you're removing before you do it or use the default 'safe' options if you're unsure about anything.

Of course without being there I don't really know anything for sure.  Plus, it's always nice if you have a tech-buddy that you can feed dinner to for looking at your computer if you're not comfortable DIY.  Just some thoughts.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager auriuman78 2/28/11 11:01 AM
More about Google Chrome:

Okay here's a little more information for everyone.  Google Chrome is a chromium based web browser whic means Google didn't make it.  It is a modified by Google browser which has its origins elsewhere.  For more info about it try here:  http://www.chromium.org

If you want to see what Chrome has going on beneath the surface you can always use key combo "Shift + Esc"

It has already been mentioned but for sake of wholeness I'll say it again.  Chrome was designed to operate much like a virtual operating system or virtualbox.  The tab bar is representative of, for example, your windows taskbar.  Therefore there is one chrome.exe process initially invoked (parent or 'virtual operating system') to manage all other chrome functions (children or 'operating system processes').  Much like how Windows uses explorer.exe to visually manage all running applications.  So you'll get one additional chrome.exe process for every tab you use, for every running extension you have installed, for any instances of chrome apps you're using and also for some web applications and javascripts as well.  This is the nature of Chrome.  It was designed with distributed computing principles in mind and this design allows it to manage itself very efficiently on multi-core systems.  It is unfortunate this design is actually a dead-weight on single-core systems.  


For some additional command line data about invoking and forcing other varied Chrome options try here:  http://www.ericdlarson.com/misc/chrome_command_line_flags.html
 
If you need help with integrating any of these into your shortcuts feel free to email me and I'll try to guide you through it.  As far as invoking single process usage here is a direct excerpt from the aforementioned page however this will still produce separate processes for each extension running --

"Runs the renderer and plugins in the same process as the browser
--single-process"

You may try experimenting with these options if you use many tabs pointed at a single domain --

"Runs each set of script-connected tabs (i.e., a BrowsingInstance) in its own
renderer process. We default to using a renderer process for each
site instance (i.e., group of pages from the same registered domain with
script connections to each other).
--process-per-tab

Runs a single process for each site (i.e., group of pages from the same
registered domain) the user visits. We default to using a renderer process
for each site instance (i.e., group of pages from the same registered
domain with script connections to each other).
--process-per-site"

So to sum it up Google Chrome is going to run using several chrome.exe processes by nature unless you tell it to do otherwise.  Also, because of its nature, I seriously doubt you're going to condense everything to one chrome.exe process only -- UNLESS you disable or uninstall all extensions and JS but I still question it.  All merely IMHO based on what is available to me.

If its a fast easy-on-memory browser you want then try out GreenBrowser or K-Meleon.  Also check out this link:  http://freshmeat.net/articles/lightweight-web-browsers
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager stvmia 3/10/11 12:28 PM
I did an experiment and opened only ONE TAB, and 10 Chrome processes opened in the Task Mgr.  So much for that.  Now I'm no expert but if someone can offer explicit directions on how to overcome this Chrome bug that slows my whole computer down, i'd appreciate it.  

My laptop specs are: Toshiba Satellite E105-S1802 (E105-S1802 C2D P7450 @ 2.13GHz) P/N: PSE11U-003001;3MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB; Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset (Core 2 Duo CPU);  Configured with 4GB DDR2 800MHz (max 4GB);  500GB (5400 RPM); Serial ATA hard disk drive.

Honestly, the computer is only one yr old and it's totally bogged down when doing something as simple as opening a windows folder.  I don't use Office, I use Open Office, again, in hopes of minimizing the bells & whistles that weigh down programs from Microsoft.  Yet, everything I try to do is followed by a 3-10 second delay and then longer before something finally happens, as in opening.  Scrolling through folders or opening up thumbnail pics is totally slow.  And now Chrome, opening 10 processes, well, I am beginning to wonder.  I use Avast Anti-virus and Zone Alarm firewall....
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 3/12/11 2:08 AM
@stvmia
The only thing I can tell is that: this is NOT a bug. Had you read through all the comments here clearly, you should find the way to open Chrome's Task Manager, which is Shift+Esc, and you can get all the information about those processes.


Actually, I had tried Firefox and Chrome on a 512MB-RAM computer (Intel Core 2 Duo and more than 4 years old), and Firefox is VERY slow which prevent me from accessing the start menu normally. Chrome get a comparatively faster result. Even though it has more processes than Firefox, it is obvious that Chrome doesn't slow down the computer much. So I wonder HOW does YOUR Chrome slow down your computer.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager orbhot 3/22/11 7:58 AM
Ignore it unless are smart enough to work for Google. What you see in taskmanager is just part of the magic of Chrome... if one page crashes, your entire browser shouldn't crash, just that tab. Quit manually ending processes in taskmgr, it is unneeded!
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager wid_mar 4/2/11 9:50 PM
It may (just) be all well and good for Chrome to be running multiple processes when the browser is on. What I get is multiple chrome.exe instances with Chrome turned off!
Any ideas?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 4/3/11 4:56 AM
Just to clarify things...

@auriuman78, Google did make Chrome, but it is an open source project. It's not 100% Google, but at the end of the day, Google maintains Chrome.

@stvmia, Are you running a lot of other programs? Remember programs can run in the background. try quitting some programs, closing unnecessary tabs, etc.

and to everyone who is experiencing a chrome who won't quit...

Try launching Chrome (yes, with the processes still open). Then choose Wrench > Exit or Chrome > Quit. Check for any processes still open. If these processes don't terminate within 10 seconds, or 30 on older computers, follow the instructions below:

Backup your bookmarks using the bookmarks manager. You'll need this HTML file later. Then restart your computer to exit Chrome. Rename your profile to something else, like Default2. Your profile is located at:

Windows vista+: %USERPROFILE%/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data
Windows xp: %USERPROFILE%/Application Data/Local Settings/Google/Chrome/User Data
Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default (route might not be accurate, please check for alternatives)
Linux: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default (route might not be accurate, please check for alternatives)

Run Chrome and try to reproduce the problem. Import your bookmarks using sync or the HTML file you downloaded. If no luck, you probably have conflicting software: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs

By the way, I have an XP intel centrino technology (doesn't satisfy chrome's processor requirements), and it is better off with the multiple processes. Sometimes Chrome freaks out, but it doesn't slow down my old XP computer. Multiple processes are for the better, not for the worse.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 4/4/11 7:31 AM
I suggest you run a full scan using your antivirus and anti-rootkit...
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager benzoD 4/19/11 6:09 AM
I understand why chrome uses multiple processes, but I have this one page open and 12 chrome processes are running.   I have been using Ff for years and years and have never had a problem with Ff crashing to where tab protection is needed.  Why are there processes open for extensions that I'm not using, like the one for gmail that I'm not signed into?  I have a badass computer so the effect on me is simply organizational and slight paranoia.  I routinely have 30+ tabs open at any time and task manager is awash with chrome processes.  The only reason G put the task manager in chrome is because they HAD TO - their implementation is confusing and impossible to manage without it.

All of this is moot, as I have only been trying chrome again because of Firefox's dreadfully slow initial loading times and chrome has decided to include extensions.  However, I've found that chrome slows to a crawl upon loading when you have just a couple of extensions installed, just like Ff.  Back I go.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 4/19/11 7:51 AM
IE8 also uses multiple processes, but not as efficiently as chrome. Since extensions also sometimes freak out because of unresponsive scripts, it is important for them to run their own processes as well. So, Chrome introduced a browser task manager to show which tabs, extensions, plugins, etc. are misbehaving.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 4/21/11 7:18 AM
@benzoD
Chrome is a fast browser. It processes each extension in a separated process, that's why you see so much processes for Chrome.
If your Chrome tends to slow down after installing SOME extensions, it indicates that the extensions themselves are resource-eating. Chrome is out of the issue.


I've mentioned, have a look at the Chrome comics.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager conflictive_brain 4/25/11 1:27 PM
I have only One Tab opened, I am using the Beta version 11.0.696.50 beta and WinXP, and I got 23 chrome.exe processes opened in the Task Manager. This is not normal.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 4/25/11 1:41 PM
This is normal if you have extensions/background apps. Open the Task manager and see who's working under cover and how.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 4/25/11 11:37 PM
This IS also normal if you have virus or trojan running on your computer.

There are actually not too many things to talk on this issue, but I don't know why it can still be discussed till now.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager vishlu.j.90 5/25/11 10:06 AM
Hi, I've only got one tab open but I've got 3 instances of chrome.exe in task manager. It is causing my CPU usage to go to 100% despite the fact that my laptop is relatively new and got a fast processor. Please can someone advise me as to how to stop this please. Thanks
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager neenee41 6/14/11 10:09 PM
I'd rather have the browser crash than my cpu fan constantly running and a tablet cooler to keep up with 3 chrome.exe's with each tab I have open. The weird thing is only one tab has a game, one is weather, and the other 2 are regular mundane websites. I shouldn't need 12 chromes in my task manager. We're half way through 2011...developers have got to come better than this. The only reason I'm using chrome is because firefox decided to update one too many times and my games won't play right on it anymore. smh
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 6/15/11 7:18 AM

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Imagination75 6/21/11 3:29 AM
I get it (I think). A page that has live components such as a clock, live data, cached data, hyper and other links, pictures, et al, such as the BBC Homepage will show multiple chrome.exe processes because they are controlling different aspects of the page. If you close a tab, the chrome.exe process stays in a lesser form on the chance that the webpage (s) will be restored before closing the browser; I can't see an option for deleting tab history on closing that single tab while you are still using the browser . The combined total of memory used is little different from other browsers that show just one process per tab, although I have different machines here so can't accurately compare.  Comments?

What is extremely difficult for me right now is unravelling the svchost services, to work out which ones I need to turn off as redundant or possibly malicious. It's like spaghetti-junction in there, lol.

I suppose this affects us guys with small machines more than those running bigger, faster and better ones.

And my main problem is Farmville v Memory. Adobe can't get their act together and the Zynga engineers are just having a laugh!
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 6/21/11 5:14 AM
Indeed, a multi-process system can run an older system to the ground.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 6/21/11 5:24 AM
Lol, I hit Post reply too early.

If you are experiencing Flash crashes or freezes with Chrome 11 or 12, please respond to the appropriate discussion [1 and 2].
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 6/21/11 5:57 AM
Remember, if you think your computer is "old", use Internet Explorer 6. This is my suggestion.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 6/21/11 6:21 AM
IE6 is no longer supported by Microsoft or most websites, try using IE7 or Firefox 3.6/4.0. Also try Safari 5 or Opera 11.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 6/21/11 6:26 AM
( ( ( ( ( ( I just attempted to say the opposite ) ) ) ) ) )

To be honest, Chrome is 100x better than M$IE.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 6/21/11 7:19 AM
I know, right. But some people takes all words, even in jokes, seriously. (I learned that the hard way.) :-)
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Janny Maha 7/5/11 2:49 PM
High CPU usage, VM memory usage and multiple Chrome Helper processes
Please read the following and vote for this issue to be looked into:
http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=31610
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager random_username 7/20/11 7:25 AM
The extra processes are your plugins: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=34216#c3
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager bobspunkin 8/8/11 2:57 PM
I still don't get why all these processes show up in Task Manager when Chrome is closed!  I haven't seen an answer to that one yet.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager piccpete 8/20/11 12:19 PM
I close browser, no windows are open, and chrome.exe*32 is still running in process manager. C-Cleaner and Advanced Win Care give messages to CLOSE Chrome, is still running.
I am also a Google+ field tester, and have several extensions.

Win7 64 bit, 6 G RAM, dual core, etc.

pls help. Is there a 64 bit version of Chrome?  I REALLY WANT TO KEEP USING CHROME, as it works so well with Google+!!

thanks.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Confusedius 8/27/11 7:39 PM
Chrome crap.  Sorry, but I have a life (nominally) and don't have time to read more than the first 100 screenfuls of this topic.  

...Bottom line:  Right now I've got 13 instances of chrome.exe listed in Task Manager, consuming massive gobs of memory, even though I've only got one instance of Chrome running, (with only one tab.)   This is typical, from my experience.

...So, I need to know:  Are the programmers at Google just former employees of Microsoft who were fired due to their inability to maintain MS's incredibly low standards?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager smantena 9/13/11 1:28 AM
Each Tab and extensions installed launches a process. Its not jut the Tab. If you click the wrench and go to "Background Processes" you will see a process each for the extensions installed. They take up memory but not CPU. So in order to save memory, uninstall the extensions and you would do good.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager piccpete 9/13/11 6:33 AM
Smantena, my problem was not that all those processes (extensions) were running; but that in addition, two processes for Chrome browser itself were running

When I closed Chrome, one process of Chrome (with no extensions) continued to run. It would not open on the desktop, didn't show on task bar, so I couldn't close it!, but showed on Task Manager. AND I got messages in CCleaner AND AWC, that they were not able to clear that cache until I closed Chrome.  

I was not able to open a window to close it, had to close it in task manager.  And that second running hidden Chrome browser used an INCREDIBLE amount of memory.  

In frustration, I finally uninstalled Google Earth, all my extensions, and uninstalled Chrome itself as fully as I could, used CCleaner, AWC, Tune Up Utilities, Glary Utilities, rebooted, re-installed Chrome, and since then, have not had that problem. Yes, of course, each extension shows a running process. But the doulbe browser problem is gone for now.

I am trying to use as few extensions as possible, but they are really needed in Google+, and I am very active there.

So I have no idea WHY there were TWO Chrome browsers running before, and WHY one wouldn't show a window or be able to close. But I seem to have fixed it.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager kimnkhan 9/18/11 10:28 PM
I have 21 chrome.exe processes just for one freking tab opened. I have a quad core cpu with 8GB memory and opening a few more tabs my CPU and Case fan just starts going nuts and everything starts slowing down really bad.

I do not see this with Firefox or Opera.....

What is chrome doing to my PC?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 9/19/11 5:56 AM
@kimnkhan
Standard answer: your computer is too rubbish on delivering heat.

You must have too many extensions installed and obviously you haven't read through all messages.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager drbelli 9/22/11 3:33 AM
looks like the oldest appears first here, reply wise i say...
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Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager westyavo 10/3/11 12:38 PM
What I find odd is that you can have 10 tabs open with chrome then end task of each one in the chrome task manager and all the tabs will actually stay up in the browser.  Ending the process only wipes out the current page of that tab it does not however end the process that actually has that tab open.  The tabs themselves have to be manually closed.

one starman check the task manager in chrome and you will most likely see the extra processes as extension or plug ins.  they each have their own process.

Mike simmons ... I would uninstall chrome restart your pc then reinstall it.  With your system that shouldnt happen so it may have to do with the installation.  I do not know how you downloaded and installed it ... some click run from the download which runs it from the source not the file actually downloaded on your pc.  Try downloading it first to your hard drive then running the installation.  Sometimes during an over the net install files can be corrupt.  Just make sure to uninstall, reboot, reinstall.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager chinnyhoogler 10/25/11 10:59 AM
UPDATE AT BOTTOM:

I have 18 instances of chrome.exe when I launch Chrome WITHOUT ANY TABS. I'm running WinXP sp3, and 15.0.874.102 m.

And, when I shutdown Chrome, I have zero instances of chrome.exe. When I start Chrome after that, I have 18 instances of chrome.exe without any tabs.

Update: I disabled every extension, and shutdown Chrome, after which I saw no instances of chrome.exe. Then I started Chrome, and saw only 2 instances of chrome.exe. So, those darn extensions. I guess I will enable and disable as I need them.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager DoveDev 10/27/11 4:55 PM
Where chrome and its multi-process architecture  comes from:-
http://blog.chromium.org/2008/09/multi-process-architecture.html
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager dustyshot 10/28/11 7:18 PM
@Mohamed Mansour

Hello I just uninstalled it because I had only two, that is two, and again two tabs open. It showed 10 processes, not two. So don't tell someone that its because how many tabs open when it is not true at all.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager dustyshot 10/28/11 7:27 PM
Firefox uses one process for multiple tabs running at same time, and same with IE9. So no one from Google can say why exactly that Chrome only does it, but none of the other browsers don't?

Sounds fishy to me. I rather have a browser that work like firefox with one process than chrome that has no answer or fix for multiple processes for only two tabs open. Another thing that is stupid is no one here explains why they do it except for tabs open. How many posts in here say they have less tabs open with more processes running? It is obvious that who ever keeps saying it because of the tabs is wrong. We can keep playing with tabs all day long it won't fix the problem chrome has with extra processes that really don't need to be there.

Proof is all of the other browser don't have this problem. Simple. Now fix it Google.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager piccpete 10/28/11 9:10 PM
Processes running in task manager is not tabs, is browser, + one for each extension that are running.

Sometimes extensions can conflict with other extensions.  Try disabling this one or that one, refreshing the page, and see how things are running.

You can then tell if any extensions are slowing things down.

The main thing that I found was that one of my extensions was set to KEEP RUNNING when the browser was closed. So, in Windoze Task Manager, Chrome was still running, even though I shut down my browser!

Go into each extension and check your settings on those that have such options. Turn OFF the option (I forget which extension it was... sorry!) to keep running when browser is closed.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager handsomeorlandoman 10/29/11 5:07 AM
@dustyshot, IE9 does use multiple processes, and Firefox might do so as well soon.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager porhos1974 11/2/11 12:21 AM
I noticed this too and after learning about the Task Manager built into Chrome, I saw what the others meant about the Multiple chrome.exe instances relating to different things happening at separate times.  Right now I have four instances in my Windows Task Manager.  In my Chrome Task Manager there are four things running, the browser, tab, and two extensions.  This does make sense because when I ran IE in no add-on mode, it still had two separate instances in the Task Manager.  I guess this is a feature to insure stability so that the entire browser doesn't crash.  I guess it is a new feature that I will just have to deal with.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Michael51890 11/26/11 11:07 AM
okay..first...u guys should right click on top of ur chrome browser and check on itself's task manager...it's running alot chrome.exe in windows task manager is because you got alot of extensions. every single tab and every single extension is running background even u dint use it. i've just tested.
i open my chrome. there was only 2 extension i got...and i got 4 chrome.exe..
one was the browser itself, one was the new tab, another two was the extension. and then i add more extensions. the task manager created more chrome.exe.
so more extension, more chrome.exe
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager hotriff 12/6/11 1:03 AM
Each extension you're using is a separate process. Tile up your Extension Manager tab and Windows Task Manager side by side and start disabling the extensions one after another. Every time an extension is disabled, one google chrome service is eliminated from the running services.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Redbarn03 12/6/11 7:20 AM
Its not exactly true that google chrome has multiple processes to support each tab... I just did some research and opened windows task manager took one of the small data using chrome processes and right clicked then left clicked end process tree while having google chrome open it showed up on the screen that that extension just crashed. my theory is with the more extensions you have the more processes google chrome will run. I thereby since took alot of extensions out that I no longer use my cpu percentage went from 95% usage to 27% usage. It originally had 6-9 chrome processes running now only 4. I hope this has been useful. also another tab to open to see what is being ran would be chrome://memory-redirect/ just type it in or copy and paste.
Originally with all the extensions and junk I didnt need running it was alrady using 95%, right now with a video playing on youtube, a full length feature playing on tubeplus.com, google maps, and this screen, it is only using on average 43% and 81% physical mem, and thats with a total of 89 processes not just chrome. DELETE JUNK EXTENSIONS.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager bphft 12/11/11 12:26 AM
The replies saying that each tab is it's own process is not correct. I currently only have ONE chrome window open and no other tabs, one window, one tab (on google.com) and I'm showing 8 processes. It would be nice if a member of Google staff would enlighten us as to why. Obviously the people that have had an answer...don't really know and are talking out of their arse. Any idiot that knows how to press cntrl+alt+delete can figure this out. Odd that the know-it-alls haven't done this, and obviously haven't tested their own theory.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager alvinhochun 12/11/11 4:01 AM
What's the problem? If you pop up the Chrome's Task Manager, you'd see exactly the same number of processes that is shown in Windows Task Manager.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager lavallie 12/20/11 6:52 AM
What this really shows is Google's final intent to make Chrome the operating system.  It acts just like one, starting each process just like windows or unix would.   Just sneaks up on you when other "Apps" don't fire off other processes separately, just keeping them bundled inside the App process.

The part that Google is going to have to come to grips with is the extensions.  Those appear to run rampant and the user has no idea that they are sucking up resources with each tab.  When opening a tab that needs flash ect. that process also starts separately.  

Seems efficient on paper but it may be too intense for any limited machines.  For some, the "- single-process" method mentioned by Bapabooiee above may be the best "fix" for now.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager goopple 12/20/11 2:29 PM
it is about a virus and i can not find a easiy way to clean it. there is some articles about it.
http://comprolive.com/remove/harmful/exe/chrome-exe
http://www.techkamal.com/solution-to-remove-chrome-exe-virus/#axzz1h7FaBlP0
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager SuperGlueNinja 1/5/12 10:00 PM
I'd like to present some recent responses in lamens terms. It seems to me that a lot of the people on this thread dont quite understand what people have explained repeatedly. For instance. olets say at 3 pm you open chrome and go to youtube. At this very moment you will have 3 chrome.exe processes in your task manager. Now, you play a video in youtube. Number 4 will rear its head. Now close your browser, and you will still notice a chrome.exe in your task manager. Is it magic? No, its simply appearing as "Chrome.exe" When its in fact macromedia flash (insert currently installed version" It is in no way any different than its competitors. It simply displays itself as "chrome.exe" When its in fact just the plugin that you are using. The only plugin that has proven this theory wrong for me is Java. And anyone who knows anything about java knows, that although it is a useful language. It is in fact a "dictatorship" among programs. That is all. I hope I have helped to shed some light on this for you. PS: Right click and end process. If that is too much work for you, then you clearly have already spent too much time behind a computer, and need to relinquish the lazy gene you picked up along the way. PSS: As an old saying goes... If you dont like it, dont use it...
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager DDock3287 2/2/12 12:45 PM
Click on the "Customize and Control" button in the upper right hand corner (looks like a wrench). Go to View Background Pages. It will list what each of the chrome.exe's really are. Some are tabs, some are extensions, and some are plugins.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager coderjd 2/14/12 12:47 AM
I'm just going to give my opinion as a "hardcore programming enthusiast" who is admittedly a little cranky right now. At 25 I've been coding in C++ for 12 years, I've done alot of windows API stuff also (though I still have much to learn and gain experience in.) I in no way claim to be right. Everything I'm typing here is speculation, and I'm tired cranky and it's late.  

Heres my unsubstantiated speculatory analysis:

Looking at my processes right now, I have 26 instances of chrome.exe running. I'm pretty sure this is bad fricking practice. No other programs I see has this mentality. IMHO What they should do is multi-thread those damn processes. And say at least idk? remove 24 instances out of the 26 chrome.exes that are currently up. My theory is the chrome devs barely used threading (or maybe even completely ditched threading), in favor for a method of cross proccess communication (one possibility is sockets+loopback, which could arguably streamline cross-platform development more nicely between different OSes) The reason I'm contemplating whether threading actually is employed at all is because I've seen Flash grind chrome to a halt on all 3 computers I frequent. I've never witnessed this phenomenon on the 2 work computers ever. Not with Firefox. Not with IE.

My speculation on why run so many damned instances of chrome:
-Portability: perhaps they didn't have the time to do windows specific threading techniques, so they found that for the most part multiple instances of chrome.exe was a decent substitute, and it just might be easier to port to linux/mac/android
-Nostalgia: Android is linux, and most linuxes run many program under one user - but android OS runs every program under a different userID.  The reason for this (I think) is to prevent any android app to just have all the permissions in the world to do whatever. Anyway this does seem analagous to chrome extensions and tabs being ran as instances of chrome.exe. Maybe theres a practical security reason as well.

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Final Notes to mainly vent to google:

Going back to the subject of chrome absolutely dragging the whole system down.... One of the work computers that I put chrome on was point of sale sys connected to a cash register, my dad owns the store and needless to say was friggin furious when all I did was load up chrome and click on a video on the science friday site. Next thing you know the entire system is so slow its redrawing 1-2 times a minute and dealing with device events at about 4 times a minutes. My dad used to program in VB. NET  + SQL for a living, but now owns a grocery store (mom's idea). I installed the android SDK on the touchscreen pos computer for the obvious reason of HUI. But since my dad saw the computer running at 2 frames per second due to a GOOGLE PRODUCT he was pissed AT ME and untrustworthy of the android sdk. So. Yea. I'm sort of super pissed about that.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Nivirita 2/15/12 6:16 PM
There are reported claims on various sites, that adobes shockwave, is behind all the chrome browser crashes, ok; if thats true, whats causing the constant low memory warnings and the screen blackouts, the multiple task manager instances, as well as any other problems??????????
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager tacit25 2/23/12 6:58 PM
Does anyone know why Chrome requires 10 processes to run one tab in one window of Chrome. If that is the best Google can do I will not be using Chrome anymore
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager ScottMSanders 2/26/12 4:12 PM
Read what's been said? If there's ten processes, nine are your add-ons. Multiple small processes keep Chrome more stable, so if one tab or add-on breaks, the rest remain.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Ketchup2me 4/11/12 6:52 AM
How about this....I just booted computer, thats all, just booted, and there are 80 chrome processes!!!!  Nothing open, so that kills the only processes per tab theory.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 4/11/12 7:17 AM
not really a theory... its how it works... :-)
1 process in overall control
1 process per tab
1 process per plugin (eg flash)
1 process per extension

so if you load 20 pages on startup and have a load of extensions then yes you can have a lot of processes .


To see a list of what is doing what, right click the Chrome title bar and choose "task manager" to load the Chrome task manager
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Ellie K 4/17/12 5:54 AM
On Thursday, January 13, 2011 9:24:21 AM UTC-7, vasa1 wrote:
> David, what proof do you have that Chrome processes are still running after you close Chrome?

I realize that you asked that question over a year ago, and that we are now on Chrome 18, but there IS an option that one can select in Chrome options along the lines of "Allow Chrome processes to continue working in the background after closing Chrome browser?" I haven't enabled that, have no need to, and also don't know if it is intended for Chrome netbook (Chrome-48?) or not. Regardless, I'm using Win 7 on a PC.

My own problem with Chrome is that I have two versions installed (it says Chrome 18..... m for multiple) and I don't know how to get rid of the extra one. When I checked help, this forum is where Google Chrome directed me (somehow, I'm not sure though... sounds silly now). Okay, sorry for digression.

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Ellie K 4/17/12 6:11 AM
On Friday, October 28, 2011 9:10:24 PM UTC-7, piccpete wrote:
> Processes running in task manager is <b><i>not</i></b> tabs, is browser, + one for each extension that are running.

>
> The main thing that I found was that one of my extensions was set to KEEP RUNNING when the browser was closed. So, in Windoze Task Manager, Chrome was still running, even though I shut down my browser!
>
>
> Go into each extension and check your settings on those that have such options. Turn OFF the option (I forget which extension it was... sorry!) to keep running when browser is closed.

Yes! I understand. THAT is exactly what needs to be done. piccpete is correct!

I have noticed that option. I'm sorry I don't recall exactly where in the Chrome wrench sub-listing of menus it is located. It asks this:
"Do you want to continue running Chrome processes when Chrome browser is closed?"

Turn that off, or don't click it (I thought it was set off as the default. Maybe it is extension-specific as well, I am uncertain).

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Ellie K 4/17/12 6:31 AM
On Sunday, April 3, 2011 4:56:51 AM UTC-7, handsomeorlandoman wrote:
> Just to clarify things...
>
> </div>
> @auriuman78, Google <i>did</i> make Chrome, but it is an open source project. It&#39;s not 100% Google, but at the end of the day, Google maintains Chrome.</div>
>
> </div>

Yes! Google most certainly <b>DID</b> make Chrome! That is very important. Some Chrome extensions are third-party, some are <b>MADE BY GOOGLE</b>. You don't need to worry about security, safety etc of the ones made by Google. Or rather, if there are issues later on e.g. with Adobe Flash that is built in to Chrome, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that Google will take care of getting them patched. As long as you allow Chrome to auto-update, there is NO fear of malware or bad things from unauthorized extensions, plug-in's whatever.

This isn't just a Google Chrome thing of course. I don't want to sound rabid...;) after all...! Other browsers, and apps, are like that. I don't use Facebook anymore but I recall that they very clearly give a warning when third-party apps are made by outside developers, and that Facebook is not responsible. No one often pays attention though. (I'm not saying that Facebook is a browser either! I just don't have familiarity wiht FireFox only Chrome).
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager IT Geek 4/28/12 7:48 PM
I joined this group just to say what you already said... It's all the active plug-ins and extensions!!  That's why IE has the no add-ons option... Which, by the way, will also always show up has at least two processes in task manager.
Bottom line... go into private mode or incognito or deal with it
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager smitty2868 5/5/12 12:26 AM
Acer Netbook winxp 1gb ram...Running Chrome Beta routinely exhibits minimum 6 instances and sometimes seven...

Not only is it slower I cannot watch trailer Avengers at IMDB site without repeated stalls.  On same machine Opera, Opera Next, Firefox Beta, IE 8, and Safari all manage to display without same hiccups.  To me previous version of Chrome was better.

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager grychlewski 5/18/12 8:20 AM
I agree. After I have had Chrome open for several days with multiple tabs opening and closing, my machine "runs" almost all the time and I am maxed out in CPU usage. I have a new laptop so that is not the problem. I am wishing I had stayed with Firefox. All the tabs reload when it crashes so whats the problem?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager gibbmiester 6/14/12 2:59 PM
every instance of chrome.exe relates to each add on extension enabled...... so no matter how many tabs are opened, chrome will still appear in task manager multiple times. ( depending how many add ons you have enabled )..
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager naveed.butt 6/16/12 9:20 AM
The task manager shows more than 10 processes for my Chrome, while I only have two tabs opened. Can you put some light on that?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Liam Jenner 7/23/12 1:22 PM
Cheers this helped:) i noticed, because i had installed some other programs, and they added plugins such as U-torrent bar ect. You can end these useless plugins with out affecting anything else your doing. Aslong as you dont close the wrong one's ofc.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager fathairybeast 8/7/12 6:51 PM
Then why are there 11 processes shown in my taskbar yet I only have 2 tabs open?  What are the other processes for?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager fathairybeast 8/7/12 6:53 PM
That clarified a lot.  Thank you, turns out most of my processes are extensions.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager jameskiy 8/19/12 12:01 AM
each extension makes a chrome.exe, if end task in task manager isnt working go to processes and and chrome.exe there. if your on youtube or something its probably the one with the highest memory usage
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Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Dylan Henson 9/20/12 6:09 PM
Well Chrome does use allot of memory but to me with having 8 gigs of ram that nothing plus a if u use chrome 64 bit it will use more ram plus more chrome barely uses cpu usage
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager johninlongmont 10/29/12 7:05 AM
but why is there a chrome.exe running if I don't even have the chrome browser started?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Ian Simmons 11/1/12 8:03 PM
So why do I always have exactly 8 process running with only one tab, no extensions installed, and a fresh install of chrome? The chrome task manager shows only the main 'Browser' process, one 'tab' for the single page opened, and a GPU process. I open a new tab and it shows in the google task manager and also adds one to the windows task manager as is expected but according to the google task manager when only one tab is open I should only have 3 processes running.

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager F J 1/10/13 2:48 PM
On Monday, October 29, 2012 2:05:36 PM UTC, johninlongmont wrote:
> but why is there a chrome.exe running if I don't even have the chrome browser started?

lol yea me too.
i use Internet Explorer, i open up one instance of it n 9 processes of Chrome.exe fire up on my Task List.
why the hell is Chrome.exe in my system?

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 1/11/13 1:32 AM
perhaps you've installed the chrome frame addon to IE ?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager F J 1/11/13 7:13 AM
hmm, could be. not sure whats its for tho.
all i know is that i just opened up IE to read this n 14 instances of chrome.exe just fired up into my Task List racking up about 400MB.
doesnt seem right to me.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 1/11/13 7:21 AM
If launching IE produces chrome tasks then yes i'd think you have chroem frame installed
See http://www.google.com/chromeframe?quickenable=true  for more details on what it does etc
 
as for it using 400Mb, it depends on what  you're looking at.
Gmail on my PC takes 100Mb on whatever browser i'm using
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager F J 1/11/13 7:45 AM
i just thought that this process might be related to the Google Chrome browser therefore having no business being on my system since i've never used that.

screw it. i got 4GB of RAM on this system.
its just annoying in principle.

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 1/11/13 7:51 AM
If you've got Chrome Frame, then yes, you do have elements of Chrome browser installed
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager fm-usa 1/15/13 6:25 AM
ADD me to this complaint of multiple chrome.exe in the TM (Task Manager).
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Win-XP-Sp3, AMD 2,2 with 2.5 gb memory and ALL software up to date.
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Fresh reboot and wait for PC to settle in. Time 2 minutes.
Turn off Anti-Virus.
Open TM and check for running tasks, minimal resources.
Opened one browser in chrome (1 tab) and I see 27 instances of chrome.exe running in TM and it's EATING UP mega "memory use".
Check TM Performance tab. CPU use, 100% and goes on for several minutes.
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Isn't this chrome.exe abuse in TM, JUST a little bit overboard?!
This is STRIKE TWO Chrome. Once again uninstalled chrome and gone to another browser.
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PLEASE, DON'T BOTHER me with possible fixes. Chrome needs fixing.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager fm-usa 1/15/13 6:32 AM
OH!!! ANOTHER THING.
I deleted all (which there were dozens) instances of googleupdate.exe on my PC including a thurough search in the registry. I reboot and recheck again. all instances are removed. BUT I see THREE googleupdate.exe is running in Task Manager.
Makes me wonder, is CHROME and GOOGLE a Virus and/or a Trogen?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 1/15/13 6:44 AM
so there are supposed to be multiple instances of chrome.exe running on your PC.
1 in control
1 per plugin and extension
1 per tab

so if you've got 27 tasks and only 1 tab open then i'd wonder what extensions you've got installed.
If you want to see what they are all doing then run the Chrome Task Manager (by right clicking the chrome title bar) and you'll be able to look at which extension or web page is taking all the RAM.

no fixes forthcoming, because there is nothing wrong with lots of small chrome.exe processes on your PC.
lots of smaller processes (chrome) or one big one (firefox)

If you don't want lots of processes i'd steer clear of IE as well as the newer versions of that also use the multi process model
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager BobRobApex 1/29/13 6:41 AM
So if I close Chrome, shouldn't all of the extension-related instances of chrome.exe also close?  When I open Chrome, I end up with 22 instances of chrome.exe.  When I close it, 8 of the instances remain open.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 1/29/13 6:58 AM
any chrome icons indicate its still running? on the task bar or a little one in the system tray?

go to settings, scroll down to the bottom and click on "show advanced settings". scroll down to the bottom of that and see if 
Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed
 is ticked
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager BobRobApex 1/29/13 8:07 AM
That box is checked so now I can at least I can explain those 8 instances.  Still, it seems like a high number of processes open to start with.  When I first open Chrome, with no tabs open (only New Tab, showing recently visited sites icons), I have 22 instances of chrome.exe running.  When I close Chrome, 14 of them go away?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 1/29/13 8:15 AM
Each extension runs in its own process , so have you installed a few?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager adaire987 2/3/13 11:08 AM
Ok so explain to me how I open google chrome with only one tab, it is on the opening page and has 11 chrome.exe files running?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 2/3/13 11:15 AM
because you'll have
1 - in control
1 - to display that tab
the rest will be plugins like the GPU and Flash, and extensions

right click the title bar and select "chrome task manager"
that will tell you exactly what each task is doing

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager IanHolton 2/6/13 10:08 AM
Clearly not so according to my experience. This afternoon when my RAM hit 7.5Gb, CPU 95% and my Task Manager Process box listed a long list of chrome images, I closed ALL of my Chrome browser windows and there were still chrome images under Process in Task Manager - 258 of them. Yes - I counted them - 258 images of Chrome, but no browser windows open. The only way I could get rid of the Chrome images was to crash the computer. A major pain in the **** given the work I had open.
BUT most times I've closed Chrome under Processes in Task Manager I've picked the instance with the largest CPU allocation and closed it - and all the others have closed shortly after.
I switched from Firefox because of memory leakage problems, but Chrome ain't any better - I just don't seem to be able to find a browser that does not run away with my CPU!!
Ideas on a postcard.....
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 2/6/13 10:15 AM
and when you had 200 + chrome processes running, what did the chrome (not windows) task manager say they were all doing.

If firefox was leaking memory and you've got problems with Chrome, perhaps you've got problems with your PC ?
no idea what though
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager AlaskaAnne 2/13/13 2:37 PM
I shut down Chrome and still have 7 instances in Task Manager. What's up with that?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 2/13/13 3:32 PM
so you're talking about something totally different
Go to settings, scroll down to the bottom and click on "show advanced settings"
scroll down again and see if the tick box about running chrome in the background is ticked
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager GrPx 3/15/13 6:11 PM
Thanks for the quick tip!

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Overddice Yuno 4/27/13 8:44 AM
Don't really care about the reasons, wich Critesjm made clear, it's still impossible to use and freaking up my computer since it started being this way.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager IanHolton 4/27/13 10:03 AM
To my astonishment, I have, after 15 Internet Explorer - free years, switched back to IE. Chrome leaks and so does Mozilla. I don't have time to keep clearing them out. IE seems pretty good actually, after a 15 year break.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager William Wiegman 5/31/13 8:13 PM
Mendacious is a pretty strong word...most likely they just speed read the first post and went off on a tangent just to hear (see) themselves spout off on something.

And, yes, here in the South they would get a lesson in manners!   :)-

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Dylan Henson 6/12/13 9:50 AM
thats nothting i have 12 gig and im still able to use it all
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Oliver Klozoff 6/16/13 10:48 AM
"The reason for multiple Chrome.exe processes being listed in the task manager is that each Chrome tab is treated as it's own individual process for safety reasons etc, and therefore, is treated as such."

I call B.S. on that one.
Windows 7 SP1 - Chrome 27.0.1453.110 NO EXTENSIONS installed or enabled, and ONLY ONE TAB open.

FIVE (5) processes running to handle a SINGLE TAB with NOTHING in it but the default start page. 226mb of RAM in use to display a cached LOCAL page from the Chrome folder.

Something stinks here. I use Chrome to test web pages for compatibility, but I may stop that now.

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 6/22/13 1:23 PM
1 in control
1 for the tab
3 more for the GPU process, flash etc

right click the title bar and choose "task manager"
you'll be shown what is doing what

5 little processes vs 1 big one..
not sure what the problem is here, unless you think that they are secret tasks that are running to track your movements for the CIA ?
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Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Oliver Klozoff 6/23/13 1:12 PM
Thanks professor, but as you can see by the screen shot I posted I KNOW HOW TO OPEN THE TASK MANAGER!!!!!!!! How the F do you think I knew how many damned processes were running (for ONE $%&#@ing tab - the Chrome start page -and NO plugins installed) and how much RAM they were using in the first place, genius?

This old machine CANNOT HOLD more than 2Gb of RAM. Win 7 takes 1250mb of that just for the GUI. I build and test web pages with DW CS5.5, Firefox, IE10, Safari, Opera and Chrome.

When Chrome sucks up more than a third of my remaining RAM after Windows, it drags EVERYTHING ELSE down by leaving about a half a gig for five apps to share. Firefox, with a load of plugins, only uses as much as TWO of the Chrome processes, and there's still three to go WITH ONLY ONE TAB OPENED!!!!!

I got a new 64 bit AMD Win 8 laptop and a MacMini with a Core i5 processor, but Chrome is still FAR TOO RESOURCE INTENSIVE FOR ITS OWN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

Send that to the CIA, NSA or Eric %&$#@ing Holder himself if you feel like it. Or just put it in your pipe and smoke it.

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 6/23/13 1:22 PM
not the windows Task Manager , but the Chrome Task manager.
that details exactly what each chrome process is doing and you may find an extension which is taking more RAM than you'd expect.
For example, i've just noticed on my 2Gb windows PC that the 3rd party extension "add block plus" takes between 35Mb and 60Mb _ 

you've posted a screen shot of the windows task manager.

Sorry i don't smoke...
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Oliver Klozoff 6/23/13 1:54 PM
Still doesn't explain how a FRESH install (Chrome ONLY - NO EXTENSIONS) and ONLY ONE TAB (the start page) OPEN would require FIVE processes and 266mb of RAM when Firefox, with 24 plugins, six tabs open, and the Flashplayer running for youtube video only uses 165mb of RAM.

I stand by my post.

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 6/23/13 2:05 PM
and what does the chrome task manager tell you is taking all the RAM?

a blank chrome browser on my 2 Gb laptop with no extensions shows using 80 Mb
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager IanHolton 6/24/13 4:26 AM
This might be a significant problem but as a reason for not using Chrome it pales into insignificance compared with the news that the NSA "has a direct line" into the Google servers. I feel sorry for Google because the rumour is that they were legally obliged to comply, but in the end this is a megaphone message for us lowly punters to "boycott NSA PRISM companies" which alas means boycotting US Internet companies. I am sad to leave my Gmail account of ?10years - it has served me well. But this subversion of democracy and the right to privacy by innocent citizens under the pretext of security sounds like a declaration of war to me.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Mark Loventhal 6/27/13 5:13 PM
Each extension and the overall chrome browser each require their own process.

4 tabs plus the chrome browser task plus one extension, probably your anti virus program.

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Oliver Klozoff 6/27/13 5:27 PM
I don't know HOW MANY #?*!ING TIMES I have to post it.

I completely removed Chrome and ALL EXTENSIONS and reinstalled it WITHOUT ANY EXTENSIONS.
I opened Chrome with JUST ONE #?*!ING TAB OPEN and NO EXTENSIONS INSTALLED OR RUNNING.
#?*!ING GET IT? NO EXTENSIONS!!!!!!! NONE!!!!!! ZERO!!!!!! NADA!!!!! ZIP!!!! ZILCH!!!!!! ONE TAB!!!!!! NOTHING MORE!!!!!!
FIVE #?*!ING PROCESSES FOR ONE #?*!ING TAB!!!!!!!

DO THE MATH!!!!
1 app + 0 extensions + 1 tab = ONE #?*!ING PROCESS THAT SHOULD BE RUNNING AND NOTHING MORE!!!!!! NOT FIVE!!!!!!

GOD! How dense do you have to be to read and reply in this thread?

Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 6/28/13 12:04 AM
1 in control
1 for the tab
1 per extension or plugin (eg flash, GPU etc)

If you want to see what the processes are doing right click the title bar and choose Chrome's Task manager (thats the chrome task manager and not the windows task manager)

no conspiracy, no fault, no problem, no reason to get upset....
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Todd Engle 7/11/13 8:21 PM
I'm starting to go back to Firefox because of this.  My computer will start running slow, I'll close Chrome and open up my Task Manager.  At times I can still have as many as 10 instances and the Chrome application is no longer running.  I then have to force close a couple of these and the rest follow suite.  Too bad...seems like I'm flip flopping across different browsers these days.  Adobe Flash doesn't help any of this.
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 7/12/13 12:40 AM
if chrome is still running when you close all your tabs then go to
menu > settings > Show advanced settings   (at the bottom) and check the value for

[ ] Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed

(again at the bottom)
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager Virtualninjanoob 8/9/13 8:12 PM
What if I'm using Windows Vista?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 8/10/13 12:37 AM
what if ?
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager tom roberson 8/27/13 8:23 AM
LMAO at google's explaination ! Google supplies the Gov, with all your information, where you surf, what you say, what you post,(deleting means nothing, they keep everything, you only delete your stuff from yourself) .. Google announced for 5 years they would be saving and sharing everything before they even started.. there is absolutely no reason to open multiple processes when you log in, otherwise all browsers would have to do it.. dream on that Google isn't telling everything you do online !
Re: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager caver_tim 8/27/13 8:43 AM
IE will also run one process per tab.
I once wrote a web server that spawned a process each time you connected to it. I'm fairly sure that this wasn't to enable the US government to have a copy of everything i served...


Just out of interest, do you x-ray your head for microchips?
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