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I just switched to chrome some days ago and I am very happy with it, but there was one thing with Firefox I really liked: The plugin container. From time to time the flash player hangs up and with Firefox I was very happy that I just had to kill the plugin container, reload the page and everything was fine again.

Now, with chrome, the browser itself hangs up, so I have to restart chrome - and with this all of my 5 windows and 40 tabs.

So, is there an extension for chrome, that adds a new layer between the browser and the flash player, so that I only have to kill the flash player itself?

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Chrome is multi-process as well. If you press Shift+Esc you can open Chrome's task manager and kill an unresponsive Flash instance or tab without bringing down the whole browser.

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Hey! Great! Thanks for this hint! For me it's just Shift+ESC. That's even better than the Firefox's plugin container - or does Firefox also have such a built-in task manager? –  Ethan Leroy Feb 7 '12 at 0:11
    
On my Win 7 machine - Shift-ESC brings up Chrome's Task Manager and Ctrl-Shift-ESC brings up the Windows ask Manager. –  yosh m Feb 7 '12 at 1:40
    
Sorry I had these wrong, it is in fact just shift-esc. Chrome is completely multi process, and spins off each individual tab and plugin into a separate chrome.exe, killing these when the tab is closed to prevent memory leaks. To my knowledge, Firefox simply keeps plugins out of process and hasn't moved to a fully multi-process architecture yet. Details on Chrome's implementation can be found here –  Ted O'Hayer Feb 7 '12 at 16:18
    
@TedO'Hayer Fixed! ;) –  iglvzx Feb 7 '12 at 17:39
    
Sweet! Thanks. Chrome keeps surprising me with things like this. –  Fiasco Labs Feb 7 '12 at 20:56

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