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I'm in China at the moment. Every time I go on a webpage with a Like/Tweet button, Chrome spends a few seconds trying to access Facebook/Twitter (which are blocked in China). As a result, pages can take more than 10 seconds to load. Is there a way to decrease the time out or prevent Chrome from trying to access Twitter/Facebook in the first place?

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You can edit yours HOSTS file to prevent your computer from connecting to specified domains. This will affect your entire computer, not just Google Chrome.

In your case, you would add:
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Your best bet is to install an extension in Chrome which prevents third party trackers and widgets from loading.

Ghostery is a good option for this.

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+1 for Ghostery – Mixxiphoid Jul 25 '13 at 6:48

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