When I install Windows or Linux (Ubuntu/Mint), I start off by installing Google Chrome. I sign in and sync 4 users within Chrome (4 Gmail accounts).

My extensions are sync'd as well. There is a setting under Settings > Advanced Settings that says "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed". I uncheck this every time.

I have all of my tabs opened for 2 different profiles. If I close all of them (along with the window) for a single profile, my Google Voice extension and Gmail Notification extension of the closed profile will still make notification sounds.

It often distracts me as I think there is a text/email on the profile I am viewing. Is there a way I can completely close the Chrome profile that I "closed"? I know I can surely do so in task manager, but it seems like a hassle to have to do this every time.

  • are you using the official extensions or third-party? – tumchaaditya Aug 27 '12 at 11:14
  • some official and some third party. It happens using either of them. – snotyak Aug 27 '12 at 15:49

To reset your user profile, shut down Chrome and then open the following directory path:

  • On Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\
  • On Windows Vista, 7 or 8: C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\
  • On Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/
  • On Linux: ~/.config/google-chrome/

Delete the profile you believe is damaged. Most users will simply have a “Default” user profile, which is what you’ll want to delete. Restart Chrome and optionally login to Sync to restore your bookmarks and other goodies.

Further steps to manage the user profile are in the Google Support Forum

EDIT : As your comments below suggest that the answer doesnt solve the problem. So on further research I found out that it is the behavior of chrome browser(version 22.0.1221.0). Find the bug-filed reference here: Issue 139521

EDIT 2 : A related issue is the lack of a "Close Profile" option Issue 130656 which should properly close all windows and background tasks

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    The issue doesn't only happen with me. I think I'm the only one who cares about it None of the profiles are damaged. I just want any profile to close all tasks (in task manager) associated with a given profile (when closing the window the profile is in). – snotyak Aug 28 '12 at 4:12
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    This isn’t an answer to the question (at all). You may as well have suggested doing a repair-install. – Synetech Aug 30 '12 at 17:34
  • I've had the issue as far back as version 18 (at least that I've noticed). Though your edit is helpful, it doesn't provide me with a solution. – snotyak Aug 31 '12 at 19:16
  • its a bug in the chrome browser.. which they have not resolved yet.. So how can you get the solution – Vimal Venugopalan Sep 1 '12 at 4:05
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    A work-around? A hack? A third-party patch? A fork? That’s the point to asking. – Synetech Sep 1 '12 at 20:35

There is no such feature as of Aug 2018.

A ticket opened in Chromium project addresses this issue: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=130656

It has been stalling for 6 years and it's sad they are underestimating it so much, because many users use multiple profiles in attempt to avoid cluttered profile using heavy resources, but fail to check the once you open an profile it won't unload extension until you exit all Chrome windows.

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