Recently I noticed that when using Chrome with some tabs open (Facebook on one of them), sometimes when I come back to the computer, I see a new tab with Facebook page on it, but it immediately disappears.

It almost never opens when I work in front of the computer - only when I'm returning in front of the computer. It's very strange and very annoy not to know what causes this tab to open. It's never something else - always Facebook.

When I click "Reopen close tab" afterwards, it always opens Facebook. I have only 3 extensions installed: Quick and Clean, You Tube downloader and Quick Note.

Does someone know what the problem could be?

  • Maybe you have a few bugs or ghosts in your machine?
    – mdpc
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 5:05
  • BTW, is this for Windows or Linux/UNIX?
    – mdpc
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 5:05

1 Answer 1


You didn't mention which operating system, but try these -

  1. Disable your Chrome extensions here - chrome://extensions/ (use copy-and-paste, as internal links aren't clickable). If the problem goes away, re-enable them one by one to isolate which one is causing your issue. Also doesn't help to remove any long-dead extensions you no longer use.

  2. Go to the Chrome internal URL for apps and see if there are any apps related to Facebook that are installed - chrome://apps/ Once again, if the problem disappears, re-enable each app to isolate the cause. And again, remove apps you never use.

  3. Right-click Chrome task bar icon (or systray icon, if you use that) and open the Chrome Task Manager - if you're quick when you come back to your, this might hint at what tabs are flickering when you come back to your PC.

  4. Is the reopen-last-closed-tab URL only www.facebook.com or does it have something that may indicate why it was opened? Remember reopening closed tabs also shows the back-history of the tab, so if it's jumping back to the simple URL, you might need to go back to see the launched URL.

PS: When you say "come back to the computer" - are you using a screen saver? Maybe change the settings to a very short timeout and see if that still causes the issue (maybe Facebook chat presence is trying to update from Available to Idle/Away, etc?).

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