There are a ridiculous number of "chrome.exe" processes running. For example, right now I only have one tab open and there are ten chrome.exe processes.
Chrome uses a multi-process model to increase security and stability. This means that it runs each tab, plugin, and extension in a separate process. It is not uncommon to have several instances of
You can determine exactly what they are hosting by pressing ⇧Shift+Esc to open the Chrome Task Manager.
If you still have several processes running even without any extensions or plugins, then you may have zombie processes from a previous session that crashed or didn’t close correctly. You can find out for sure by closing Chrome and seeing if any remain behind in the Windows Task Manager.
I have 4G RAM. Whenever I have a few Chrome tabs open, my disk starts thrashing like crazy. This does not happen with Firefox.
Even with 4GB of RAM, it is easy to run out of physical memory while having to many high-density–content tabs open. When that happens, it resorts to using virtual memory and starts paging. When it does this, it has to transfer unused memory to the disk so that it can free up physical memory, which of course means a lot of disk activity.
how can I fix it?
There’s a few things you can do: