I have created a separate question Google Chrome completely unresponsive on the problem that may be fixed in this way.

The browser cannot open any page, not even the settings, plugins and addons pages.

Using the incognito window has the same problem, maybe because some plugins are still used (or loaded).

I think addons are userprofile-specific, as indicated in the solution to the question How to open Google Chrome with extensions disabled / turned off? indicated as the one to which this may be a duplicate.

Therefore, I need to try to start with no plugins (and this one is no duplicate).

Is it possible to start Chrome in safe mode or something so that no addons or plugins are used?

(I mean start the browser already with all those disabled, because, as presented in the other question linked above, I cannot access settings nor plugins because NO window works, NOT EVEN Settings (chrome://settings/), About Google Chrome (chrome://chrome/) or Downloads (chrome://downloads/)!)

  • possible duplicate of How to open Google Chrome with extensions disabled / turned off?
    – DavidPostill
    Oct 8, 2014 at 8:49
  • @DavidPostill - that is about addons: I am asking about plugins too
    – user162573
    Oct 8, 2014 at 8:51
  • @DavidPostill: also, that answer says to go to User Data folder (C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default) that is to the Default profile. That is related to a certain profile. My problem affects all profiles, which maybe means it's something not related to addons, but to plugins.
    – user162573
    Oct 8, 2014 at 8:57
  • "This question may already have an answer here: How to open Google Chrome with extensions disabled / turned off?. It has NOT.
    – user162573
    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:00
  • Out of curiosity, now you have accepted the answer from @DavidPostill, could you let us know if Chrome now works and which plug-in was at fault?
    – AFH
    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:25

3 Answers 3


Source List of Chromium Command Line Switches

--disable-extensions Disable extensions.

--disable-plugins Prevent plugins from running

You might also find the following useful:

--debug-plugin-loading Dumps extra logging about plugin loading to the log file

How to add these options to a Chrome shortcut

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  • Right click on your Chrome shortcut
  • Select Properties.
  • Add to the end of the Target field --disable-extensions --disable-plugins

It will look like:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 --disable-extensions --disable-plugins

  • Click on OK
  • Start Chrome.
  • 5
    This didn't work for me on Chrome 68, Windows 10. Sep 25, 2018 at 7:26
  • 2
    I am looking to do this on Ubuntu if anyone knows how.
    – MrCholo
    Nov 29, 2018 at 2:27
  • @MrCholo (Sorry for imprecise instructions because I have Kubuntu not Ubuntu) Right click your Chromium (or Chrome) somewhere (like Applications menu) and choose edit application or properties or open with gedit. There should be a line like chromium-browser which you would change to chromium-browser --disable-extensions --disable-plugins.
    – Carolus
    Apr 1, 2019 at 8:52
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    That doesn't work. I call ./chrome --disable-extensions from bash and it launches with extensions enabled. May 20, 2020 at 21:34

Create a .bat file

taskkill /F /IM chrome.exe 
taskkill /F /IM iexplore.exe
taskkill /F /IM googleupdate.exe
taskkill /F /IM outwit-hub.exe

start chrome --disable-extensions

You could use the command line option --disable-plugins to disable plug-ins.

Other possible solutions to the apparent problem are rebooting your system, clearing your browser cache, running an anti virus system check, attempting an update, attempting an installation repair (if Chrome has that feature), and doing a full uninstall and reinstall.

  • already did reinstall, no use
    – user162573
    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:13

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