How To How To Stop Chrome From Opening On Startup

Google Chrome is currently the most popular browser being used today which is available in various platforms. It is preferred by a lot of people for its speed and minimalistic design. Although this is quite a solid and stable browser there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we show you how to stop Chrome from opening on startup.

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How To How To Stop Chrome From Opening On Startup

You might have noticed that when you restart your computer Chrome will be loaded to the memory. This is usually great if your computer has a lot of RAM resources however if you don’t have a lot of RAM then you will want to limit the number of apps that will startup automatically. Listed below are some of the steps you can do to prevent Chrome from running automatically during startup.

Disable Chrome from the startup tab

  • Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box.
  • Type “msconfig” and press Enter to open up the System Configuration screen.
  • From the System Configuration window, select the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager
  • If you’re not taken directly to the Startup tab, click on it yourself. Then, scroll down to the list of application and right-click on Google Chrome. Then, click on Disable to prevent the Google Chrome process from being launched at the next system startup.

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Prevent Chrome from picking up where you left off

  • Open Google Chrome and click the action button in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • From the newly appeared menu, click on Settings from the list.
  • Inside the Settings menu, scroll down to the On Startup tab.
  • Change the toggle from Continue where you left off to Open the New Tab page.
  • There’s no need to save the configuration. Close Google Chrome and the setting will be saved.

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Prevent Chrome from running background apps

  • Open Google Chrome and click the action button (menu button) in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Advanced menu to make the hidden options visible.
  • Scroll down to the System tab and make sure that the toggle associated with Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed is unchecked.
  • Restart your computer.

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Disable Fast tab/window close in Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, type “chrome://flags” inside the navigation bar and press Enter to open the hidden menu.
  • If you’re prompted by the confirmation window, click Yes to access the experimental features.
  • Inside the experimental menu, use the search function to search for “Enable Fast tab/windows close” or ‘#enable-fast-unload‘.
  • Once you discover the feature, set the drop-down menu associated with it to Disabled.
  • Restart your computer.

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Create a task killer for Chrome

  • Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. 
  • Type “notepad” and press Enter to open up the Notepad app.
  • On the notepad app, paste the following line of code: Taskkill /IM chrome.exe /F
  • Go to File > Save as and name the file whatever you want. You can leave the Save as type to Text Documents. Make that you change the extension from .txt to .bat.
  • Click the Save button to save the .bat file and close the Notepad application.
  • Press Windows key + R to open up another Run dialog box. 
  • Type “shell:startup” and press Enter to open up the Startup folder.
  • Inside the startup folder, paste the .bat file that you previously created. This will ensure that the task we previously created will be run at every system startup, which ends up killing the Chrome process before it has the chance of opening the main application.

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Uninstall Chrome then do a malware scan

Sometimes Chrome will automatically start because it has been hijacked by a malware. If this is the case then you should uninstall Chrome then run a malware scan on your system. Once the malware has been removed you can download and install Chrome again.

  • Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter to open up Programs and Features.
  • Inside the Programs and Features window, scroll down through the list of applications and locate Google Chrome. Once you see it, right-click on it and choose Uninstall.
  • Once Chrome has been uninstalled, restart your computer.
  • Scan your computer for malware using your security software.
  • When the security scan is complete, restart your computer again.
  • Download and install Google Chrome from here https://www.google.com/chrome/ 

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