Has your favorite browser become unresponsive? Is it taking hanging up on you when you visit your favorite website? We all have faced this problem, where the browser we use just hangs up on us. Often, we blame applications to have caused the lag, but we don’t look into the browsers for the root cause. Most of the times, it is true, the app that you downloaded recently could have been malicious. It could sneak into your system and gobble all your resources, but it could also be the extensions you installed in your browser.
Today, it is common to find malicious extensions, poorly designed extensions, or extension monetization that hog all the resources like CPU and memory of your systems. This will lead your system to become slow, hang, and finally crash. Let us look at the steps on how to identify and fix the memory leak from your computer.
Fortunately, the systems that we use today has apps like Task Manager for Windows and Activity Monitor for Mac operating systems. Open one of these tools to see if your browsers like Chrome or Firefox is using too much of memory and CPU because of a particular browser process, extension, and a web page is using. This step will give you a bird’s view of what process is gobbling the resources.
Go to the settings menu of your respective browser and access the utility software built inside the browser. When you access the utility it will clearly show you the extension that is leaking your memory. Once you pinpoint the process you can continue with your memory leak detection process. When the utility displays all the processes next step would be how to fix the memory leak. The list processes would be visible against the amount of CPU and memory it is munching on. Additionally, there will be information like process ID, and the current network activity.
For instance, there may be a browser extension that’s consuming half of the resources. You should manually find remove that extension from your browser and free up the memory and CPU and can reduce Chrome memory usage or Firefox’s extreme CPU hogging can be stopped. With these computer safety tips you can protect your system from being hogged by malicious programs.