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What is Google Chrome Helper, Why Chrome Using remarkably Ram?

Updated Nov 07, 2020

What is Google Chrome Helper and how to prevent it from slowing down your PC? 

Have you been using the Google Chrome browser on your Mac? If yes, you are aware of the nagging Google Chrome Helper that’s hidden in the Activity Monitor menu. It's commonplace to find Google Chrome Helper take up the large quantum of CPU cycles and your system’s memory. 

Problematic isn’t it? In this post, we will look at how to disable Google Chrome Helper to boost your CPU cycles.

What is Google Chrome Helper?

"Google Chrome Helper" is an interface that exists between the code embedded in the browser and a server located. The default settings of Google Chrome are designed to make the Helper run as soon as you launch the browser. In most cases, the processes and plugins and processes being handled are not found by name, as APIs disallow the same.

The suite of smart applications related to Google Chrome Helper SmartApps are add-ins linked to the SmartThings use on your mobile. It manages and controls broadband of devices that are, in turn, connected with your Google Home device. For instance, the suite of Google Home Helper can help you lock your doors, set the thermostat, or start a complex series of activities.

Like the Web-Helper process, the Google Chrome Helper is a process that gets triggered off the moment you start the browser.

Reasons why Google Chrome Helper causes trouble –

1. The real problem comes to the fore when the Chrome Helper goes amuck, and many processes related to Google Chrome start running at the same time.

2. The same issues emerge if the downloaded Chrome extension is not shielded from malware/ spyware.

3. Yet another reason for Google Chrome helper running on a rampage is when the plugin settings of Google Chrome are configured to run everything by default.

4. Though many plugins can be downloaded online, not all create problems. Only those that work with flash content are the ones that make Google Chrome processes go haywire.

5. Adobe Flash plugins help you see and hear Flash video and audio content on Google Chrome when you are using your Mac. You will come across some harmful elements running flash content; in such situations, the Google Chrome Helper fails to respond and affects your working.

How to Disable Google Chrome Helper to Get More CPU?

It is easy to disable the Google Chrome Helper to make your Mac laptop enjoy most CPU usage. Yet, there is a catch. Once you choose to disable it, you will have to select to view content. vtdecoderxpcservice every time you wish to see/ hear flash content. As the helper process can only be seen in the activity monitor, you will have to go deep into Google Chrome settings to deactivate the Google Chrome Helper.

Steps to Stop the Google Chrome Helper from Working

Along with Mac memory of the Google Chrome Helper, malicious extensions and malicious software have to be disabled from your Macbook as well. Go for a thorough check to keep your system clean from unwanted programs/ viruses before fixing Mac problems. The following methods will help in reducing the usage of Chrome memory on your Mac device.

Method 1: Stop multiple chrome process via the task manager.

1. Open Google Chrome

2. Click on the three vertical dots located on the top-right side of the screen.

3. Choose More Tools > Task Manager

4. Identify the processes with high CPU usage, right-click, and choose End Process.

Method 2: Delete suspicious extensions from Google Chrome

1. Open Settings in Google Chrome by clicking on the three vertical dots.

2. Select More Tools> Extensions.

3. Delete unreliable extensions via the Remove button.

Method 3: Reset the browser settings to default

You can reset the browser settings to default with the following steps:

1. Click on the three vertical dots in Google Chrome.

2. Select Settings> Advanced

3. Click on the Reset button.


Once you have managed to disable the Google Chrome Helper, you can stop Flash ads from loading.

  • Open Google Chrome and click on the 3 dots. Then, click on Settings
  • Under Privacy and Security, click on Site Settings
  • Click on Pop-ups and redirects. Make sure the toggle button is off
  • Go back and click on Ads. Again, make sure the toggle button is off