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How to disable Google Chrome Helper to reduce high CPU Usage on a Mac Computer?

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How to disable Google Chrome Helper to reduce high CPU Usage on a Mac Computer?

Have you been using Google's Chrome browser on your Mac? If yes, you are probably aware of the nagging Google Chrome Helper that’s safely hidden in the Activity Monitor menu. Its commonplace to find Google Chrome Helper take up a large quantum of CPU cycles and your system’s memory. Additionally, the deafening sounds emanating from your laptop’s fan can also be attributed (to a large extent) to the Google Chrome Helper!

Unfortunately, you can expect negligible support from the Chrome Help Center in this regard. It fails to explain what Google Chrome Helper is, its functionality or how you can disable the same to make your CPU run in a better manner.

So, what is this mysterious Helper all about and how can you get it out of your way?

What is Google Chrome Helper?

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

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

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

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

2. The same problems 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 plug-in settings of Google Chrome are configured with the aim of running everything by default.

4. Though here are numerous plugins that can be easily downloaded online, not all of them 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 in the process of 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 optimum CPU usage. However, there is a catch. Once you choose to disable it, you will have to select to view content.vtdecoderxpcservice every time you choose to view/ hear flash content. As the helper process can only be viewed in the activity monitor, you will have to go deep into Google Chrome settings to deactivate the Google Chrome Helper.

The steps to stop the Google Chrome Helper from working are:

1. Shut down Chrome Windows but do not close the program.

2. Select Menu> Preferences> Show advanced settings and go to “Privacy”.

3. Click on “Content Settings” found right under “Privacy”.

4. Select “Plug-ins” entry that is probably set by default to “Run automatically” and change it to “Click to play”

Along with Mac memory pertaining to 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 absolutely clean from unwanted programs/ viruses prior to fixing Mac problems. The following methods will help in reducing the usage of Chrome memory on your Mac device.

First Method

Terminate 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.

Second Method

Suspicious extensions can be deleted from Google Chrome by following these steps:

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.

Third Method

Reset browser settings to their default state to uninstall Chrome Mac with these 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 automatically and without the need of installing an ad-blocker. In this article, we have helped you understand the reasons Google Chrome Helper creates problems for Mac users and the ways of disabling it. In case you are struggling with Google Chrome Helper and are tired of its unresponsiveness, then do write to us. We will get back to you with the best solutions at the earliest.