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For some reason, Google Chrome tends to use a ton of memory, even though there is only 1 tab open most times.

What causes Google Chrome Helper to use so much memory?

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If you go to Window->Task Manager in Chrome, it will pull up an activity monitor just for Chrome. Then, you can see if any extensions or sites you installed and are active are causing memory usage.

You can also go to chrome://memory-redirect/ (or click the "Stats for Nerds" link in the Task Manager) to see this information partitioned in the following way (quoted from the page) for each extension/tab/process of Chrome:

" Resident: Amount of memory that is present in physical RAM. This is the best indicator of browser memory resource usage.

Shared: Amount of memory that is present in physical RAM and can be shared with another process.

Private: Amount of memory that is present in physical RAM and can not be shared with another process.

Virtual: Amount of address space allocated in virtual memory."

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  • For example, if you browse Imgur.com, for some reason it starts randomly taking up a lot of CPU+Memory until you kill the tab. – Batman May 4 '16 at 2:55

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