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Google Chrome Helper is appearing in Activity Monitor a dozen times and overall using a ton of memory. How do I curtail this? Most advice columns say to go to my plugins and check "Play on click", but Google updated the browser and this option is no longer available. What can I do?

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    Each "helper" is an open web page/tab. None of those are truly excessive, though definitely a bit heavy. Chrome is a well-known [anecdotally] memory-hog. Your 'fix' is to not leave tabs open if you aren't using them, unless you have sufficient RAM to spare. – Tetsujin Feb 27 '17 at 19:17
  • Is there another way? How can 1 tab be using half a gig of memory? That makes 0 sense! – markiv189 Feb 28 '17 at 2:10
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    idk, but they do. I have tabs open here varying between 50MB & 1GB. Google's 'helpers' don't actually help you much as they don't include the URL. If you try the same in Safari you can at least see which tab is using the most [or site, as the URL is just the top level]. – Tetsujin Feb 28 '17 at 5:35
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    Access the Chrome task manager: More (icon on top right) > More Tools > Task Manager to see which of your tabs are using memory and where you can also end process for tab. – Edric Mar 2 '17 at 15:35

Every "Helper" is either a tab, a subframe, a core Chrome process or an extension.
You could reduce RAM usage by uninstalling extensions, or just using less tabs.


I figured it out. It was eating up over 300% of my mac's memory and making my computer heat up like an oven even though I've only had it for a few months. To solve this I opened Activity Manager (located in the utilities folder in the applications), and control-clicked on the google chrome helper until I got a window (had to double click). At the bottom of the window there was a quit button and I clicked it and it closed it out and my chrome still works fine.


You NEED to disable Flash in Chrome preferences/advanced/content.

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