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Hungry boy – Google Chrome 5

My currently default bowser is Google Chrome. I use it more then 90% of my browsing time. I like it because it’s launching so fast, is a secure broswer, respects major W3C standards and has an interesting application architecture. Each tab is an independent process and if appears some troubles in one process, you can stop that process only, without loosing other Chrome’s tabs (processes) data.

Unfortunately, two weeks ago, watching few slides presentations over slideshare.net I was shocked by a Windows message on my laptop (Windows 7 Ultimate x64 OS): “Your computer is low on memory. Save your files and close these programs: Google Chrome.
What the hack?!

Windows special MessageBox

I closed that window and I investigated Task Manager in order to detect witch process was using my memory.
I was socked again when I saw that one Chrome process was using even 701 MB!

huge used memory

Briliant!

Memory graph

The main Google Chrome process had 13 tabs: 8 tabs contained slideshare.net presentations, one with twitter.com and the rest normal web pages.

Silviu Ardelean

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One Response to “Hungry boy – Google Chrome 5”


  1. Dan

    Don’t be so shocked, it’s not Chrome that has the problem.

    Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heap_spraying.

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