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Fix: Chrome app Crashing as ‘Untitled’ error

Are you facing an issue with Google Chrome's tab crashing as Untitled? Learn a step-by-step guide to troubleshooting browser tabs.

The Chrome browser can crash for any reason, possibly due to overutilization of CPU and memory, conflicting browser extensions, etc. But a recent update caused the browser tabs to crash as ‘Untitled’.

To fix the sudden crashing issue, you can clear browser data, disable sandbox mode, reset the user profile, access the page in safe mode, reset browser settings, etc., to access the website.

Chrome Crashing as Untitled Error

In this guide, we have shared various methods for fixing ‘Untitled’ crashing in Chrome browser on the computer.

Method 1: Restart Chrome and its Processes

Consider starting a fresh instance of browser. In other words, close the browser and all its associated processes in the background. Then restart a new browser session and proceed ahead with accessing the site.

  1. Bring up the Task Manager via Ctrl + Shift + Delete shortcut keys on Windows OS.
  2. Select all the Chrome processes, and hit the End Task button.
    End Chrome Process Task from Windows Task Manager
  3. Relaunch the browser, then check whether the underlying issue has been fixed.

If Chrome asks to restore the browser tabs, make sure not to do so, as it might recreate the same issue. Since we are creating a new instance, it’s better to do everything from scratch.

Mac OS can use the Force Quit option under the Apple apple logo menu to kill the Chrome browser and start afresh.

Method 2: Delete Browser and Website Data

When a lot of temporary data gets accrued over time, it not only does it slow down the browsing experience but could also have some adverse effects on the overall functionality of the browser.

Therefore, it is always recommended to delete these data at regular intervals. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Chrome app on the computer.
  2. Keypress Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + Delete shortcut keys to bring up the Clear Browsing Data dialog box.
  3. Select the Cached Images and Files and Cookies and Other Site Data.
  4. Hit the Clear Data button and wait for the process to complete.
    Clear Cookies and Cache Data from Google Chrome computer
  5. Restart the browser and then see if the issue has been fixed.

Deleting cookies might sign you out of various websites, but that is a small price to pay if it rectifies the issue.

Method 3: Check the Website Loading in Incognito Mode

Sometimes, a third-party extension could conflict with the proper loading of web pages. The best way to check for the same is to start the browser in safe mode. Doing so will disable all the extensions, and you can verify and fix the issue.

  1. Keypress Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + N shortcut keys to bring up a new Incognito window.
    Switch to Incognito Private browsing mode in Chrome
  2. Now try accessing the concerned site.
    If you can access the website, the issue is related to an extension.
  3. Launch the Chrome window and click on More vertical 3-dots icon  > More Tools > Extensions.
  4. Disable all the extensions one by one until the issue is fixed.
    Disable browser extensions on chrome computer

Moreover, once you can identify the problematic add-on, removing the extension from the browser immediately is better than simply turning it off.

Method 4: Reset Chrome User Profile

If the data associated with your Chrome profile has been corrupted, it could lead to several issues, especially if you are currently signed in with that ID. As a result, the best bet is to delete the existing profile and let Chrome create a new one.

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Note: Chrome User Profile folder is visible only in Windows OS. This method works only on Windows machines.
  1. Launch the Google Chrome app on the computer.
  2. Make sure to sync all your browser data with your Google ID.
  3. Close the Chrome browser.
  4. Now open Windows File Explorer and go to the below location:
    %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data
  5. Select the Default folder, and right-click for the context menu.
  6. Choose Rename option.
    Rename Chrome User Data folder in Windows OS
  7. Change the folder name to something else, say Default-Old, and save.
  8. Relaunch Chrome and sign in with the same Google account to restore sync.

Chrome will now create a new Default folder under the User Data directory. You may then delete the Default-Old folder.

While this method requires a few efforts, those mentioned above could quickly rectify any profile-related issues. Likewise, it has been to spell out success for users getting bugged with the crashing as an Untitled error.

Method 5: Disable Sandbox Environment

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Note: The sandbox method works only in Windows OS machines.

Google Chrome comes built-in with Sandbox, used by testers and debuggers to try out their browser-related apps. But his development setting is also known to cause a few browser-related issues, including the one we are currently dealing with.

So the only way forward is to disable this environment and conduct your browsing activity.

  1. Head over to Chrome’s shortcut icon present on your desktop.
  2. Select the shortcut and right-click for the context menu.
  3. Select the Properties menu.
  4. Switch to the Shortcut tab, and append the below keyword at the end of the Target field:
    --no-sandbox
  5. Your new Target would now look something along the lines of:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --no-sandbox

    Open Chrome in No Sandbox mode in Windows

  6. Hit on Apply and then OK to close the Properties.

Now launch Chrome using this shortcut and see if you can visit the desired site. Moreover, if you ever wish to re-enable it, remove the --no-sandbox from the end and save the changes.

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Note: Do keep in mind disabling the Sandbox Environment might be risky in some cases as it makes your browser more prone to attacks from malicious sites. So only use this method if Chrome is paramount and you cannot switch to any other Windows browser.

Bottom Line

In my case, one of Chrome’s processes was consuming way too many system resources. This conflicted with the website loading and crashing the entire browser. This rectified the issue after closing it (and its other related processes) via the Task Manager.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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