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Fix: Google Chrome Helper Over-utilization CPU on Computer

Are you encountering overutilization of the CPU for the Chrome Helper app? Learn how to fix the CPU overutilization issues.

Google Chrome Helper acts as a bridge between the Chrome browser and external plugins so that they can work on the browser. But lately, CPU overutilization has been witnessed using the helper.

In such cases, you can eliminate the problem by disabling hardware acceleration, blocking ads on Chrome, and uninstalling less valuable extensions.

In this guide, we have shared different methods to fix the issue with Chrome helper over-utilizing the CPU.

Method 1: Disable Hardware Acceleration

As Google Chrome Helper drastically affects the device’s CPU, the first thing we can do is prevent from using your CPU to offload tasks from the device.

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser on a computer.
  2. Copy-paste the following address into the URL section.
    chrome://settings/onStartup.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the tab and click the Advanced button to expand options.
  4. Within Advanced Settings, scroll to the System section.
  5. Under this section, toggle off the Use hardware acceleration when available option.
    Google Chrome system Settings Use Hardware acceleration

After you disable this option in Google Chrome, click the Relaunch button to save the changes successfully.

Turning it off will no longer give Chrome permission to utilize the CPU, thus fixing the issue of overutilization.

Method 2: Disable Unwanted Browser Extensions

Specific Chrome extensions that run in the background and require CPU usage might be the culprit of CPU overutilization. This can be prevented by removing such extensions from your Chrome browser.

  1. Launch the Google Chrome computer browser.
  2. Click on the Menu vertical 3dots icon at the top right side.
  3. Hover your mouse pointer over More tools and head inside Extensions.
  4. Find the extensions that directly influence your device’s CPU and other elements.
  5. Hit the Remove button to delete the extension.
    Chrome Extensions Disable Toggle Switch and Blockers Extension

Successfully removing such extensions from your Chrome browser will lift off the high tension and pressure your CPU takes. This ultimately results in a much lesser amount of CPU usage.

Method 3: Block Ads on browser

As we know, ads can be harmful, irritating, and toxic at times. Although most of them serve no purpose, the Chrome browser will still pop them up, given that you visited and gave permission to scam sites or apps.

Ads can be misleading while browsing. They scam you, and certain ads can influence your device’s performance. This happens when your Chrome browser gives way for a lot of ads to overlap over time.

Ghostery – Privacy Ad Blocker

To prevent this, it is always suggested to use reliable ad blockers. You can choose ad-blocking extensions or antiviruses for ad blocking, which might be the more reliable option.

Anti-viruses like AVG and Yahoo offer in-built and automatic ad blockers, keeping you safe and providing a convenient browsing experience. Such ad blockers will essentially take the load off the CPU, preventing it from being overutilized.

Bottom Line

In my case, I already had Ghostery block ads to deliver that tailored, convenient browsing experience. That being the case, the solution was to drop off some of the highly demanding Chrome extensions I had installed.

If you have such extensions, I firmly believe that lifting them off your browser will drastically improve the situation where the CPU is overutilized.

However, if that isn’t working out for you, then disabling the use of hardware acceleration will help you.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an 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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