Google Chrome Refusing to Shut Down
I’m giving you a break from writing and blogging tips this week and, after all the agonizing last week over how long a blog post should be, here’s an advance warning that this is going to be a fairly short post by my standards.
I just want to share with you a very simple tip I’ve discovered, which might be of interest if you’re using Google Chrome. I think Chrome’s a great web browser, but it’s been annoying the hell out of me recently.
Apologies to those of you who don’t use Chrome – I’m not sure if this issue also applies to other browsers.
This has come to light because I use a free application called CCleaner. It’s a great tool for cleaning up your computer and keeping it running smoothly. I run it at the end of every session, before I put my computer to bed, and I’ll sometimes run it during a session if I’ve been doing a lot of browsing and my computer’s getting sluggish. I find it really speeds things up.
However, I’ve been getting very frustrated, because whenever I started CCleaner up, it would get to a certain point and then throw up this dialogue box:
This was a bit mysterious, because I always closed my browser down, along with any other open programs, before starting CCleaner. Anyway, I’d click “Yes”, but then a few seconds later, this message would appear:
Once again, I’d click “Yes”, usually screaming “YES, close, damn you!!” – or words to that effect. It appeared CCleaner had a way of battering Chrome into submission, because it would then eventually get on with its spring clean.
Now this was OK, up to a point. But it bugged me – why wasn’t Chrome closing down properly?
I’d also sometimes get a message when I opened Chrome again, advising that it hadn’t been closed down properly. Ha! Not for want of trying, matey-boy.
Then one day, I thought I’d try running CCleaner immediately after switching my pc on. Please note, before I’d switched it off the previous day, I’d run CCleaner and been through all this enforced closure of Chrome palaver. Lo and behold, I still got the same messages – Google Chrome had apparently sprung to life of its own accord and was, once again, refusing to go away, even when I’d asked it very nicely to push off. It only seemed to respond to CCleaner’s brute force.
A few quick searches on Google revealed this has been a running sore afflicting Chrome for years. I came across a variety of suggestions for dealing with it, many of them beyond my technical capabilities to contemplate.
However, I have discovered a simple solution, which seems to have resolved my problem, and just takes a few clicks of the mouse – and nothing too scary, in case there are any fellow technophobes reading this post.
If this is a problem for you, here’s what you need to do:
How to Make Sure Google Chrome Closes Properly
First, navigate to Chrome’s settings, from the button at the top right hand corner of your browser:
Once you’re on the main settings page, click on the link at the bottom that looks like this:
+ Show advanced settings
Then navigate right to the bottom of the advanced settings and look for these two system options:
You’ll probably find that first little box, unticked in this screenshot, is ticked by default. It means apps continue running in the background even when Chrome is closed (which, to my mind, means it’s not really closed at all).
I’ve found that if I uncheck this box, as soon as I’ve closed the browser down, CCleaner is able to get on and do its work without resorting to any strong-arm tactics to get Chrome to shut down.
I don’t know about you but, quite apart from the frustration caused every time I tried to run my cleaning program, I just didn’t like the idea that Chrome was beavering away behind the scenes when I thought I’d tucked it up for the night. It was like having a naughty child that refuses to go to bed.
Has anyone else out there experienced this problem? And do you know if it’s an issue with any other browsers? Please let me know by leaving a comment below.
Thanks very much for reading this post – it would be great if you could share it around if you think others would be interested.
All good wishes,
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