Google releases Chrome browser, slow for some

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Google released its entry into the browser wars Today. I’ve been playing with it all day. I like how it puts the tabs in line with the minimize / maximize / close buttons. I’ve wanted this in a browser for years. They have a long way to go to enable other features, but it’s blazing fast and minimalist, which are two big pluses in my book.

Chrome has a new Javascript engine so it’s fast. Goofy fast. Melt your face fast. It’s running on Webkit so it’s pretty. Kate Bosworth pretty. Kate Bosworth in 21 pretty. I tried to get it to run on Linux using WINE and, while I got it to load, it didn’t work well enough to render any pages without crashing. It puts Firefox to shame in the coolness category, and while it has a ways to catch up when it comes to community and available plugins, it’s still faster and sexier and what I’ll be using until Microsoft puts IE8 on the ground.

Some auctioneers, as well as my sister, have claimed that Chrome runs slower than Firefox and IE. Some speed tests have claimed that Firefox may be just as fast, though I haven’t see this behavior. If you’ve seen Chrome running slowly, let us know in the comments.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES, is an auctioneer from Sharon, Kan. He is currently community evangelist for Purple Wave in Manhattan, Kan. Aaron serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Auctioneers Association and in the past has served on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote the ATS designation course from NAA. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, Dirt Red Sun, can be found at iTunes and Amazon.
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  • Rob

    Chrome is running PDFs very slowly.

  • Rob

    Chrome is running PDFs very slowly.

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    Hi, Rob. Are you using Adobe Reader or Foxit PDF Reader?

  • aaron

    Hi, Rob. Are you using Adobe Reader or Foxit PDF Reader?

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  • warren

    I just installed Chrome today, September 12th, 2008. I have an ADSL Interlaced connection that averages 2582 kbps with an average PING of 40ms. This is very consistent and on a stable connection.

    Google Chrome loads web pages very, very slow.

    -I would estimate 20% of pages never load at all, before they time out, or I receive a Google page claiming “This webpage is not available” or that “It appears to be a broken link.” Of course, they aren’t broken links and a refresh normally loads them successfully.

    -I would estimate that 60% of pages load very, very slowly, taking 5 to 10 times longer to load than Firefox or IE. Load speeds are typical of a 56k dial up modem. The page will be blank for 30+ seconds, then parts of it will pop up, and over the next 30 seconds, some images and text appear. Then the page either takes another 30 seconds to complete the loading (approaching 2 minutes load time) or it stops loading with only a partially loaded page.

    -The remaining 20% of the time, web pages pop up almost instantly. Faster than any pages have ever loaded on Firefox or IE.

    -Also noted, the spell check feature does not work properly. Often for mis-spelled words, there is not a correction suggested upon right click–even when words are one simple letter off.

    Honestly, i don’t know what’s wrong with Chrome and I don’t see any reason I should spend hours in over-my-head tech stuff, trying to fix what they did wrong to begin with. if my settings are off, it’s because they didn’t program Chrome to set them upon installation. But my settings have always worked great with Firefox, IE and Opera.

    So I thin they messed something up, Chrome is very, very slow and not fast like you all claim.

  • warren

    I just installed Chrome today, September 12th, 2008. I have an ADSL Interlaced connection that averages 2582 kbps with an average PING of 40ms. This is very consistent and on a stable connection.

    Google Chrome loads web pages very, very slow.

    -I would estimate 20% of pages never load at all, before they time out, or I receive a Google page claiming “This webpage is not available” or that “It appears to be a broken link.” Of course, they aren’t broken links and a refresh normally loads them successfully.

    -I would estimate that 60% of pages load very, very slowly, taking 5 to 10 times longer to load than Firefox or IE. Load speeds are typical of a 56k dial up modem. The page will be blank for 30+ seconds, then parts of it will pop up, and over the next 30 seconds, some images and text appear. Then the page either takes another 30 seconds to complete the loading (approaching 2 minutes load time) or it stops loading with only a partially loaded page.

    -The remaining 20% of the time, web pages pop up almost instantly. Faster than any pages have ever loaded on Firefox or IE.

    -Also noted, the spell check feature does not work properly. Often for mis-spelled words, there is not a correction suggested upon right click–even when words are one simple letter off.

    Honestly, i don’t know what’s wrong with Chrome and I don’t see any reason I should spend hours in over-my-head tech stuff, trying to fix what they did wrong to begin with. if my settings are off, it’s because they didn’t program Chrome to set them upon installation. But my settings have always worked great with Firefox, IE and Opera.

    So I thin they messed something up, Chrome is very, very slow and not fast like you all claim.

    • aaron

      @warren – Hi, Warren, thanks for posting your experience. I’m getting a lot of traffic from search engines with queries like “Chrome is slow” and “Chrome java slow” so it seems you’re not the only one having problems with it.

      I’ve noticed it being a memory hog, with each tab using 20-30 MB or more, it’s easy to use up all available physical memory in a hurry. Hopefully future releases will do a better job with speed and memory management.

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    @warren – Hi, Warren, thanks for posting your experience. I’m getting a lot of traffic from search engines with queries like “Chrome is slow” and “Chrome java slow” so it seems you’re not the only one having problems with it.

    I’ve noticed it being a memory hog, with each tab using 20-30 MB or more, it’s easy to use up all available physical memory in a hurry. Hopefully future releases will do a better job with speed and memory management.

  • David

    I too am finding Chrome very slow to load pages. The bottom bar says resolving proxy… Some pages don’t load at all. what’s up?

  • David

    I too am finding Chrome very slow to load pages. The bottom bar says resolving proxy… Some pages don’t load at all. what’s up?

    • http://www.auctioneertech.com Aaron

      @David
      I’ve noticed the hang when it says resolving proxy. Google Chrome does something called DNS pre-fetching where it will actually translate the domain name of places it thinks you might go into IP addresses so it has those addresses ready should you decide to go there. It’s supposed to save a quarter of a second each time you tell the browser to go to a different page, but I’ve wondered if this practice could have something to do with the hang-up when it says resolving proxy.

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    @David
    I’ve noticed the hang when it says resolving proxy. Google Chrome does something called DNS pre-fetching where it will actually translate the domain name of places it thinks you might go into IP addresses so it has those addresses ready should you decide to go there. It’s supposed to save a quarter of a second each time you tell the browser to go to a different page, but I’ve wondered if this practice could have something to do with the hang-up when it says resolving proxy.

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    I recently found a suggestion in a Google Chrome forum. Try going to the Google Chrome Options and, in the ‘Under the Hood’ tab under the ‘Security’ section, un-check the ‘Enable phishing and malware protection’ option and see if you get a speed increase after reboot. My copies of Chrome still seem to be pretty speedy, so I can’t test this work-around. If you do, post back here so we can know that there is a fix for Chrome being slow.

  • http://www.auctioneertech.com Aaron

    I recently found a suggestion in a Google Chrome forum. Try going to the Google Chrome Options and, in the ‘Under the Hood’ tab under the ‘Security’ section, un-check the ‘Enable phishing and malware protection’ option and see if you get a speed increase after reboot. My copies of Chrome still seem to be pretty speedy, so I can’t test this work-around. If you do, post back here so we can know that there is a fix for Chrome being slow.

  • Olivier

    @ Aaron-
    I tried your suggestion with the un-check the Enable phishing and malware protection and it did not make a difference. Do you have any other suggestion?
    The pages load really slow, this is nothing close to IE. They often come up broken. I don’t want to knock Google, but for beta version this is not good.

  • Olivier

    @ Aaron-
    I tried your suggestion with the un-check the Enable phishing and malware protection and it did not make a difference. Do you have any other suggestion?
    The pages load really slow, this is nothing close to IE. They often come up broken. I don’t want to knock Google, but for beta version this is not good.

    • http://www.auctioneertech.com Aaron

      @Olivier
      Unfortunately, I don’t have any other suggestions. I wonder if perhaps the lackluster performance and slowness of Google Chrome is causing its reported drop in market share. It’s now behind Safari in the browser rankings. I’m finding it tough to use because you can’t backup through forms and the spell check doesn’t work very well.

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    @Olivier
    Unfortunately, I don’t have any other suggestions. I wonder if perhaps the lackluster performance and slowness of Google Chrome is causing its reported drop in market share. It’s now behind Safari in the browser rankings. I’m finding it tough to use because you can’t backup through forms and the spell check doesn’t work very well.

  • Sandman

    Used to use Chrome… but after so many times when I found I could open Firefox, load my desired page, and close it again before Chrome even finished its load that had started first?

    Chrome’s not ready for my prime time.

  • Sandman

    Used to use Chrome… but after so many times when I found I could open Firefox, load my desired page, and close it again before Chrome even finished its load that had started first?

    Chrome’s not ready for my prime time.

  • Ilya

    For all those “slow” comments, i found that 1 day i needed to set my proxy because of the connection i was using.. Before this i was running very fast. Once i moved connections and forgot to clear the proxy i was crawling! I mean pages took minutes to load on a fast connection. Once i turned off the proxy it was back to normal!

  • Ilya

    For all those “slow” comments, i found that 1 day i needed to set my proxy because of the connection i was using.. Before this i was running very fast. Once i moved connections and forgot to clear the proxy i was crawling! I mean pages took minutes to load on a fast connection. Once i turned off the proxy it was back to normal!

  • Sean B

    Yes, Google Chrome runs very slow. I went back and forth between Chrome and Firefox. Chrome is a super turtle. Firefox crashes on my banking website so I am looking for a new browser. Only Netscape worked and that is gone I guess. Internet Explorer gives the classic error message everyone is getting and it sounds complicated to fix (something in the registry maybe), who the heck is going to do that???!!!! Suggestions please?

  • Sean B

    Yes, Google Chrome runs very slow. I went back and forth between Chrome and Firefox. Chrome is a super turtle. Firefox crashes on my banking website so I am looking for a new browser. Only Netscape worked and that is gone I guess. Internet Explorer gives the classic error message everyone is getting and it sounds complicated to fix (something in the registry maybe), who the heck is going to do that???!!!! Suggestions please?

    • http://www.auctioneertech.com Aaron

      @Sean B
      You might be sure you’ve installed the latest Java 10 release candidate. It may fix Chrome on your banking site.

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    @Sean B
    You might be sure you’ve installed the latest Java 10 release candidate. It may fix Chrome on your banking site.

  • Saurabh

    Its crawling on my machine (Dell D620). It appears that it caches large amount of data and lacks recycling this cache. As a result, in trying to load a cached page from a LARGE cache the time taken is more than what it would to just get it from the damn web-server. This is ridiculous.

  • Saurabh

    This helped me. Perhaps this could help you too http://www.paulbenetis.com/2008/09/02/improve-g

  • nikolai

    first it worked like a dream, after i while, i had some speed troubles

  • Stevozoid

    I can't figure it out. Chrome is slower than FireFox. Not to mention the bugginess. I can't view Hotmail or TheWeatherNetwork with this thing. It is sexy…but where's all this lightweight speed I keep hearing so much about? Suggestions? Perhaps it has something to do with resolving my proxy?

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    I agree that it was fun at first. The problem I found with it is that it prompts you to resubmit every form-generated page when you hit the back button. I haven't found a way to turn off that prompting like you can with IE.

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    What happens when you try to view Hotmail or TheWeatherNetwork? I can see Microsoft using browser detection to prevent Chrome users from accessing Hotmail, but I'll be it has something to do with JavaScript. I noticed that some of the JavaScript I've used at work didn't work properly with Chrome tonight but it worked flawlessly with IE.

  • wk

    Google browser is slow in loading pages………

  • Bryan

    I downloaded chrome and it was very fast for the first week. Then suddenly it went very very slow. Anything up to an hour to download a page. Back to using firefox all the time now.

  • hgfxdfgsdsdsd

    Fire fox sucks. Google chrom is so slow i thought it was going to be fast but now i just use normal google

  • collardsx2

    Chrome was fast initially, but isn't so fast anymore. I'm not sure what's happened … i have two Vista computers … the same on both. i'm disappointed

  • Topkat

    Google Chrome runs PAINFULLY slow for me. IE8 blows it out of the water and so does FF. I'm getting rid of it.

  • Uneeke1

    I am also finding that Chrome takes a long time to resolve the proxy before displaying content

  • Q

    I have tried Chrome. Looks like I will be going back to Firefox, because it takes a long time for pages to load with chrome.

  • Jonathan

    I have the problem that it comes back ALOT saying the the website has returned null, normally after only a very short amount of time, granted i am using a fairly laggy broadbad connection i.e. 150ish ms ping to a speedtest server in the same city as me, but still is not good enuf with laggy connections

  • Jim

    Google Chrome is very slow to load and navigate. What's the problem here?

  • Eze

    Chrome was fast at first, but this shtuff slowed WAY down after using it as my default browser. I suspect Big Brother is peekin in more often now on my internet navigation.

  • ok

    i have been using it a lot but all of a sudden now it's going really really slowly for some reason

  • http://www.aarontraffas.com Aaron Traffas

    The version of Chrome in the developer channel is now at 3.0.195.1 and I've been using it for a few days. It seems to be quick and responsive. You can switch to the pre-release versions here:

    http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-ch

  • thomase

    I was a hardcore google chrome fanboy. It was faster than blazing hell and I loved it. All of a sudden google with their incredibly stupid we-don't-inform-you-that-your-browser-is-updating program updated me to version 2.0. It was so slow that I thought my connection was bad. I literally thought that my router finally kicked the bucket. But low and behold Firefox runs at break-neck pace. I now pray for the day that Chrome is fast again on my computer because I love google and the original program pre-suckage.

  • Avalon

    I have been using it for a while however, in a amazing touch of irony, the most used pages that comes up when you open a new tab. If I try to open google from there it takes forever and just locks the entire browser. Other sites load just fine and google loads perfectly in other browsers.
    I guess it is like that joke from some random TV show “If you google google you can break the internet.”

  • Name

    It started out fast a couple weeks ago and now at first load up it takes about4x longer to display a page than firefox. i didnt change anything or update it or mess with it just one day it took like 5 seconds to display my homepage-google and then it has stayed tha way ever since.firefox is instantaneous i run them both.

  • Name

    oh and i tried the dns fix mentioned that made it worse. it is nice and light-looking but runs like its having a heart attack.

  • Name

    It started out fast a couple weeks ago and now at first load up it takes about4x longer to display a page than firefox. i didnt change anything or update it or mess with it just one day it took like 5 seconds to display my homepage-google and then it has stayed tha way ever since.firefox is instantaneous i run them both.

  • Name

    oh and i tried the dns fix mentioned that made it worse. it is nice and light-looking but runs like its having a heart attack.

  • wbeard6142

    It is so slow……Firefox has memory leaks, Chrome is slow. Microsoft is getting their way because IE seems better and better

  • tom moles

    for some reason this browser is the slowest browser i have ever used. Like 98 explorer statues… if anyone knows why let me know

  • tom moles

    for some reason this browser is the slowest browser i have ever used. Like 98 explorer statues… if anyone knows why let me know

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