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Google Chrome is one of the fastest and most secure browsers nowadays, so it’s not surprising that a lot of people want to use it. Unfortunately, there are times when Chrome stops working in the middle of an activity and when it doesn’t even open no matter how much you click on its icon. This can be frustrating particularly if you’re watching a long video or if you’re researching for an important project.

Luckily, there are several solutions you can explore to get Google Chrome back up and running. These include:

Checking if Chrome is already running

There are times when Chrome doesn’t “open” because it’s actually already running in the background. To know if this is the case, you’ll need to check the Task Manager and see if Google Chrome (or chrome.exe) is on the list of running programs. If it is, you’ll need to force-stop it (by clicking “End Process” if you’re on Windows or “Force Quit” if you’re on Mac), refresh your computer, and try turning on Chrome again.

Checking for malware

Viruses and other kinds of malware can make it difficult for Chrome to function properly. If you have an anti-malware program installed, run a scan to see if your computer contains any problematic software. If you don’t have one, you may want to invest in a reliable anti-malware program that will keep your computer clean moving forward.

Going through your antivirus software

There are times when your antivirus software would identify Google Chrome as an “untrusted” program and prevent it from launching. So, if you have antivirus installed, go through its settings and see if it’s blocking Chrome. If it is, unblock it and take steps to ensure that it stays unblocked in the future.

Restarting Chrome

If Chrome stops working while you’re using it, you can close the program and bring it up back again. This can be helpful since it allows Chrome to “unfreeze” and get back to functioning properly.

Uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome

Another solution you can explore is to uninstall Chrome from your computer then install it again. Doing this can help fix issues with plugins, updates, Adobe Flash Player, and other things that may have stopped Chrome from working properly.

Restarting your computer

Your computer may be freezing and causing Chrome to crash, or you may be running a program that clashes with Chrome. If this is the case, you’ll want to restart your computer, immediately turn Chrome on, and see if it’s back to normal.

These are just some of the solutions you can use when Chrome refuses to function normally. You can also read this guide to know more about fixing Google Chrome.