Google Chrome update fixes frustrating crashes on Windows 10, Linux

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After Google Chrome (opens in new tab) users began experiencing crashes (opens in new tab) on Windows 10 and Linux last week, the search giant has released a minor update for its browser (opens in new tab) intended to fix the underlying issue behind these crashes.

Many Windows 10 users recently discovered that Google Chrome extensions (opens in new tab) and tabs were crashing after they installed Chrome 90 (opens in new tab) on their systems.

While these crashes closed Chrome completely on some systems, users also reported that they were no longer able to access the browser's settings or extensions page and that new browser tabs were showing a gray screen.

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In order to fix the issue, some users tried reinstalling the browser completely or wiping their “User Data” folder in Chrome though this could lead to data loss. Thankfully, Google has now released a new update to fix the issue completely.

Google Chrome fix

In a new update (opens in new tab) on the Google Chrome Help website, Google has acknowledged the problem and provided a series of steps for Windows 10 and Linux users to follow to fix their browsers.

Windows 10 (opens in new tab) users should take the following steps:

  1. Quit any open Chrome windows.
  2. Re-open Chrome. You will still see the broken behavior.
  3. Keep Chrome open for about 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes quit Chrome and then relaunch Chrome. The behavior should be resolved.

Linux (opens in new tab) users should take the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the directory containing the Chrome user profile:  .config/google-chrome/
  2. Delete the contents of the [Chrome user profile]\Origin Trials subdirectory. This should include a "1.0.0.7" directory
  3. Delete the [Chrome user profile]\Local State file
  4. Start Chrome, which should load as expected

Although Google has not officially come out and said what caused these crashes, based on the fix for Linux users, it appears that an Origin Trial experiment pushed out to a subset of Chrome users could be to blame.

Via BleepingComputer (opens in new tab)

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