Google just broke the internet for some Chrome users in Windows 10 – but there’s a fix
Update: A reader who had the problem contacted us. They said that uninstalling Chrome and then reinstalling it fixed the issue. However, you need to make sure that the “Delete all browsing data” box is checked when uninstalling.
The original article follows:
Google just released an update for its Chrome browser, but it looks like a bug is causing it to crash repeatedly for some Windows 10 users.
According to Windows Latest, users who installed Chrome 90 in Windows 10 are now experiencing random crashes. Some users are detecting a pattern, with Chrome crashing when loading extensions, but it’s too early to say for sure if that’s causing the issue.
Crashes can end up shutting down Chrome completely. Other symptoms seem to be pages and tabs not loading properly in Chrome, or extensions crashing (and showing an error message in Chrome).
We haven’t experienced a crash yet, but Windows Latest claims it does. Looking through the comments, it looks like a lot of people are having issues.
It also appears that the crashes only affect Windows 10 users – people using Chrome on Linux, Chrome OS, or macOS do not experience these issues.
How to solve the problem
The easiest way to fix the problem seems to be to uninstall Chrome and then reinstall it. A reader also contacted us to tell us that when uninstalling Chrome, make sure the box next to “Delete all browsing data” is checked.
If the problem persists, navigate to% LOCALAPPDATA% Google Chrome User Data on your hard drive and delete the “Local State” file.
Restarting Chrome should fix this problem. If not, you can try using an early beta version of Chrome, as Google has identified the issue and fixed it.
This should mean that the patch will be released for standard Chrome soon.