How to stop Chrome running in the background

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 by Jayson Q.
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Make Google Chrome stop running in the background

With the changes to Chrome 69 (Chrome 69.0.3497.81 to be precise), Google pushed out a change which stealthily signs you into the Chrome application. This means that all your browsing habits can (and Google say they’re not currently profiling people) be logged, even when not using Chrome.

Chrome runs in the background because the next time you open this browser, it won’t take so much time and all the memory used by this browser become reserved speeding up your Chrome experience.

Whilst I use Firefox personally, I understand that some people like to use Chrome due to the availability of a lot more extensions. So what do you do to stop Google tracking your activity even when it’s not signed in?

Disable Google Chrome from Running in Background

  • Open Google Chrome Browser.
  • Click on the top right corner (or Alt+E).
  • Open Chrome Settings.
  • Click on Advanced (as shown in the image below).

  • In the Advanced Option, > Scroll Down.
  • Under System option, turn off this option “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed“.
  • Restart Google Chrome.

Using this method, you can easily permanently stop Google Chrome From tracking your activity when closed. Alternatively I would recommend moving to an alternative browser, some details of which can be found in our Best Practices Guide [1] [2].

 

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Jayson is the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at Private Internet Access. With a long history as an engineer with experience working in communications and electronics warfare in the British Army, he has worked on both sides of the proverbial fence. A staunce advocate of open source technology, Jayson is not adverse to hard work to achieve a goal. He enjoys drinking mead, amazing vodka and good conversation about sustainability and beekeeping.

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