Google Chrome Freezing and Hanging Problems

Sometimes you must have noticed Chrome doesn’t behave you want it to and it completely shuts down on you. In the middle of your work it becomes totally unresponsive and the only solution is to end the Chrome process from your Task Manager.

This problem happens due to the built-in Flash Player which comes pre-installed with your Chrome. It took sometime for me to find the source of the problem but i solved it at last. The Built-in flash player adds a new process known as rundll32.exe. It automatically initiates it and the starting up of rundll32 is what causes the crashes in Chrome.

A temporary solution is to terminate this process and continue working on Chrome. You will not lose any of your tabs. But as this problem will arise the next time you wish to start your Chrome browser, i am providing you with a permanent solution given below.

Step 1: Open a new tab in your Google Chrome browser. Type about:plugins in the address bar and hit enter. Now click the Details buttons to your right to expand every plugin properties.

Step 2: Now look for your Flash plugin. There will be two files in it. In the Location field you will see a path address like the one below:

C:\Users\[your-username] \AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\16.0.912.77\gcswf32.dll

This is the file we were looking for. Just click the Disable button below it. Please ignore the NPSWF32.dll file and leave it enabled.

Step 3: Close your tab and restart your browser. Now go to this link http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

Step 4: Restart your browser again. Now you will no more have any freezing or crashing problems.

Wasn’t this easy? Apparently the gcswf32.dll was the source of all problems. Till the Google team finds a solution for the built-in flash player, this is the way to stop your Chrome from getting all grumpy on you.

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3 Responses to “Google Chrome Freezing and Hanging Problems”

  1. Gerry Hamm

    I do not have the file you described. Google chrome is still goofed up.

    This is what I have;

    Adobe Flash Player (2 files) – Version: 11.5.31.5
    Shockwave Flash 11.5 r31

    Name: Shockwave Flash
    Description: Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502
    Version: 11,5,502,135

    I’m done.

    Gerry H.

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