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Why does Chrome on the Mac work so slowly?

I’ve been using Safari on Mac for ages having ditched Google Chrome, however i’ve had need to use Chrome today to debug a problem. It struck me as very strange that Google+ on the Google browser was performing so poorly… it’s like running in treacle.. Doesn’t makes sense. So i’ve been doing a spot of digging and might have found an answer..

If you’ve been to the preferences page, you would notice a settings in “Under The Hood” called “Use DNS pre-fetching to improve page load performance“. Everyone including me would have ticked this checkbox because it seems to bring only benefits and it sounds promising. However, it is not the case here, while I still cannot explain why this is happening, just untick the checkbox to bring your Chrome back to its speedy glory.

In my Google Chrome for Mac, the settings is actually called “Predict network actions to improve page load performance“. Therefore, just untick any similar checkbox.

This speeds up Google+ by about 500% and seeing as i’ve never knowingly turned this on you’d think it might be something google might wat to think about turning off…?

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This entry was posted on July 8, 2012 by in Google, Social Media, tip and tagged , , , , , , , , .
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