I’ve been a Chrome devotee since nearly day one.  It’s a stable, reliable, lightning fast browser that handles today’s javascript-heavy pages with ease.  It’s so fast, in fact, that I used to show off how I could use Chrome to look something up before Firefox would even start up – that’s right, I could click the Firefox icon, open Chrome, look something up on Wikipedia, and then close Chrome, all before Firefox even appeared on the screen.  Like I said, lightning fast.

But that was then, and this is now.  These days, it takes Chrome 10-15 seconds to start up on any of my computers, and I have no idea why.  I open Chrome, it appears on the screen, sits there sorta locked up with a blank page for 10-15 seconds, then eventually finally becomes responsive.  If I type a url into the location bar during this period, when Chrome does finally become responsive it erases that URL and goes to the Chrome Start Page instead. 

This happens on multiple XP machines of mine, not just one. 

And I’m not the only one having the problem.

I have:

  • Turned off all firewalls
  • Turned off all antivirus software
  • Performed a full system scan for malware
  • Uninstalled all of my extensions
  • Made sure that the “Automatically detect proxy settings” setting is not selected

And the problem remains. 

Chrome is fast once loaded, but the initial startup is painfully slow and sluggish.  It’s been like this for months. 

Google, what did you do?