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I used to love Google Chrome but over the past couple of months it's gone haywire.
YouTube sound has gone stuttery, pages of some websites are taking ages to load, it's crashing and freezing regularly, and now I have been invaded by gremlins - this evening a head appeared in the top left hand corner and users by the name of Petal and Fritz have been mysteriously created.
I disabled one of the two shockwave plugins and have deleted the invading profiles <clever> but problems persist.
Does anyone have any advice? Should I go back to Firefox (which loads pages and plays YouTube absolutely fine) or are there any other decent browsers?
Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers now and I use it on everything, but I've never had the issues you've had. Combined with the random log ins it sounds like a virus - be careful with logging in to online banking etc until you are sure your PC isn't infecred!
I have done a full Malwarebytes scan, and I don't have any Java plugins.
Firefox and IE are working fine on my computer, which is why I thought there might be a problem with Google Chrome. When I googled, other people seemed to have similar issues but as always no-one had a simple solution!
<groan> that's very true FarSide ...Google is wonderful but can come up with 500+ complicated solutions for some tech problems, and you can lose the will to continue.
I see your reasoning - it does sound as if Chrome has been targeted on your PC. I guess you have tried uninstalling it, and reinstalling with no add-ons? Though I would still want to try another anti-malware product. What one misses, another may pick up.
I have Chrome on several machines and have had no issues to date... But tomorrow could be different <worried now>
In case it's not a malware... Petal and Fritz are profiles on Chrome. I have about four (maybe five) different ones on mine it is handy if you have multiple gmail accounts, it means you don't have to log out of one to see another, just open another browser window with a different profile.
Hmmm I don't know if I explained that well! I have one profile for work, I sign into Chrome, profile is called Happy or Fritz and that profile saves my passwords, auto fill for forms, history etc. I can sign into Chrome on any other computer and access this. I have another profile for personal. I can click on the little face (Petal or Flower or whatever its called) for this and it opens a new window and I can have both personal and work gmails open at same time.
Thanks for that mais - I managed to delete the profiles but I'm not sure how they got created in the first place <eyes DH>. Having different profiles for different situations sounds really useful. I think I'm just very suspicious of anything new. I don't even like signing in to my Google account in case it takes over my entire world.
I tried reinstalling Chrome ladywordy but YouTube still stutters. Pages seem to be loading OK this morning, though, so we'll see.
I wondered if the Google Chrome people are fiddling around creating "improvements" which some computers (like mine) can't handle.