The Google Chrome Helper process appears when third-party content loads into your browser. Most of the time, embedded video players or plugins will start this process. And while it seems like a virus, it’s not. However, what it does is consume a lot of CPU resources. That’s especially true when multiple Google Chrome Helper processes are running simultaneously. Many third-party extensions will consume a lot of resources, but thankfully, there are ways to lower how much CPU Google Chrome Helper needs.

Start using a cleanup tool

The cleanup tool can be great because it allows you to identify resource-heavy apps or processes. Then you can stop them right away. Or you can use some of the automated scripts that will help stop those unused processes right away. It’s a great solution, and one that helps save plenty of time.

Remove browser plugins and extensions

Another thing that you can do is to remove browser extensions. You can enter the Extensions page and here you can disable or remove extensions you barely/rarely use. That helps because you won’t have to deal with constant Google Chrome Helper issues. Plus, some browser extensions can have malware. That’s why it makes sense to try and avoid installing extensions from random sources.

Keep your Mac up to date

We also recommend keeping your Mac up to date. Go to the System Settings, General and choose Software Update. That helps ensure you are always up to date with the latest version. If there’s any update available, perform it right away.

See if there are any resource-heavy apps

The Activity Monitor is great for this. What you want to do is to enter the Activity Monitor, and then list apps based on the CPU consumption.

Close those apps/processes that are CPU-heavy, and you should be ok.

Remove clutter from your desktop

Yes, having too much clutter on your desktop can also increase CPU usage. It’s a good idea to remove all the clutter and better organize the items on your desktop. While there, you can also delete any of the apps that you don’t use, to free up resources.

Disable the Google Chrome Helper

In case those ideas did not work, then you can disable the Google Chrome Helper renderer. You can enter the 3-dot menu in Chrome, and there you go to Settings/Privacy and Security/Site Settings/Advanced Settings. In that menu, you want to find Additional Permissions/Unsandboxed Plugin access. That’s where you want to toggle the Google Chrome Helper slider off.


It’s a great idea to try and find ways to lower the CPU usage, and also learn how to stop the Google Chrome Helper as well. The more CPU is used, the lower the overall performance of your Mac will be. You always want to avoid having your CPU close to 100% usage. Make sure that you check the Activity Monitor and track any apps or processes that are CPU-heavy, and also disable the Google Chrome Helper as well!


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