Let’s talk about the Google Chrome Helper on the Mac
If you use the Chrome browser on your Mac or Macbook, then you may be familiar with the Google Chrome Helper process. It may be spotted at times, via the Activity Monitor, usually in sets of seven, eating at the CPU and slowing the system down. The mysterious thing here is that there is actually no official documentation anywhere on what this Google Chrome Helper actually is, or what it does.
Now, before you panic and delete the Chrome browser from your Mac, hear us out. The “Google Chrome Helper” is the generic name for embedded content that runs outside the Chrome browser. Browser plug-ins aren’t features that are rendered by HTML code; they involve content that needs to be pulled in from elsewhere.
Simply put, the Google Chrome Helper is the bridge between the embedded code in the browser and a remote server, and it’s set to run automatically with Chrome’s default settings. This is probably why you will see it pop up often on the Activity monitor.
Now, if you find this feature to be a little unnecessary, or you don’t want it running anymore, there is a way to disable the Google Chrome Helper process.
Let’s see how you can get it done –
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Open the Chrome browser on your Mac or Macbook.
Click on the ‘Three-Dot icon’ on the top right-hand side of the browser.