by Anura Guruge
IF you use Chrome, and you really should, since it is the BEST Web browser, by far, around, you right now are losing a LOT of computer power because of a bug between Chrome and Adobe Flash.
You won’t see it. It just results in HUGE unwarranted PC CPU usage — which will slow down other work, generate lots of unnecessary (and always damaging) heat and if you are using an unplugged laptop SAP your battery life.
If you want to get technical it has to do with the Flash ‘Shockwave’ plugin used by Chrome to display Adobe Flash content … and many, many, many Websites still use Flash for their animation.
This Plugin (or a part of it) is going into a loop.
There is a NEW Flash version floating around. Install that. Not sure whether that will fix this problem.
But, this easy, safe fix that I am going to tell you WILL. I applied it, without any problems hence, 2 nights ago.
CPU usage is NOT a problem on this PC. I have 4 genuine Intel i7 cores that run 8 threads. So, I only noticed this bug BECAUSE the CPUs were generating excess heat because of the tight loop. As I have mentioned earlier, this PC has 7 fans — the speed of the four chassis fans controlled by the Motherboard based on CPU temperature. Most of the times these fans run ‘quiet’. BUT, if I hear them speed up and the PC sounding like a jet revving up for take off I know that my CPUs are running hot — even though ‘hot’ in this case means that there is still 40% MORE heat capacity left! Yes, I over-engineered this PC.
Chrome has its OWN Task Manager.
Very safe and easy to USE.
Just hit SHIFT + ESC.
Here take a look at what the Chrome Task Manager looks like.
Notice the Plug-ins at the bottom. IF you see that the ‘Shockwave Flash’ has MORE than ‘1’ against its CPU use … YOU need my fix.
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Fix is very simple. I found it on the Web, on a Chrome Forum, after some fast but incisive Googling.
Type in chrome://plugins into the URL (Address) trench. When the Plug-ins display in a Chrome tab, go to the RIGHT HAND top and click ‘+ Display‘.
You will then see the TWO entries, files, for Adobe Flash Player … at the Top.
Just disable the entry that has ‘PepperFlash‘ in its file name. That is it. You are all set. Bob, once again, will be your uncle.
No charge. Free advanced Tech Support from Anu.
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