There is not a lot that you can do when Google Chrome starts to slow down after you have used the web browser for a certain period of time. While you could try and delete the browser cache and make some modifications to the browser's advanced preferences and experimental features, it is usually something that goes deeper than that.
IronCleaner is an Open Source program for the Windows operating system that you can run to clean and speed up Google Chrome, Chromium or SRWare Iron.
All it takes is to download the latest version of the program from its Sourceforge project website and run it from your local system afterwards.
You will notice that it asks you to pick your browser's directory from the local system which may pose a problem to users who do not really know where it is located. As far as Windows 7 goes, it is located in C:\Users\Martin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome by default if installed. The program supports portable versions as well.
Once you have selected the browser's program directory, you should click on the options button to make sure the correct browser version is selected. Here you can also add data that you want to clean-up to the process. You can clean-up the following information and settings:
- Reset the language
- Settings and extensions
It is not necessary to select those though. When you click on the start button you notice that a different set of locations and information are cleaned by the program:
- Cache Folder
- Media Cache Folder
- Temp Folder
- Certificate Revocation List
- Extension Cookies
- Transportation Security
- Quota Manager
- Web Data
Clean-up should not take longer than a couple of minutes tops, and you should make sure that the browser is closed down before you run it on your system.
Please note that the program does not provide you with the means to select the locations and data that should be cleaned. It is either an all or nothing approach which may make the program unusable for users who would prefer to keep some of the data on the system. Programs like CCleaner do also take care of several of the folders that IronCleaner takes care of.
IronCleaner is a free program that is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 on the system.
Will it really speed-up the browser again? That depends largely on the issues that you are experiencing when using the browser. I would not get my hopes up to high that it will do wonders to the performance of the browser. Then again, if you have accumulated lots of data and not cleaned it previously, you may notice an increase in speed after all.