uBlock Origin is the word successor to Adblock. This is an application built on more modern technology, and therefore will consume less of your system resources than the rickety old Adblock. Importantly, it uses less RAM, which will significantly have an impact on older machine users.
Smart features are also excellent. Besides being complete with ad-blocking functions, whitelisting, etc., it also has additional built-in features, like the one that lets you pause background tabs in Chrome while you browse the browser. Now, again cut down on memory usage.
You will need to give uBlock many permissions for uBlock to work at its full capacity. Still, at the time, it is arguably the only extension that matters most in speeding up your browsing experience.
2. Web Boost
This extension is excellent at loading pages faster. Web Boost uses a simple algorithm for this purpose. It comes with special website building blocks that are stored on your PC. Most popular websites use these blocks, and with this extension working, there is no need to download these blocks every time you load a web page.
The extension claims that this method can lead to loading the page three times faster. It took me 1.23 seconds to load this website’s homepage with this extension enabled, while it usually takes more than 2 seconds. Besides, it also blocks ads and spy services help to load pages faster. Don’t worry about privacy; the extension is open source.
I had no problem with this extension in two weeks of use. However, if you see any web page not loading correctly, try disabling the wing on that page and reload it again (click the extension button to disable it).
3. The Great Suspender
A slower computer leads to a slower browser, and if you’re on Chrome and have loads of tabs open, chances are you have a sluggish experience. The Great Suspender will help by suspending all tabs that are not in use for a specific time. It’s common to have multiple tabs open and only use a few of them regularly.
This extension will automatically pause these tabs and free up all the memory they are using. When you want to access that tab, navigate it, or click in the middle (customizable) to reload. You can also manually hang a single tab or multiple tabs with just two clicks. I have been using it for over a month now, and it is doing wonders for me.
A straightforward but convenient extension, GooglePreviewadds a website’s preview thumbnail image to the search results. This can be useful in many situations like where you’ll know what kind of page you’re about to visit, or it can be a better visual representation for remembering a site than the name of the site. You can use that information to traverse the search results quickly. Extensions support Google Search, DuckDuckGo, Bing, and Yahoo.
5. Session Manager
If you spend a little time with the Session Manager and customize it according to your needs, you’ll be able to save a lot of time. It works very simply. It will keep the current state of your browser, including all opened windows and tabs, and allow you to access it at another time. You can save multiple sessions this way to access requested web pages with just one click at any time.
For example, you can create a session with all the open tabs you have requested or a social media session that includes all of your favorite social media sites. Whenever you want to access them, click on the session, and everything will load.
In today’s world, we want to get everything done quickly. This also applies to browsers; we don’t want to deal with web page loading in two to three seconds or double click if something can be done with just one click. You can use the extensions above to handle most of your daily online tasks faster on Chrome. They may not make a big difference, but in such a fast-paced life, every second count.