Fix for slow Google Chrome starting up

It’s been a while that I noticed my Google Chrome starting up really slow. Launching it was quick but I had to wait for 15 seconds or so before my launch screen shows up and before I can start browsing.


I thought it was my ancient PC acting up already but then again, using Chrome the second time around was quick. It’s only when my PC comes from a reboot or restart that this Chrome slowness shows up.

After doing some googling, I finally found the answer. It’s my anti-virus’ firewall! I’m using Norton 360 but this also happens with other anti-virus programs out there.

What you need to do is hunt the Firewall setting on your anti-virus. There should be something like Program Rules that sets the Firewall to kick in every time a program is launched for the first time.


All you need to do is set it to allow Google Chrome. After doing this, Google Chrome was back to its spiffy self with little to no loading time for the homescreen.


This solution doesn’t only apply to Google Chrome. It also works with Firefox or other programs that connects to the internet like instant messengers, etc.

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9 Responses

  1. Robbie says:

    Waaaaaah mabagal din ang startup ng Chrome ko and I thought PC ko lang may problema. Thanks for the info! :D

  2. sherwood says:

    Yup., na experience ko rin yan, Im using ESET NOD32 Antivirus… I thought PC was the problem,, I’ll try…

  3. cedie says:

    how can i change in the fire wall? please put all the info and to specify how to fix the slow problems… because it also occurs in my browser like google chrome even the fire fox… please leave reply

  4. Nasser says:

    If you would please. I have avast & the Microsoft security essentials that we probably all have. It takes a day and a 1/2 before my chrome will let me use the explorer which I must for YOUTUBE as chrome the sound is garbled. Many thanks for this valuable service Calvin/related experts

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