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The fact that Google's Chrome web browser slows down computers has already become a meme for both Mac and PC users. But why is that so? And what slows down the Mac, even if you are not using the Google browser at all? The answer is Keystone. This is in Updater, which is supposed to bring Google software up to date, but in doing so causes the WindowServer process to demand an extremely high amount of computing power from the CPU. How to solve the problem and where you can get more details, you can read in this guide.
Google Keystone is an updater, a process that is designed to bring software up to date with automatic updates. Such software usually runs in the background and takes care of this task unobtrusively. With Keystone from Google, the procedure is not inconspicuous, because a lot of CPU power is unnecessarily drawn. This happens automatically after the system is started and even if no Chrome browser, no Google Earth or other software from the Alphabet subsidiary is used.
I found the reference to Keystone and its behavior slowing down the Mac on the ChromeIsBad.com website. In one Post from December 2020 it will show how a brand new Apple MacBook Pro was slowed down because the WindowServer process consumed around 80% CPU power. For comparison: the process normally consumes less than 10%. In addition to this reference to third-party access by installed software, the Activity indicator no references to Google services, since Google Chrome itself was not used at all at the time in question.
Problems with Google Chrome and Keystone as an updater have been discussed on the web for a long time. It was not only since December of last year that it has been known what kind of half-baked software Google is unloading from users. I have one at the Mac Observer Items from August 2015 found. The Apple Help Writer even published one in July 2014 Entry to. And there is one even further back Question on the subject of keystone in the Apple communities, which was asked in 2008. So in at least 13 years, Google will have nothing significantly improved in its software.
Unfortunately, I can't avoid Google's Chrome browser because I need it every now and then for work. But if I had no other use for it, I'd find Keystone and kick it out. If that's exactly what you're up to, you will find the right instructions here (source is the “Chrome is Bad” website).
I once looked to see if that AppCleaner recognize the folders and files mentioned above. Because the Mac app as an aid to uninstalling apps is advertised as deleting remnants of data that are not in the Applications folder but are related to the software to be deleted.
AppCleaner did not find or display the keystone data. But I think it's because Keystone is a general Google services updater. So if you only want to delete Chrome but download updates for other Google programs, you still need Keystone. Maybe that's why AppCleaner doesn't delete it.
For most websites, web tools and internet applications, Apple's own browser “Safari” is completely sufficient. Since it is Apple's browser for the proprietary system of the Mac, there are no compatibility problems or particularly serious bugs that slow the system down.
However, Safari is not based on "Chromium", which is required for some add-ons, plug-ins or web applications. If you need a Chromium web browser on your Apple Mac, then take a look at Opera: Opera.com. On the "Chrome is Bad" website, Brave (.) and Vivaldi (.) recommended.
What are your experiences with the Chrome web browser, Keystone updater, and other Google issues that have slowed your Mac? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic;) And if you are looking for an alternative to the Google search engine, then take a look Ecosia
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.